Jenna Dewan-Tatum

by ethnic on August 17, 2010

Birth Name: Jenna Lee Dewan

Place of Birth: Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 3, 1980

*Lebanese, Polish (father)
*German, English (mother)

Jenna Dewan-Tatum, previously credited as Jenna Dewan, is an American actress, producer, dancer, and model. She is known for her leading roles in the films Step Up and Tamara. Jenna is married to actor Channing Tatum, with whom she has a daughter.

Jenna’s father is of half Lebanese and half Polish descent. Jenna’s mother has German and English ancestry.

Jenna’s paternal grandfather was Emil Dewan (the son of Elias/Eli Abdo Dewan and Marie Bardwell). Emil was born in Massachusetts, to Lebanese parents.

Jenna’s paternal grandmother was Evelyn Ziemba (the daughter of Ignatius/Ignacy Franciszek Ziemba and Katarzyna/Katherine/Catherine Gruszka). Evelyn was born in Massachusetts, to Polish parents, her father from Kalembina and her mother from Dębica. Katarzyna was the daughter of John/Jan Gruszka and Maryanna.

Jenna’s maternal grandfather was Donald Dudley Bursch (the son of Donald Skidmore Bursch and Mary Louise Bamman). Jenna’s great-grandfather Donald was the son of Daniel Fredrick Wilhelm Bursch, who was born in New York, to German parents, his father from Hamelin, Lower Saxony and his mother from Twistringen, Lower Saxony, and of Ida T. Gabie. Mary Louise was the daughter of Martin J. Bamman and Frances Elizabeth/L. Davis.

Jenna’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Anne/Ann Wheeler (the daughter of Joseph Edward Wheeler and Bertha Mary Bray). Elizabeth was born in Barahona, the Dominican Republic.

Sources: Genealogies of Jenna Dewan-Tatum –

Jenna’s paternal grandfather, Emil Dewan, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jenna’s paternal grandmother, Evelyn Ziemba, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Jenna’s maternal great-grandparents, Donald Skidmore Bursch and Mary Louise Bamman –

Interview where Jenna talks about her background –

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bablah August 28, 2017 at 2:24 pm

Ignacy Franciszek Ziemba was from Kalembina, Poland.
Katarzyna Gruszka was from Dębica, Poland, daughter of John/Jan Gruszka and Maryanna.

andrew August 24, 2017 at 5:18 pm
Daron May 30, 2017 at 5:51 pm

She looks like a full White girl to me. I don’t see any Middle Eastern or Latino features at all.
Still she is smoking hot!

Samiiraa November 20, 2017 at 2:13 pm

1- There is no such thing as latino features. Besides, why would she « look latina » since she isn’t at all ?

2- She is only a quarter Lebanese, so it’s pretty normal that she looks mostly European.

3- Lebanese People are for the most part, White.

Adrian1Cram February 12, 2016 at 11:31 pm

She looks mixed and I was right.

Kimmel February 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm

This whole time I thought she was Hispanic (mulatto). But as soon as I read she wasn’t I saw a white girl with a bit of exotica to her.

Wolfman August 29, 2015 at 6:08 am

WOW! She looks just like one of my relatives who’s full Punjabi Sikh.

sparkles180 August 17, 2015 at 2:15 am

She’s pretty but she doesn’t look white at all. Shes part middle eastern yet she looks super latina with amerindian in her. There’s nothing white about her. Dark olive skin, sharp features, different eye shape. She would definitely stick out and look ethnic in my town.

cwm85 August 17, 2015 at 7:39 am

You are one ignorant person…

Adrian1Cram February 12, 2016 at 11:30 pm

Stating an opinion doesn’t make someone ignorant, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

J420 December 6, 2015 at 8:01 pm

Firstly she looks white. She does not look Latina or Amerindian. Latinos are not a race, so how can you ‘look’ Latino?… Latin American people come from all different backgrounds. Most importantly Latino is a Spanish translated word for Latin which is an Italian cognate of the word Latium (Lazio) which designates the area of Rome. Before the word Hispanic or Latino was implied to Native Americans the only Hispanics/Latinos were Europeans.

