Miley Cyrus

by ethnic on August 25, 2008

Birth Name: Destiny Hope Cyrus

Place of Birth: Franklin, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 23, 1992

Ethnicity: English, along with smaller amounts of Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, Dutch, German

Miley Cyrus is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She is famous for starring as the title character on the television series Hannah Montana. Miley is the daughter of Leticia (Finley) and singer, songwriter, and actor Billy Ray Cyrus. Her paternal grandfather, Ron Cyrus (Ronald Ray Cyrus), was a politician and public worker. Among her siblings are actress and singer Noah Cyrus and musician Trace Cyrus. Born Destiny Hope Cyrus, she has officially changed her name to Miley Ray Cyrus.

Several family trees indicate that the Cyrus surname was spelled Siers many generations back. Most or all of Miley’s ancestors since the start of the 1800s were born in the United States. Much of her ancestry is English, with smaller amounts of Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, Dutch, and German.

Miley has stated that she has Cherokee Native American ancestry, as has her father. It is not clear if this Cherokee Native American ancestry has been verified/documented. As of yet, no evidence of Miley’s Native American ancestry has been produced.

Miley’s paternal grandfather was Ronald Ray Cyrus (the son of The Rev. Eldon Lindsey/Lindsay Cyrus and Verlina Adeline Hay). Ronald was born in Kentucky. Eldon was the son of Joseph Morgan Cyrus and Sarah Elvessa Hayes. Verlina was the daughter of Martin Alexander Hay and Mary Jane Hayes.

Miley’s paternal grandmother is Ruth Ann Casto (the daughter of William Clayton Casto and Mary Guila/Guilla Boggs). Ruth was born in Kentucky. William was the son of Joseph C./Johnsey Casto and Josie E. Johnson. Mary was the daughter of Clement Alexander Boggs and Leora Olive McAtee.

Miley’s maternal grandfather was Glenmore Finley (the son of Benjamin Harrison Finley and Ada Cornett). Glenmore was born in Kentucky. Benjamin was the son of John Patton Finley and Nancy Louisa Berry.

Miley’s maternal grandmother was Loretta Jean Palmer (the daughter of Neville Hardy Palmer and Nellie Burch Howard). Loretta was born in Kentucky. Neville was the son of Andrew Jackson Palmer and Fannie Pink Woolum. Nellie was the daughter of Adren/Adron D. Howard and Fronie/Frony Hill.

Sources: Genealogy of Miley Cyrus –

Genealogies of Miley Cyrus (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Miley’s father –

Obituary of Miley’s great-uncle, Eugene Finley (the brother of Miley’s maternal grandfather, Glenmore Finley) –

Genealogy of Miley’s maternal great-grandfather, Benjamin Harrison Finley (focusing on his father’s side) –

Miley’s maternal grandmother, Loretta Jean Palmer, on the 1940 U.S. Census –


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Real880 September 29, 2017 at 6:49 pm

Of course you would think she look them. She’s White and Native American. Natives are related to Siberian and Turks

Real880 September 29, 2017 at 6:49 pm
TheHelper October 14, 2017 at 3:23 am

She’s not Native American at all. Natives are not related to Turks. Asians are kinda of related to Siberians. Siberia used to be White land until Asians invaded thousands of years ago.

Real880 October 29, 2017 at 8:25 am

Yes they are related to Turks. There’s numerous studies and documentaries that talks about this. Many Natives came to the Americas in different bands. Some directly from Siberia, some from Central Asia/Turks, some from Polynesia and East Asia. This is what makes up the DNA of Native Americans. In fact the Kennewick man even had small percentage of Caucasian DNA.

Real880 October 29, 2017 at 8:30 am

btw Siberians are Asian genetically.

ses101 March 27, 2018 at 7:18 am

Natives might be related to Turks, but only in the way that Europeans and almost every other non-black race are, ie, our ancestors stopped off there on their way to other countries thousands of years ago. Real Turks barely exist now because they were forced out by Muslim invasions.

andrew August 19, 2017 at 12:17 pm
Manila August 19, 2017 at 6:34 am

I suggest you to create profile for her sister Noah Cyrus.

luckystar March 23, 2017 at 11:33 am

She could pass in British Islands, France and Iberia, but looks more Central European, to me

luckystar March 23, 2017 at 11:36 am

She is Sub-Nordid.

andrew March 23, 2017 at 12:43 pm

This is not that self-declared pseudo “anthropology forum” where you and other new worlders use to be brainwashed by cocaine-addicted moderators.

