Hailee Steinfeld

by fuzzybear on January 25, 2011

Place of Birth: Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 11, 1996

Ethnicity:
*50% Ashkenazi Jewish
*12.5% Boholano Filipino
*12.5% African-American
*25% mix of English, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish

Hailee Steinfeld is an American actress, singer, and model.

Hailee’s father, Peter Steinfeld, originally from a family from New York, is Jewish. Hailee’s uncle is fitness specialist and entrepreneur Jake Steinfeld.

Hailee’s mother, Cheryl (Domasin), was born in California. Hailee’s maternal grandfather was of half Filipino (Boholano) and half African-American descent. Hailee’s maternal grandmother had English, German, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and Scottish ancestry.

Hailee is a first cousin of actress and model True O’Brien.

Hailee has stated:

I’ve become more aware of my roots over the years. My grandfather, my mom’s dad, was half African-American, half Filipino. And Filipinos, I’ve learned, have many wonderful traits – the main ones being passion and pride. I went to the Philippines for the first time this spring, and it was amazing. People were like, “We’re related! We’re family.” I actually played three of my own shows there.

Hailee’s paternal grandfather was Herbert Melvin Steinfeld (the son of Samuel “Sam” Steinfeld and Bessie Zelensky/Valensky). Samuel was a Romanian Jewish immigrant. Bessie was a Russian Jewish immigrant, the daughter of Hyman Zelensky and Sarah.

Hailee’s paternal grandmother is Joy M. Duberstein (the daughter of Myra).

Hailee’s maternal grandfather, Ricardo/Simonas Guillermo Domasin, was born in 1938 in Los Angeles. Ricardo’s father, Pastor “Peter” Loresca Domasin, was born, in 1902, in Panglao, Bohol, in the Philippines. Pastor was the son of Gerónimo Domasin y Lorejo, or Gerónimo Lorejo Domasin in Filipino, and of Cirila Loresca y Domaluan, or Cirila Domaluan Loresca in Filipino. A picture of Pastor can be seen here.

Ricardo’s mother, Evelyn Olivia Bain, was born in 1910 in Los Angeles; Evelyn was Hailee’s great-grandmother. Evelyn was African-American, and she and her parents, Thomas Edward Bain (born in Kansas, to Gabrel Bain and Isabella/Belle Johnson) and Wilma “Willie” Frances Peterson (born in Arkansas, to William F. Peterson and Nannie Hall), are listed as either African-American or, sometimes, as “Mulatto”, in census records. A picture of Evelyn can be seen here.

Hailee’s maternal grandmother was Laurita Lee Hinkle (the daughter of William Hicks Hinkle and Edith Laurita Jones). Laurita was born in Texas, and had English, German, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and Scottish, ancestry. William was the son of Joshua Madison Hinkle and Ella Malona Payne. Edith was the daughter of Charles Kirby Jones and Ethel Effie Smith.

Hailee’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her fourth great-grandmother, Penelope “Phenina” Watson.

Hailee’s great-uncle, the brother of her maternal grandfather, is child actor Larry Domasin. Larry is pictured here and here.

Sources: Genealogies of Hailee Steinfeld – https://www.geni.com
http://gw.geneanet.org

Baptismal record of Hailee’s maternal great-grandfather, Pastor Loresca Domasin – https://familysearch.org

Hailee’s maternal great-grandmother, Evelyn Olivia Bain, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Manila May 5, 2017 at 7:14 am

Hailee’s paternal grandmother is Joy M. Duberstein (the daughter of Myra).

Same applies to her uncle Jake.

Kimmel September 17, 2016 at 1:55 pm

I knew there was something more there than the Jewishness. I suspected it could be East Asian but it was hard to tell. Weirdly not too surprised by the African-American ancestry, the modelling is there.

Alyx September 17, 2016 at 12:32 pm

She looks a mixed race girl to me.

follers August 14, 2016 at 4:24 pm
Mafia888 April 30, 2016 at 8:10 am

She doesn’t look African American or Black

Multiethnicchick November 25, 2017 at 10:32 am

No dip, she’s only 1/8 black. the average black american is 1/8 to 1/5 and they don’t look white

phaedra April 15, 2016 at 12:07 am

Could be pretty, but her eyes are too small.

Adamina September 12, 2016 at 10:21 pm

You are quite the beauty “expert”, aren’t ya?

Manila April 10, 2016 at 8:29 pm

I have found Pastor Domasin’s baptismal record: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSM8-74XK-H

Pastor’s correct middle name is Loresca, not Lorisca, based on his baptismal record.

Pastor was the son of Gerónimo Domasin y Lorejo, or Gerónimo Lorejo Domasin in Filipino, and Cirila Loresca y Domaluan, or Cirila Domaluan Loresca in Filipino.

Same applies to her cousin True O’Brien.

Manila April 10, 2016 at 9:07 pm

Pastor’s year of birth is also verified according to his baptismal record.

Manila December 16, 2015 at 1:37 am

Bessie Zelensky was the daughter of Hyman Zelensky and Sarah.

Laurita was also of Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) and Scottish descent.

Hailee’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her 4th great-grandmother Penelope “Phenina” Watson.

Manila December 15, 2015 at 10:42 pm

Hailee’s great-grandfather William was the son of Joshua Madison Hinkle and Ella Malona Payne. Edith was the daughter of Charles Kirby Jones and Ethel Effie Smith.

Gurrl August 22, 2015 at 12:34 am

Her mother looks white
http://www.media3.hw-static.com/wp-content/uploads/7766707.jpg
Her brother looks very mixed though, interesting

Kimmel September 17, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Not really, if you concentrate on just the lower half of her face (from the cheekbones).

andrew September 17, 2016 at 4:29 pm

her mother looks totally white to me (she could easily be an English woman), she has a big chin but that’s not something unusual.

Manila August 21, 2015 at 11:40 pm

Herbert was the son of Samuel “Sam” Steinfeld and Bessie Zelensky. Sam was a Romanian Jewish immigrant. Bessie was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Manila August 21, 2015 at 11:41 pm
Manila August 14, 2015 at 4:04 am

Regarding Hailee’s paternal grandfather Herbert Melvin Steinfeld, I have found his social security applications and claims record: http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=Numident&gss=sfs28_ms_r_db&new=1&rank=1&gsfn=Herbert%20Melvin&gsln=Steinfeld&msddy=2002&MSAV=1&uidh=69f

However, one must have a FULL ACCESS to ANCESTRY.COM to identify his parents because 1940 US Census is not helping (there were two Herbert Steinfeld’s in New York).

cwm85 July 26, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Her mother doesn’t look to have any Asian ancestry but Hailee and her brother look to have asian ancestry and have asian features. It’s interesting how people of mix backgrounds come out. Also her mother doesn’t appear to be have any black ancestry but they do. If people question her ethnicity, she appears to not be of African ancestry because her great grandmother was black. Which is not as close in relation like a grandparent or parent. Hailee is 1/8th african and her great grandmother appears to have quite a bit mixture in her. So in a relative sense Hailee is below 1/8th african descent. Very low.

California July 14, 2015 at 9:37 pm

She was far too ugly to play Juliet. Last time I checked Juliet wasn’t part Asian, so…………

cwm85 July 17, 2015 at 10:30 am

Very racist remark… I thought she was all European before I came on here… but the African and Asian side are definitely low…

sparkles180 August 17, 2015 at 1:32 am

Thats not racist, she is asian and she clearly looks mixed. She wouldn’t fit the part as juliet either due to her looks.

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