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, as well as small amounts of Mexican, 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 Puerto Rican parents, Luz Towns and Luis A. Miranda, Jr.

On his mother’s side, he also has a small amount of Mexican, 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 grandparents were from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico.

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.

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

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 Mexicans? 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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