Lin-Manuel Miranda

by ethnicitiies on May 12, 2016

LOS ANGELES - JAN 06:  Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives to the NBC All

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 16, 1980

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican [Spanish, Taino, African], as well as one quarter Mexican, more distant African-American and English

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an American actor, playwright, composer, rapper, and writer. He is known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton.

He is the son of Luz Towns and Luis A. Miranda, Jr. He is married to Vanessa Nadal, with whom he has two children.

His ancestry is roughly three quarters Puerto Rican and one quarter Mexican, with his Mexican line also including distant African-American and English heritage. He is a descendant of an interracial couple, David Towns, who was white (the son of David Towns and Hannah Fox), and Sophie, who was African-American.

His name, Lin-Manuel, comes from a poem, “Nana Roja Para Mi Hijo Lin Manuel”, about the Vietnam War, by Puerto Rican writer José Manuel Torres Santiago.

A DNA test whose results Lin-Manuel displayed on his Twitter page stated that Lin-Manuel’s genetic ancestry is:

*62.9% European
*19.4% East Asian & Native American
*9.7% Sub-Saharan African
*2.7% Middle Eastern & North African
*5.4% Unassigned

Lin-Manuel’s paternal grandfather was Luis Antonio Miranda Vega (the son of Ignacio Miranda Sánche and Aurea Vega Nevárez). Luis was born in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico. Ignacio was the son of Ignacio Miranda Marquez and Fidela Sánchez.

Lin-Manuel’s maternal grandfather was Pedro Pascual Towns, Jr. (the son of Pedro Pascual Towns and Luz Pineda). Lin-Manuel’s grandfather Pedro was born in Texas. Lin-Manuel’s great-grandfather Pedro was the son of Guillermo Towns and Maria Genoveva Salazar. Luz was Mexican.

Sources: Information about Lin-Manuel’s ancestry, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak –

Genealogy of Lin-Manuel Miranda –

Photo by DFree/

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Rip July 29, 2017 at 12:31 am

He doesn’t just have “small amounts” of Mexican ancestry. He considers himself 1/4 Mexican because he had a biracial White/Black couple as ancestors from his grandmother’s side that settled in Texas during the 1800s when it was part of Mexico. Their descendants married into the Mexican community and later generations came to identify as Mexican.

follers July 29, 2017 at 4:15 am

One quarter Mexican? Was one of his grandparents from Mexico?

phaedra February 8, 2017 at 5:46 pm

Puerto Rican and Mexican are nationalities, not ethnic groups. Get it right, admins.

If you mean he has native or indigenous blood in him then write that.

savanna December 7, 2016 at 4:15 pm

His parents are Luis A. Miranda Jr. and Luz Towns.

On his mother’s side, he has Mexican, African-American and English heritage.
He is a descendant of an interracial couple; David Towns (son of David Towns and Hannah Fox) and Sophie, an African American woman.

neiltennant August 25, 2016 at 12:53 pm


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