Shania Twain

by ethnic on July 26, 2010

Birth Name: Eilleen Regina Edwards

Place of Birth: Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: 28 August, 1965

Ethnicity: Irish, Northern Irish, English, French-Canadian

Shania Twain is a Canadian country pop singer and songwriter. She rose to fame in the early 1990s, with her self-titled debut album, Shania Twain (1993). She achieved worldwide success with her 1997 album, Come On Over, which became the best-selling studio album of all time by a female musician and the best selling country album of all time.

Shania is the daughter of Sharon (Morrison) and Clarence Edwards. She has Irish, Northern Irish, English, and French-Canadian ancestry. She was raised in the Ojibway First Nations culture by her stepfather, who adopted her, Jerry Twain, who is Ojibway. Her name, Shania, means “I’m on my way” in Ojibwa. Shania is married to executive Frédéric Thiébaud. She has a son with her former husband, South African record producer and songwriter Robert John “Mutt” Lange.

After her stepfather legally adopted her, Shania was eligible to hold a “status Indian” registration. As of at least 1996, she thus held a status card and was on the official band membership list of the Temagami First Nation.

Shania has evidently stated that her biological father was of part Cree Native Canadian/First Nations ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented. Some of his family members have denied it.

Shania is also sometimes said to have Swedish ancestry, somewhere on her paternal grandmother’s line. This does not appear to be accurate.

Shania’s paternal grandfather was Harold Edwards (the son of Thomas Garland Edwards and Mary Irving). Harold had Irish ancestry. Thomas was the son of Jacob Edwards and Susan Kidd. Mary was the daughter of Patrick Irving and Mary Ann Howard, both of whom were born in Ontario, both of them to Irish parents.

Shania’s paternal grandmother was Marie Régina Benson (the daughter of Joseph Benson and Adele Emma Bray). Marie Régina had Irish and French-Canadian ancestry. Joseph was the son of Anthony Benson and Angélique Mondoux. Emma was the daughter of Olivier Bray and Adèle Denis.

Shania’s maternal grandfather was George Bertram Morrison (the son of James Bertram Morrison and Mary Elizabeth/Marie-Eliza Brisbois). James was the son of James Morrison, who was born in Ireland, and of Jane Donaldson. Mary Elizabeth/Marie-Eliza was of French-Canadian descent, the daughter of Moïse Brisebois and Hester/Esther Anne/Ann Firmin.

Shania’s maternal grandmother was Eileen Pearce (the daughter of Francis George Pearce and Lottie Louise Reeves). Eileen was born in Newbridge, co. Kildare, Ireland. Francis was the son of George Pearce. Lottie was born in Weybourne, Norfolk, England, the daughter of James Henry Reeves.

Sources: Genealogies of Shania Twain –

Genealogy of Shania’s paternal grandmother, Marie Régina Benson –

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savanna October 10, 2017 at 1:20 pm

Shania said in an interview that her biological father was part Cree, a claim that his family denies.

follers July 23, 2017 at 6:06 am

Swedish? That explains her resemblance to Alicia Vikander.

vilgotaan July 22, 2017 at 2:58 pm

“Benson” doesn’t sound swedish at all.

madman July 22, 2017 at 3:35 pm

That’s because that side of her family is Irish, not Swedish. It appears that Shania actually isn’t of Swedish descent.

From that book where the information is taken from:
“Her [Regina Benson’s] father was Swedish, while her mother was from an old French family, born and raised in Quebec.”

This is clearly false. And the book also states:
“Little Eilleen was a true child of the New World, more Irish (coming from all sides) than anything else, with healthy dashes of English, Swedish, and Scottish blood, leavened up with exotic touches of French, Native, and Spanish.”

andrew January 13, 2017 at 4:24 pm
Fatmonkey November 17, 2014 at 5:35 pm

The Bensons (the family of Shania’s paternal grandmother, Regina) were of Swedish descent, at least unless the information I took from this link is false (page 14, the 2nd paragraph).

neiltennant January 27, 2014 at 5:21 am

she looks german. We have a lot of women/girls in bavaria(south germany ) who look like her

plus she has similarities to sandra bullock

J.J. January 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm

correction; her eye colour should be listed as forest green (green w brown)

J.J. September 16, 2013 at 9:03 am

correction; her eyes are forest green (green+brown) and her hair is virtually black (noirette) (dyed brown) I think it should be listed

AnonymousPerson January 4, 2014 at 1:58 am

WTF does everyone have green eyes and black hair to you?? Troll!

