Jennette McCurdy

by ethnic on July 3, 2010

Jennette Mccurdy

Birth Name: Jennette Faye McCurdy

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 26, 1992

Ethnicity: Irish, French, French-Canadian, Swedish/Finland-Swedish, 1/8 Italian, English, Dutch, Frisian, Swiss-German, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, 1/64 Mexican, 1/2048 Polish

Jennette McCurdy is an American actress, screenwriter, producer, singer, and songwriter. She co-starred in the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly. She has also guest-starred in a number of other television series, including Malcolm in the Middle, Zoey 101, Will & Grace, Strong Medicine, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Contrary to some online claims, Jennette is not of Puerto Rican ancestry. However, one of her maternal great-great-great-great-grandfathers, John Romero, was of Mexican ancestry (from New Mexico).

Jennette’s paternal grandfather is Merle Eugene McCurdy (the son of Ernest R. McCurdy and Johanna Hersema/Heersema). Ernest was the son of Manches Neighbor McCurdy and Eldora/Elnora Evonne Phillips, and had Irish, English, Swiss-German, and Scottish, ancestry. Johanna was born in Illinois, to Dutch parents, and likely had Frisian ancestry.

Jennette’s paternal grandmother is Faye/Faye Gertrude Lapayne/Payne (the daughter of Dean LaVern Lapayne/Payne and Gertrude Ellen Cronin). Dean was the son of Lincoln S. Payne and Etna Fern Muir, and had Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, English, Irish, distant Dutch, and likely French, ancestry. Jennette’s great-grandmother Gertrude was the daughter of Michael Cronin, who was Irish, and of Anna Flynn, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Irish parents.

Jennette’s maternal grandfather is Roland Joseph LaBeaf (the son of Earl LaBeaf and Josephine Biscotto). Earl was the son of Joseph LaBeaf, whose parents were French-Canadian, and of Emma Sawyer. Josephine was born in California, the daughter of Italian parents, Giuseppe Biscotto and Marina Lauria.

Jennette’s maternal grandmother is Beverly Tinder (the daughter of Gordon William Tinder and Villie Gertrude Newman). Gordon was the son of William Henry Tinder and Ella Celica Romero, and was of English, Mexican, Swedish, Dutch, and distant Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, and Polish, ancestry. Villie was born in Utah, the daughter of Matts Johansson Newman/Nyman and Johanna/Hannah Carlson/Carlsson, who were from Finland, and were both of Swedish descent.

Sources: Jennette’s paternal grandfather, Merle Eugene McCurdy, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Jennette’s paternal great-grandfather, Ernest R. McCurdy (through Ernest’s brother, Edelbert McCurdy) (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Jennette’s paternal grandmother, Faye/Fay Gertrude Lapayne/Payne (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Jennette’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Lincoln S. Payne (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogies of Jennette’s paternal great-great-great-grandmother, Susan E. McConkey –

Genealogy of Jennette’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Etna Fern Muir –

Information on Jennette’s paternal Muir family –

Genealogy of Jennette’s paternal great-grandmother, Gertrude Ellen Cronin (through Gertrude’s brother, Edward Earl Cronin) –

Genealogy of Jennette McCurdy (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Obituary of Jennette’s maternal grandfather, Roland Joseph LaBeaf –

Genealogy of Jennette’s maternal great-grandfather, Gordon William Tinder (through Gordon’s sister, Edith Tinder) –

Obituary of Jennette’s maternal great-grandmother, Villie Gertrude (Newman) Tinder –

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madman May 30, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Ernest was the son of Manches Neighbor McCurdy and Eldora Evonne Phillips, and had Irish, English, Swiss-German, and Scottsh, ancestry.

Johanna Heersema’s surname indicates she had Frisian ancestry.

Faye was the daughter of Dean LaVern Lapayne and Gertrude Ellen Cronin. Dean was the son of Lincoln S. Payne and Etna Fern Muir, and had Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, English, Irish, distant Dutch, and likely French, ancestry. Gertrude was the daughter of Michael Cronin, who was Irish, and Anna Flynn, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Irish parents.

Joseph LaBeaf’s parents were French-Canadian.

