Maya Rudolph

Rudolph in 2011, s_bukley /

Birth Name: Maya Khabira Rudolph

Place of Birth: Gainesville, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 27, 1972

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*African-American (mother)

Maya Rudolph is an American film and television actress and comedian. 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:

*67.3% Caucasian
——–*49.9% Ashkenazi [Jewish]
——–*6.5% British and Irish
——–*0.4% Scandinavian
——–*7.3% Broadly Northern [European]
——–*0.8% Broadly Southern European
——–*2.4% Broadly 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
*0.2% Unassigned

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 –

Maya’s paternal grandfather, Sidney J. Rudolph, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Maya’s paternal great-grandfather, Ralph Neufeld, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Maya Rudolph (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Maternal family history of Maya Rudolph, from Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) –


Curious about ethnicity

40 Responses

  1. M says:

    Ugly is a little harsh, I would consider her below average.

  2. Freerk says:

    Nice example how different espedially multi-ethnic people can look, depending on the perspective or light. On this picture, she looks Jewish Ukrainian and a light shade of African. On another picture that I found (my favourite) she looks like a German-African mix:

    Who said she’s ugly?

  3. American says:

    She could pass as White and acted mostly in White roles in movies/series.

  4. ihatemostpeople says:

    What an odd looking woman! This goes to show you that not all mulattoes are attractive. She is so weird and ugly!

  5. Saedra says:

    Did anyone ever notice how she is so lightskinned yet her brother is so darkskinned?

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