John Mayer

Mayer in 2011, Helga Esteb /

Birth Name: John Clayton Mayer

Place of Birth: Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 16, 1977

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – English, as well as German, Luxembourgish, and Swedish

John Mayer is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer. His father is Jewish. His maternal grandfather was of German, Luxembourgish, and Swedish descent, and his maternal grandmother was of English descent.

John has said, “I’m half Jewish… I find myself relating to Judaism.”

John’s paternal grandfather was named Carl Mayer. Carl was a German Jewish emigrant, born in Trier.

John’s paternal grandmother was Helen Sackett (the daughter of Samuel Abraham Sacofsky/Sackett and Reve Rebecca Lipscher). Helen was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Samuel was the son of Louis Zachevsky/Sacofsky/Sackett and Rose. Reve was the daughter of Abraham Lifschitz/Lipscher and Malka Chai Postol.

John’s maternal grandfather was Henry Clayton Hoffman (the son of Henry Charles Hoffman and Bertha Anderson). John’s grandfather Henry was born in Connecticut. John’s great-grandfather Henry was the son of Henri Hoffman, who was born in Nassau, Germany, and of Agnes Fabricius, who was born in Luxembourg. Bertha was the daughter of August Anderson and Sara Carlton, who were Swedish.

John’s maternal grandmother was Annie J. Jackson (the daughter of John Thomas Jackson and Margaret Ann Edwards). Annie was English, and was born in Lancashire.

Sources: Genealogy of John Mayer –

John’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of John’s paternal grandfather, Carl Mayer –

John’s paternal grandmother, Helen Sackett, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of John’s mother –

John’s maternal grandfather, Henry Clayton Hoffman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

John’s maternal great-grandparents, Henry Charles Hoffman and Bertha Anderson, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of John’s maternal great-grandfather, Henry Charles Hoffman –

Obituary of John’s maternal grandmother, Annie J. (Jackson) Hoffman –


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45 Responses

  1. Kimmel says:

    He looks an old Rabi in the above picture. I don’t have doubts about how much of Jew he is.

  2. athelya says:

    something called personality?

  3. nokto says:

    Kinda looks like Johnny Depp lol.

  4. xoxo says:

    He looks high in the picture. He’s kind of attractive, but he’s a man-whore.

  5. Uniscorn says:

    Everything is about countries.

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