Jay Baruchel

Baruchel in 2010, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel

Place of Birth: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: April 9, 1982

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish (paternal grandfather), Irish, French, English, German

Jay Baruchel is a Canadian actor, director, stand-up comedian, and screenwriter.

Jay is the son of Robyn (Ropell) and Serge Victor Haim Baruchel. His father, who was born in Paris, France, was of half Sephardi Jewish and half French, non-Jewish, ancestry; Jay’s father was raised Jewish. Jay’s mother, who is from Canada, was raised Catholic, and has Irish, English, and German ancestry.

Jay is married to Rebecca-Jo Dunham.

Jay’s paternal grandfather was Johnny Baruchel (the son of Victor Baruchel and Rose Forté). Johnny was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and was a Sephardi Jew. Johnny’s recent ancestors had lived in Egypt, Algeria, and Italy (including in Ravenna). Victor was born in Tanteh, Egypt, the son of Yacoub Baruchel/Beruchiel/Berouchel, who was born in Oran, Algeria, and of Stelina “Stella” Calamaro. Jay’s great-grandmother Rose was born in Cairo, Egypt, the daughter of Isaaco “Zacchetto” Forte and Allegra De Botton. Jay’s Forte ancestors, originally named Forti, were from Lugo (now Province of Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna), Italy, where a Jewish community has been recorded since 1285. The former Duchy of Ferrara had three Jewish ghettos: Ferrara, Cento, where British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli’s ancestors were from, and Lugo, established in 1639.

Jay’s paternal grandmother was named Marie-Madeleine Virlouvet (the daughter of Coutant Virlouvet). Marie-Madeleine was French. She may have converted to Judaism.

Jay’s maternal grandfather was Robert William Ropell (the son of Robert Joseph Ropell and Grace Bridget O’Malley). Jay’s grandfather Robert was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Jay’s great-grandfather was the son of Robert J. Ropell, who was a German emigrant, from Danzig, Prussia, and of Frances “Fanney” Martin. Grace was the daughter of John O’Malley and Catherine Fultz.

Jay’s maternal grandmother was Helen Margaret Saunders (the daughter of Andrew John Saunders and Rachel Francis Cullen). Helen was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Andrew was the son of Henry Saunders and Mary Ann Cookson, whose father was English and mother was Irish. Rachel was the daughter of John Michael Cullen and Mary Ann Phillips.


Baruchel in 2008, gdcgraphics at http://flickr.com/photos/gdcgraphics/

Sources: Genealogy of Jay Baruchel – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Jay Baruchel (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.farhi.org

Obituary of Jay’s father – https://federationgenealogie.qc.ca

Biography of Jay’s paternal grandfather, Johnny Baruchel – http://genealogie.planete.qc.ca

Obituary of Jay’s maternal grandmother, Helen Margaret (Saunders) Ropell – http://www.federationgenealogie.qc.ca


Curious about ethnicity

24 Responses

  1. mycarf123123 says:

    Sephardi Jews whose ancestors hail from Muslim/Arab countries are considered Mizrahi Jews as well.

    Add that ‘Mizrahi Jewish’ tag.

  2. andrew says:

    His Italian Jewish ancestors (originally “Forti”) were specifically from the town of Lugo (now Province of Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna), where a Jewish community is recorded since 1285. The former Duchy of Ferrara had three Jewish ghettos: Ferrara, Cento (where Benjamin D’Israeli’s ancestors came from), and Lugo (established in 1639, Jews were 10% of the population)

    Otherwise “De Botton” family is said to have roots from the town of Boton, Castile and León, Spain. Possibly he descends from this man: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_de_Boton

  3. bearboy says:

    Not sure anyone cares but, “my father’s family is Jewish. I am but a half breed.”

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