Jared Leto

by Vadius on November 10, 2012

Jared Leto ethnicity

Birth Name: Jared Joseph Bryant

Place of Birth: Bossier City, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 26, 1971

Ethnicity: English, Cajun/French, smaller amounts of Irish, German, Scottish, at least 1/512 Spanish, remote Dutch and Mi’kmaq First Nations

Jared Leto is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and director. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Dallas Buyers Club (2013). He is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter of the band Thirty Seconds to Mars, for which his brother, Shannon Leto, is the drummer.

Jared is the son of Constance (Metrejon) and Tony L. Bryant. Leto was the surname of Jared’s stepfather/adoptive father, Carl Leto (the surname is Italian). Pictures of Jared’s mother can be seen here (at the far left) and here.

Jared’s father, who was from Kentucky, had British Isles/English ancestry. Jared’s mother, who is from Louisiana, has Cajun (French), smaller amounts of English, Irish, German, and Scottish, at least 1/256 Spanish, and remote Dutch and Mi’kmaq First Nations, ancestry. Some of Jared’s ancestors were born in Acadia (now Canada) and Barbados.

At a concert, Jared waved the Spanish flag and stated that his maternal grandfather was of part Spanish descent. One of Jared’s maternal seven times great-grandfathers, Manuel Quintero, was Spanish, and was born, c. 1745, in Sainte Croix, Canary Islands, Spain. This makes Jared of 1/512 Spanish descent. It is not clear if he has any other Spanish ancestry, as some people of Cajun descent do.

Jared’s mother’s Metrejon line can be traced back to Joseph Marie Maitrejean, who was born, c. 1778, in Belle-Île-en-Mer, France, an island off the coast of Brittany.

Jared’s maternal grandfather was Edmond William “Willie” Lee Metrejon (the son of Charles J. Metrejean and Ethel Ryder). Edmond was born in Louisiana. The Metrejon/Metrejean surname had originally been spelled Maitrejean. Charles and Ethel were born in Louisiana. Charles was the son of Joseph-Frédéric Metrejean and Victoire-Octana Savoy. Ethel was the daughter of William/Willie Ryder and Marie Berthilde “Bertha” Wyble.

Jared’s maternal grandmother was Ruby Mae Russell (the daughter of Joseph Lee Russell and Helen Hessie Hoffpauir/Houfpauir/Huffpain). Ruby was born in Louisiana. Joseph was born in Florida, to a father from Alabama, Pat H. Russell, and a mother from Georgia, Ella. Helen was born in Louisiana, to Henry Marshall Hoffpauir (the son of Thomas J. Hoffpauir and Anne Dailey/Daily) and Katherine Euranie/Urina Foreman.

Sources: Genealogies of Jared Leto (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Jared’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Jared’s maternal great-grandfather, Charles J. Metrejean, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jared’s maternal grandmother, Ruby Mae Russell, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jared’s maternal great-grandparents, Joseph Lee Russell and Helen Hessie Hoffpauir/Houfpauir/Huffpain, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jared’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen Hessie Hoffpauir/Houfpauir/Huffpain, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Jared’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Henry Marshall Hoffpauir – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Jared’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Henry Marshall Hoffpauir, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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neiltennant January 4, 2018 at 4:07 pm

he looks like katy perry

Pegzi November 2, 2017 at 12:55 pm

This website is a fucking joke.

bearboy November 2, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Yes, I have had my doubts about the reliability of ethnic celebs as well. Inge Gellatly, Gina Rodriguez, Alessandra Torresani, Charlie Sheen, Courtney Love, Jimmy Carter all have claimed Jewish ancestry and probably know more about their ancestry than we do. Also Chuck Norris and Jack Kaminer should be listed as Irish… sad day :(

andrew November 2, 2017 at 5:19 pm


Chris Cooper, Patrick Dempsey and William Macy have Native American ancestry.

bearboy November 2, 2017 at 5:26 pm

All three of them have English ancestry and also have long lineages living in the United States. In fact ancestry.com said if you have ancestry going back to the 1800’s in America there is a 50% chance already you have Native American ancestor’s (even if very remote)

andrew November 2, 2017 at 5:58 pm

Chris Cooper has between 1/64 and 1/128 Choctaw ancestry through Nancy Jane Lipsec/Lipsic/Black, while Patrick Dempsey has at least 1/256 Lenape/Delaware blood on his paternal great-grandmother’s “Friend” line, which is Swedish. Macy’s Choctaw ancestry is more distant (1/512)

bearboy November 2, 2017 at 6:28 pm

Cool. I have been told in my lifetime that I look like many different ethnic groups I don’t belong to. One being Native American, along with Jewish, Sicilian, Greek, Arab, etc. One of the claims being on the website so diverse lol

andrew November 3, 2017 at 3:53 am

Wow, you look very ethnic.

andrew November 3, 2017 at 3:55 am

Based on your description, even neiltennant looks whiter than you..

bearboy November 3, 2017 at 9:36 am

Yea apparently :) What is Neil Tennant exactly, Arabic (from Saudi Arabia) with a Jewish grandfather?

andrew November 3, 2017 at 11:01 am

No, he’s Afghan. But he’s evidently part Russian down the line.

ashash November 24, 2017 at 12:56 am

Yet 23andme is the most accurate and white Americans seemingly don’t have Native American DNA coming up often and if they do, it is often less than 1%. It indeed appears that they are more likely to have distant African ancestry. Explain that.

