Birth Name: Zoe Swicord Kazan
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: September 9, 1983
Ethnicity: Greek (paternal grandfather), English, German
Zoe Kazan is an American actress, screenwriter, and playwright. Her roles include Me & Orson Welles, It’s Complicated, Happythankyoumoreplease, Meek’s Cutoff, Ruby Sparks, Olive Kitteridge, In Your Eyes, The Big Sick, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The Plot Against America, Clickbait, and She Said.
She is the daughter of screenwriters/filmmakers Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord (Robin Stender Swicord). Zoe’s grandfather was director Elia Kazan. Her sister is actress Maya Kazan. Her paternal grandfather was of Greek descent, and her other ancestry is English and German.
Zoe has a daughter with her partner, actor and director Paul Dano.
Zoe’s paternal grandfather was Elia Kazan (originally Kazantzoglou, the son of George Kazantzoglou and Athena Shishmanoglou/Sismanozlon). Elia was born in the then-Ottoman Empire, of Greek descent. George was the son of Elia Kazantzoglou. Athena was the daughter of Isaak Shishmanoglou and Anna Karajosifoglou.
Zoe’s paternal grandmother was Mary Day “Molly” Thacher (the daughter of Alfred Beaumont Thacher and Emma Cecelia Erkenbrecher/Erkenbrecker). Mary was born in New Jersey, and was of English and German descent, with many prominent ancestors. Alfred was the son of Thomas Anthony Thacher and Olivia Elizabeth Day. Emma was the daughter of Cornelius Miles Ekrenbrecher/Erchenbrechber and Mary Beck.
Zoe’s maternal grandfather was Henry Grady Swicord II (the son of Henry Grady Swicord and Julia Rebecca Worn). Zoe’s grandfather Henry was born in Georgia. Zoe’s great-grandfather Henry was the son of James Spurgen Swicord and Nancy Parker. Julia was the daughter of Oscar Lloyd Worn and Florence Louida Boyett.
Zoe’s maternal grandmother was Jean Carroll Stender (the daughter of Carl Henry Stender and Esther M. Carroll). Jean was born in South Carolina. Carl’s parents, Carl Hinrich/Heinrich Stender and Meta Sophia Albers, were German.
Sources: Genealogy of Zoe Kazan – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Zoe’s paternal grandmother, Mary Day “Molly” Thacher (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Zoe’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Cornelius Miles Ekrenbrecher/Erchenbrechber – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Zoe’s mother (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com