Britney Spears

by ethnic on May 13, 2008

Birth Name: Britney Jean Spears

Place of Birth: McComb, Mississippi, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 2, 1981

Ethnicity: English, along with 1/16th Maltese, and small amounts of Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Irish, French, and Welsh

Britney Spears is an American pop singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. She is the daughter of Lynne Irene (Bridges) and James Parnell “Jamie” Spears. She is the sister of actress and singer Jamie Lynn Spears. Britney has two children with her former husband, dancer, rapper, model, and actor Kevin Federline.

Britney’s maternal grandmother was an English war bride, and one of Britney’s maternal great-great-grandfathers was Maltese. Most of the rest of Britney’s recent ancestors were American-born, with most of her roots being English, along with Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Irish, French, and Welsh, all of them distant or remote to various degrees. Some of Britney’s distant English ancestors lived in Barbados and Liberia.

Britney’s paternal grandfather was June Austin Spears (the son of June Bacot/Becker Spears and Nova Mae Gill). Britney’s grandfather June was born in Louisiana. Britney’s great-grandfather June was the son of Pascal Greene Spears and Mary Pauline Bridges. Nova was the daughter of James Monroe Gill and Effie Strahan.

Britney’s paternal grandmother was Emma Jean Forbes (the daughter of William Nelson Forbes and Lexie/Lexis May Thompson). Emma was born in Mississippi. William was the son of William Nelson Forbes and Kiturah/Katuriah Leona Ball. Lexie was the daughter of Ernest Fulton Thompson and Bertha Magee.

Britney’s maternal grandfather was Barnett/Barney O’Field Bridges (the son of Joel Menton Bridges and Adeline/Addie/Addy Williams). Barnett was born in Louisiana. Joel was the son of James/John Jackson Bridges and Mary Josephine Phillips. Adeline was the daughter of Marshall E. Williams and Missouri E. Wall.

Britney’s maternal grandmother was Lilian/Lillian Irene Portell (the daughter of George Anthony Portelli/Portell and Lilian Esther Lewis). Britney’s grandmother Lilian was born in Barkham Road, Tottenham. George was the son of Edward Richard Portelli, who was from Malta, and of Alice Taylor. Lilian was the daughter of James Lewis and Esther Moss. Britney’s Maltese great-great-grandfather Edward was the son of Antonio Portelli; it is possible that Edward was of Italian ancestry, like many people on Malta.

Britney’s parents are third cousins. Two of Britney’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents, William Lee Bridges and Pauline Ann Travis, were also two of Britney’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents.

Sources: Genealogies of Britney Spears –

Genealogies of Britney’s paternal grandparents, June Austin Spears and Emma Jean Forbes –

Article about the family of Britney’s maternal grandmother, Lilian Irene Portell –

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neiltennant July 24, 2018 at 5:01 am

she looks like the Italian American girl from the next door

bearboy September 26, 2017 at 11:14 am
ashash January 3, 2018 at 8:57 pm

Man, what is this?

bearboy September 23, 2017 at 5:32 pm
bearboy September 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm

@Follers, there are two questions I am curious about. 1. Is it possible Britney Spears has Arab, Sephardic Jewish, and/or Italian ancestry on her Maltese side of her family going back to the 1600’s? 2. If so can we try to find it?

andrew July 21, 2017 at 4:15 am
bearboy February 3, 2017 at 2:42 pm

She is very beautiful! Looks like my friends who from Palestine and Lebanon. what a beautiful smile she has

andrew February 4, 2017 at 3:53 am

Last summer you stated that she looks Norwegian…

bearboy February 4, 2017 at 10:06 am

You’re right Andrew! I was wrong about her looking Scandinavian. She looks mediterranean such as southern European or Middle Eastern/North African. Although I must say my friends from Palestine look very light skinned for Arabs. Although Britney Spears is part Irish which has some of the same features as Scandinavians (such as being fair skinned). I guess I was wished she looked Scandinavian (or Irish) to be like me (being that I am half Irish half Scandinavian). I don’t mean to get personal but out of curiosity you’re of Finnish descent right?

andrew February 4, 2017 at 11:48 am

Yes, I am 100% Finnish from Lahti.

Btw Britney Spears does not look North African at all!

bearboy February 4, 2017 at 11:53 am

Cool I am 50% Norwegian so maybe we are close relatives! :) Also Maltese people probably have North African and even Sub-Saharan African ancestry. Malta is directly north of Northern Africa.

madman February 4, 2017 at 4:33 pm

I though you were Italian, since you always comment on Italian celebrities. Finnish surprised me.

