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 – http://www.geni.com

Memorial page of Nelly’s paternal grandfather, Manuel Matos Furtado – http://www.findagrave.com

Memorial page of Nelly’s paternal grandmother, Maria Paixão (Costa) Furtado – http://www.findagrave.com

Photo by s_bukley/Bigstock.com

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

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

she is fully white. SHE IS EUROPEAN (CAUCASIAN) BECAUSE SHE MIGHT BE TANNED A LITTLE DOESNT MEAN SHE IS NOT WHITE. THERE IS WHITE PEOPLE WHO ARE TANN AND DARK ,BUT THEY STILL ARE WHITE CAUCASIAN..AND NO SHE IS NOT MIXED AND SPANISH (FROM SPAIN) PORTUGUESE,GREEK ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE THE SAME WHITE PEOPLE …THEY MIGHT BE A LITTLE TANNER BUT ITS THE SAME EXACT RACE.

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

SHE IS NOT WHITE

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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