Josh Groban

Groban in 2008, Featureflash /

Birth Name: Joshua Winslow Groban

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 27, 1981

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (62.5%), one eighth Norwegian, English, German

Josh Groban is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer.

Josh’s father is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, of Russian Jewish and Ukrainian Jewish descent. Josh’s father converted to Christianity when he married Josh’s mother.

Josh’s mother was raised Christian. Josh’s maternal grandfather had English and German ancestry. Josh’s maternal grandmother’s father was Ashkenazi Jewish (from a family from Russia and Germany), while Josh’s maternal grandmother’s mother was of Norwegian (Lutheran) descent.

Josh was raised Episcopalian.

Josh is said to be related to actors and singers, brothers Jonah Platt and Ben Platt, with Ben having stated, “we share some great-aunt-Irene Groban.”

Josh’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Saul Groban (the son of Ralph J. Groban and Rosa M. Rosensweet). Joseph was born in Ohio. Ralph was a Russian Jewish emigrant, the son of Joseph Grobanski/Groban and Edith, of Berditchev. Rosa was born in Ohio, to Russian Jewish parents.

Josh’s paternal grandmother was Evelyn “Evy” Levin (the daughter of Louis Levin and Bertha Schneider). Evelyn was born in Ohio. Louis was born in Russia, to Jewish parents Avrom/Abraham Dov Popok Levin and Sarah Levitz. Bertha was also born in Russia, to Jewish parents Fred Schneider and Esther Brenner.

Josh’s maternal grandfather was Merril/Merrill Leeander/Leander/Lee Johnston (the son of Merril/Merrill Willis/Mills Johnson/Johnston and Lulu Christine Winslow). Josh’s grandfather Merrill was born in Iowa, and had English and German ancestry. Josh’s great-grandfather Merrill was also born in Iowa, the son of George Morgan Johnson and Mary Ann Zimmerman. Lulu was born in Marion, Kansas, the daughter of Leeander “Lee” Winslow and Ella Leonard.

Josh’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Zelda Blumberg (the daughter of Louis J. Blumberg and Julia Mary Brunsberg). Dorothy was born in Minnesota. Louis was born in Wisconsin, to a Russian Jewish father, Joseph Blumberg, and to a German Jewish mother, Rachel Finn. Julia was born in Minnesota, to Norwegian-born parents, Martin Olsen Brunsberg and Theolina/Theoline “Lena” Nilsdatter/Neilsen/Neilson Hagen, from Ă˜stre Toten, Oppland, Norway.

Sources: Josh discusses his ancestry –

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak’s article on Josh’s ancestry, at The Huffington Post –

Genealogy of Josh Groban –

Josh’s paternal grandfather, Joseph Saul Groban, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Josh’s paternal grandmother, Evelyn Levin, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Josh’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Zelda Blumberg, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


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14 Responses

  1. follers says:

    The first pope was Jewish. It happens.

  2. madman says:

    *62.5% Ashkenazi Jewish
    *25% English and German
    *12.5% Norwegian

  3. phaedra says:

    He’s so cute, but that’s not a flattering pic of him.

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