Being Swedish, I guess I’m the big brother of both of you.

andrew February 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm

My wife is Italian, that is the reason.

ethnic February 4, 2017 at 9:33 pm

Its good to know that the contributors of this site are from such diverse backgrounds.

follers February 4, 2017 at 11:24 pm

Yes. I’m Finland-Swedish myself, from the Lapland Peninsula. ethnicelebs contributors cover a diverse range of Scandinavian or Fennoscandian backgrounds.

fuzzybear44 February 5, 2017 at 1:36 am


You stated you were Italian when you first came on the site, now you’re 100% Finnish?

madman February 5, 2017 at 1:41 am

follers, I could’ve sworn you were American. And something told me you were Jewish as well. Another surprise.

ethnic, you are Australian, right?

follers February 5, 2017 at 1:47 am

Ethnic comes from a tiny little street in the village of Ølstykke-Stenløse, Denmark. He actually used to be Prime Minister of Denmark, in the 1960s.

madman February 5, 2017 at 2:30 am

I suspected you were trolling, partly because you referred to the totally existing “Lapland Peninsula” and partly because I already knew you grew up in Haugesund with bearboy, not Finland.

follers February 5, 2017 at 2:37 am

As I said on that thread, “I’m the only person on the site who isn’t Norwegian.” That is because I am Finland-Swedish.

I did spend some time in Haugesund, yes.

Now there are two of us who aren’t Norwegian.

ethnic February 5, 2017 at 7:32 am

It seems Follers has traced the wrong guy. Australian yes Danish no.

andrew February 6, 2017 at 12:23 am


I have never said anything about my background and I have alwais been reluctant, until Follers spotted my Finnish roots.

follers February 6, 2017 at 12:28 am

Your Finnish ancestry is visible a mile away. You bear an inescapable resemblance to Jessica Lange.

andrew February 6, 2017 at 12:37 am

yeah, my maternal great-aunt looked a bit like her.

fuzzybear44 February 7, 2017 at 1:54 am


I have never said anything about my background and I have alwais been reluctant, until Follers spotted my Finnish roots.)

Well it doesn’t matter to me if you’re (Italian, French, German or English), It’s no big deal to me. However being that I like facts, and this is just for the record, Here you are at (Bradley Coopers) site page Stating that you are Italian and never mentioning a wife. Go ahead look for yourself

Bradley cooper site page:
andrew April 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm
i’m italian and he really looks like a friend of mine. Get over it

andrew February 7, 2017 at 4:51 am

Yes, I already was Italian by citizenship, after having moved from my hometown Lahti in the 1990s, but not married. Yes, a friend of mine does look like Bradley but tbh the American actor is better looking.

follers February 7, 2017 at 6:27 pm

I don’t know what the fuss is about. The Fennoscandian backgrounds of myself, Andrew, and bearboy are certain. They have been verified/documented. We even meet up on weekends to play polka.

fuzzybear44 February 8, 2017 at 1:56 am


No fuss, just clearing up a fact. You can’t blame me for that

follers February 8, 2017 at 3:18 am

Fuzzybear, any relation to bearboy?

fuzzybear44 February 9, 2017 at 1:03 am


Aren’t all bears related?

tUMAGA July 28, 2018 at 2:26 pm

you will never find an ethnic original scandinavian with that look

she looks italian or spanish and you are correct she can pass for lebanese too !!
i totally agree

luckystar February 14, 2017 at 9:33 am

She doesnt look southern european, she looks mostly british. There are a lot of Britney impersonators from Uk, Lorna Bliss and some others. She also looks like Jennifer Ellison when they were both younger… but Britney right now has done plastic surgery and using more spray tan.

neiltennant September 24, 2017 at 6:30 am

SHE has very dark brown eyes

dark brown eyes most italians or arab people do have

back in spring 1999 when i bought BABY ONE MORE TIME album i saw her dark brown eyes and could not believe that she is just northern european

andrew January 26, 2017 at 1:34 pm
bearboy September 30, 2016 at 6:10 pm

Britney and Jamie Spears I knew had some southern European ancestry. The two of them could pass as much as 43.75% Ashkenazi Jewish in my opinion.

caligurl2 November 20, 2016 at 10:25 am

What exactly do Ashkenazi Jews have to do with southern europe? furthermore what is an “Ashkenazi Jew” look. I guess people just can’t help but put groups of people into a bubble to make it simple on themselves.

bearboy November 20, 2016 at 11:23 am

There are Ashkenazi and Italian appearances and they aren’t usually that similar but they do have certain ethnic traits.

