Steve Lukather

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Birth Name: Steven Lee Lukather

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 21, 1957

*37.5% Ashkenazi Jewish
*12.5% Sephardi Jewish
*18.75% Irish
*12.5% Swedish
*12.5% English
*6.25% Scottish

Steve Lukather is an American musician, singer, songwriter, arranger, and record producer. He is the guitarist and vocalist of the rock band Toto. The band’s members also include or previously included Bobby Kimball, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, and Joseph Williams.

Steve is the son of Kathleen Edith (Johnson) and William Lee Lukather. Steve’s father is three quarters Ashkenazi Jewish and one quarter Sephardi Jewish descent. Steve’s mother is of approximately three eighths Irish, one quarter Swedish, one quarter English, and one eighth Scottish, ancestry.

Steve’s paternal grandfather was William Lee Lukather (the son of Max Lukaczer and Rose Fraad). William was born in Pennsylvania. Max was an Austrian Jewish immigrant, the son of Samuel Lukaczer and Mollie Ausschmitt. Rose was a Russian Jewish immigrant, the daughter of David Fraad and Hannah Arenstamm. Some of William’s family was Latvian Jewish.

Steve’s paternal grandmother was Phyllis Pinto (the daughter of Samuel Pinto and Pauline “Polly” Rose). Samuel was a Sephardi Jew, who was born in Spain, the son of Jacob and Mary, with his own father having been born in Morocco. Pauline was born in New York, to Jewish parents, Samuel and Dora. Her parents’ birthplaces are listed as “Austria” on the 1910 U.S. Census and as “Germany” on the 1920 U.S. Census.

Steve’s maternal grandfather was William Elof Johnson (the son of Elof H. Johnson and Bessie Dolan). Elof was Swedish. Bessie was Irish.

Steve’s maternal grandmother was Jean Schrom Myles (the daughter of Charles Richard Myles and Celia Jane McGraw). Charles was born in Pennsylvania, to English parents, David C. Myles and Sarah Lane. Celia was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Peter McGraw, who was Scottish, and of Mary Jane Dailey, who was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Steve Lukather (focusing on his father’s side) –

Marriage record of Steve’s parents –

Steve’s father, William Lee Lukather, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Steve’s paternal great-grandparents, Max Lukaczer and Rose Fraad –

Steve’s paternal grandmother, Phyllis Pinto, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Phyllis Pinto on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Steve’s paternal great-grandparents, Samuel Pinto and Pauline “Polly” Rose –

Steve’s maternal grandfather, William Elof Johnson, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
William Elof Johnson on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Steve’s maternal grandmother, Jean Schrom Myles, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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4 Responses

  1. madman says:

    Was Steve’s father Jewish? “Lukather” seemes like an unusual German name, as does “Rose”.

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