Birth Name: Maya Khabira Rudolph
Place of Birth: Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 27, 1972
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
Maya Rudolph is an American film and television actress and comedian. She has starred in the films A Prairie Home Companion, Grown Ups, and Sisters, and on Saturday Night Live. She is the daughter of producer Richard “Dick” Rudolph and soul and R&B singer Minnie Riperton (Minnie Julia Riperton). Maya’s mother died when Maya was seven years old. Maya has four children with her partner, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson.
Maya’s father is Jewish, from a family from Lithuania, Russia, Germany, and Hungary. Maya’s mother was African-American.
A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) stated that Maya’s genetic ancestry is:
——–*49.9% Ashkenazi [Jewish]
——–*7.3% Broadly Northern [European]
——–*6.5% British and Irish
——–*2.4% Broadly European
——–*0.8% Broadly Southern European
*31.8% Sub-Saharan African
——–*26.5% West African
——–*3.2% Central & South African
——–*2.1% Broadly Sub-Saharan African
*0.7% Southeast Asian
Maya’s paternal grandfather was Sidney J. Rudolph (the son of Judel/Julius Abraham Rudashevsky/Rudashevski/Rudolph and Nellie Ellashof/Elishof/Eliashof). Sidney was born in Pennsylvania. He was a philanthropist, and once owned all of the Wendy’s and Rudy’s restaurants in Miami-Dade County. Maya’s great-grandfather Judel was a Jewish emigrant, from Vilna, Lithuania, the son of Yisroel Dovid Rudashevsky and Sora Gordon. Nellie was born in either Kovno, Lithuania, Minsk, Belarus, or Pennsylvania, to Jewish parents, Samuel Eliashof and Hannah “Annie.”
Maya’s paternal grandmother is Muriel Eileen Neufeld (the daughter of Ralph Newfeld/Neufeld and Blanche/Blanch Edith Toffler). Muriel was born in Illinois. Ralph’s father, Nathan Newfeld/Neufeld, was a Jewish emigrant from Germany. Ralph’s mother, Rebecca W. Wolf, was born in Louisiana, to Jewish parents from Germany. Blanche was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, to Hungarian Jewish parents, Alex Toffler and Meriam/Mary/Marie Toffler.
Maya’s maternal grandfather was Daniel Webster Riperton (the son of George R. Riperton and Molly/Mollie Grigsby). Daniel was born in Kentucky, and was African-American. George was the son of Henriette Lily Meaux. Molly was the daughter of James Grigsby and Delia Crow.
Maya’s maternal grandmother was Thelma Inez Matthews (the daughter of Chester/Ed A. Matthews and Elizabeth/Minnie “Bettie” Grundy). Thelma was born in Mississippi, and was African-American. Chester was the son of John Edward Matthews and Isabella McIntosh. Elizabeth was the daughter of William Grundy and Ella Smith.
Genealogy of Maya Rudolph – http://www.geni.com
Maya’s paternal grandfather, Sidney J. Rudolph, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Maya’s paternal great-grandfather, Ralph Neufeld, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Maya Rudolph (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://i.imgur.com
Maternal family history of Maya Rudolph, from Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) – http://www.dailymail.co.uk