Amanda Bynes

by ethnic on January 19, 2010

Birth Name: Amanda Laura Bynes

Place of Birth: Thousand Oaks, Ventura, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 3, 1986

*Lithuanian, Irish, Polish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Amanda Bynes is an American actress, comedian, fashion designer, and former show host on Nickelodeon.

Amanda is the daughter of Lynn and Rick Bynes. Her father is Catholic, and of Lithuanian, Irish, and Polish descent. Amanda’s mother is Jewish (of Polish Jewish, Russian Jewish, and Romanian Jewish descent, with more distant Czech Jewish, German Jewish, and Austrian Jewish ancestry). Amanda was raised around both faiths and has described herself as Jewish, as well as, as undecided between which religion to follow.

Amanda’s paternal grandfather was Richard Joseph Bynes (the son of Joseph Bynes and Ellen N. Quinn). Richard was born in Illinois. Amanda’s great-grandfather Joseph was Lithuanian. Ellen was born in Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Amanda’s paternal grandmother was Helen Eleonor Knitter (the daughter of John Knitter and Frances/Francis Megel/Migel). Helen was born in North Dakota. John was born in Poland, the son of Johann/John August Knitter and Marcianna Mary Klopotek; he may have also had German ancestry (his surname is German). Frances was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Wincenty/Vincent Gabriel Migelski/Megel/Migel and Franciszka Józefina Gostomska/Gostomski, who were both Polish. Frances’s ancestry can be traced in Poland as far back as the 1700s.

Amanda’s maternal grandfather was Aharon “Arnold” Organ (the son of Harry Organek). Aharon was from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and was Jewish.

Amanda’s maternal grandmother was Chaya “Anne” Tobias (the daughter of Shmuel/Shmelke Taubes/Tobias and Hinde Zelikovitch). Chaya was from Toronto, and was also Jewish. Shmuel was born in Vaslui, Romania, the son of Alexander Sender Taubes and Shprintza/Sprintzes Taubes. Hinde was also born in Vaslui, and was the daughter of Abraham Ben Yehuda Leib Zelacovitch and Cecile/Zisi.

Sources: Genealogy of Amanda Bynes –

Genealogy of Amanda’s paternal grandmother, Helen Eleonor Knitter (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

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{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

bearboy April 14, 2016 at 12:28 pm
amada bynes January 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm
amada bynes January 20, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Richard joseph bynes might hace haz NA ancestry cause A manda looks mestiza

ashash April 10, 2015 at 10:31 pm

Mestiza? I see it!

Chris K December 29, 2013 at 3:34 am

Um she is clearly just white but she used to be hot, look at these photos of amanda bynes:

amada bynes January 20, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Are you serious¿¿¿¿ white es the beauty, km not rassist but bits the truth, and everyone know it this es why allí people of tv magazines, etc are WHITE

ashash April 10, 2015 at 10:32 pm

Are you really Amanda Bynes? Or just some troll?

Probably the latter.

Amanda used to be a cutie, I agree.

Dan December 7, 2013 at 2:30 am

I would’ve guessed 100% crazy.

Aaron Mcdonnell Zellenburg November 14, 2013 at 9:24 pm

“Knitter”? That doesn’t sound very Polish to me…

follers November 14, 2013 at 9:27 pm
spaceyaquarius August 7, 2013 at 7:55 pm

What a hottie before 2012, but now she’s KooKoo Crazy.

levangelista36 August 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Ashkenazi Jewish is an ethnic group.

levangelista36 August 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I agree Ashkenazi Jewish is a ethnic group. I’m talking about race, though.

levangelista36 August 6, 2012 at 4:16 am

Ashkenazi Jewish is an ethnic group.

Stephanie April 10, 2012 at 5:31 am


Anya April 10, 2012 at 9:28 am

You are confusing race and ethnicity. The United Nations recognises over 5,000 ethnic groups. In relation to race, most people accept that there are four main racial types – Negroid, Caucasoid, Mongoloid and Australoid. Some people also add Capoid to that list.

Marc March 14, 2012 at 1:04 am

2 I love you,Roger Scientist

Well,i think you’re anough smart to distinguish correct information from trolling.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 14, 2012 at 1:15 am

Then this site is filled with nothing but trolls.

Marc March 14, 2012 at 1:54 am

“”They think only Northern Europeans are white””

Believe me! that’s a rubbish! i’m from Europe i know.For example many people in West think that all girls in Eastern Europe or Scandinavia tall and sexy blondies like Victoria Silvstedt or A.Sklenarikova….)))))) i don’t know where this desinformation comin’ from! But,seriously there is a lot of darkhaired,southern lookin’ people,moreover i think in Northern Italy or Central France nordic lookin’ people more frequent than in Northern Germany or Poland

I love you, Roger Scientist March 14, 2012 at 2:01 am

Janice Dickinson is Eastern European. She is very dark. She looks mixed when younger, but her sister, Debbie, was blonde, and her sister, Alexis, was a dark redhead with grey eyes.

