Scarlett Johansson

Johansson in 2005, cinemafestival /

Birth Name: Scarlett Ingrid Johansson

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 22, 1984

*father – Danish, some Swedish
*mother – Ashkenazi Jewish

Scarlett Johansson is an American actress, singer, model, and director. She is known for starring in the films Lost in Translation, Match Point, Lucy, Marriage Story, The Man Who Wasn’t There, In Good Company, and The Spirit, among many others. She plays Natasha / Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Scarlett was born in New York City, the daughter of Karsten Olaf Johansson, an architect, and Melanie Sloan, a producer. Scarlett’s father is Danish, from Copenhagen, and is of Danish and Swedish descent. Scarlett’s mother, who is American-born, is Jewish (of Polish Jewish, Belarusian Jewish, and Russian Jewish descent). Scarlett has described herself as Jewish. She celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah. She also holds both American and Danish citizenship. Her sister is actress Vanessa Johansson. A childhood picture of Scarlett, her parents, and three of her siblings can be seen here.

Scarlett is married to comedian, actor, and writer Colin Jost. She has a daughter with her former husband Romain Dauriac; and a son with Colin.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2020) stated that Scarlett’s genetic ancestry is:

*49.1% Ashkenazi Jewish
*26.4% Scandinavian
*19.4% French & German
*3.1% Broadly Northwestern European
*1.4% Eastern European
*0.5% Broadly European
*0.1% Unassigned

Genetically, she was found to have a common ancestor with actress Isabella Rossellini, likely through shared Swedish ancestry; as well as actor Michael Douglas, and show host and producer Andy Cohen, through shared Ashkenazi ancestry.

Scarlett’s paternal grandfather was Ejner Johansson (Ejner Bainkamp Johansson, the son of Axel Robert Johansson and Margrethe/Margaret Hansine Hansen). Ejner was born in Copenhagen, and was a screenwriter, art critic, film director, and cultural personality. Axel was born in Furuby, Kronoberg County, Sweden, the son of Johan Magnus Magnusson, who was from Tjureda, Kronobergs län, Småland, and of Carolina/Karalina/Karolina Charlotta Johansdotter, who was from Furuby. Scarlett’s great-grandmother Margrethe was Danish, from Skibby, Horns, Frederiksborg, the daughter of Jens Hansen, who was from Nakkedam, Ferslev, and of Louise Georgine Amalie Beinkamp, who was from Amtmandens Hus, Sorø, Sjælland.

Scarlett’s paternal grandmother was Ingrid Margrethe Jørgensen (the daughter of Oluf Christian Jørgensen and Ingeborg Kirstine Sølver). Ingrid was born in Helsingør, Frederiksborg, Denmark. Oluf was the son of Ole Jørgensen and Marie Christine Hansen. Ingeborg was the daughter of Waldemar Theodor Sølver and Ane Kirstine Jensdatter.

Scarlett’s maternal grandfather was Meyer “Michael” Schlamberg (the son of Schlachne/Shloime/Sol Szlamberg/Schlamberg and Mollie Sussman). The surname Szlamberg/Schlamberg was changed to Sloan. Scarlett’s grandfather Meyer was born in New York, to Polish Jewish parents, with family from Warsaw, and Grójec, Grójec County, Masovian Voivodeship. Schlachne was born in Grójec, the son of Leib Schlamberg and Zlata Schuemonitz. Schlachne’s brother, Scarlett’s great-great-uncle Mosze Szlamberg, was killed in the Holocaust in the Warsaw Ghetto, in Poland, along with at least two of his children, Zlata and Mandil.

Scarlett’s great-uncle, Phil Schlamberg, was the last known combat death of World War II. He was the wingman of WWII fighter pilot, Captain Jerry Yellin (who was also Jewish).

