Birth Name: Elizabeth Shaila Koshy
Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.
Date of Birth: March 31, 1996
*father – Malayali Indian
*mother – Swiss-German, German, some English
Liza Koshy is an American actress, television host, comedian, and YouTuber.
She co-starred in the film Work It. In the film Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016), Liza’s character, Aday Walker, was African-American.
Liza has said:
I just took a DNA test, turns out, I’m 6% Jewish and I’m invoicing my mother for my Bat Mitzvah and 23 years of Hanukkahs.
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. His family were mostly Pennsylvania Dutch (ethnic Germans in Pennsylvania). 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 M. Hammer). Rebecca was born in Pennsylvania, also of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent. George was the son of John S. Henkels and Mary E. Knight. Johanna was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Germany.
Obituary of Liza’s maternal grandmother, Rebecca Evans (Henkels) Hertzler – https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net
Liza’s maternal great-grandparents, George Jacob Henkels and Johanna M. Hammer, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituaries of Liza’s maternal great-grandparents, George Jacob Henkels and Johanna M. (Hammer) Henkels – https://www.findagrave.com