It could be mentioned that Gordon William Tinder was of English, Mexican, Swedish, Dutch, and distant Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, and Polish, ancestry.

Matts Johansson Newman/Nyman and Johanna Carlsson were both ethnic Swedes from Finland (Finland-Swedish). So remove Finnish from the ethnicity.

Hill May 22, 2017 at 9:53 am

I still think she’s half Puerto Rican just because her mom looks exactly like Victoria Justice’s mom.

tttyyy June 10, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Do we have proof of her heritage

scott August 8, 2014 at 7:43 pm

McCurdy a Scottish surname

follers August 9, 2014 at 9:53 am
tinasheeeee July 23, 2014 at 5:33 pm

So on here it says she’s Puerto Rican also…

follers July 23, 2014 at 6:52 pm

She isn’t.

tinasheeeee July 23, 2014 at 6:59 pm

I know.

sararuiz April 5, 2014 at 9:51 pm
eldiablo1313 January 9, 2014 at 6:47 pm

She claims to have fallen for a Andre Drummond who is black, could she be the next Kim Kardashian?

person July 23, 2014 at 5:18 pm

lol whites are mixing their race out of existence
their men going to Asian women
their women going to black men lol

andrew July 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm

it happened all the time, whites with non-white women

Daron January 5, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Her mom is Puerto Rican.

Myspace Celebrity August 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Sooooo…she’s not half Puerto Rican? Lol. I still see it. Oh well.

Bootboot August 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I can see dat too ha

Somebody June 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm

wait they changed it!!!!!! it use to say she was puerto rican

David July 8, 2011 at 7:27 am

Maybe they found that was wrong! Sometimes you hear things from one source but sometimes that person, (in this case, Jennette McCurdy), says they’re actually something else??

Danielle May 8, 2011 at 9:44 am

I asked her what race she was and she said Irish Decent and Purteo Rican I thought she was white and Irish becuase Most purteo rican’s don’t have Blonde Hair!…..

411 May 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm

being PR doesn’t really tell you someones background,they could be of multi-heritages

World-girl November 14, 2011 at 3:07 am

Yeah they can have blOnd hair (especially) if your MIXED(what she is) you can have blond hair, like cameron diaz etc.

Serpent November 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Cameron Diaz’s father is a Cuban of European descent. It even says it on her profile. He is of Spanish descent. However, mixed children can have blonde hair.

Second of all, how is this girl mixed?

Richard Kerr March 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm

perto rican mixture….***

Richard Kerr March 19, 2011 at 8:34 pm

LOL!!! wow.. I could tell that she had something but couldn’t figure it out.. puerto rican’s the something and it is recognizeable.. frank muniz is puerto rican.

Keandra davila March 19, 2011 at 11:15 am

I thought she was italian but bein puerto rican, dats even better

Person January 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Woah…. She’s Puerto Rican??? Never would’ve guessed.

Anonymous August 10, 2010 at 8:44 am

She’s so funny and I c sum Puerto Rican side.

Bootboot August 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm

yeah I c that too

izzy July 25, 2010 at 11:19 pm

she does look irish

Esha July 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Love u Sam.

Anonymous July 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm


Paul. July 12, 2010 at 4:31 am

Ana Ortiz is also Irish and Puerto Rican, and her look is way different than Jennette’s, which is really interesting. Shows how diverse we really are.
They’re both Puerto Rican and Irish, but Ana Ortiz is tanned, dark-haired and dark-eyed, and Jennette is pale, blonde and blue-eyed. :o It’s so cool.

ethnic July 12, 2010 at 5:17 am

good point. a good example demonstrating the diversity.

MzLady July 25, 2010 at 11:24 am

i dont think she is a natural blonde. dont get me wrong she could be but looking at her eyebrows i dont think she is. usually one’s eyebrow color and hair color is the same.

