Liza Koshy

Koshy in 2016, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Elizabeth Shaila Koshy

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 31, 1996

*Malayali Indian (father)
*Swiss-German, German, some English (mother)

Liza Koshy is an American actress, YouTube comedian, and television host.

Liza is the daughter of Jean and Jose Koshy. She has stated that her father is Indian (of Malayali descent, from Kerala, south India). Her mother is white. Liza’s parents are pictured here.

In the film Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016), Liza’s character, Aday Walker, was African-American.

Liza’s maternal grandfather was John Asa Hertzler (the son of Asa Miller Hertzler and Rebecca Susanna/Susan Shenk). Liza’s grandfather John had mostly Swiss-German and German, along with some English, ancestry, with roots in Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg, Germany; Bern and Zürich, Switzerland; and Northumberland, England. Liza’s great-grandfather Asa was the son of Joseph Kanagy Hertzler and Nancy J. Miller. Rebecca was the daughter of John M. Shenk and Frances Annie “Fannie”/Fanny Good.

Liza’s maternal grandmother was Rebecca Evans Henkels (the daughter of George Jacob Henkels and Johanna Hammer). Rebecca was born in Pennsylvania. George was the son of John S. Henkels and Mary E. Knight. Johanna was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Germany.


Genealogy of Liza’s maternal great-grandparents, Asa Miller Hertzler and Rebecca Susanna/Susan Shenk –

Obituary of Liza’s maternal grandmother, Rebecca Evans (Henkels) Hertzler –

Liza’s maternal great-grandparents, George Jacob Henkels and Johanna (Hammer) Henkels, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Liza’s maternal great-grandfather, George Jacob Henkels –

14 Responses

  1. Kimmel says:

    Does she not realize both her parents are Caucasian..?

    • andrew says:

      I doubt her father can be considered “Caucasian”.

    • LoeperBun says:

      Her father is Malayali. We Malayalis are Dravidians with bronzed skin, thick curly/wavy hair, broad noses and thick lips. WE ARE NOT WHITE.

    • Jacklyn 224 says:

      UIndia is a multiracial nation,though Indians do descend from the ancient black race that once occupied ancient Egypt.However Dravidian Indians remained influencunprobably why a lot of them can pass as black and still retain the characteristics of the of the ancient black race such as wholly hair and dark brown-pitch black skin.

  2. follers says:

    She played the daughter of two black parents in Boo! A Madea Halloween.

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      So I guess hiring a black person to play a black was just crazy. Tyler perry is doing the same thing the rest of Hollywood does

    • andrew says:

      because the people you Americans keep calling black people are not anywhere close to real black people but they’re actually brown folks whose ambiguous looks can be found in many parts of Latin America, Asia and Austronesia, hence the casting choice of an half-Indian girl.

      • kay perez says:

        Black people come in different forms . She played a black role because she can pass as a black person . Did you forget Africa and middle eastern are connected ? A lot of Indians are even mixed with black . Most of anyone that even has some curl in their hair is black or has black in them period ..

        • andrew says:

          Actually not many Indians are “mixed with black”:

          Europeans can normally have curly hair (think to redheads) while Black African have wooly ones. That’s not the same thing.

          • Jacklyn 224 says:

            Indians descend from the ancient black race that once occupied Egypt/north Africa and horn Africa(sadly most people forget India is a multiracial nation) Though the ancient blacks weren’t the Bantu/subsaharan blacks we know today but they were genetically similar to blavks and had the same skin tone range plus its well known that Dravidian Indians are genetically similar to Africans.

        • Jacklyn 224 says:

          Well I wouldn’t say mixed with black so to speak.Don’t forget that Dravidian Indians cone from the ancient black race that occupied Egypt/north and horn Africa. Plus if you do some googling its well known that Dravidian Indians are genetically similar to blacks(that’s why some can pass as black themselves),that probably explains why most Half white half Indian girls pass as brown/light skinned half white half black or even black girls.

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