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

*Cuban [Spanish, possibly other] (father)
*English, Scottish, Irish, German (mother)

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 (and of Spanish origin). 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 documented/verified. There are no Native American ancestors, Cherokee or otherwise, in Cameron’s mother’s recent and relatively recent family tree.

Cameron’s paternal grandparents were Emilio Cadiz Diaz and Gertrude/Gertrudes Lavin (the daughter of Luis Lavin and Mercedes Duarte). Emilio was born in either Cuba or Florida, of Cuban descent. Gertrude was born in Florida. Luis was born in Cuba, to a Spanish-born father, Manuel Rufino Paula, and a Cuban-born mother, Josefa Fundora, or Gertrudes Garcia. Mercedes was also born in Cuba, also to a Spanish-born father, Antonio Duarte, and a Cuban-born mother, Rita Ruiz, or Manuel Duarte and 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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