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.

Miley’s paternal grandfather was Ronald Ray Cyrus (the son of The Rev. Eldon Lindsey Cyrus and Verlina Adeline Hay). 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 Boggs). 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). 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). 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.

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