neiltennant August 30, 2016 at 8:45 am

could easily pass for full turkish

especially she looks like those turkish people from the black see area

madman August 30, 2016 at 1:06 pm

Another person added to the list of celebrities who could pass for Turkish.

andrew August 30, 2016 at 3:47 pm
bablah August 31, 2016 at 5:58 pm
andrew September 5, 2016 at 6:12 pm
neiltennant September 5, 2016 at 7:47 pm

i know a lot of turks and she reminds me of those i know

they have olive skin tone but also blue eyes

andrew September 6, 2016 at 5:28 am

Blue eyes are a rare feature in Turks. Miley Cyrus could blend in Turkey just as a tourist.

madman September 6, 2016 at 8:49 am

At first I didn’t realize it was Angela Merkel in the photos, she looks so natural among the other Turks. I bet Miley wouldn’t stick out in that crowd either.

neiltennant September 24, 2017 at 6:33 am

I have seen tons of Turks with blue eyes

that is not uncommon there

especially for the most from anatolia or the black sea area

andrew March 21, 2016 at 6:11 pm
andrew September 19, 2015 at 8:44 am

what’s the origin of “Casto” surname?

follers September 19, 2015 at 2:14 pm
GypsyQueen July 19, 2015 at 4:24 pm

I read a lot of teen magazines that said she’s part Cherokee. She looks like she could be Justin Bieber’s sister.

musicfangirl August 29, 2015 at 3:49 pm

ikr maybe they are descent cousins are something

Greyface March 15, 2016 at 10:05 pm

they are both 100% native american

TheHelper October 14, 2017 at 3:25 am

@Greyface No, they are not.

Manila April 21, 2015 at 5:46 am

I have found her maternal grandmother’s birth record:

So, I am able to find her 1940 US Census:

Loretta’s parents are Neville Hardy Palmer and Nellie Burch Howard.

follers April 21, 2015 at 11:01 am

Thank you.

alberto.r7 April 8, 2015 at 4:47 pm

She is a bi*ch. No matter if she is white or mestiza.

luckystar November 24, 2015 at 3:53 am

Mestiza… is one of her parents native american and the other is white? Her native mix prob go back to 1600s, same with angelina jolie

anen87 March 2, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Lol i know xD mestiza my ass xP

theropod April 1, 2015 at 7:32 am

Bleh, she looks full English or Scottish to me.

Dunno what’s the deal with these 280+ comments in here…

eve August 4, 2014 at 9:50 am

I’m curious though… in the link about her father’s side ancestry it says that her paternal grandmother is named Ruth Ann Casko, while in the link and basically everywhere else it says her last name is Casto. So is it Casto or Casko? And where does the name come from? Neither sound English to me.

follers August 4, 2014 at 10:51 am

The name is usually spelled as “Casto”.

That particular Casto line is usually traced back to Azariah Casto, who was an immigrant from Wales, or sometimes also cited as France.

eve August 4, 2014 at 11:09 am

Cool, thanks for the info!

marjanel April 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm

If she was born in Latin America you were saying without doubting that she is a mestiza.When an American has native american ancestry, they are still white but Latin Americans although they don’t look native “they must be a mestizo”

Check7t March 29, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Sub-Nordid type, no Cherokee ancestry.

roman2886 March 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm

I have a similar background English Irish Scottish Welsh Austrian German Italian Filipino Spanish Chinese Japanese Indonesian and Malaysian my nephews also have a similar background English Irish Scottish Welsh Austrian German Italian French Filipino Spanish Chinese Japanese Indonesian and Malaysian.

roman2886 March 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm

She has Cherokee ancestry it’s been provern

follers March 27, 2014 at 1:58 pm

What was the name of her last proven Cherokee Native American ancestor?

TheHelper October 14, 2017 at 3:27 am

@roman2886 No, it has not.

Daron March 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm

She is a true WASP.

90sSvenjaBeachGirl January 25, 2014 at 7:29 pm

She is mestiza, the American type is mestizo to me, but most of Americans are just white. And those people who tell here that Americans want to be Native American, i say that they should go to South America, where most of them are Native American.

roman2886 March 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm

No she is not a Mestiza a Mestiza is a South American term a person who is a mixture of White Spanish and American Indian ancestry.

