Cameron Diaz

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Birth Name: Cameron Michelle Diaz

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 30, 1972

*father – Cuban [Spanish, including Asturian, possibly other], one eighth Spanish-Venezuelan
*mother – English, Scottish, Irish, German

Cameron Diaz is an American actress, producer, and model. She starred in the films There’s Something About Mary and In Her Shoes. Cameron is married to musician Benji Madden.

Cameron’s paternal grandparents were of Cuban descent (with Spanish, including Asturian, ancestry); her father also had one eighth Spanish-Venezuelan ancestry. Cameron’s mother has English, Scottish, Irish, and German ancestry. Cameron has also stated that she has Native American ancestry on her mother’s side (sometimes specified as Cherokee Native American). It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented. There are no Native American ancestors, Cherokee or otherwise, in Cameron’s mother’s recent and relatively recent family tree.

Cameron’s paternal grandfather was Emilio Cadiz Diaz Jr. (the son of Emilio F. “El Gato” Díaz and Joaquina “Queenie” Cabranes Cádiz). Cameron’s grandfather was born in Tampa, Florida. Cameron’s great-grandfather Emilio was a Cuban emigrant, from Havana. Joaquina was also a Cuban emigrant, and was the daughter of a man surnamed Cabranes, and of a Venezuelan emigrant, Antonia Cádiz Sánchez, who was of Spanish descent.

Cameron’s paternal grandmother was Gertrudes Lavin (the daughter of Luis Lavín García and Mercedes Duarte Alonso). Gertrudes was born in Florida. Luis was born in Cuba, to a Spanish-born father, Francisco Felipe Lavín, and a Cuban-born mother, Gertrudes García. Mercedes was also born in Cuba, also to a Spanish-born father, Manuel Duarte, and a Cuban-born mother, Mercedes Alonso.

Cameron’s maternal grandfather was William Marion Early (the son of John Winchester Early and Chloe Kendall Allen). John was the son of William Robin Early and Emma Rozella Fusselman. Chloe was the daughter of Charles Marion Allen and Catherine Delcina Babb.

Cameron’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Jeanette Waddingham (the daughter of Joseph Herbert Waddingham and Elizabeth Rankin Withers). Joseph was born in Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada, the son of Joseph Waddingham, who was born in North Cave, Yorkshire, England, and of Frances Anna Kels, who was born in Templeport Parish, County Caven, Ireland. Cameron’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was born in Illinois, to an English father, Richard James Withers, and a mother from Missouri, Nancy/Nannie S. Scott.

Sources: Genealogy of Cameron Diaz (focusing on her father’s side) –

Cameron’s paternal grandmother, Gertrude/Gertrudes Lavin, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Cameron Diaz (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Cameron’s maternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth Rankin Withers, on the 1880 U.S. Census –


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Manila February 2, 2018 at 9:52 am

Emilio Cadiz Diaz, Jr. was born in Tampa, Florida, and was the son of Emilio F. “El Gato” Díaz and Joaquina “Queenie” Cabranes Cádiz. Cameron’s great-grandfather Emilio was a Cuban emigrant, from Havana. Joaquina was also a Cuban emigrant, and was the daughter of a man surnamed Cabranes and of a Venezuelan emigrant, Antonia Cádiz Sánchez, who was of Spanish descent.

Correct Cameron’s paternal grandmother to Gertrudes Lavin, and she was born in Tampa, Florida, as well as her parents’ names to Luis Lavín García and Mercedes Duarte Alonso. The correct parents of Luis are Spanish-born Francisco Felipe Lavín and Cuban-born Gertrudes García. The correct parents of Mercedes are Spanish-born Manuel Duarte and Cuban-born Mercedes Alonso.

And, include Asturian as part of her Spanish ancestry.

Pegzi June 3, 2017 at 2:16 am

I tried to edit her wikipedia page to undo the cherokee with a link to this but they said it wasn’t a reliable source… nvm

ashash September 2, 2017 at 7:01 pm

LOL. This site is more reliable and accurate than Wikipedia.

