Birth Name: Zachary Michael Gilford
Place of Birth: Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Date of Birth: January 14, 1982
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
Zach Gilford is an American actor. He has starred in the series Friday Night Lights and Midnight Mass, and the films Post Grad and The Purge: Anarchy. He is married to actress Kiele Sanchez, with whom he has a daughter.
Zach’s father is Jewish, of Russian Jewish, Austrian Jewish, and Hungarian Jewish descent. Zach’s mother is of Swedish ancestry, and is Lutheran.
Zach’s paternal grandfather was Ronald M. Gilford (the son of Samuel A. Gelford/Gilford and Mildred Harrietta Friedman). Ronald was born in Illinois. Samuel was also born in Illinois, to Russian Jewish parents, Solomon Gilford and Belle. Mildred was born in Illinois, to Jewish emigrants, an Austrian-born father, Ignatz Friedman, and a Hungarian-born mother, Hannah Engel.
Zach’s paternal grandmother was Esther Adele Miller (the daughter of Michael Miller and Sarah Nemsky). Esther was born in Illinois, to Russian Jewish parents.
Zach’s maternal grandfather was Karl Richard Johnson (the son of Charles Theodore Emanuel Johnson and Sigrid Swanson). Karl was born in Illinois. Charles was born in Illinois, to Swedish parents, John S. Johnson and Christina Hawkenson. Zach’s great-grandmother Sigrid was Swedish, the daughter of Nels Swanson and Nilla Person.
Zach’s maternal grandmother was Evelyn Jo Hilander (the daughter of Arthur Conrad Hilander and Julia Augusta Johnson). Evelyn was born in Illinois. Arthur was born in Wisconsin, to Swedish parents, Svenning Magnusson Hilander, from Hestra-Boshuet, Smaland, and Helena Kristina/Christina Carlsson, from Alghult, Hohults, Mellangard. Julia was also Swedish.
Zach’s paternal grandfather, Ronald M. Gilford, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Zach’s paternal grandfather, Ronald M. Gilford – https://www.juf.org
Zach’s paternal grandmother, Esther Adele Miller, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Zach’s paternal grandmother, Esther Adele (Miller) Gilford – https://www.dignitymemorial.com
Zach’s maternal grandfather, Karl Richard Johnson, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Zach’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Zach’s maternal grandmother, Evelyn Jo Hilander, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Zach’s maternal grandmother, Evelyn Jo (Hilander) Johnson Beierwaltes – http://articles.chicagotribune.com
Ethnic, funny that Zach was originally listed as of English descent. He actually has no English ancestry at all!
Nice find. I can see how it may be assumed that his name is a variant of the name Guildford