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, and former show host on Nickelodeon.

Amanda’s 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 grandparents were Aharon “Arnold” Organ (the son of Harry Organek) and Chaya “Anne” Tobias (the daughter of Shmuel/Shmelke Taubes/Tobias and Hinde Zelikovitch). Aharon and Chaya were both Jewish, and originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Shmuel was born in Vaslui, Romania, the son of Alexander Sender Taubes and Shprintza/Sprintzes Taubes. Hinde was also born in Vaslui, Romania, 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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bearboy April 14, 2016 at 12:28 pm
amada bynes January 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Are you serious¿, white es the beauty im not rassist but its the truth and everyone know it… this es why all ppl of tv series, magazines etc are WHITE

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.

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