Birth Name: Peter Davidson
Place of Birth: Staten Island, New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: November 16, 1993
*father – Ashkenazi Jewish, one eighth Italian/Sicilian, more distant German, English, Scottish, and Irish
*mother – Irish (at least three quarters), Scottish, German, and English
Pete Davidson is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He was a cast member on the show Saturday Night Live. His roles include the films Set It Up, Big Time Adolescence, The Dirt (2019), The Jesus Rolls, The King of Staten Island, which he also co-wrote, The Suicide Squad (2021), Bodies Bodies Bodies, Marmaduke (2022), Meet Cute, and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, and television’s Wild ‘n Out, Guy Code, The Freak Brothers, and Bupkis, the latter of which he also wrote for.
Pete is the son of Amy (Waters) and Scott Davidson (Scott Matthew Davidson). Pete’s father, a firefighter, died on 9/11. He was last seen running up the stairs of the Marriott World Trade Center.
Pete’s paternal grandfather was Jewish, of Polish Jewish, Russian Jewish, and Romanian Jewish descent. Pete’s paternal grandmother is of Dutch Jewish, German Jewish, one quarter Italian/Sicilian, and German, English, Scottish, and Irish, descent; she is Christian by religion.
Pete’s mother’s roots are Irish (at least three quarters), along with Scottish, and English and German.
Pete has stated that he took a DNA test in 2017, and was surprised to find out that his DNA included:
Pete was raised Catholic. Both his parents were/are Catholic by religion. He has said that he did not know of his father’s Jewish heritage before taking the test.
He has also said:
…I’m a straight white dude but for some reason I look like every other race mixed together… I use it to my advantage. I feel like as soon as people find out I’m just a white dude, I’ll start losing work. They’ll be like, “Aw, he’s not special.”
Pete’s paternal grandfather is Stephen Davidson (the son of Samuel Joseph Davidson and Florence Celia Weinstein). Stephen was born in New York, to a Jewish family. Samuel was born in New York, the son of Henry Tzvi Leon Davidson, who was born in Poland/Russia, and of Frances Fela Willenberg, who was born in Canada or Russia. Florence was the daughter of Max Weinstein, who was born in Russia, and of Fanny Falk/Folkenflick, who was born in Romania.
Pete’s paternal grandmother is Carla Kaiser (the daughter of Michael Patrick Kaiser and Edna May Rosenthal). Michael was the son of John Lawrence Kaiser, who was of German and Dutch Jewish descent, and was Christian by religion; and of Josephine Bianco, whose own parents, Melchiore/Michael Bianco/Biancaccio and Carmela Pupello, were Italian, from Bivona, Agrigenti, Sicily. Pete’s great-grandmother Edna was the daughter of Jacob Rosenthal, who was of Dutch Jewish and German Jewish descent, and of Mary/May/Mamie Young, who had German, English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Edna was Christian by religion.
Pete’s maternal grandfather is Peter Michael Waters (the son of Francis Joseph Waters and Mary Elizabeth Keating). Pete’s grandfather Peter was born in New York, and is of Irish ancestry. Francis was the son of James T. Waters and Mary A. O’Rourke. Pete’s great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of Peter M. Keating, who was born in Skerries, Dublin, Ireland, and of Margaret M. Corrigan, who was born in Robinstown, Ballivor, County Meath, Ireland.
Pete’s maternal grandmother is Rebecca A. O’Keefe (the daughter of Robert Joseph O’Keefe and Marjorie Elvira Wylam). Robert was the son of Joseph James/O. O’Keefe and Rebecca Teresa Jones, who were born in New York, both of them to Irish parents. Marjorie was the daughter of Charles Frank/Francis Wylam, who was born in Colorado, and had English and German ancestry; and of Martha Margarette Kerr, who was Scottish, from Lanarkshire.
Sources: Obituary of Pete’s father, Scott Matthew Davidson – http://www.silive.com
Genealogies of Pete’s paternal great-grandparents, Michael Patrick Kaiser and Edna May (Rosenthal) Kaiser – https://www.findagrave.com
Pete’s paternal great-grandfather, Michael Patrick Kaiser, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Pete’s paternal great-great-grandfather, John Lawrence Kaiser, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Pete’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents, Adolph Kaiser and Sophie Rose, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Pete’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Adolph Kaiser, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Pete’s paternal great-grandmother, Edna May Rosenthal, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Pete’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Jacob Rosenthal, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Pete’s maternal great-grandfather, Robert Joseph O’Keefe, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Pete’s maternal great-grandmother, Marjorie Elvira Wylam, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org