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 has appeared in the films A Prairie Home Companion, Grown Ups, and Sisters, and on Saturday Night Live, among many other works. She is the daughter of producer Richard James “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]
——–*7.3% Broadly Northern [European]
——–*6.5% British & Irish
——–*2.4% Broadly European
——–*0.8% Broadly Southern European
——–*0.4% Scandinavian
*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

Her Southeast Asian DNA link was evidently to Madagascar.

Maya’s paternal grandfather was Sidney J. “Sid” Rudolph (the son of Judel/Julius Abraham Rudashevsky/Rudashevski/Rudolph and Nellie Eliashof/Ellashof/Elishof). Sidney was born in Pittsburgh, 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, then in the Russian Empire, now Lithuania, the son of Yisroel David/Dovid Rudashevsky and Sora Gordon. He was a haberdasher, and helped found a large synagogue in Pittsburgh. Maya’s great-grandmother Nellie was born in Kovno, Lithuania, to Jewish parents, Samuel Eliashof and Hannah “Annie.”

Maya’s paternal grandmother was Muriel Eileen Neufeld (the daughter of Ralph Newfeld/Neufeld and Blanche/Blanch Edith Toffler). Muriel was born in Chicago, 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 Riperton and Molly/Mollie L. Grigsby). Daniel was born in Hustonville, Kentucky, and was African-American. George was the son of Henriette Lily Meaux, whose parents, John Black Meaux and Lucinda, were born into slavery in Kentucky; their owner freed them and his 59 other slaves upon his death. Molly was the daughter of James Grigsby, whose parents were also born into slavery, and of 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 Holmes County, 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. “Sid” 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

41 Responses

  1. cwm85 says:

    So she is 50 percent Jewish, about 30 percent African and rest mostly European. Pretty interesting mix…the European and Jewish ancestry explains her lighter skin which accounts for like 70 percent. She is significantly African and diverse for sure.

  2. Capricious says:

    Looks Persian or Arab.

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      Anybody can look like an Arab, you have 22 countries to pick from, with people from pale to ebony in them.

      • Virulent says:

        only reason certain groups outside the Arabian Peninsula are considered “Arab” (Iraqis, Lebanese, Syrians, etc) is because the Arabs conquered those Arabs and Arabized those people by instilling Arab culture into the area.

        original Arabs came from the Arabian Peninsula and were a Semitic-speaking Middle Eastern people.

        Maya does not look “Arab” (at least not typically) anyway. she doesn’t look Persian, either.

  3. SB.K says:

    she looks Mexican

  4. M says:

    LMFAO and I’m sure you’re so f_cking gorgeous right???!!! Who the hell made you the authority on who looks good or not? I hate assholes who talk shit about people ANONYMOUSLY. I bet she looks one million times better than you. I’m so f_cking sick and tired of people (MEN especially) judging women like that, coward ass bitches. F_ck your ideas on how women should look! Women weren’t made to please you by standing there, looking pretty. Prick!

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