Carter Jenkins

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Birth Name: Carter Mark Jenkins

Place of Birth: Tampa, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 4, 1991

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Irish, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Cherokee Native American (likely converted to Judaism)

Carter Jenkins is an American actor. His brother, Renneker Jenkins, has also acted.

Carter was raised in a practicing Jewish household.

Carter’s father is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family (of Russian Jewish, Belarusian Jewish, and Polish Jewish descent). Carter’s mother has Irish, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Cherokee Native American ancestry. At least two of Carter’s maternal great-great-grandparents were of documented part Cherokee Native American ancestry, and were both listed as “Indian” on United States Censuses (as was their son, Carter’s maternal great-grandfather). Carter’s mother likely converted to Judaism.

Carter’s paternal grandfather is Barry Walter Jenkins (the son of Benjamin “Ben” Jenkins and Esther Lea/Leah Brofsky). Barry was born in New Jersey. Benjamin was born in New York, to Barnett/Bernard Jenkins and Frajda/Frieda Relkin, who were Jewish immigrants, from either Russia or Belarus (Frajda’s father was named Shlomo/Samuel Ezel Relkin). Barnett and Frajda lived in Wales before coming to the United States, and it seems likely that they changed their surname to the usually Welsh name Jenkins while living there. Carter’s great-grandmother Esther was born in New Jersey, to Samuel Brofsky, a Russian Jewish immigrant, and Pearl Berg, a Polish Jewish immigrant.

Carter’s paternal grandmother is named Joyce Irene Kline. Joyce is also Jewish.

Carter’s maternal grandfather was Billy Gene Sanders (the son of Martin Miles McIntosh Sanders and Maxine Finnell). Billy Gene was born in Kansas, and had English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and documented Cherokee Native American, ancestry, and was a member of the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Billy’s paternal grandparents, Charles Sanders and Jessie Othello Starr, who were of European and Cherokee descent, were both listed as “Indian” on United States Censuses, as was Billy’s father. Carter’s grandfather Billy had several verified Cherokee ancestors, including his paternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Ka-ti, a full-blooded Cherokee Native American, the daughter of Tsu-La “Kingfisher” and Na-ni “Nancy.” Carter’s grandfather’s other Cherokee ancestors included Dee-su-gaw-skee Scraper, Tiana “Ti-ya-nee”/Tayanee Dinah Smith, Elizabeth Gosaduisga, and Ah-Lee.

Carter’s maternal grandmother is Elizabeth Roche (the daughter of Lawrence Roche and Margaret Murphy). Elizabeth has Irish ancestry.

Sources: American Jewish Life Magazine –

Carter’s Twitter account –

Carter’s paternal great-grandmother, Esther Lea/Leah Brofsky, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Carter’s maternal grandfather, Billy Gene Sanders –

Genealogy of Carter’s maternal great-grandfather, Martin Miles McIntosh Sanders –

Carter’s maternal great-grandfather, Martin Miles McIntosh Sanders, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

16 Responses

  1. athelya says:

    he’s good looking

  2. celebfan says:

    Did his father’s ancestors change their surname? The name Jenkins is a Welsh name, but they’re Ashkenazi Jewish.

    • follers says:

      His great-great-grandparents lived in Wales before coming to the States. Perhaps they picked up the last name there. But they were born in Eastern Europe.

  3. Freerk says:

    @follers: I always thought … But I should’ve known that, because his given name is not Allen. :D


  4. follers says:

    I think he has more Cherokee ancestry than Colton Haynes.

    BTW, this is Carter’s brother, Renneker.

  5. andrew says:

    what an unusual name for a Jewish guy

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