Secondly Middle Eastern people are Caucasians.
Race is defined by cranio-facial anthropology (bone structure) and things like DNA etc, not by skin color lol.

cwm85 December 7, 2015 at 5:37 am

Agreed. Finally someone else speaks truth. Middle eastern are Caucasian people too. Not European Caucasian but part of race nevertheless.

undashing February 10, 2016 at 5:21 pm

Nope, only people of European origins are white. Lebanese are not white.

Adrian1Cram February 12, 2016 at 11:35 pm

She’s not white she’s mixed. Actually latino can be considered a race, you need to read the dictionary definition of race.

Also she’s not caucasian because the lebanese are not caucasian. You need to look up the definition of caucasian. Once you read that you will realize she’s not white or caucasian, she’s mixed, this is due to her lebanese side.

marjanel December 22, 2017 at 6:46 pm

Latino can’t be considered a race at all.How speaking a Latín derivated language can be considered a race?.So a black and white whose first language is Spanish can be considered from the same race just because a language?.Following that logic, all who speak English is from the same race ” Anglophone”.So, all Americans are Anglophone and look the same, not white, black, asian, “hispanic” americans exist just Anglos.

Adrian1Cram February 12, 2016 at 11:33 pm

I agree. I wouldn’t regard her as white caucasian either, most people wouldn’t.

Drea K August 8, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Pretty Pretty!!

cwm85 July 30, 2015 at 11:57 pm

She’s European. Caucasian. A lot of Lebanese are basically Caucasian. Even if her Lebanese heritage isn’t she is 75 percent Caucasian.

Adrian1Cram February 12, 2016 at 11:43 pm

The lebanese aren’t caucasian. The dictionary definition of a caucasian person is someone of european ancestry. Her being part lebanese makes her mixed, not a white caucasian. The lebanese are arabs, from what I heard the census is making a separate section for them actually since they aren’t white.


white-skinned; of European origin.
“twenty of the therapists were Caucasian, two were African American, and two were Hispanic”

California July 14, 2015 at 9:36 pm

She’s too pretty for Channing, he is ugly as hell.

WTF June 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm

she’s not that exotic lmfao. she looks white.

ashash September 20, 2014 at 10:24 pm

She would be genetically similar to Northern Italians based on her ancestry.

ihatemostpeople February 23, 2014 at 1:09 pm

She’s hella pretty and exotic.

Humanid January 14, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Easily Italian look.

Angelalibohova April 9, 2014 at 8:11 am

Yea, she looks Italian

andrew April 9, 2014 at 8:46 am
user34 May 6, 2014 at 1:59 pm

She actually just looks full-lebanese, just a lighter than average type of leb, like some of their celebrities.

aaa June 26, 2014 at 4:01 pm

I agree.

marjanel December 22, 2017 at 6:41 pm

I have seen lighter lebanese, especially the christian ones.

WTF June 26, 2014 at 10:11 am

she looks italian to me, dumbass

WTF June 26, 2014 at 10:13 am

oh and this wasn’t to you user34. this was meant to be for andrew. i can’t stand that asshat. he’s always being a smartass bitch on every profile.

condescending prick. i wish they’d ban your ass.

andrew June 26, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Thanks wtf

the punisher November 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm

she reminds me of Adriana lima somehow

J.J. October 27, 2013 at 7:27 pm

correction; her eyes are just green not forest green

Daniel August 18, 2013 at 6:48 am

why are Lebanese people so beautiful.. They have it in their genes or something..

Im american.

J.J. September 11, 2013 at 7:53 am

I live in Australia and we have plenty of Lebanese and Arabian immigrants I assure you they are far from beautiful, perhaps you should go to the middle east or a country heavily populated with arabs before making judgment on their appearance

linaaa May 19, 2014 at 12:24 am

I live in the ME and most lebanese females i met were beautiful. Personally, I dont think Jenna is pretty.

notional October 5, 2013 at 1:05 am

Shes 1/4 Lebanese, not full. Shes just as German, English, and Polish as she is Lebanese

ashash October 16, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Jenna is 1/4 Lebanese. She is just as much Polish, German, and English as she is Lebanese.

MBreezy July 18, 2012 at 4:20 am

she is not german!!