Paul. July 25, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Your eyebrows are a few shades darker than the hair on your head. I think I’ve seen pictures of her when she was younger, and she had lighter blonde hair than now, I think her hair was naturally blonde, but is now a light brown/dark blonde that she possibly highlights.

someonewhosisprobablytoooldtobewatchingicarly July 10, 2010 at 12:45 am

what? puerto rican? hmm….well shes pretty damn hot. bleh to the people who TyPE lIKe ThIs!!!!! lol. its interesting that theres a whole site dedicated to informing people on what ethnicity the stars are. but pretty cool i guess.

ethnic July 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm

well this site is for the culturally curious and just for fun.

izzy July 25, 2010 at 11:17 pm

u get on my nerves

KillerBoto July 9, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I thought she looked a little korean because of her cheeks.

Paul. July 7, 2010 at 8:05 am

She’s so funny. :B
I’ve seen pictures of her mom, and she looks like a typical Puerto Rican, so I guess she takes after her Irish side. (:

Anonymous July 7, 2010 at 2:47 am

Whatever she is she’s ugly as hell.

izzy July 25, 2010 at 11:18 pm

she isnt but u probably are ;)

myspace celebrity July 6, 2010 at 10:58 pm

She always looked like she wasn’t straight up white. I know white Puerto Ricans exist, but they look different than any other white person in my opinion. I have many white Latina (mostly of them are Puerto Rican or Colombian; one is a white Uruguayan girl) friends, and they don’t look like they are just white. Its hard to explain. To me, the whitest looking Latino people look different than white Americans who have no “Latin/Hispanic” roots.

World-girl November 14, 2011 at 3:21 am

Ofcourse they don’t look white-white ..duhh cause they’re not …even if you have white skin you also the “make up” of their face etc. ( the facial features the hue/skin tone ) they have other noses then just white mostly somewhat cuter noses (sometimes) les point and a more softer tip and the hue over they’re “white” skin is like olive or golden maybe beige and sometimes wide faces with or big “round eyes” with a almond shape at the end or just almond and heavier hair texture like strong manes of hair ( like myley cyrus or jennifer lopez) Almost nobody lookst just white if they’re not exept maybe like that saved by the bell dude Mark Paul Gosselaar ( he’s also of my heritage partly asian-islander,..but you can hardly see it haha) and that nathan kress dude on i carly looks kinda asian too but for that i’ll be looking on the other page XD

Serpent November 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Miley Cyrus is not from Latin America. She is a white American just like Jennette McCurdy.

There is no such thing as “white-white.” I cannot believe you are still spinning that racist bullshit. Are you done with your mixed-race supremacy talk? You honestly mirror Hitler’s repulsive ideology, only you are speaking for a different race and using Nazi tactics in order to make others feel inferior. By definition, there is no such thing as “white-white” or “pure white.” Life did not start in Europe. It started in Africa, and Europeans derive from the Middle East. With that knowledge, how can there be a “full white” person? Never mind that white does not exist scientifically. You cannot detect someone’s “whiteness” genetically. Give a Jew and a person who is of a European background only a DNA test, and it’s going to say they are of the same race.

I would also like to point out that Scandinavians, especially the Finnish, have the most unrelated genetic history in all of Europe, and surprisingly, they are your standard for what is “white-white” when they are, in fact, of mixed background and have recent Asian ancestors.

Whites in Latin America look different because they are mostly of Southern European background and not Northern European like white Americans. However, if you go to the South of Brazil, there are many Brazilians of German and Northern Italian stock who look like any other white American. Alexis Bledel is a white Latina of French, Danish, and German descent. She looks indistinguishable from most white Americans because she is of Northern European descent.

Despite that, it is stupid to stereotype. There are many white Americans who look “exotic” and plenty of white Latinas who do not. There are many white Americans who have a more diverse background than plenty of white Latinas, and many of them who are also of Southern European stock.

In a nutshell, you are a ignorant and uneducated numbskull.

James November 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm

You’re a simpleton, and stop talking down to people like a condescending twat.

James November 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm

And BTW, care to cite some of the sources for the “facts” that spout? Such as ones that say that Finns are related to asians and whatnot.

