Jamie Lynn Spears

by ethnic on February 8, 2010

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

Date of Birth: April 4, 1991

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

Jamie Lynn Spears is an American actress and singer. She is the daughter of Lynne Irene (Bridges) and James Parnell “Jamie” Spears. She is the sister of pop singer Britney Spears.

Jamie Lynn’s maternal grandmother was an English war bride, and one of Jamie Lynn’s maternal great-great-grandfathers was Maltese. Most of the rest of Jamie Lynn’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 Jamie Lynn’s distant English ancestors lived in Barbados and Liberia.

Jamie Lynn is married to actor and businessperson Jamie Watson. She has a daughter with Casey Aldridge, and a daughter with Jamie.

Jamie Lynn’s paternal grandfather was June Austin Spears (the son of June Bacot/Becker Spears and Nova Mae Gill). Jamie Lynn’s grandfather June was born in Louisiana. Jamie Lynn’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.

Jamie Lynn’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.

Jamie Lynn’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.

Jamie Lynn’s maternal grandmother was Lilian/Lillian Irene Portell (the daughter of George Anthony Portelli/Portell and Lilian Esther Lewis). Jamie Lynn’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. Jamie Lynn’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.

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

Sources: Genealogies of Jamie Lynn Spears – http://www.wargs.com

Genealogy of Jamie Lynn Spears (through Jamie Lynn’s sister, Britney Spears) – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Jamie Lynn’s paternal grandparents, June Austin Spears and Emma Jean Forbes – http://www.findagrave.com

Article about the family of Jamie Lynn’s maternal grandmother, Lilian Irene Portell – http://www.dailymail.co.uk

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{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant August 2, 2017 at 1:45 am

both she and her sister do have something southern european

they tan very easy and fast. Both do have dark brown eyes. They have this from their mother

neiltennant July 24, 2018 at 5:19 am

they look like typical italians

andrew July 24, 2018 at 4:49 pm

“Typical Italians” LOL. Both don’t look Italian at all, not unsurprisingly considering their background. Also to have brown eyes does not make someone Southern European looking.

Adrian1Cram February 12, 2016 at 10:50 pm

Whatever happened to her

Chloe December 6, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Correction:Her birth date is April 4,1991

brotothefifth November 29, 2013 at 11:26 pm

“CORRECTION’ Her ancestor ‘ Генри ‘ Henry, VI (17th great grandfather) which name was in Russian was a Russian Jew according to ancestry.com religious records

follers November 30, 2013 at 3:24 am

Her 17th great-grandfather was a Russian Jew? What was his name? Who was his spouse? How was this union possible?

brotothefifth November 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm

There isn’t a clear record of which spouse was the mother of his son Henry Wentworth, Sir (16th great grandfather). But why would this union be impossible since in the late 1400’s people had many spouses through out their lives and some could be of different faiths.

follers November 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Are you talking about this Sir Henry Wentworth?

Why do you think his father was a Russian Jew? Jews were forbidden from living openly in England from 1290 until the mid 1600s or so. I have never heard of a Russian Jew (!) traveling to England at this time.

bearboy September 9, 2016 at 12:02 pm

You’re right follers! but with your comment about 1290 when the Jews were expelled from England I believe it’s possible her along with almost every other person of English descent has Jewish ancestry that may have been able to convert so they wouldn’t be kicked out of England sorta like with the Spanish Inquisition in 1492?

DK1x August 4, 2013 at 10:13 am

Her great-great grandfather was an Italian living in Malta. Italian and Sicilian are white whether you like it or not. Saying Italian or Sicilian’s are not white is like saying Italians are not capable of having blue eyes. Frank Sinatra had blue eyes.

LOPAC AGREES March 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm


Jasmine Pasek December 3, 2013 at 7:20 am

Welllll I’m tan, but I’m considered white.

Chloe December 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I’m tan also but I’m considered as “mixed”. My father is French and Italian while my mother is Cuban

rebygotitall March 6, 2016 at 2:17 am

excuse me but I’d like to point out that BOTH MALTESE & SICILIAN ARE WHITE , they sometimes can look tan because they live in the south part of Europe but they’re still white.
I’m Maltese myself & have quite a few Sicilian friends and we Definitely are white , sometimes I’m even considered to be pale white , so it may be a little misleading but We Are White.

neiltennant August 2, 2017 at 1:46 am

of course they are white
they are both european american

however you are right they look like southern europeans

Me January 22, 2012 at 12:27 am

She and her sister are biracial.

Holly12 July 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Since when?!

levangelista36 July 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I wouldn’t pay any attention to comments like these. Some of the people who comment on this site are either racist or too stupid to even acknowledge.

nautigue January 7, 2012 at 3:27 am

True, where all racially mixed. I watched a documentary how humans race evolved and how we became who we are today!

i'mee January 22, 2012 at 12:23 am

R U sayin’ we all come from Africa? make’s me wanna say…. uhhhmmm

Jen February 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

Yes, :) whether one likes it or not. People are intimidated by the truth.

