Ansel Elgort’s father is of Eastern European Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. Ansel’s mother has English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and German ancestry on one side, and Norwegian on the other.
Ansel Elgort was born on March 14, 1994, in New York City, New York, the United States, to an artistic couple - father Arthur is a fashion photographer who famously worked for Vogue, and mom Grethe Barrett Holby is an opera director. Elgort is named after photographer Ansel Adams. Ansel has two older siblings, Warren, a film editor, and Sophie, a photographer.
His mother has an interesting family background: her mother (Ansel’s grandmother) worked for the Resistance during WWII. Posing as a young mother, she took Jewish Norwegian children over the border to safety in Sweden. She was found out in 1943 when the Nazis came to her door in the middle of the night and sent her to a concentration camp, where she spent 18 months. She survived and moved to the United States after the war ended.
Ansel’s parents’ artistic backgrounds inspired him and his siblings to engage in the arts at a young age. His two older siblings pursued film editing and professional photography.