Birth Name: Nicola Anne Peltz
Place of Birth: Westchester County, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: January 9, 1995
*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Italian, as well as German, Welsh, English
Nicola Peltz is an American actress. Her roles include the films The Last Airbender, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Affluenza, Youth in Oregon, Our House (both 2018), The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, and Holidate, and the show Bates Motel. She is the daughter of Claudia, a model, and Nelson Peltz, a businessperson and philanthropist. Among her siblings are actor Will Peltz and hockey player Brad Peltz. Nicola is married to English photographer Brooklyn Beckham.
Nicola’s father is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, of Austrian Jewish and Russian Jewish descent. Nicola’s mother has Italian, as well as German, Welsh, and English, ancestry. Nicola’s family practices Judaism; it is possible that her mother converted to Judaism. In a 2007 obituary of Nicola’s paternal grandmother, The New York Times described Nicola’s parents as “compassionate leaders of the New York Jewish community.” Nicola and her brother Will have matching Hebrew/Yiddish tattoos.
Nicola’s paternal grandfather was Maurice Herbert Peltz (the son of Adolph Peltz and Rebecca Kroudvird). Maurice was born in New York, to Austrian Jewish parents. Adolph was the son of Morris Peltz and Shifra Rosen. Rebecca was the daughter of Solomon/Saul Kroudvird and Gertrude Weiss.
Nicola’s paternal grandmother was Claire Wechsler (the daughter of Nathan Wechsler and Lena Birdy/Berde). Claire was born in New York, to an Austrian Jewish father and a Russian Jewish mother.
Nicola’s maternal grandfather was William J. Heffner (the son of Edward G. Heffner and Claudia M. Evans). William was born in Maryland. Edward was the son of Edward Heffner and Mary W. Claudia was the daughter of Damon L. Evans and Lulu M. Rogers.
Nicola’s maternal grandmother is Barbara Marion Gatti (the daughter of Celestino/Charles Pierre Gatti and Elizabeth/Elisabeth Gregoli). Barbara was born in Connecticut. Charles was born in Pianello Val Tidone, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, the son of Luigi/Louis Gatti and Maria Anna/Marion Ballerini. Elizabeth was born in Connecticut, to Italian parents, Jack A. Gregoli and Marcella/Marcelline Pattuzi.
Sources: Genealogy of Nicola Peltz – https://www.geni.com
Nicola’s paternal grandparents, Maurice Herbert Peltz and Claire Wechsler, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Nicola’s paternal grandfather, Maurice Herbert Peltz, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage announcement of Nicola’s maternal grandparents, William J. Heffner and Barbara Marion Gatti – https://newspaperarchive.com
Obituary of Nicola’s maternal grandfather, William J. Heffner – http://nl.newsbank.com
Nicola’s maternal great-grandfather, Edward G. Heffner, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org