Nelly Furtado

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Nelly Furtado

Birth Name: Nelly Kim Furtado

Place of Birth: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: December 2, 1978

Ethnicity: Azorean Portuguese

Nelly Furtado is a Canadian singer and actress. Her parents are Portuguese, from Ponta Garça, São Miguel Island, in the Azores archipelago. She holds Portuguese citizenship. Nelly was named after Soviet gymnast Nellie Kim.

Nelly’s paternal grandparents were Manuel Matos Furtado and Maria Paixão Costa. Nelly’s grandparents were from Ponta Garca, Vila Franca do Campo Municipality, Azores Region.

One of Nelly’s maternal grandparents was Virgínio Araújo Neto.

Sources: Genealogy of Nelly Furtado –

Memorial page of Nelly’s paternal grandfather, Manuel Matos Furtado –

Memorial page of Nelly’s paternal grandmother, Maria Paixão (Costa) Furtado –

Photo by s_bukley/

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lelo4 November 3, 2016 at 10:31 am

This photo is better, no make-up or fake tan. She’s very beautiful, I think she looks pan-Western European, like many Portuguese.

stlucas November 3, 2016 at 11:47 am

I think she looks very Iberian. Her sister, Lisa, looks more pan-European to me.

neiltennant July 26, 2017 at 2:36 pm

i have met at least 30 portugese people in my life a few of them half italian half portugese

and all of them have green or blue eyes but black hair

i think she looks typical portugese

andrew July 26, 2017 at 5:06 pm

The most common eye colour in Portugal is brown, and by a large margin.

Dstmnstr June 20, 2016 at 10:56 am

I’ve also have added Nelly’s paternal grandparents’ memorial pages on

Manuel Matos Furtado:

Maria Paixão (Costa) Furtado:

Thank you,
Dustin Schrull

Dstmnstr June 20, 2016 at 10:42 am

I’ve been doing some more research on Nelly’s ancestry, and for Ponta Garça, the latest records they have is in 1905, and since Nelly’s grandparents were both born in the 1910s, there’s no records of her grandparents, but I did find some other people who what the same last names as Nelly’s grandparents. I’ve just browsed through the marriage records between 1875-1905 and here’s what I’ve found that might be Nelly’s ancestors or relatives:

Araújo Neto:
José d’Araújo Neto (born about 1873 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America to Jacintho d’Araújo Neto and Rosa Luiza) and Marianna Augusta de Medeiros (born about 1876 in Ponta Garça, Vila Franca do Campo, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal to Francisco Marianno de Medeiros and Maria da Conceição) were both married on 8 Feb 1897 in Nossa Senhora da Piedade in Ponta Garça, Vila Franca do Campo, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.

Manuel Araújo Neto (born about 1854 in Ponta Garça, Vila Franca do Campo, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal to Francisco Araújo Neto and Maria Jacintha) and Anna de Mattos (born about 1859 in Ponta Garça, Vila Franca do Campo, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal to José Furtado Monteiro and Maria de Jesus Mattos) were both married on 28 Nov 1883 in Nossa Senhora da Piedade in Ponta Garça, Vila Franca do Campo, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.

Matos Furtado:
I couldn’t find “Matos Furtado” but I did find “Matos” and “Furtado” separately.

Paixão Costa:
José de Pimentel Calauro (born about 1861 in Ponta Garça, Vila Franca do Campo, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal to António de Pimentel Calauro and Claudina Rosa) and Violanta da Paixão de Jesus (born about 1844 in São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal to unknown parents) were both married on 17 Oct 1882 in Nossa Senhora da Piedade in Ponta Garça, Vila Franca do Campo, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.

Thank you,
Dustin Schrull

andrew October 9, 2015 at 5:42 am

Nelly’s ancestors were from Ponta Garça, São Miguel Island, Azores.

Wolfman August 29, 2015 at 1:22 am

cwm85 will know think she’s non-Caucasian because I know Punjabi Sikh’s that look like her. LOL

sparkles180 August 8, 2015 at 2:21 pm

She looks latina. Very pretty!

Check7t August 24, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Yeah, a White Latina, with her blue eyes and Caucasian features.

athelya November 17, 2015 at 12:45 pm

white latinas, dark latinas BOTH of them are latinas >.> you people get on my nerve

cwm85 July 18, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Always thought she was Middle eastern or Native American. But she is European.

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 10:46 pm

Yep, because Native Americans totally have piercing blue eyes, full lips and brown hair.

You’re right about Middle Eastern though, she can pass as Turkish or Lebanese.

neiltennant July 17, 2015 at 11:15 am

in the early 2000s many germans thought she might be of indian descent

because she sang indian songs on german tv one day and she could pass for a white indian

thats not so weird because portugese were in india

neiltennant July 17, 2015 at 11:12 am

i was shocked when i found out that 3 of my friends at school were portugese

2 of them pure and 1 mixed with italian and all of the three had blue or green eyes

Many people think that because of the portugese invaders some can find blue or green eyed indians in india !

mony July 2, 2015 at 6:17 am

I’d like to ask to this site: why do you put only photos in which people are tanned? Cause there are people on here who don’t understand that is not their natural skin tone!

andrew July 2, 2015 at 9:15 am

because celebs don’t use to go around without tan or make-up

stlucas June 7, 2015 at 9:47 am

She looks southern portuguese.

mermaid_ June 4, 2015 at 2:00 am

Latinas and Mexicans are mixed with Spanish and Portuguese that’s why Nelly Furtado looks Mexican.

