Shawn Mendes

by Schwarzgelben on August 6, 2014

2014 MuchMusic Video Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Shawn Peter Raul Mendes

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: August 8, 1998

*Portuguese (father)
*English (mother)

Shawn Mendes is a Canadian singer and songwriter. He started his career by posting snippets of cover songs to Vine.

Shawn’s father is of Portuguese descent, from Algarve. Shawn’s mother is English.

Shawn’s maternal grandfather is Peter G. Rayment (the son of Cecil C. Rayment and Violet Elizabeth M. Knight). Cecil was the son of William Rayment and Gladys Ivy Osborne. Violet was the daughter of Andrew Frederick Knight and Ellen Jane Shephard.

Shawn’s maternal grandmother is Suzanne C. M. Collins (the daughter of Frederick George Patrick Collins and Beryl J. Cave). Frederick is the son of George Patrick Collins and Martha Winifred Cadman. Beryl is the daughter of Frederick Charles Cave and Nellie Amelia Tucker.

Shawn’s matrilineal great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents were Henry Coward, who was born c. 1790, and Louisa Allen, who was born, c. 1802, both of them in Dorset.

Sources: Genealogy of Shawn Mendes (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Shawn’s maternal great-great-grandfather, George Patrick Collins (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Shawn’s maternal great-great-grandfather, George Patrick Collins (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

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lelo4 August 1, 2016 at 1:27 pm

Looks very Atlantid. Interesting that Iberian-British mixes can easily end up looking fully British, the same is not true for Italian-British mix.

ethnicitiies February 6, 2016 at 1:48 pm

Was his mother born in England and was his father born in Portugal?

bakchoyhurl February 6, 2016 at 10:26 am

Looks extremely different in this picture.

tinasheeeee August 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm

I thought he was Spanish or Portuguese.

migeek March 20, 2015 at 11:37 pm

Lol he is portugese and if he was spanish he surname would end in Z

lovemusic933 October 19, 2015 at 6:32 am

Not true, actually Spanish names usually end in ez or es. Google it and also google the last name mendes, it comes from Spain. I’m 99% sure he has Spanish in him.

stlucas October 19, 2015 at 7:59 am

Not necessarily. There are thousands of people with the surname Mendes in Brazil, and they are mostly of exclusive portuguese background.

MadBadDog October 19, 2015 at 11:17 am

I have to agree with Stlucas. Mendes is not a spanish surname, it comes from Portugal. Actually, it’s the portuguese form of Mendez, which is a spanish surname.

JamesMathieu February 6, 2016 at 12:31 am

All Portuguese surnames are also Spanish last names (but it is not true the other way around). Galicia, in northwestern Spain, has a language called Galician which is related to Portuguese (and is one of Spain’s 4 official language). Both Galician and Portuguese came from a similar language that split, creating Galician, then Portuguese.
Since Galician and Portuguese are so similar, the surnames in both places are the same or similar. A surname like Mendes is common in both Portugal and Galicia (and, to a lesser extent, small parts of the surrounding areas). And since Galicians often emigrate to other areas of Spain, they take those surnames and spread them around.

He could possibly have some Spanish, but we’ll never know unless he says so. Otherwise, he’s most likely 50% Portuguese.

MadBadDog February 6, 2016 at 4:52 am

As a basque living in Pontevedra (Galicia), I can assure you that Mendes is not a common last name in Galicia, much less in Spain. Mendes is a classic 100% portuguese origin surname.

Capricious April 1, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Same (and I got it right).

He has those cute Mediterranean eyes.

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