Pegzi September 26, 2017 at 9:44 am
Pegzi June 1, 2017 at 7:37 am

She could be part taino

andrew June 21, 2016 at 5:50 pm

“Cameron Diaz was born on August 30, 1972 in San Diego, California. The daughter of Emilio Diaz, a second-generation Cuban-American oil company foreman, and his wife Billie, who is of Native American, Italian, and German descent”

romanticcelt March 18, 2016 at 1:37 pm

They really need to start distinguishing Irish ancestry on ethnicelebs. I think there are a lot of people marked as having “Irish” ancestry who are actually of “Scots-Irish” descent, including Cameron Diaz. I wish the Irish in question was more discernible.

anen87 February 17, 2016 at 2:42 am

This guy i had in class in college, he’s so hot i couldn’t stand it! He’s half Peruvian half white. He said his Peruvian dad is white like him. His last name is Torres.

Devotion October 26, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Looks more like her mother’s side.

JoshG October 25, 2015 at 12:35 pm

She didn’t age well.

cwm85 October 25, 2015 at 2:24 pm

Neither have you.

Devotion October 26, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Weak comeback.

margot September 11, 2015 at 7:57 am

She is only of European descent…Spaniards are definitely Europeans..Hollywood celebrities need to stop saying they have Native American blood because they are always lying..They rarely have Native American origins…Most Native Americans were killed by the USA during the Native American genocide..Acting like everybody in the USA has Native American ancestry is not only a lie but also an insult towards Native Americans..Cameron is only European..

gel September 11, 2015 at 1:25 am
gel September 11, 2015 at 1:28 am
cwm85 September 10, 2015 at 9:09 pm

She’s white.

JoshG October 25, 2015 at 12:35 pm


No it’s actually white hispanic, those are two different categories.

LucarioCooper September 10, 2015 at 3:15 pm

He’s unattractive because he’s racist. Wow. Simply disgusting.

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:00 pm

she’s not as pretty as she used to be

cwm85 July 20, 2015 at 4:49 pm

She’s all European not Native, European mix…

qutsflyd August 28, 2015 at 7:07 pm

There’s no way you could know that. And she has cherokee ancestry as well. You don’t have to look like a native to have distant native ancestry. My cousin has native ancestry (around 6%) and he’s blonde, and paler than Cameron. If you have less than 15% of a certain ancestry, the admixture fades away and it doesn’t show in your phenotype.

Drea K June 22, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Her father is a Spaniard – European and her mother is English, Scottish, Irish, German. She’s fully European blood, but Spaniards are the original Latins that came to the Americans that’s why they’re still referred to as “Latinos” here in the west. The Latin culture originates from Europe.

Capricious April 8, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Looks 100% white to me, like English or German…

Spaniard_70 June 14, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Thats because she is. Spaniards like me are white. We are European. Most Cubans like her have a lot of Spanish ancestry. I understand the confusion though. Many Americans do not know that Spanish and Portuguese are originally white. If you see me youd think I was Greek, or Italian. Most Northern Spaniards have blonde hair, and Olive Skin. In the south it is Black hair and Olive skin. All of her ancestry is white. So it makes sense for her to look 100% white.

andrew June 14, 2015 at 3:40 pm

no way most Northern Spaniards have “blond” hair, 10% at most.

shobohunter April 15, 2014 at 4:11 am

she and Dolph Lundgren :D
“Drago” belongs to same race. lol

DANIEL CARVALHANA March 31, 2014 at 12:32 am


CAMERON LOOK LIKE A Mongrel (WHITE + Mongoloid)

Euro June 29, 2014 at 10:18 pm

If Cameron Diaz is not white then you have a big white problem in the USA because she is one of the whitest American I have ever seen.Is funny how some Americans called brown people white and white people non white. Many Europeans of mixed heritage went to the USA because they were consider. You have Roma Gypsy(non white) or biracial pretending to be Italians,Irish and Dutch in the USA because they be consider white and accepted. Do not confuse race with nationality.She is a white woman. Blond hair and blue eyes are recessive genes.Those brown skinnedpeople that you(Americans)call whites are only able to produce brown children. In Europe, to be white you have to look white and produce white children. Maybe because we do not longer believe in the pureness of race and DNA are proving that.The more European looking the person is, means that the majority of your genes are Europeans.

ashash June 29, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Cameron is white, but your comments are still stupid.