Mwata Yero October 17, 2011 at 10:24 am

You left out her African ancestry thru more than one line. The Maltese name was Manuel Marchel and his wife was an African.They left a slew of free mulatoes (Isabel Marchal) listed in the Spanish West Florida archives.

There is also her ancester Maragret Ard and Nancy strickland who both were Free women of color in the Pike County 1850 Census.

ThatGuy February 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm
bearboy August 1, 2017 at 4:40 pm

@Mwata Yero, I want to take this moment to say how grateful I am for you! Jamie Lynn Spears and Britney Spears are on ethnic celebs daily feeling sad that no one is acknowledging their African heritage and it takes a lot of courage to say that it was left out. Remember what is popular isn’t always right and what is right isn’t always popular. Keep up the good work! Sincerely, Bearboy

berated1 June 14, 2011 at 11:31 am
L November 26, 2010 at 8:42 pm

You guys are so funny making me crack up shit.

black wallstreet November 24, 2010 at 5:46 am
fuzzybear October 26, 2010 at 8:59 pm

She has the same ethnicities as Britney Spears AND the same last name! What a freakish coincidence!

Fuzzybear October 26, 2010 at 9:18 pm

To the fake fuzzybear:whomever this is,get your own name and stop trying to steal mine

fuzzybear October 27, 2010 at 4:06 pm

No, I’M the real fuzzybear!

Fuzzybear October 27, 2010 at 5:53 pm

No your someone who just showed up,I’ve been here for a long time with this name

lael wedlund March 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm

duuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhh cuz its her sister!!!!

Christian October 10, 2010 at 4:09 am

woow, she is also maltese, I didnt know that. But Maltese people are actually a mix between British, Italians, Africans, and Arabs

Me! June 2, 2011 at 6:42 am

wft? I just read it Maltese people are people from Malta.. and they are White European!

WTF June 2, 2011 at 7:36 am


How many times do you have to be told something?They have heritage,and some of it’s not white;they are part African.White on the outside,doesn’t mean that’s all you are;you can have other bloodlines and still be called white

Diana September 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Perhaps some Maltese are part African, but it’s wrong to assume that the entire country has the same racial make-up. There are many people living in the country of America. Despite the fact that people of a few different races reside in that country doesn’t mean that all Americans or multi-racial, or even bi-racial. Many are monoracial. I’m sure there are many monoracial individuals living in Malta as well. It’s wrong to assume that Mediterranean populations are mixed with Black blood.

Celia December 6, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Umm….except for the fact that EVERY person whom ever lived, now lives, or ever will live is of African descent. This is an irrefutable and inexcapable reality of human existence. It would be wise for us to stop attaching negative connotations to our shared African ancestry and begin looking honestly at the countless positive contributions made by people of various cultures the world over.

Let’s put on our geneticists caps. African people are representative of every potential human phenotypical trait. Further, while there are many distinctive nation groups of PURE Africans, the rest of us are hybrid or derivative Africans. Got DNA? It does a body good. Most importantly, The Creator said it was good. ;-D

Celia December 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Political classifications aside, the only mono-ethnic peoples are among the countless African nation groups. Most of the earth’s human populations consists of multi-ethnic people. (There is only one human race. That’s why we can procreate).

Celia December 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Guess what? You can have white or light colored skin, be from Europe, and you are STILL of African descent. Ancestry doesn’t fade away.

God bless.

Jen February 24, 2012 at 10:52 am

I find it amusing all the comments that question status quo got a thumbs down. People are ignorant and intimidated by the truth. :)

storm February 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm

you know what else is amusing? your pretentiousness.

M.L. October 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Malta has a unique culture, it’s not simply a mix of former invaders, though they have certainly left a genetic imprint, the indigenous Maltese are essentially the same phenotype as southern Europeans and North Africans anyway. They were never occupied by black Africans and there isn’t much of a British genetic footprint in the typical native Maltese. They look similar to other meds.

Celia December 6, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I don’t mean to be redundant but everyone is a mix between X, X, X, and African. The only exceptions are pure Africans.

fuzzybear October 8, 2010 at 7:27 pm

To yeahright

How do you know she like black guys?

Melanie Lombardi December 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Ha I know right? I was about to say “But..she had a kid with a white guy?…”

liyah June 19, 2011 at 7:02 pm

It doesnt matter, why do people care if she likes balck guys. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t like black guys ONLY but she has no problem in dating a black guy or probably any other race either than her own. It’s really not a big deal.

Celia December 6, 2011 at 6:04 pm

What does black and white even mean in terms of culture. Even albinos have some coloring. These were terms created for political expediency and which serve no meaninful purpose except to create an “us against them” paradigm. They do not tie people to a land, language, diet, geographical region, or faith–a cultural heritage. There are dark skinned Europeans, and light skinned Africans. Skin color is but one of thousands of physical traits. It is hardly defining.

Anonymous August 31, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Her ancestry is not updated.

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