Birth Name: Joshua Dylan Meyers
Place of Birth: Bedford, New Hampshire, U.S.
Date of Birth: January 8, 1976
*25% Ashkenazi Jewish
Josh Meyers is an American actor and comedian. He has been a cast member on MADtv and That ’70s Show.
Josh is the son of Hilary Claire and Laurence Meyers, Jr. His brother is actor, comedian, and television personality Seth Meyers.
Josh’s paternal grandfather was Jewish. The remainder of Josh’s ancestry is Bohemian Czech and Croatian, from Josh’s paternal grandmother, who was Catholic, and Swedish, English, and German, from Josh’s mother.
Josh’s brother Seth has stated:
Growing up, my father-whose father was Jewish-embraced borscht and gefilte fish. My brother and I thought it was disgusting. That is not gateway food if you want your kids to embrace Judaism…
Josh’s paternal grandfather was Lawrence Lashe Meyers (the son of Moses Menachem Trakianski, later Morris “Mendel” Meyers, and of Rose/Rosa/Rosie Cohen). Josh’s grandfather Lawrence was born in Pennsylvania, to Jewish emigrants from central and eastern Europe. Moses likely was born in Brazavas, Trakenal Estate, Kalvarija, Marijampoles, Lithuania. He was the son of Mejer/Myer/Maier Trakianski and Gittel/Gertrude “Gusty” Schmidt. Rose was the daughter of Simon Cohen and Fruma. Josh’s great-grandparents were said to have been first cousins.
Josh’s paternal grandmother was Barbara Marcheck (the daughter of Stanislaus “Stanley” Marcheck/Marecek and Anna Maganaw/Maganja). Barbara was born in Pennsylvania. Stanislaus was of Bohemian Czech ancestry, and was the son of Joannis Maracek and Anna Detka. Josh’s great-grandmother Anna was Croatian, and was the daughter of Magdalena.
Josh’s maternal grandfather was named Lawrence/Laurance E. Olson (the son of Edward Olson and Anna). Lawrence was born in Kansas, of Swedish descent.
Josh’s maternal grandmother was Adelaide Jeanette Whetham (the daughter of Frederick/Fred Good Whetham and Anna Marie Gung Leslie). Adelaide was born in Missouri. Frederick was born in England, and was the son of Stephen Whetham and Adelaide Jane Good. Anna had a German father and a Swedish mother.
Sources: Genealogy of Josh Meyers (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Marriage record of Josh’s paternal grandparents, Lawrence Lashe Meyers and Barbara Marcheck – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Josh’s paternal grandfather, Lawrence Lashe Meyers – http://pjn.library.cmu.edu
Josh’s paternal grandmother, Barbara Marcheck, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Josh’s maternal grandmother, Adelaide Jeanette (Whetham) Osborne – http://www.boston.com
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