Dianna Agron

Agron in 2011, s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Dianna Elise Agron

Place of Birth: Savannah, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 30, 1986

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Irish, German, Norwegian, English, distant Welsh [converted to Judaism]

Dianna Agron is an American actress, singer, dancer, and director. She is known for her roles on the series Heroes and Glee, and in the films The Romantics, Burlesque, I Am Number Four, The Hunters, The Family, Zipper, The Crash, Novitiate, Hollow in the Land, Shiva Baby, The Laureate, As They Made Us, Acidman, and Clock.

Dianna is the daughter of Mary and Ron Agron, a general manager of Hyatt hotels. Her brother is photographer Jason Agron. Dianna’s father is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, who moved to the U.S. from Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Latvia, Switzerland, and Estonia. Dianna’s mother has Irish, German, Norwegian, English, and distant Welsh, ancestry; she converted to Judaism when marrying Dianna’s father. Dianna was raised Jewish and was Bat Mitzvah. She grew up partly in San Antonio, Texas, and Burlingame, California, while her father managed various hotels.

Dianna is a fifth cousin, once removed, of singer Jack Gilinsky. Dianna’s paternal four times great-grandparents, Shmuel Labe Agronsky and Fruma Chana Bakhrakh, were also the paternal five times great-grandparents of Jack Gilinsky. She is also distantly related to newspaper editor and politician Gershon Agron and journalist and political analyst Martin Agronsky.

Dianna’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced to her great-great-great-great-grandfather, Shmuel Labe Agronsky, who was born, c. 1820, in Russia.

Dianna’s paternal grandfather was Howard Alan Agron (the son of Jack Agron and Edith Kohn). Howard was born in Oklahoma. Jack was born in Sivers’k, Artemivs’kyi district, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, to a Jewish family, the son of Hillel “Hilya”/”Harry” Agronsky and Sonya Sophie Chernikoff. Edith was born in Kansas, to Jewish parents who emigrated from Eastern Europe, Samuel Kohn and Anna; one census lists them as having been born in Russia, and another census lists them as having been born in Poland.

Dianna’s paternal grandmother was Frieda Joy “Joyce” Wasserman (the daughter of Leopold Aman Wasserman and Ethel Arona Friedman). Frieda was born in California. Leopold was a Latvian Jewish immigrant. Ethel was born in Texas, to Jewish parents, Bernhard Zadoc Friedman and Chane Rosalie Blackman; they are listed as having been born in Estonia on one census, and Russia on another census.

Dianna’s maternal grandfather was George Leo Barnes (the son of Everett George Barnes and Pauline Josephine Pyle). Dianna’s grandfather George was born in California. Everett was the son of Everett George Barnes, from Connecticut, and of Uba Botella/Botilla Pedersen/Pederson, whose parents were Norwegian. Pauline was the daughter of Grant Simon Pyle and Susan/Susie Jane Roche, whose parents were Irish, her father from Cork and her mother from Clare.

Dianna’s maternal grandmother was Georgina Mabel Hustedt (the daughter of Henry John Hustedt and Mabel A. Connelly). Georgina was born in California. Henry was the son of Henry/Harry John Hustedt and Georgina Louise Hoeveler, who were German immigrants. Dianna’s great-grandmother Mabel was born in California, the daughter of Joseph William Connelly and Mary O’Donnell, who were born in California, both of them to Irish parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Dianna’s paternal grandfather, Howard Alan Agron (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Dianna’s paternal grandfather, Howard Alan Agron, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dianna’s paternal great-grandmother, Edith Kohn, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Dianna’s paternal grandmother, Frieda Joy “Joyce” (Wasserman) Agron – http://www.wikitree.com

Dianna’s paternal great-grandparents, Leopold Aman Wasserman and Ethel Arona Friedman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dianna’s maternal great-grandfather, Everett George Barnes, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Dianna’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Uba Botella/Botilla Pedersen/Pederson, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Dianna’s maternal grandmother, Georgina Mabel Hustedt – http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com

Dianna’s maternal great-grandfather, Henry John Hustedt, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dianna’s maternal great-grandmother, Mabel A. Connelly, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

69 Responses

  1. jackson9 says:

    Dianna’s maternal grandparents were Georgina Mabel Hustedt and George Leo Barnes (1914-1986) San Fransisco, California. George was the son of Pauline J. Pyle, (1891-1975). Pauline Pyle was the daughter of Grant Simon Pyle (1864-1954) California, and Susan Jane Roche (1865-1938) Santa Clara, California.
    Source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/105173833 (maternal grandfather)
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/107970281 (maternal grandfathers mother)

    • jackson9 says:

      If I am correct Dianna is at least 1/32nd Welsh… To add on to what I said yesterday Dianna’s 2nd great-grandmother Susan Jane Roche (1865-1938) Santa Clara, California was the daughter of John C. Roche (1834-1899) Cork, Ireland and Catherine McGuire (1835-1914) Clare, Ireland. Although, John C. Roche was born in Ireland he was the son of John Roche and Mary Ann Roland Catralde, who were both Welsh.

      • jackson9 says:

        She also has Jewish ancestry from Switzerland. Her 2nd-great grandfather Bernhard Zadoc Friedman (1864-1929) from either Russia or Estonia was the son of Aaron Idell Friedman (1837-1890) Berne, Switzerland and Shena Friedman (1842-1921) Berne, Switzerland. Tag her as Swiss Jewish.
        Source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/112567110/aaron-friedman

        • andrew says:

          Hi Bearboy, I have an off-topic question for you: which are your favourite bands?
          Just a curiosity.

          • jackson9 says:

            My two favorite genres of music are country and gospel. For country music I love Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, FGL, Jake Owen and the new kind of CMT country songs. For gospel I like Brandon Heath (who I added to this website), Jason Grey, to name a couple. I appreciate other genres though.

          • andrew says:

            Thank you.

            I am more into classic rock. I also listen to pop and electronic music.

          • jackson9 says:

            That’s cool! Classic rock is my third favorite. what bands/artists do you like the most?

          • andrew says:

            I have a lot of favorite bands. In random order: The Doors, Oasis, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Guns ‘n Roses, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Sting, CSNY, America, Pearl Jam

            I can also enjoy different stuff like Marvin Gaye, Simple Minds, Genesis etc

  2. bearboy says:

    She is unbelievably beautiful! I think it is accurate to say Dianna is 50% Ashkenazi Jewish through her father’s side of the family, 12.5% German and Irish through her maternal grandmother’s side, and 25% English and other through her maternal grandfather.

  3. JoshG says:

    Hot, I hope she ages well.

  4. Brigzzz98 says:

    Her eyes are so unique but so beautiful why don’t I have green eyes like that!

  5. indogirl67 says:

    Correction :

    She’s also part English. Barnes is an English surname. So that makes her 1/4 English.

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