Clinton m Lewis January 22, 2014 at 5:26 am

Miley I voted all for u about your streak is 70 percent and u all this is like me our two family’s who lives and born in Franklin Tennessee and I spend 129.66 of your items I won’t stop until u become my wife I really don’t like the other people is treating u this way I wll never do that to u cause u are human is what i’am giving u and my ture love and is not done of u cause u have the Lewis strong heart and I will do anything to be with u and I love u get naked I like to join u only if u and selena gomez could help me clint Lewis of your and selena gomez twitter and Facebook inside my I pad most of all I will do anything to get your wreaking ball cd and your other naked CDs and your DVDs I hope u gotten your Christmas gift from me that Santa c brings to u it’s your birth stone to wear on your finger be 4 I go just don’t leave me alone cause u are everything to me and I will never stop loving u until I will risk my life to save yours in my fantasy u and I taking a shower butt naked

MILEY IS MESTIZA January 12, 2014 at 9:32 am

She is mestiza she is not white. She looks like Mexican, so she look Cherokee or any other Native American

The Beautiful Ones January 12, 2014 at 11:33 am

That’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard all day.

hanna January 17, 2014 at 9:46 am

she’s so white

Brigzzz98 January 19, 2014 at 12:05 am

Lol if she was mestiza she would look well
Darker…’re the strangest person…

kaleigh December 30, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Miley could very well be native american. I myself have Cherokee in me and I have fair skin and blue eyes. My grandmother is full Cherokee indian and yes its documented. She has very dark skin and brown eyes and black hair while me and my mother have very pale skin and blue eyes, it’s not all about appearance. I live in North Carolina and it seems alot of people claim to be Cherokee but who knows. I do believe she has some in her though.

Chris K December 29, 2013 at 3:41 am

lol she is clearly white with no traces of any outside race, just look at her here:

indo December 15, 2013 at 8:49 pm

miley knows she doesnt have any indian in her she needs to stop lying to herself.

The Beautiful Ones December 9, 2013 at 1:14 pm


eve March 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I don’t really understand why people don’t believe she’s Cherokee if she says she is. Obviously she isn’t half of quarter, but she can totally be 1/16 or something. It’s still a small part and it’s real, even though it obviously doesn’t clearly show on her looks.

DK1x August 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Because she’s an attention whore like Britney Spears who also claimed to be Native American. Also it makes sense that celebrities get payed by Marxist Jews to say they are Native American to continue their anti-white propaganda.

andrew August 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

interesting pov

leslie2 October 17, 2013 at 5:28 pm

lmfao since when is 1/16th or 1/32 Native?

Seriously. Wayyyy to low to ever be Native, she wouldn’t even qualify for enrollment in most tribes in North America.

Plus, there’s no proof to her claims, or documentation, and she is like every other 99% full blooded black or whites who claim “Cherokee” As their tribe when it is simply not true.

PC November 30, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Everyone from the South claims to be part Cherokee. *eyeroll*

eve August 4, 2014 at 10:00 am

@leslie2 I didn’t mean 1/16th or 1/32 would mean she could qualify for enrollment in a tribe or anything… I didn’t mean that I thought she would be “officially” Native in that way.

I just thought I’d give my point of view of not understanding why sooo many people don’t believe her if she says she is part something, even if it is not verified. Look, I’m from Finland, I just simply didn’t know about the whole history of Whites and Natives in America, but I’ve since educated myself a bit. I didn’t understand why people wouldn’t take someone’s word for it if they say they’re something.

But yeah, obviously it might just be a family myth or something. But I still don’t think anyone should go saying that she most definitely isn’t Native. We can’t be 100% sure. Like we know her family better than she does.

I wouldn’t approach it with such a negative attitude. But maybe if you’re Native, you might have reasons to. What do I know. Just an opinion of an outsider.

Dan December 8, 2013 at 3:02 am

Everyone claims to be a small ounce of Native American for some reason. Honestly, if they want to be Indians so bad they should put some paint on their faces, and grab a bow and arrow. Honestly, the “Native American” claim gets old. I don’t think it’s true 99% of the time either. I had an uncle (married into the family) that claimed he was Native American. Turns out he was completely full of shit. A lot of people don’t realize that if you can prove you’re even a little bit Native American the federal government will cut you a large check. There’s a monetary interest in it.

gottlob January 2, 2013 at 4:02 am

She can pass for Turkish

Crates January 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Yes she does she looks very Turkish.

gottlob January 12, 2013 at 12:15 am

also looks Latina/Mexican

Marc 2 January 12, 2013 at 1:10 am

Also she might pass as Inuit

leslie2 October 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm


nnnnn March 4, 2013 at 12:07 am

With her blue eyes?

Loos November 28, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Lmao please, the majority of Turks are swarthy and olive toned like Near East people. Miley looks entirely Northwest European.

Hope Moretti September 8, 2012 at 4:36 am

“Cyrus” is and English surname

levangelista36 June 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Cyrus is a Greek or Persian surname. If Billy Ray is neither Greek nor Persian, why does he have this last name?

