Max Thieriot

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Thieriot in 2008, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Maximillion Drake Thieriot

Place of Birth: Los Altos Hills, Santa Clara, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 14, 1988

Ethnicity: German, English, Norwegian, Danish, Irish, Dutch Jewish, French Jewish, Scottish, Northern Irish, distant French Huguenot

Max Thieriot is an American actor and vintner. His roles include the films Catch That Kid, The Pacifier, The Astronaut Farmer, Nancy Drew, Jumper, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, Chloe, My Soul to Take, Stay Cool, The Family Tree, Foreverland, Yellow, House at the End of the Street, and Disconnect, and television’s Bates Motel, Texas Rising, SEAL Team, which he also directed episodes of; and Fire Country, which he co-created and writes for.

He is the son of Bridget and George Thieriot. Max is married to Lexi Murphy, with whom he has two children. His brother-in-law (sister’s husband) is professional baseball player Michael Stutes.

His paternal grandparents Frances and Ferdinand Thieriot died in the sinking of Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria, in 1956. Max’s paternal great-great-grandfather, “M. H.” de Young, who was from a Dutch Jewish/French Jewish immigrant family, co-founded the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper with his brother Charles de Young. The fine arts de Young Museum (M. H. de Young Memorial Museum) in San Francisco is named after him.

Max’s paternal grandfather was Ferdinand Melly Thieriot (the son of Ferdinand Thieriot and Kathleen Yvonne de Young). Max’s grandfather Ferdinand was born in California. Max’s great-grandfather Ferdinand was of German descent; Ferdinand’s own parents were Frederick Mell Thieriot, who was born in New Jersey, to a German father and to a New York-born mother, and Pauline Elise Henschel, who was born in New York, to German parents.

Max’s great-grandmother Kathleen was the daughter of Michael Henry “M. H.” de Young. Michael was the son of Michele/Michael Henri de Young/deYoung, a Dutch Jewish emigrant, from Amsterdam, and of Amelia Michelle Morange, a French Jewish emigrant, from Gironde, France; Amelia was the daughter of Benjamin Morange and Bella. Benjamin Morange served as the Minister from France to Spain, under Napoleon. Max’s great-great-grandfather Michael co-founded the San Francisco Chronicle, along with his brother, Charles de Young. Kathleen’s mother, Max’s great-great-grandmother Katherine Isabelle “Kate” Deane, was the daughter of James Russell Deane, who was born in Daingean, County Offaly, Ireland, and of Margaret McDonald, who likely also had Irish ancestry. Katherine Deane was Catholic, and it is possible that Max’s Jewish-born great-great-grandfather converted to Catholicism.

Max’s paternal grandmother was Frances Harrison Dade (the daughter of Waller Holladay Dade and Clara L. Everhart). Frances was born in Manila, in the Philippines, to American parents. Walter Dade, who had English ancestry, was the son of Henry Fitzhugh Dade and Mary Carol Holladay. Clara’s father was Charles Augustus Everhart, whose own father, Jacob Everhart, was German, and whose own mother was named Cary Buckley Roberts. Clara’s mother was Fidelia Arabella Gee, whose parents were Daniel Gee, who was English, from Lancashire, and Emily Mary Gilbert, who was of English descent.

Max’s maternal grandfather was Donald Ross Snyder, Jr. (the son of Donald Ross Snyder and Clara Junice Anderson). Max’s grandfather Donald was born in Minnesota. Max’s great-grandfather Donald was the son of Arthur Drake Snyder, who had English and Scottish ancestry, and of Mary Magdaalene Hesseldahl, whose parents, Nicholias Gretinius Hesseldahl (from Ringsted) and Magdalena Mikkelsen Hummelshoj, were Danish. Clara was the daughter of Christ Carl Anderson, whose parents, Knud Anderson/Andersen Veim and Marthe/Marta Marie Pedersdatter, were Norwegian, and of Josephine Thorson, whose parents, Nils Moland Thorson and Johanna N. Jacobsen, were also Norwegian.

Max’s maternal grandmother was Nancy Jo Neuhalfen (the daughter of Vernon Leo Neuhalfen and Frances Eunice Cole). Nancy was born in Minnesota. Vernon was the son of August E. Neuhalfen, whose parents were German, and of Bertha Henrietta Quaday, whose parents, Charles Ludwig Quade/Quaday and Paulina W. Paschke, also were German, from Saale-Holzland-Kreis. Max’s great-grandmother Frances, who had English, and some German and Northern Irish, ancestry, was the daughter of Edgar Henry Cole and Sarah Evalena Sharpley; Edgar was the son of George Horatio Cole and Clementine Erphelia Rorman, while Sarah was the daughter of James Sharpley and Sarah Ann Finch.

Sarah Ann Finch was the daughter of Henry Finch and Barbara Mary Clindinnan, who were born in Northern Ireland. Barbara’s parents were Henry Clindinnan and Elizabeth.

Sources: Genealogy of Max Thieriot –

Genealogy of Max’s paternal grandfather, Ferdinand Melly Thieriot (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Max’s paternal great-grandfather, Ferdinand Thieriot, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Picture of Max’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Michael Henry “M. H.” de Young –

Max’s paternal great-grandfather, Waller Holladay Dade, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Max’s paternal great-grandmother, Clara L. Everhart, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Max’s maternal grandparents, Donald Ross Snyder, Jr. and Nancy Jo (Neuhalfen) Snyder –


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8 Responses

  1. Dogg says:

    He use to be cute. Very bad photo.

  2. andrew says:

    I’ve just watched him in “House_at_the_End_of_the_Street”, he is a very talented actor

  3. dan says:

    thieriot doesn’t sound french at all! haha, and the pronouncing either!

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