luckystar September 5, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Portelli is a Sicilian surname from Ragusa

luckystar September 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm
neiltennant August 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm

she has an italian vibe

she could play LIZA MINELLI in a biopic :-=

neiltennant August 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm

she has an italian vibe

she could play LIZA MINELLI in a biopic

andrew August 25, 2016 at 5:47 am
andrew August 25, 2016 at 5:43 am
luckystar September 5, 2016 at 2:31 pm

I hope she does not have distant SSA admix.

fuzzybear44 September 7, 2016 at 10:54 pm

What , you don’t want her to be like you

luckystar September 12, 2016 at 9:11 am

Im italian, im already like her.

andrew September 13, 2016 at 3:16 pm

as far as I know you’re Brazilian.

luckystar September 15, 2016 at 7:01 am

is brazilian an ethnicity?

andrew August 25, 2016 at 5:15 am
bearboy August 12, 2016 at 7:53 pm

She looks Norwegian. I would know I was born and spent most of my life there.

neiltennant August 26, 2016 at 2:14 pm

you idiot

you never seen norwegians

most of them have light eyes and different shape of face

you are a fucking idiot

bearboy September 8, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Wow Neiltennant first of all I am half Norwegian descent. 2nd of all it’s called an opinion and btw you’re the idiot who laughs at minorities that don’t agree with you politically. So maybe get a brain before calling anyone else an idiot okay

bearboy February 18, 2017 at 4:59 pm

Neiltennant I take back my critical comment against you.. you are 100% right. She is very exotic! probably a mixture of Palestinian and South African DNA with a drop of Chinese. God bless America! A beautiful melting pot.

lelo4 August 7, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Maltese are basically Arabic-speaking Sicilians. Her mom is only 1/8 Maltese, but looks full Sicilian or Jewish.

bearboy August 10, 2016 at 7:51 pm

I agree with you! Probably Britney’s mother does have Sicilian and Jewish ancestry some where down the line on the Maltese side of their family.

luckystar September 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Many sicilians looks armenoid in their phenotype, Lady gaga does it.

andrew September 5, 2016 at 2:52 pm

You need to stop to read so-called “anthropology forums” led by bipolar/transgender admins (you perfectly know what I mean) because Lady Gaga never look “Armenoid”. This is how she looked before having a rhinoplasty (her nose looks thinner now),cs_srgb,dpr_1.0,q_80,w_620/MTE5NDg0MDYyOTc5MTYzNjYz.jpg
An “Armenoid” girl has this look:

savanna September 5, 2016 at 3:21 pm

Lady Gaga in 2005 kind of looks like that “Armenoid” girl:

andrew September 5, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Only in the hair style. Do you know what an Armenoid is?

luckystar September 5, 2016 at 4:14 pm

Lady gaga still look to me Gracile Med-Alpine-Armenoid.

andrew September 5, 2016 at 4:44 pm

Lady Gaga’s father is of Sicilian descent, not Lady Gaga. And he looks Southern European:
Average Sicilian does not look Armenoid/West Asian besides some cherrypicked examples. Also (Ashkenazi) Jews can look like anything and they’re different from Sicilians. You need to detoxify from anthro forums.

luckystar September 5, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Lady gaga’s mother is also part italian. Armenoid look is very common in MESSINA, CATANIA, and SYRACUSE.

luckystar September 5, 2016 at 6:03 pm

Sicilian woman by Wilhelm von Gloeden

CLEARLY looks like lady gaga
deal with it, lady gaga came out really italian with alpine and armenoid phenotype.

andrew September 5, 2016 at 6:25 pm

nice pic by Wilhelm von Gloeden. Btw you still have no clue about what Armenoid phenotype is since you’re completely brainwashed to put Sicilian, Lebanese and Jews in the same bag. Lebanon is an Arab/MENA country while Sicily is part of Southern Europe, and Lady Gaga is not Armenoid at all:,cs_srgb,dpr_1.0,q_80,w_620/MTE5NDg0MDYyOTc5MTYzNjYz.jpg

luckystar September 5, 2016 at 7:13 pm

So? this is armenoid phenotype
its very common in many southern italians, and lady gaga does it in many pictures. She is Alpine and armenoid, it has nothing to do about being lebanese or something
its just a phenotype common in many Arab countries/Sicilians from Messina, Catania, Syracuse and in Jews.
And, many sicilians does have a lot of north african genes, mostly scores more than 10% on 23andme.
12% native american is enough to make you look mestizo, dont you think southern italians looks MENA because many are more than 10% north african? FOR SURE.

luckystar September 5, 2016 at 7:16 pm
andrew September 6, 2016 at 5:20 am

The fact is that what you think is Armenoid is not actually Armenoid. Stop whitewashing MENAs. A real Armenoid has these features (Nose, occiput, forehead and eyes): This kind of look does not exist in Sicily.