Lauri December 24, 2011 at 9:51 am

haha recent asian ancestors? the most recent if any are like 10 000 years old

Richard January 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Yeah, these people are correct in their opinions with certain things. The White pressure in USA is actually bullshit and hispanics and other white people know that. I am white, but i have a little indigenous, but I dont at all have much. Spaniards are white and there are white latinos everywhere should they be treated less than white. No. In fact, many people are arrognant and ignorant about races and semitism all the time, but they are wrong and you are wrong be because races are not prileveged and accepted by others. if that was such, we would have war and chaos all the time. There is not any difference in Hispanics to a black man, white man, asian man, and arab man… some Hispanics look very italian and have none at all, and some whites have brown browner skin than some indigenous people… white is a race and diverse in some appearances.. hispanic is an ethnicity and nothing else.. even when nations are talking the hispanic race, the dutch race, the german race, so on it is over who is the majority race in those nations… like Mexican is Mestizo and American is white or native American, there are all sorts of races in Mexico, Brazil, anywhere. Besides, it is really rude and cruel to say a person is not white or they look, but are not… Also this foreign ideal that carries they are not a race or part of the USA.. They are born in here and if they lived here their whole life..

uhmmm July 6, 2010 at 9:10 pm

she looks more colombian than puerto rican

sandy July 5, 2010 at 4:34 pm

she looks japanesse 2 me her cheeck r huge

Ash July 5, 2010 at 7:36 am

people PUERTO RICAN IS A NATIONALITY! you can be Chinese and be Puerto Rican (many Chinese immigrants reside there). Jennette’s mom is obviously a White Puerto Rican of probably German, Corsican, or Irish descent. I have a large proportion of family who are Puerto Rican from my father’s side and when I go to visit Puerto Ric every spring break, if you go to the northeastern side of the island you will see redheaded green-eye or blond haired blue-eyed fair skinned Puerto Ricans WHO ARE SPEAKING SPANISH TO ONE ANOTHER!!! Puerto Rico is and extremely diverse place with many different shades of colors and descendants of immigrants from around the world. I hate how people assume that a Puerto Rican has to have dark brown or black curly hair, big brown eyes, curvy body and a caramel skin tone. thes stereotypes need to stop.

LiL V4CH4 July 4, 2010 at 5:23 pm


Sarah T July 4, 2010 at 1:59 pm

She is half Puerto Rican, many websites state it. I know she doesnt look it, its because she takes after her dad in the Irish looks. But if you look up Jennette’s mom, you can tell shes puerto rican. I have no idea who erased the puerto rican, but I definitely didnt!

Paul. July 8, 2010 at 8:21 am

There are a lot of Puerto Ricans of Irish descent, maybe her mom has some Irish blood too? It would explain a lot, imo.

total23 July 4, 2010 at 11:15 am

Why Did You Erase The Puerto Rican?

Just Because She Does Not Look Puerto Rican, Doesn’t Mean She Isn’t! Haven’t We Discuss So Many Times!

LiL V4CH4 July 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm

yEAH… i FiNd tHAt HARd t0 bELiEVE ALS0. i tH0UGHt DAt SHE WAS jUSt iRiSH. i d0N’t bELiEVE SHE’S HALf PUERt0 RiCAN….

Ahh(: July 3, 2010 at 9:13 pm

puerto rican? never would’ve guess it… She looks Irish,,

Anonymous July 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Maybe she’s german-puerto rican, (northern) italian-puerto rican. I don’t think she’s part spanish/other races.

ethnic July 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm

I couldnt believe it either. I think that source is a little untrustworthy.

yomina.Lee July 3, 2010 at 6:34 pm

I always thought she was irish or scottish but i never knew she was puerto rican!

Anonymous July 3, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Pueto Rican descent? Are you sure? She looks hundred percent irish.

Sarah T July 4, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Yes im sure shes Puerto Rican, she said it herself! And if you look up pictures of her mom you can tell that she is puerto rican. I have no idea who erased it, but please put it back!!

fuzzybear July 4, 2010 at 5:13 pm

To Anonymous

You can be of Pueto Rican descent and not look it,I meant what is one suppose to look like.The Island is a melting pot of ethnicity,so who’s to say what one can look like. If we’ve learned anything on this site,it ‘s that you can’t go by stereotypes of what you think a person is supposed to look like

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