Zac Efron

Efron in 2010, kathclick/

Birth Name: Zachary David Alexander Efron

Place of Birth: San Luis Obispo, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 18, 1987

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (paternal grandfather), as well as English, German, Scottish, possibly around 1/16th Irish, and remote Dutch and Belgian/Flemish

Zac Efron is an American actor, singer, and producer. He has starred in the films Miracle Run, The Derby Stallion, the High School Musical franchise, Hairspray (2007), Me and Orson Welles, 17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud, New Year’s Eve, The Lucky One, The Paperboy, At Any Price, Parkland, That Awkward Moment, We Are Your Friends, Dirty Grandpa, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, The Disaster Artist, The Greatest Showman, The Beach Bum, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile; Gold, Firestarter (2022), The Greatest Beer Run Ever, The Iron Claw, and, in voice performance, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Scoob!; and on the series Summerland and Down to Earth with Zac Efron.

Zac is the son of Starla, an administrative assistant, and David Efron, an electrical engineer. He was raised in Arroyo Grande.

Zac’s paternal grandfather is Jewish, the son of Jewish emigrants from Poland. The surname Efron, an Ashkenazi Jewish name, is Hebrew, and is taken from the Biblical place name, עפרוניים. Zac has described himself as Jewish ( “I very much am”), in a skit where he was more or less playing himself (see here).

Zac’s ancestry from his other grandparents is English, German, Scottish, possibly around 1/16th Irish, and some Dutch and Belgian [Flemish]. One of Zac’s maternal step-grandfathers, Irving Lipskey, was also Jewish.

Zac is an agnostic, and has never been religious.

A picture of Zac with his father can be seen here, and a picture of Zac with his mother can be seen here. A picture of Zac with his paternal grandfather can be seen here.

No genealogical connection between Zac and writer Nora Ephron has been established, but is possible. Nora’s family’s surname was spelled Efron generations back.

Zac’s paternal grandfather is Harold Efron (the son of Nasko/Nossen Rueben Efron and Dworja/Dvora/Dverka Kleszczelska/Klein/Kleiniskyoff). Harold was born in New York, New York, the son of parents, known as Nathan and Dora in the U.S., who were Jewish emigrants, his father from Boćki, Bielsk or Siemiatycze, both in Poland, and his mother from Boćki. Zac’s great-grandparents Nasko and Dworja married in 1927 in Zabłudów, Białystok, Poland. Nasko was the son of Leibel Efron and Gitel “Gutka” Worona. Dworja was the daughter of Nathan Kleszczelska/Klein/Kleiniskyoff, and, likely, Reizel-Feigah/Feiga Webman.

Zac’s paternal grandmother was Dorothy Rhe Karcher (the daughter of George Lippincott/Lippincot Karcher, Jr. and Mildred Geneva Cooper). Dorothy was born in Idaho, and had German, Scottish, and English ancestry. George was born in Nampa, Canyon, Idaho, the son of George Lippincott/Lippincot Karcher, from Pennsylvania, and of Elizabeth Janet “Libbie” McRobbie, from New York; Elizabeth’s paternal grandparents were Scottish. Zac’s great-grandmother Mildred was born in Nebraska, to Minnesota-born parents, Alonzo Byron Cooper and Mary Ellen Hipsley.

Zac’s maternal grandfather was Robert Harold Baskett (the son of Roswell C. Baskett and Matilda A. “Lillie” Bade). Robert was born in Seattle, King, Washington. Roswell was born in Rockford, Spokane, Washington, to a father from Missouri, Charles Monroe Baskett, and a mother from Tennessee, Martha Isabelle/Isabel Dail/Dale. Roswell had English ancestry. Matilda was born in Northfield, Jackson, Wisconsin; Matilda’s father, Albert Carl/Charles/Karl Bade/Bades, was born in Wisconsin, to German parents, with roots in Claushagen, Uckermark, Brandenburg, while Matilda’s mother, Bertha Emily/Caroline Herrmann/Herman, was a German immigrant.

Zac’s maternal grandmother was June Helene Glidden (the daughter of Joseph Henry Glidden and Helene Durgan). June was born in Everett, Snohomish, Washington. Joseph was born in Paw Paw, Van Buren, Michigan, as were Joseph’s own parents, Elmer Ellsworth/Joy Glidden and Luzelle/Luzell/Luella/Luzella Richmond. Elmer had English, Dutch, and Belgian Flemish, ancestry. Elmer’s patrilineal line traces to John Glidden, who was born, c. 1550, in Pancras, near Bideford, Devon, England. Zac’s great-grandmother Helene Durgan was born in Dungeness, Jefferson, Washington, to a father from New York, Edward/Edmund Durgan, and a mother from Michigan, Angie Estelle/Estell Baker. Zac’s great-great-grandfather Edward/Edmund Durgan’s parents were Canadian, and he was of Irish or part Irish ancestry. The surnames Richmond and Baker are often English.

Zac’s great-grandmother Helene (Durgan) Glidden wrote the 1951 novel The Light on the Island, about her childhood growing up on Patos Island, Washington, where her father (Zac’s great-great-grandfather) was lighthouse keeper between 1905 and 1913.


Genealogies of Zac Efron –

Genealogy of Zac Efron (focusing on his father’s side) –

Marriage record of Zac’s paternal grandparents, Harold Efron and Dorothy Rhe Karcher –

Family history of Zac’s paternal grandfather, Harold Efron –

Zac’s paternal grandfather, Harold Efron, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Gravestone of Zac’s paternal great-grandmother, Dworja/Dvora/Dverka (Kleszczelska/Klein/Kleiniskyoff) Efron –

Zac’s paternal grandmother, Dorothy Rhe Karcher, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Zac Efron (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Zac’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Wedding record of Zac’s maternal grandparents, Robert Harold Baskett and June Helene Glidden –

Zac’s maternal grandfather, Robert Harold Baskett, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Zac’s maternal great-grandfather, Roswell C. Baskett, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Matilda A. “Lillie” Bade, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Zac’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Albert Carl/Charles/Karl Bade/Bades and Bertha Emily/Caroline Herrmann/Herman –

Zac’s family in the Glidden genealogy: the fit of the Glidden genes, Volume 2, 2005 –

Zac’s maternal grandmother, June Helene Glidden, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

The Light on the Island, the 1951 novel by Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Helene (Durgan) Glidden –

Picture of Zac’s maternal great-grandmother, Helene (Durgan) Glidden –


Curious about ethnicity

84 Responses

  1. Aiden says:

    I thought that he could be Italian

    • mode0001 says:

      He doesn’t look italian. ”Maybe” in the eyebrows.

      • cellardoor says:

        Yes, those typical italian eyebrows that almost every italian has and are exclusive to people from that country since you hardly see non italians have thicker eyebrows and it is so easy to recognize an entire country by a single expression of a fenotype in a person, like those famous Russian eyes, or the famous Argentinian chin, not to talk about those nasty Dutch hairlines XDXDXD

  2. madman says:

    Why “with the rest of Zac’s ancestry being”?

  3. follers says:

    Zac reminds me of this Israeli model, Eliran Biton.

  4. Marlene Bleddyn says:

    I’ve got a somewhat similar ancestry with Welsh, Belgian (Flemish), German, English, Swiss-German, Norwegian, distant French(not confirmed) and distant Dutch. I’ve got brown hair and green eyes, and very pale skin.

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