luckystar September 6, 2016 at 9:20 pm

Lady gaga is not fully armenoid but she has some influence, she is also alpine.
youre blind enough to not see she share somes features with this armenoid type

easy to see it×490/landscape-1459183333-lady-gaga-2016-academy-awards-index.jpg

andrew September 7, 2016 at 6:04 am

yeah, I am blind. You’re comparing a black and white picture of a hook-nosed swarthy Georgian man with the one of an entertainer of mixed South and North/West European background who had several plastic surgery treatments, and whose natural appareance (before she become famous) was this:

luckystar September 8, 2016 at 10:02 pm
andrew June 25, 2016 at 6:20 pm
savanna June 9, 2016 at 6:47 am

Article on Britney’s ancestors, including photos of grandparents Lillian Portell and Barnett Bridges, and great-grandparents Lillian Lewis and George Portell/Portelli:

neiltennant May 26, 2016 at 11:59 am

on some pics she looks like LIZA MINELLI


andrew May 26, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Liza Minnelli is only 1/8 Italian (Sicilian) and Britney Spears has 1/16 Italian (Sicilian) or Maltese ancestry. Not much to be effective on her look.

luckystar May 29, 2016 at 11:15 am
savanna May 29, 2016 at 7:08 pm

Judy Garland had English, Irish and Scottish heritage.

Also that is a wax figure in the picture, Judy Garland did not look exactly like that.

luckystar May 29, 2016 at 10:22 pm

All of those heritage are BRITISH.
Judy garland with blonde hair looks exactly like younger Britney Spears

bearboy May 25, 2016 at 1:47 am

She has no Jewish ancestry? I am starting to wonder if this was photo shopped!

savanna May 25, 2016 at 8:23 am

No she does not. I remember that at the time of that picture (it was in the tabloids) she was dating a Jewish man, but did not convert.

bearboy May 25, 2016 at 5:49 pm

Okay thanks I forgot about that. Britney Spears is really pretty and looks like Mindy Sterling a little bit. Although I don’t think they are even distantly related being that all Mindy Sterling’s ancestors 500-1000 years back were Ashkenazi Jewish and Britney Spears doesn’t have any Jewish ancestry that far back. God bless genealogy :)

passingtime85 May 28, 2016 at 5:38 am

Which Mindy Sterling? The only one I can think of is the comedienne. She looks nothing like Britney.

luckystar May 29, 2016 at 10:41 am

Lynne Spears, Britney’s Mom, Gets Court Order Barring Sam Lutfi From Anti-Semitic Allegations

luckystar May 5, 2016 at 1:07 am

She has cherokee from her father side

1880 census of Newton Co., AR. states that John T. Spears’ father was born in Va., as was his mother Sallie (a researcher notes, however, that other sources give their births as NC/SC/GA.)
In 1839 he left farm in Bedford co., TN and moved to (AL? Ark.?)In 1850 he is living with all his known children in Jefferson township, Carroll Co., Ar.
John Spears had always been a farmer, but in 1844-46 he was the coroner for Carroll Co., Ar.In 1864 he moved to Springfield, Mo., but in 1867 back to Arkansas, to Newton County.

He married 1st circa 1823 (probably in N.C.) Agnes (Agnekas, “Aggie”) White, daughter of Serrul/SURREL “EAGLE” WHITE (b. in10-29-1809 NC) and Susannah LANKFORD.She was part Cherokee.:

and she has told yall

follers May 5, 2016 at 1:34 am

She didn’t tell us anything. That’s a joke article put out on April Fool’s Day.

How is Britney Spears descended from John T. Spears? According to these trees, she isn’t.

luckystar May 5, 2016 at 7:35 am

“There were other Spears in Osyka and Kentwood, but from the names, Britney Spears’ family obviously belongs to the line above.”

you are right, my link was publicated at 2002 and she prob is not descendent from John T.
But, who knows?

phaedra April 19, 2016 at 12:50 am

The dark eyes is the Maltese part in her.

savanna March 20, 2016 at 3:10 pm

Her parents are 5th cousins once removed.
“192 – 199 are Same as 136 – 143″ under ” GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS” via the wargs link in the article.

follers March 20, 2016 at 3:18 pm

Her parents are third cousins.

bearboy March 20, 2016 at 5:06 pm

Thanks for accepting Greg Gutfeld! Did you respond to something I said on the Britney Spears page because I am not able to see most of the comments.

savanna March 20, 2016 at 5:26 pm

whoops my bad

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