David Lee Roth

Mercedes-Benz Fall 2008 Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios - Maggie Barry – Front Row

Roth in 2008, photo by Prphotos.com

Place of Birth: Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 10, 1954

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

David Lee Roth is an American rock singer, songwriter, actor, author, and radio personality. He is the lead singer of rock band Van Halen. Other members of Van Halen include/have included Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, and Wolfgang Van Halen. He is also known as Diamond Dave.

David is the son of Sibyl Enid (Lazar) and Nathan Hirsh/Hirsch Roth, a renowned eye surgeon, who was also an actor. They were from Jewish families, that had emigrated from Russia and Ukraine. His sister, Lisa Roth, created the Rockabye Baby lullaby music series. He was raised in New Castle, Indiana, partly in Swampscott, Massachusetts, and later Pasadena, California.

David is listed on the internet as having Portuguese ancestry. This is not accurate.

David’s paternal grandfather was Joseph/Josef/Joe Roth (the son of Emil Ralph Roth and Tillie/Dora Abrams/Abraham). Joseph was born in Kiev, Ukraine.

David’s paternal grandmother was Dora N. Lass (the daughter of Noah Lass and Minnie Feinberg/Ppifers). Dora was born in Vedno, Russia.

David’s maternal grandfather was Abraham Meyer Lazar (the son of Sholom Lazar and Rose Pritikin). Abraham was born in Bratslav, Ukraine.

David’s maternal grandmother was Bessie/Betty Zagorsky (the daughter of Samuel J. Zagorsky and Sadie/Shaindel Briskin/Briski). Bessie was born in Russia. Sadie was the daughter of Meir Leib Briski and Chana-Riezel.

Sources: Genealogy of David Lee Roth – http://www.geni.com

Divorce record of David’s parents – https://familysearch.org

David’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage records of David’s paternal grandparents, Joseph/Josef/Joe Roth and Dora N. Lass – https://familysearch.org

2 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    he’s listed in some websites as having Portuguese ancestry. It does not appear to be accurate.

  2. bablah says:

    father Nathan Roth:

    Paternal grandparents Joe Roth and Dora N Lass:

    I honestly couldn’t tell which one of these has the right names but it seems it’s two records of a same marriage.

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