Scarlett’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Chodosh (the daughter of Isadore/Yitzhok Chodosh and Chana/Anna Weinstein). Dorothy was born in New York, to Jewish emigrants from Minsk, Belarus. Isadore’s father was Boruch Chodosh. Chana’s parents were Gavriel/Gavril Weinstein and Leah Ginenski.

Sources: Genealogy of Scarlett Johansson –

Genealogy of Scarlett Johansson (focusing on her father’s side) –

Scarlett’s maternal grandfather, Meyer “Michael” Schlamberg, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Scarlett’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Chodosh, on the 1940 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

155 Responses

  1. Tyler says:

    She’s looks average, never understood the appeal.

  2. cwm85 says:

    Overrated actress…

  3. follers says:

    In 2015, why would an American’s surname reflect their entire ancestry?

    And “Gyllenhaal” doesn’t sound like a Swedish surname. I know it’s Swedish, but it fits no common patterns in Swedish surnames whatsoever. The first time I heard it, I thought it was German-Jewish or something. (Jake and Maggie are 1/8th Swedish).

  4. anniebe says:

    i dont get the bid deal about scarlett johansson. She has a puffy face and a pug nose. not that pretty imo. but she does look better than her siblings.

  5. Capricious says:

    The most overrated woman in the looks department. She looks so bland.

    Big lips aren’t always a Jewish or Italian feature.

    • ashash says:

      What about Patricia Arquette?

    • typepope says:

      “Big lips aren’t always a Jewish or Italian feature.”

      Big lips aren’t an Italian or Ashkenazi Jewish feature at all.
      I highly doubt you are familiar with either ethnic group.
      Big lips are associated with Sub Saharan African blacks, and Ashkenazi Jews and Italians have trace to absolutely zero of that ancestry.

      • fuzzybear44 says:

        Quote(Big lips aren’t an Italian or Ashkenazi Jewish feature at all.)

        So you’re saying that all those European with big lips are not full white people?

        Quote(Big lips are associated with Sub Saharan African blacks, and Ashkenazi Jews and Italians have trace to absolutely zero of that

        I’ve seen a good amount of Dna test from Italians that say otherwise.Many had both SSA and North African contributions. many Ashkenazi Jews were said to have up to 5% Africa blood

        • passingtime85 says:


          Ashkenazi Jews and Southern Italians especially Sicilians DO have a small amount of Sub-Saharan African admixture.


          I believe the stat is more akin to 3%–5% of Askenazis have Sub-Saharan admixture, not that, that is the actually percentage in individuals’ with said admixture.

          • andrew says:


            Sicilian or Ashkenazi Jews don’t have SSA over “noise” level

            Actually “big lips” in Europe can be found more among Northern European with Cro-Magnon features rather than in Southern Europe

          • passingtime85 says:


            Sicilians have a noticeable ad-mixture due to the Muslim occupation.

            All Jewish populations from the middle east, Levant, North Africa, and Europe have been cited to have a Sub-Saharan admixture. Over the noise level enough to be consistently noteworthy in most genetic studies on them. They say the mixture probably happened between 1,600–3,400 years ago, that’s so far back that it has left a genetic mark on almost every Jewish ethnicity/nationality.

            Like I said though, it’s only in 3-5% of any one group. Say there’s 12 million Ashkenazi Jews in the world, a low ball estimate in my opinion, only 480,000 individuals have the traceable sub-Saharan admixture.

            From a personal anecdote, my matches on 23andme that do have very high Ashkenazi composition, I’m talking about individuals over 97%, most of them don’t have Sub-Saharan DNA markers, but others in fact, do. At low levels, but they are there.

            Even if they don’t have the necessary centimorgan length to warrant a perceptible % present in their composition results, many of them have haplogroups that originate directly from south of the Sahara.

          • fuzzybear44 says:


            (Sicilian or Ashkenazi Jews don’t have SSA over “noise” level)

            That noise is that mandingo in the family line yelling (that’s right, I hit that)

          • passingtime85 says:

            Crass bro.

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