Seth Meyers

Meyers in 2011; image via kathclick/

Birth Name: Seth Adam Meyers

Place of Birth: Evanston, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 28, 1973

*31.25% Swedish
*25% Ashkenazi Jewish
*12.5% Bohemian/Czech
*12.5% Croatian
*12.5% English
*6.25% German

Seth Meyers is an American actor, comedian, television personality, writer, and producer. He has hosted the show Late Night with Seth Meyers since 2014.

Seth is the son of Hilary Claire (Olson) and Laurence Meyers, Jr. His brother is actor and comedian Josh Meyers (Joshua Dylan Meyers).

Seth’s paternal grandfather was Jewish (although Seth does not consider himself Jewish). The remainder of Seth’s ancestry is Bohemian (Czech) and Croatian, from Seth’s paternal grandmother, who was Catholic, and Swedish, English, and German, from Seth’s mother.

Seth has said:

Growing up, my father-whose father was Jewish-embraced borscht and gefilte fish. My brother and I thought it was disgusting. That is not gateway food if you want your kids to embrace Judaism…

Seth is married to human rights lawyer Alexi Ashe (Alexi was raised Jewish). The couple has two children.

Seth’s paternal grandfather was Lawrence Lashe Meyers (the son of Moses Menachem Trakianski, later Morris “Mendel” Meyers, and of Rose/Rosa/Rosie Cohen). Seth’s grandfather Lawrence was born in Pennsylvania, to Jewish emigrants from central and eastern Europe. Moses likely was born in Brazavas, Trakenal Estate, Kalvarija, Marijampoles, Lithuania. He was the son of Mejer/Myer/Maier Trakianski and Gittel/Gertrude “Gusty” Schmidt. Rose was the daughter of Simon Cohen and Fruma. Seth’s great-grandparents were said to have been first cousins.

Seth’s paternal grandmother was Barbara Marcheck (the daughter of Stanislaus “Stanley” Marcheck and Anna Maganaw). Barbara was born in Pennsylvania. Stanislaus was of Bohemian (Czech) ancestry, and was the son of Joannis Maracek and Anna Detka. Seth’s great-grandmother Anna Maganaw was Croatian.

Seth’s maternal grandfather was Lawrence Edward Olson (the son of Elmer C. Olson and Anna). Lawrence was born in Illinois, of Swedish descent.

Seth’s maternal grandmother was Adelaide Jeanette Whetham (the daughter of Frederick/Fred Good Whetham and Anna Marie Gung Leslie). Adelaide was born in Missouri. Frederick was born in England, and was the son of Stephen Whetham and Adelaide Jane Good. Anna had a German father and a Swedish mother.

Sources: Genealogy of Seth Meyers (focusing on his father’s side) –

Wedding record of Seth’s paternal grandparents, Lawrence Lashe Meyers and Barbara Marcheck –

Obituary of Seth’s paternal grandfather, Lawrence Lashe Meyers –

Seth’s paternal grandmother, Barbara Marcheck, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Seth’s maternal grandmother, Adelaide Jeanette (Whetham) Osborne –

7 Responses

  1. pookerella says:

    Seth’s paternal namesake great great grandparents were born in Lithuania, not Austria.

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