AnonymousPerson January 4, 2014 at 1:59 am

I ALWAYS see you on this site correcting sh1t that clearly doesn’t need to be corrected. It’s obvious you’re a troll.

J.J. January 4, 2014 at 6:51 pm

correction; I am not correcting ‘sh*t’ that doesn’t need to be corrected, I’m going to the effort of looking celebrities up on google images and properly examining their hair and eye colours so this site can have more reliable information listed for their celebrity entries. If this bothers you then you do not have to use the website, very simple. You’re talking as if my corrections are far fetched and inaccurate, I think if any one is the troll here it’s the anonymous person who suddenly appears attacking people on this website who actually have accounts, belittling and treating them like their corrections are useless and unnecessary. So back to the point Shania Twain has forest green eyes (green w brown) and her hair is virtually black (noirette);

neiltennant January 18, 2014 at 10:33 am

get a job or get a life or die

i looked on your several posts and every time you correct

is this a life of a troll ?

J.J. January 19, 2014 at 4:34 am

my corrections are valid as I care about he information listed on this site, you’re just an extremely rude person who feels better about himself by talking to others in a rather offensive way. If either one of us should die it should be you

neiltennant January 27, 2014 at 5:20 am

he is a troll and should be removed from here soon

J.J is a troll

smiley February 6, 2014 at 1:18 am

I agree. This person is obviously a troll and needs to be banned.

J.J. February 6, 2014 at 2:25 am

no smiley you’re an annoying little pest, you should be banned and mind your own business

pookerella October 25, 2017 at 11:54 am

Clearly, JJ is more than enamoured with her bc no one has “forest green eyes.” Noirette? Ugh. TMI. Get a life.

neiltennant July 5, 2017 at 10:52 am

the disgusting troll is not here anymore

j.j was a troll for a while here

scott February 6, 2014 at 2:22 am

correction: her hair is dark brown. This is black

christian March 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm

i live in germany and there are so many people who look like her with her brown-black hair and hazel eyes

Jane January 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm

She a pretty mixed race person mostly white. Because the natives like the united states are mixed already compared to some latin american countries when you see white and staight up latin american indians. Their kids look more indian because their are not mixed but first generation mixed.

neiltennant July 5, 2017 at 10:53 am

she is not INDIAN anymore haha :-))

another false claim

pookerella October 25, 2017 at 11:50 am

You don’t know that.
First, if she is Irish or English, and has a Viking heritage, the natives of Iceland are related to Northern Native Americans.
I’d love to see her DNA and have it show she actually does have Native American blood. Regardless, she is officially part of the Indian Nation and that is full acceptance as far as they are concerned.

ashash October 26, 2017 at 7:00 am

That is a hell of a reach.

It clearly says that she is only a member because her Native American stepfather legally adopted her.

F April 3, 2011 at 9:47 am

Shania is a real mixture. She is about 40% Irish with a healthy dash of English, Swedish, Scottish blood, leavened with exotic touches of French, Native and Spanish.

They go through it in this bio

MP February 28, 2012 at 1:25 am

She is a good old-fashioned Canadian girl!

archer December 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm

what is exotic about French and Spanish? Regular Europeans

J.J. December 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm

exotic mean foreign so nothing about someones ethnic bloodline can make them ‘exotic’

pookerella October 25, 2017 at 11:51 am

Exotic = Asian

Koltsova September 27, 2010 at 8:55 am

I watching an interview with Shania Twain on TV once where she claimed that her biological father was part Cree.

ethnic September 27, 2010 at 9:29 am

thanks Koltsova!

Rockxxz August 18, 2010 at 7:34 pm

She looks like Aly Landry, who is of french origin.

Selene-The-Immortal October 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm

She does look like Ali Landry, who is a Cajun of French descent.

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