Jenny Lewis

Lewis in 2008, photo by s_bukley/

Birth Name: Jennifer Diane Lewis

Place of Birth: Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 8, 1976

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, as well as small amount of British Isles [Welsh, English]

Jenny Lewis is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actress. She was the primary vocalist of indie rock band Rilo Kiley.

Her mother, Linda, was a professional singer. Her father, Eddie Gordon (Edward William Gordon), from Philadelphia, was a harmonica player, who was a member of the Harmonica Gang and the Borrah Minnevitch Harmonica Rascals.

Jenny has stated that a 23andMe DNA test showed her genetic ancestry to be:

90% Ashkenazi Jewish

Jenny’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Arlington Lewis (the son of Victor Stanley Lewis and Ethelrita/Ethel Mae Turner/Waddel). Thomas was born in California. Victor was born in Michigan, to Welsh parents. Ethel’s father was Canadian.

Jenny’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Simmons/Simons (the daughter of Harry/Hygmon G. Simon/Simons and Lena Richards). Dorothy was born in Chicago, Illinois. Harry was either born in Russia or in England, to Russian Jewish parents. Lena was born in England, to Russian Jewish parents.

Sources: Obituary of Jenny’s mother –

Marriage record of Jenny’s maternal grandparents, Thomas Arlington Lewis and Dorothy Simmons/Simons –

Jenny’s maternal grandfather, Thomas Arlington Lewis, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Jenny’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Simmons/Simons –

Jenny’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Simmons/Simons, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

2 Responses

  1. stlucas says:

    Linda’s maternal grandmother was surnamed Simmons.

    Birth record of Jenny’s mother –

    Obituary of Jenny’s mother –

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