Shia LaBeouf

LaBeouf in 2009, Featureflash /

Birth Name: Shia Saide LaBeouf

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 11, 1986

*Cajun/French (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Shia LaBeouf is an American actor, director, and performance artist. He is famous for his roles in the films Disturbia, Transformers (the first three), and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, among others.

Shia is the son of Shayna (Saide) and Jeffrey LaBeouf. Shia’s father is of Cajun (French) descent, and from a Christian background. Shia’s mother is Jewish, of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent. Shia’s first name, Shia, is Hebrew for “a gift from God.” Shia’s last name is French, roughly meaning “the beef.” Shia was both baptized and raised Jewish, having a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. He has described himself as Jewish.

Shia’s paternal grandparents’ surnames were LaBeouf and Allen.

Shia’s maternal grandfather was Szaja Yeshayhu “Sam” Saide (the son of Nochim/Nochum Mendel “Max” Zajac/Zajenc/Saide and Chana “Anna” Slowa). Szaja was a Polish Jew, who was born, c. 1913, in BiaƂystok. He moved to the United States in 1930. He was a comedian. Max was the son of Benjamin Zajac/Zajnc and Tauba/Tobey Jasinowska/Jasienowska.

Shia’s maternal grandmother is Mary Ann Malki Rosen (the daughter of Abraham Aaron Rosen and Bessie Cohen). Mary Ann was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents.


Genealogy of Shia LaBeouf –

Genealogies of Shia’s maternal grandfather, Szaja Yeshayhu “Sam” Saide (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Shia’s maternal grandmother, Mary Ann Rosen, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


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