Jello February 2, 2015 at 10:36 pm

She is white since her Spanish and English/Scottish/Irish Ancestry is white. European

sebastianvalladolid February 11, 2014 at 5:26 am

I hate how the American media and most white Americans have the wrong definition of a “Hispanic” or a “Latino” . Get yourself educated, the terms can be used interchangeably they both make reference to an ethnicity not a race! “Latino” means having ancestry related to Spain , Italy France and/or Portugal. Hispanic means having a background solely to Spain (Hispania).
Technically speaking while The USA and Canada hold a large number of “diversity” the fact is mixing among races has not happened to the extent that it happened in Latin America in the past .

Most “brown Mexicans” you see have a mix in their background , only 20% of Mexicans in Mexico are of “pure Native American blood”. 60% are Mestizos (mixed of native and European Spanish) and 20% white.
Central Americans are known to be the countries of the Americas where their pure native population no longer exists , they’re all mixed or white, like El Salvador has become officially the first Central American country to be 80% mixed (white and native) and 20% white.
South Americans have a bigger white Latino population but also a black population .
So I don’t understand how people actually think that all Latinos are “brown” or a “race” . In theory there are more whites in all Latin America added up than all of White North Americans added up. Not to forget that Spain is a white country too with some provinces having a higher density of Arabic and Jewish mix like Andalucia in the south.

Shawnee27 February 24, 2014 at 4:47 pm

I’m sorry, I’m FULL BLOODED REAL NATIVE AMERICAN Shawnee from the Piqua reservation, I know how bad you Mexicans wanna be us and all, but most Mexicans as you claimed are not mostly Native American and white, where you came from was Spain, and when you was over here Native Americans and Mexicans didn’t mate with each other. You could easily tell the difference between a Native American and A Mexican, and if your claim is true show me ACCURATE DNA results that show Mexicans are mostly native American and white. When you Mexicans try to claim OUR BLOOD we look down on you and laugh, Because people are so stupid to believe you, when a person is mixed with Native American they say Mexican and Native American because they are two different races. Stop trying to be us so you can claim America is your land.

Katz February 25, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Yes they are. Different tribes or ethnic groups? Maybe, but a border doesn’t change their ‘race’. The indigenous people of Mexico are native North Americans too.

Euro June 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Shawnee27: USA is not America. There is America as a continent. All indigenous people are consider Native America. Native South American or Native North Americans.
According to the latest DNA tests you are also immigrants. You arrived to America before the European race. Do not be lazy and look at that information in the Internet. It is a 2013 and 2014 information.Get yourself updated.
And you wonder why we Europeans think that Americans are dumb.

Jello February 2, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Mexicans do look Native American. Many have the dark skin and Asian eyes just like most Native Americans who are not mixed with white.

Shawnee27 February 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Also you just tried to make another claim, If y’all was white which your not, whites or anybody for that matter wouldn’t call you Mexicans you would be labeled as white which you are not. Please accept your heritage and stop trying to be something your not, but don’t worry most almost all Mexicans try to claim they are another race when their not.

ethnic February 24, 2014 at 11:19 pm

So if they aren’t European or native American what are they?

Gurrl February 25, 2014 at 10:59 am

Amerindian-spanish mixes mainly-aka mestizo’s. I think he meant that he doesn’t embrace Mexicans as his “brothers”

Euro June 29, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Ameridian does not exist. Is not longer used for DNA testing. Native American refers to people from the Americas. USA is a country in America(Continent). According to DNA,Native America came from South Asia.

Euro June 29, 2014 at 9:49 pm

I agree with you and I am European. World Cup Brazil :) Being to South America.

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