Jackie1 July 17, 2012 at 1:00 am

Jenna looks beautiful what ever her ethnicity is..

me April 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

is Jenna Dewan-Tatum now.

me March 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm

She only made roles in Tamara and Step Up?

me March 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Tamara is a bit “trash”,but is cool.

me March 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I thought she was part Mexican, because of her broad nose, but her father looks like Ben Kingsley, who is part Indian.
Lebanese people like Indians are Caucasoid, but are not considered white.

Jackie1 July 17, 2012 at 12:40 am

First of all, Lebanese are white, in America, by the US Census standards , they are considered white / white ethnics.
Lebanese are the neighbors of Israel and Creek. Indians are Asians and they are different than Jews, Creek and Lebanese.

aaa May 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Who cares what the U.S. consider? America is not the rest of world,and a person with a high percentage of arab genes is not white.

andrew May 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm

“Arabs”, Indians, Iranians are Caucasian/White, I remember when FBI looked for a “white” man, from the videotapes they had, as the alleged author of a terroristic attack. They discovered he was a Pakistani guy.
Lebanese are Mediterrenean people.
They are the offspring of glorious Phoenician civilization

aaa May 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm

U.S., FBI, CIA doesn’t define the races for the rest of the world.

fuzzybear44 May 18, 2013 at 3:14 am


(“Arabs”, Indians, Iranians are Caucasian)

Yes members of these groups are considered to be Caucasian,but that doesn’t necessarily mean their white. I’ve seen a video where (mostafa hefny) a Arab man who was obviously black,was told he was legally white(by U.S standards).He thought it was ridiculous,but was told it was the law.He was informed that according to U.S law,that an Arab is seen as white no matter what they look like .So saying those people are Caucasian,doesn’t mean their white.

fuzzybear44 May 18, 2013 at 3:25 am


You’re right,lots of Somalis are “ Caucasians” ,and that does not mean they are white.Did you know that “ Caucasians”, is the only so called racial classification,that has changed 4 times since it conception?.Each time it’s changes,it add new traits(hair,skin color,lip size etc.),therefore adding new people and territories.

andrew May 18, 2013 at 6:23 am


Mostafa Hefny case in interesting, he’s Nubian. Arab is just his language

fuzzybear44 May 19, 2013 at 12:50 am


(Mostafa Hefny case in interesting, he’s Nubian. Arab is just his language)

In the video,he keeps saying he’s Arab Egyptian.I do know Arabs have taken over a good part of Nubia, however whether he’s Arab or Nubian is not the point I’m making. What I’m showing is that you can’t go by U.S standards.As you can see,they classify anyone from those places as white,no matter what they are.This is why they have constantly change the definition for Caucasian,because it doesn’t mean your white.I can only assume,that they have purposely miseducated people on this subject(for what reason I don’t know).

bleachsoda June 25, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Indian isnt an ethnicity

me January 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I thought she was part Mexican or she was Latina / mestiza, sometimes she looks like Nikki Reed at other times she looks like Michelle Rodriguez.

Hate Me January 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm

She is just Lebanese and German.

I realize that upsets you, as she is not something other than Caucasian.

But remember the Lebanese arenot considered “white” to many, so you can jump up for joy about that.

Jackie1 July 17, 2012 at 12:59 am

Well, according to the US Census standards , they are considered white / white ethnics.

They supposed to be part of the European Union, there was a movement years ago but didn’t go well, now I think even Greece will be kicked out of the European Union. but we’re here talking about who is considered white. This might correct your information.

mm February 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Nikki Reed is not Mexican, she is Jewish/Italian/British. But most Mexicans andother Latin Americans are descended from Native Americans and Latin Europeans (Spanish,Italian,etc.). So I can see why you would think that.

me February 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I thought that Nikki Reed was part mexican too.

jackie August 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm

that’s all really? she looks somewhat half native-american.

worldgirl October 10, 2011 at 9:16 pm

o why does everyone here only know native American look at lebanese people they look like jenna tooooOOO.,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1600&bih=689&wrapid=tlif131830562625010&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi#um=1&hl=nl&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=EcKTTqDnNIaUOrHWqMMH&ved=0CDoQvwUoAQ&q=lebanese+girls&spell=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=445533aaad7ae439&biw=1600&bih=689

me October 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm

that’s all really? she looks somewhat half native-american.[2]

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