Matthew Centrowitz, Jr.

Place of Birth: Beltsville, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 18, 1989

*25% Ashkenazi Jewish
*25% Irish
*50% Guyanese/African-Guyanese

Matthew Centrowitz, Jr. is an American track and field athlete. He specializes in the 1500m.

Matthew is the son of Beverly (Bannister) and Matt Centrowitz. His father is a two-time Olympic distance runner, and collegiate cross country and track coach.

Matthew, Jr.’s father is of half Ashkenazi Jewish and half Irish (Catholic) ancestry. Matthew, Jr.’s mother is from British Guiana (now Guyana), in South America.

A picture of Matthew with his parents can be seen here.

Matthew’s paternal grandfather was Sidney “Sid” Centrowitz (the son of Henry Centrowitz and Florence Entell). Sidney was born in New York, to a Latvian Jewish father and a Polish Jewish mother, from Lomza. Henry was the son of Aaron Centrovitz. Florence was the daughter of Samuel Entell and Gittel Malachowitz.

Matthew’s paternal grandmother was Theresa Corrigan. Theresa was an Irish immigrant.

Matthew’s maternal grandfather was named Colin Bannister.


Genealogy of Matthew Centrowitz, Jr. (focusing on his father’s side) –

Matthew’s paternal grandfather, Sidney Centrowitz, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

5 Responses

  1. follers says:

    The surname is not of Polish origin, as it turns out.

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