Place of Birth: New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: May 2, 1986
*Scottish, Swedish, English, German (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
Thomas McDonell is an American actor, artist, and musician.
His father has Scottish, Swedish, English, and German ancestry. His maternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants, from Poland and Lithuania.
Thomas’s paternal grandfather was Robert Meinrad McDonell (the son of Meinrad/Meinrod Willard McDonell and Elsie J.). Meinrad was of Scottish descent, and was the son of John Andrew/Allan McDonell, who was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, and of Margaret Campbell. Elsie’s parents, Carl John and Augusta, were Swedish.
Thomas’s paternal grandmother was Irma Sophronia Nelson (the daughter of John Robert Nelson and Laura Sophronia/Fronie Pinney). John was born in Minnesota, to Swedish parents. Laura was the daughter of Henry Fordyce Pinney and Elizabeth/Elise M. Boortz, who was of German heritage.
Thomas’s maternal grandfather was Albert Raffeld (the son of Isaac Meyer Halevi). Albert was a Jewish emigrant, from Warsaw, Poland.
Thomas’s maternal grandmother was Libby S. Gutfarb (the daughter of Baruch Gutfarb and Hannah Alperin). Libby was a Jewish emigrant, from Butrimonys, Lithuania.
Sources: Thomas’s paternal grandfather, Robert Meinrad McDonell, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Thomas’s paternal great-grandfather, Meinrad Willard McDonell – http://records.ancestry.co.uk
Thomas’s maternal grandmother, Libby S. Gutfarb, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org