Did he just make it up or something? Or change his last name? Is it a stage name he made his legal name? I’m kind of confused.

Hope Moretti June 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I don’t know. But to me she looks normal. like she doesn’t have that look of some exact place. she looks like an american from texas

aja675 May 17, 2012 at 2:00 am

I do believe that Miley has Native in her. I mean, imagine her with darker skin!

Someone April 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Cherokee my left foot…I always thought “Cyrus” sounded Greek. Guess not.

Angel Syrene April 4, 2012 at 9:03 pm

She is stink

anna2005 March 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I thought I heard somewhere that Billy Ray, her father, is actually Greek American although I cannot verify this. Miley looks like a Greek mixture to me. The Cherokee actually did not mix as often as hollywood stars try to make it seem lol.

ana March 23, 2012 at 10:13 pm

I thought she was mixed with native American i was right

DK1x August 9, 2013 at 9:56 pm

You’re wrong. She most likely said she was because she’s an attention whore. The Marxist Jews probably paid her to continue their anti-white propaganda.

ana March 23, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Her father looks half native American and half white he looks mestizo

Don't need to know March 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Just because you have an ethnicity of something doesn’t mean you have to know how to speak the language…sometimes, people don’t even know what’s coming out of their mouths. And it doesn’t matter if she’s pretty or not, because you know what? She’s making millions of dollars while you just type here and make fun of her. :/

Blonde Frizzles May 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm


meee January 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm

shes fukkinnn white as hell!

Me January 22, 2012 at 12:31 am

Miley is castiza/ harniza like Megan Fox, Anne Hathaway, and Hillary Clinton. They are biracial. They are not white. White people do not exist because all whites are racially mixed.

me January 22, 2012 at 5:10 am

they don’t are fully european like Amanda Seyfrield

storm January 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm

how do you know amanda Seyfried is fully european? heather locklear looks 100% scandinavian but she is not and Seyfried is white American and studies show on average they are mixed so she is prob. not either

Miley is ugly and white trash

storm January 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm

white people exist only in germany

Habe February 23, 2012 at 8:22 pm

White do exist you fucktard!!!!

Marc February 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm

SUPER LOL )))))))))))))))))))))))

Misaaaaaa January 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I have been telling everyone my great-great-great grandmother is Cherokee lately. She is not, but I figured I would since everyone else does. I even got out of paying tax on an item at a store. They did not even ask me for proof.


i'mee January 22, 2012 at 12:26 am

naaa…. your great Grandparents would have been called names and berated by white people…. getit?

rose January 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm

She’s such a bad influence to all young ladies out there. She’s trailer trash.

metusa January 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Miley is hot she is growing up to be gorgeous lady.

Karalyn January 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Miley is perhaps the prettiest tgirl inthe whole whorld. i love her so much go miley yay!!

babe February 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

she used to be cool but the pole stuff :(

Jaimie January 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm


Selene Rosella January 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm


Angel Syrene January 7, 2012 at 12:05 am

I hate the girl she is so stupid

Alina January 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm

this is crap!! she is an american citizen, she was born here and plus she cant even speak any of those languages.. all lies baby
french? really! if i spoke 2 her she wouldn’t get it

Rachael January 4, 2012 at 7:47 am

Ur sooo rude just cus shes part american and part other things dont mean its crap and i come from england and many other countries but i ddont speak those languages only english

Ammz December 26, 2011 at 1:40 am

Could Berru be a typo for the surname Berry? Never heard of Berru.

Lynne December 11, 2011 at 12:04 am

Miley is DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS! I LOVE this girl to death!

SparkleTime January 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Ethnic, please choose a better picture of her. Her face looks stuffed in the picture you chose.

Chanice November 28, 2011 at 10:20 am

White Americans?? Is that even politically correct?? Im Cherokee Native American too, and Cyrus IS a Native last name :/

Dasher November 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Funny that you are supposedly Native yet do not even know anything about your own culture. Cyrus is not a Native last name and it is nowhere close to being one.

And I quote;

“The name Cyrus is a Latinized form derived from a Greek form of the Old Persian Kūruš.”