Ethnicelebs is so inaccurate that it knew the precise ancestry of Jessica Biel, who often went around saying she was part Native American, and Ty Burrell before they even had a DNA test. Lol.

ashash November 24, 2017 at 12:37 am

Courtney Love is a notorious liar and so is Charlie Sheen. However, it should be noted that Charlie Sheen’s maternal grandfather is unknown because he is a rapist. There is a possibility he was Jewish, but I doubt it.

Furthermore, most Americans clearly do not know what their ancestry is. Chuck Norris claimed to be “half Irish and half Cherokee.” He is very clearly not. Megan Fox claimed she was “Irish, Cherokee, and French” when she is quite clearly mostly of English descent.

Also, most of the celebrities who have gone on “Who Do You Think You Are?” or “Finding Roots” turn out to have no Native American ancestry and the DNA findings almost always correlate with what was already on ethnicelebs.

There’s no doubt that ethnicelebs is pretty accurate. I’m sorry you’re upset that they often do not include your findings of Native American ancestry which very often turn out to either be fake or too remote to determine the accuracy of.

ashash August 5, 2017 at 1:53 am
andrew August 5, 2017 at 5:48 am

She was rolling a joint in the second pic

andrew August 23, 2016 at 4:07 pm

he also has Dutch ancestry from the 1700s


Jared’s “Metrejon” line can be traced back to Joseph Marie Maitrejean, born c. 1778 in Belle-Île-en-Mer, France, an island off the coast of Brittany.

Some of Jared’s ancestors were born in Acadia (now Canada) and Barbados.

follers August 23, 2016 at 4:23 pm

I found Jared’s Spanish ancestry, a seven times great-grandfather. Not sure if he has any more.

andrew August 23, 2016 at 4:37 pm

can you give me the genealogical link of this Spanish ancestor? I noticed a lot of inbreeding between his Acadian ancestors (tag him as “Acadian” and “French Canadian”), expecially the “Landry” line, and also between his “Higginbotham” forebears:

follers August 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm

William Ryder’s “Quintero” ancestry.

andrew August 24, 2016 at 6:53 am
ashash November 26, 2016 at 9:47 pm

Jared is related to Ali Landry then, right?

madman August 23, 2016 at 5:23 pm
follers August 23, 2016 at 5:31 pm

Can you give me the fractions on that ancestry, please?

madman August 23, 2016 at 6:05 pm

It would take me a while to find them all again, and add up the fractions. For some ancestors it was also hard to tell if they were Native or not.

follers August 23, 2016 at 6:17 pm

I think Marie Cayote-Blanc, Marie Miteouamigoukoue, and Marie Mathilde Pidicwanmiskwe were Indigenous.

andrew August 24, 2016 at 7:04 am

Cool. Btw I was wondering…if Photography was formally invented in the 1800s how can we have pcitures of a couple who lived in the 1600s? that must be fake. It seems they really existed though.


andrew August 23, 2016 at 3:40 pm
Kimmel June 11, 2016 at 8:15 am

The name ‘Leto’ led me to believe he was South European, but now seeing its his adopted name his look is even more questionable to me. I can not really see the stated heritage in him, to be honest.

andrew August 23, 2016 at 4:12 pm
andrew January 23, 2016 at 7:53 pm

“Leto” is the surname of his stepfather.

Jared’s brother is Shannon Leto, drummer for Thirty Seconds to Mars.

celebfan January 23, 2016 at 7:37 pm

He looks very youthful for his age.

eu May 2, 2014 at 9:09 pm

He is ugly as hell. He is a good actor,but a terrible singer

Check7t July 31, 2014 at 8:26 am
California July 25, 2015 at 5:22 am

You must have some high standards or something, Jared is far from ugly.

Fatmonkey May 27, 2016 at 2:39 pm

He isn’t ugly, but his beauty has a sort of annoyingly androgynous and boyish feel to it when it shouldn’t. I like it better when people simply look their age, whatever the effects of it. Leto is 45, yet appears to look more youthful and tender than me, and I’m young enough to be his son.

marinecorp April 29, 2014 at 4:07 am

He looks weird

ihatemostpeople March 3, 2014 at 3:11 am

This is a bad picture of him!

Anyway, he’s beautiful. I’m glad he won the Oscar, he deserved it.

ashash March 31, 2014 at 1:22 pm

He is beautiful.

Check7t February 21, 2014 at 12:28 pm
ashash January 17, 2014 at 1:09 am

He is cute.

The Beautiful Ones December 12, 2013 at 11:39 am

he’s such a cutie!!!!!! so cute!

neiltennant November 17, 2013 at 3:16 am

he could be freddy prinze jr. s less conservative brother :-)

nnnnn November 20, 2012 at 12:41 am

What’s with his eyes?

Vadius November 11, 2012 at 8:26 am

CORRECTION, He’s also Spanish, the proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPF6iiVywWw

follers March 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm

It’s hard to say if he really has Spanish ancestry. I couldn’t find the exact ancestor (through his maternal grandfather).

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