Nat Wolff

Nat Wolff

Wolff in 2013, photo by PR Photos

Birth Name: Nathaniel Marvin Wolff

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 17, 1994

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – English, German, some Scottish, along with 1/256 Portuguese Azorean, and distant Welsh, Jersey/Channel Islander, and French

Nat Wolff is an American actor, singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer, keyboardist, and director. He is known for his roles in the films The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, and Death Note, among others. He is the son of musician Michael Wolff and actress and director Polly Draper, and the brother of singer, actor, and director Alex Wolff. A picture of Nat’s parents can be seen here.

Nat’s father is Jewish (of Russian Jewish, Polish Jewish, and German Jewish descent), and Nat’s own upbringing has been described as “culturally Jewish.”

Nat’s mother has a significant amount of English ancestry, as well as a grandmother who was of German descent, and some Scottish roots. Also, one of Nat’s maternal great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfathers, Antonio de Zocieur, was Portuguese (born in Terceira Island in the Azores). This makes Nat of 1/8th German and 1/512 Portuguese descent. Nat’s mother also has very distant Welsh, Jersey (Channel Islander), and French, ancestry. Through his mother, Nat is a descendant of Mayflower passenger Francis Cooke, and of Captain Joseph Weld (1599-1646), one of the founders of the prominent Boston Brahmin Weld family of Massachusetts. Among Joseph’s other descendants are Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld and actress Tuesday Weld.

Nat’s paternal grandfather was Marvin Lee Wolff (the son of Ben Ernest Wolff and Sadie Blieden). Marvin was born in Mississippi. Ben was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Jewish parents from Russia. Sadie was born in Indiana, also to Russian Jewish parents, Abraham Marcus Blieden and Frances Annie Aron/Aronovitz.

Nat’s paternal grandmother was Lise Bertha Silverman (the daughter of Daniel N. “Dan” Silverman and Hermina M. Ochs). Lise was born in New Orleans. Daniel was also born in Louisiana, and was the son of Nathan Silverman, who was a Polish Jewish immigrant, and of Caroline Weyl, who was a German Jewish immigrant, and was herself the daughter of Seligman Weyl and Rosalie. Nat’s great-grandmother Hermina was also born in Louisiana, the daughter of Louis Ochs, whose parents were German Jews, and of Bertha Davis, whose parents were also Jewish emigrants, her father from Russia and her mother from Germany.

Wolff in 2011, photo by PR Photos

Nat’s maternal grandfather is William Henry Draper III (the son of William Henry Draper II and Katherine Louise Baum). Nat’s grandfather William was born in New York, and is a venture capitalist and a civic leader of the United Nations Development Programme. Nat’s great-grandfather William was a diplomat, army officer, and banker, and was the son of William Henry Draper and Mary Emma Carey. Katherine was the daughter of George Baum and Julia Cook; all of Katherine’s grandparents (Henry Baum, Katharina Emrich, Adam Cook, and Ann J. Scholtz) were German.

Nat’s maternal grandmother was Phyllis Culbertson (the daughter of William Howard Culbertson and Phyllis Barnard Nichols). Nat’s grandmother Phyllis was born in New York, and was an administrator for the Peace Corps. William was the son of Claude Lanier Culbertson and Mabel Virginia Cosgrave. Nat’s great-grandmother Phyllis Nichols was the daughter of Clifford Nichols and Albertine Louise Barnard.

Nat’s matrilineal line can be traced to Sarah “Sally” Canfield, who was born, c. 1789, in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Sources: Genealogies of Nat Wolff –

Nat’s paternal grandfather, Marvin Lee Wolff, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Nat’s paternal grandmother, Lise Bertha (Silverman) Wolff Blumenfeld –

Nat’s paternal great-grandfather, Daniel N. “Dan” Silverman, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Nat’s paternal great-grandmother, Hermina M. Ochs, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Hermina M. Ochs on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Nat’s maternal grandfather, William Henry Draper III –

Nat’s maternal great-grandmother, Katherine Louise Baum, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Nat’s maternal grandmother, Phyllis (Culbertson) Draper –

Genealogy of Nat’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Albertine Louise Barnard –

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Nat’s mother Polly Draper in 2007, photo by Prphotos

5 Responses

  1. lelo4 says:

    Many Ashkenazi look Turkish, and he does

  2. Capricious says:

    Ryan Gosling-ish

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