Kelly21 March 7, 2012 at 8:44 am

Is this a joke? Of course she is white. What is WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!?!?!?!!!!

I love you, Roger Scientist March 12, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Of course she is not white.

Marc March 14, 2012 at 12:05 am

She’s not white? So what colour Is she,blue?

I love you, Roger Scientist March 14, 2012 at 12:17 am

I don’t understand. I thought this site only considered Northern Europeans as white?

Marc March 14, 2012 at 12:41 am

where did you read it?

I love you, Roger Scientist March 14, 2012 at 12:45 am

From this site. All this talk about how Jews and Italians and the Portuguese etc. are not white.

Me myself and I June 10, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I believe ethnicelebs is the website that is visited by the most stupid members of our fellow race, the dumb fucked human race. Sorry for the language but it’s a fact -_-
And calm down Marc, he’s obviously sarcastic.

joe February 9, 2012 at 3:48 am

She has black in her

Angantyr February 12, 2012 at 2:13 am

She doesn’t but who cares if she did?

It was amusing seeing her pretending to be a Russian on her show, then finding out that she is of Russian descent.

Wil February 8, 2012 at 11:11 am

She’s beautiful and don’t care what she is :)

storm January 29, 2012 at 12:41 am

she biracial

ONLY ANGLO-SAXONS ARE WHITE March 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Yes. She is.

Andrea January 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Omg i had no idea she was part Romanian! lol i get so excited when i find out someone is Romanian because it is so rare that i meet someone else who is where i live lol. And i swear Romanians look like everything in the book! My dad is dark (not gypsy -_-) my mom is very pale, ive meet Romanians that look Asian, Hispanic, White, Black… its almost impossible to tell! (lol btw i came out looking Hispanic.)

rose January 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm

the only teen actress who didn’t turn into a S****t. Good for her. we need more role models like this and less of that Miley Syrus and Demi Lovato

Hate Me January 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Don’t you hate white people? You said so on the Johnny Depp board.

Get lost.

Brea Caldwell January 11, 2012 at 6:42 pm

It took me half my Life to actually care to ask about mine also lol I could care less growing up (:

Courtnee Michelle Cooper March 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

I am english and german!!!!!!!!! amanda bynes is a beautiful creature.

Blah December 7, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Jewish is not an ethnicity!!!!…

Lacey December 28, 2011 at 12:18 am

Are you sure?

me December 28, 2011 at 8:05 am

Then you do not know what is a Jewish

Jessica-Tere October 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

Ethnicity: The fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition.

So how is Jewish not an ethnicity when there are literally tons of people who do not practice Judaism but still call themselves Jewish? Because like any other ethnicity or culture they identify with people like them, have the same customs and holidays etc. It’s an ethnicity, get over it.

Cristina November 2, 2010 at 1:46 am

Romanian pride!

anonymous February 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Hahaha right?! Romanian Pride! <3 :)

liz November 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm

thank you.

Natasha September 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

Amanda please!!!!

Anonymous August 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm


Junior July 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Don`t be stupid Anne, Jewish is an ethnicity too, Duh!

Duhhhhh!! August 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Only Americans say it’s an ethnicity.

From Russia with Love. September 17, 2010 at 5:32 am

Here In Russia everyone knows it’s an ethnicity.. I’ve also been to a lot of Europe( Ukraine, Belarus, France, Germany, Latvia, England, and more) To Visit Friends who are Jewish(not all of them religious) and they all are known as ethnic jews to the people around them…so “duhhh” you are a дурак !

liz November 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm

no shit.

Rachael January 4, 2012 at 7:56 am
I'd fuck her. June 16, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Really hard.

Rachael January 4, 2012 at 7:57 am

ur disgusting and how old are you disgusting people make me feel like they a whores

Nathan Teasdale Mottram February 19, 2010 at 10:51 am

it might of only been her mothers side she got told about because bynes is english :)

Alf June 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Maybe she doesn’t want to know her English side.

Robert October 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Inj the USA, people of every ethnic group have taken on english surnames after they got here. Some took them by force. People like to think she has English blood because of that movie she was in.

ethnic February 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm

hmm thats interesting. maybe her mother missed out that part.


Nathan Teasdale Mottram February 8, 2010 at 7:14 am
ethnic January 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I guess some people dont really care about their background. its a shame. not me though ;)


Jen January 19, 2010 at 9:17 am

Hmm..yeah..strange that one is :-/

:kira January 19, 2010 at 7:32 am

I wonder why it took her 23 years to ask?

Jen January 19, 2010 at 2:00 am

she has a very good mix! <3

liz November 1, 2010 at 9:49 pm


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