Jimenez November 29, 2011 at 6:10 am

Yeah, like the famous Persian with the name Cyrus the Great?
Just look ere:

Ammz October 15, 2011 at 11:36 pm

It says on one of the sites that her grandmother’s surname is Casto. It sounds Italian or Spanish… definitely NOT British/Irish!

evea January 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I’ve always wondered about that too…

andrew September 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm

There must be an Italian connection from that side since Casto is an Italian surname and Mary Guila Boggs name looks like a bad spelled form of “Mary Giulia” (Giulia is Italian for “Julia”)

Berru comes from a French place name

Hayes is actually an Irish surname and Jenkins can easily be Welsh. I have never heard a British person with Cyrus as surname, probably it’s invented and she’d like to get rid of it

follers September 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm

The Casto line goes back to William Casto, born c. the late 1600s, in Salem County, New Jersey. No one seems to know for sure where William’s father was from: “They may have originated in Wales, Italy, Germany or even Portugal”.

Mary Guila Boggs was the daughter of Clement Alexander Boggs and Leora Olive McAfee. There is no reason to think she had Italian ancestry.

It looks like her “Cyrus” line used to be spelled “Siers”.

andrew September 18, 2013 at 6:17 pm

well, that Casto family site is very accurate, but thinking the surname has origin in Wales or Germany is ridiculous, since it has no Celtic or Germanic etimology. You know NJ has a strong Italian mark now, but in late 1600s Italian immigration was small. That William “Custo” might be of French origin (Cousteau). Another option is a relation with the Irish surname Costello

Mary Guila Boggs is spelled “Guilla” in the middle name, where does it come from?
Siers is another unusual surname

andrew September 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm

and what about “she is said to be descended from a Dutch family by the name of Blue”: a joke?

follers September 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm

There are theories that the surname was “Castalow”, “Castello”, or “Castilo”.

“Siers” can be English or German.

I didn’t write that line about the “Blue”s.

For whatever reason, “Guila” was used as a first or middle name by Anglo-Americans. For example,

andrew September 19, 2013 at 5:47 am

Castello/Castillo are in order Italian and Spanish for Castle. I believe Cousteau became Custo (how is pronounced) than Casto. Anyhow something of Romance origin.

Del October 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Cyrus is a native last name.

yukyuk November 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm

uh…. no, Persian

Crystal S. October 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I can actually see the Cherokee in her. “sorry”

worldgirl October 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm

HAHHA on another page on the jonas page of this site(cause someone was saying miley was just white whaha I predicted(like i always thought!) that miley was Cherokee/native, French, Russian/eastern Europian, and something white…… And her dad is good looking aswell as manly-sturdy looking and tans easily , I always loudly told people that he and Miley must be Cherokee/native d. DANG i’m gooood( I got it mostly right) see I always Know! that’s what yah get when your mixed with 6 ethnicities yourself ruuuuuuuuling (eye) haha

Del October 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm

White is not a race. French,russian,easturn european are considered white

yukyuk November 12, 2011 at 8:52 pm

russians are made up of mixed euro-asians, hence, exotic models

raciality 1o1 August 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm

she bi racial! she bi racial! she italian…..

Jesus October 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm

She ain’t Italian!

Myspace Celebrity August 25, 2011 at 11:50 am

Am I the only one who thinks she might actually be part (albeit a small part, but there’s something there) Native American? Maybe not Cherokee, but I think she’s partially Native American especially if the native blood is from her father.

Krista August 15, 2011 at 4:05 am

So ALL her ancestors on her geneology have been confirmed to be ENGLISH, IRISH, WELSH and FRENCH, yet you still post cherokee indian ?!?! LOL. You can’t just ASSUME you have to have proof.. This site is sooo B.S.

Justin Bieber August 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm

its obvious she has cherokee ancestry, look at her eye shape and her forehead and you will see some resemblance to native american

worldgirl October 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm

well the mossst awesome looking girls are mixed with tons of different ethnicities ofcourSSSSe she’s native ,her strong manes, full lips , nice bone structure, and nose is not white DUHHHHHHHHHHH

NANAN October 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm

world girl she dosnt even have full lips first of all. and anyways if miley did have native american in her it would be ver little like about minimum 5% to maximum 15% but it would still be something i guess :/

and worldgirl i hate how yuo exaggerate her looking SOOOO native american like sshut the fuck up ok annoying ppl here gosh thumb thisa up if u hate exaggerators like this dumb ass ahahah

Del October 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Her native american genes can be stronger than her european..Its called genetics.theres actually a white couple that had a black baby because of their african ancestry..happens all the time but she looks like her dad ,genes can skip several gene.Research Genealogy but I learned about it in 9th grde.

Del October 15, 2011 at 9:42 pm

She does have full lips . Big lips arent considered full.

Del October 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm

U obviously know nothing about native americans we have different tribes that all look different

katie November 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm

wow that was alittle rude

Serpent November 13, 2011 at 12:54 am

Miley isn’t even pretty, though, and her racial background is the same as most “white Americans.” I can see how she might have Native ancestry, though.

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