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 composer, lyricist, playwright, rapper, and actor. 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:
*19.4% East Asian & Native American
*9.7% Sub-Saharan African
*2.7% Middle Eastern & North African
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 – http://www.megansmolenyak.com
Genealogy of Lin-Manuel Miranda – https://www.wikitree.com
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