Birth Name: Benjamin Lyons
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 8, 1981
*50% Ashkenazi Jewish
Ben Lyons is an American entertainment reporter and sportscaster. He was a co-host of the show At the Movies, from 2008 to 2009, with Ben Mankiewicz.
Ben is the son of Judy and entertainment reporter and critic Jeffrey Lyons. His father is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family and his mother is of half Austrian and half Slovak descent.
Ben’s paternal grandfather was newspaper columnist Leonard Lyons (born Leonard Sucher, the son of Moses Leib Sucher and Brany/Bertha Meinhard Harnik/Harnick/Hernick). Ben’s grandfather Leonard was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Moses was born in Horodenka, Horodenkivs’kyi district, Ivano-Frankivs’ka oblast, Ukraine, the son of Yossil/Joseph Sucher and Chaja/Heich Blima Hilzenrath/Hiltzenrad. Brany was born in Levincozka, Bucowin, the daughter of Schulem/Shulyn Harnik/Harnick and Tubba Gigel Tenenheiser.
Ben’s paternal grandmother was Sylvia R. Schoenberger/Shoenberger (the daughter of Henry Schoenberger/Schonberger and Pauline “Pepi” Einstein). Sylvia was born in Simpson, Pennsylvania, to a Hungarian Jewish father and an Austrian Jewish mother. Pauline was the daughter of Jacob/Yankel Einstein, who was born in Züssow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, to a mother from Vienna; and of Rachel/Rose Fallack.
Ben’s maternal grandfather was Frank Joe Kracher (the son of Frank Kracher and Mary Janda). Ben’s grandfather Frank was born in Illinois. Ben’s great-grandfather Frank was born in Deutsch Kaltenbrunn, Austria, the son of John Karcher and Cecilia. Mary was born in Vienna, Austria, the daughter of Frank Janda and Mary Toupal.
Ben’s maternal grandmother is Helen Martin (the daughter of George Martin and Magdalen Urbanovic). Helen was born in Michigan, to Slovak parents. George was the son of George Martin and Mary Suchta. Magdalen was the daughter of John Urbanovic and Katherine Tarasek.
Sources: Genealogy of Ben Lyons (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Marriage record of Ben’s paternal grandparents, Leonard Lyons and Sylvia R. Schoenberger/Shoenberger – https://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Ben’s paternal great-grandfather, Moses Leib Sucher – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Ben’s paternal grandmother, Sylvia R. (Schoenberger/Shoenberger) Lyons (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Ben’s paternal grandmother, Sylvia R. Schoenberger/Shoenberger, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Ben’s paternal grandmother, Sylvia R. (Schoenberger/Shoenberger) Lyons – https://www.nytimes.com