WTF August 1, 2014 at 10:34 am


WTF August 1, 2014 at 10:35 am


andrew August 2, 2014 at 3:53 pm
andrew August 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm

and she looks like Courtney Cox or Amanda Peet

theropod April 1, 2015 at 12:34 am

She is 100% white. She is from Europe. She is Portuguese. Why the hell would she be Amerindian?

You don’t have to have paper-white to be Caucasian…gee

ashash April 1, 2015 at 12:36 pm

She looks white to me.

SpaniardIam May 2, 2015 at 7:17 am

She is descended one hundred percent of Portuguese. Portugal is Europe and Europe has no indigenous Americans. So your opinion is ridiculous.

Rekta May 2, 2015 at 2:35 pm

She doesnt look Portuguese to me, she looks a bit Middle Eastern.

M May 31, 2015 at 8:51 am

Frida Kahlo was ugly, how dare you insult Nelly. I think Nelly is pretty. She looks Middle Eastern.

caligurl2 July 2, 2015 at 8:40 am

Latinos got their looks from Latins of Europe (the real and original latins). Before Spanish, Portuguese and Italian influence in Latin America all of South America looked 100% native amerindians. They did not have light skin or mediterranean features as they do now. Original peoples of south america looked completely Asiatic as the rest of native americans did. You think she looks Mexican because many Mexicans look more white than they do Amerindian.

xoxo November 19, 2015 at 8:23 pm

Frida Kahlo? Bitch where? She looks nothing like her. Frida looked like an unattractive man, Nelly looks like a beautiful woman.

aaa February 1, 2014 at 7:06 pm

She looks very Jewish.

christian March 23, 2012 at 6:06 am

she looks very typical portugese

she looks also like a portugese woman descended from a small village

i know 4 portugese people and 3 have blue-grey eyes , brown to black hair

only one has brown eyes

Ariana March 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

shes portuguese just like me!!!!

duke March 20, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Portuguese are whites and Celtics read this on the Wikipedia

me March 4, 2012 at 10:32 am

She looks Jewish

shelby February 21, 2012 at 8:38 am


Memphis March 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Being “white” is a social identity. Overwhelmingly in Portugal, the people are fair skin but there are regions of the country that there has a noticeable evidence of Afro-Arab, African, Middle Eastern (Moor invasion) ancestry as well as a huge Portuguese Jewish pop. Portugal also had a huge part in the Atlantic slave trade as evidence of Angola and a few other African countries that speak the language. Nelly looks like a typical dark skinned Southern European. Very few humans don’t have some mixed heritage.

mony July 2, 2015 at 6:10 am

Can’t you see she’s tanned? …her skin isn’t dark at all!

boss February 18, 2012 at 2:39 am


J Boy March 31, 2012 at 11:38 am

Says the americunt

lopac February 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm

all those portuguese that look anglo is because they are mix with northern europeans. the pure portuguese looks middle eastern or latin american.

stonelord July 31, 2014 at 12:39 pm

lol. Latin American, eh? So you think they have native Americans to mix with in Portugal, do you? And the Middle East is a looonnggg way from western Europe. If you’re refering tgo the North Africans who were there over 500 years ago, well, they were caucasian people, and they didn’t mix much due to religious differences. Then they were pushed out altogether. There have been more celtic people living in Portugal for centuries before (and after) the Moors. With her very dark hair, light eyes and face shape, NF could be from anywhere in the west…Ireland has many people with that hair/eye colour combination

Roger January 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm

She looks admixed with something else….probably Arab.

me February 21, 2012 at 9:41 am

i agree or maybe gypsy

Selene-The-Immortal January 18, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I assume she is not white as well . . . given the Portuguese, Spanish, Italians, Greeks, etc. all have their own race?

stonelord July 31, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Wow, guess someone forgot to tell the scientists/geneticists then. They have EXACTLY the same dna types as the rest of Europe; Spain is particularly close to France, Ireland and Britain

me November 23, 2011 at 6:30 am

She looks Jewish and Gypsy to me.

Trol October 2, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Dudes azorean in not an etnicity.Açores is a Autonomous Region of Portugal.

Edgar April 20, 2011 at 7:45 am

I thought she was Mexican, cuz she has alot of songs in spanish.

Britney Baker August 25, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Her parents are from the Azores Islands which makes her Azorean-Portuguese. She even had the flag of the Azores islands in the background in one of her videos.

gingerale August 25, 2010 at 11:50 am

oh wow, i thought she was russian, she kind of looks russian

Natasha November 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm

No she doesn’t.

Mia July 18, 2010 at 6:24 am

She’s not Portuguese. I mean atleast not only, she once told in an interview that she was 1/4 Portuguese from her grandmother side.

ethnic July 18, 2010 at 7:02 am

No she said she was born to Portuguese parents.

Allie June 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Shes just so wonderful.

izzy June 24, 2010 at 7:09 pm

amazing singer :)

crytonite March 30, 2009 at 3:14 pm

I haven’t heard from you Nelly Fortunado but It is probably better to me out of the star light but I just want to know if you hope to go into acting or in to singing in the near future. I always thought you were pretty but finding out your portuguesse no wonder. I am spanish american. Any way come back to the singing. May god bless you.

Nelly Fertado December 27, 2007 at 4:04 pm

Hi there…I Googled for y fertado, but found your page about Furtado : Ethnic Celebs…and have to say thanks. nice read. Nelly Furtado

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