Tristin Mays

by vanity66 on January 13, 2014

Tristin Mays

Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 10, 1990

Ethnicity: Creole (African, French, Native American)

Tristin Mays is an American actress and singer. She has appeared in a number of television series, most notably as Shaina in the Nickelodeon series Gullah Gullah Island, and as Robin Dixon, the daughter of Marcus Dixon, Carl Lumbly’s character, in Alias.

She has said “I’m African American-French-Indian. Creole”.

Tristin’s paternal grandfather was Elroy Stanley Mays (the son of Cyrus Mays/May and Annie Mae Allen). Cyrus was the son of Tony/Toney Mays/May and Laura Banks or Wiggins.

Tristin’s paternal grandmother was Nellreen “Nellie” Orebo (the daughter of Leonard Orebo/Auribeough and Eva Denise Jordan). Nellreen was Creole. Leonard was the son of Cleophas Orebo/Auribeough and Marie/Mary Collins.

Sources: Tristin’s paternal grandfather, Elroy Stanley Mays, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Tristin’s paternal grandfather, Elroy Stanley Mays –

Marriage record of Tristin’s paternal great-grandparents, Cyrus Mays/May and Annie Mae Allen –

Tristin’s paternal great-grandfather, Cyrus Mays/May, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Tristin’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Tony/Toney Mays/May and Laura Banks or Wiggins –

Genealogy of Tristin’s paternal grandmother, Nellreen “Nellie” Orebo (through Nellreen’s sister) –

Tristin’s paternal grandmother, Nellreen “Nellie” Orebo, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Tristin’s paternal grandmother, Nellreen “Nellie” (Orebo) Mays –

Tristin’s paternal great-grandfather, Leonard Orebo/Auribeough, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Death record of Tristin’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Marie/Mary (Collins) Orebo/Auribeough –

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bablah May 19, 2017 at 5:42 pm

Paternal grandparents were Elroy Stanley Mays and Nellreen Orebo.
Elroy was the son of Cyrus Mays (son of Tony/Toney Mays and Laura Banks or Wiggins) and Annie Mae Allen.
Nellreen was the daughter of Leonard Orebo/Auribeough (son of Cleophas Auribeough and Marie) and Eva Denise Jordan.

Her grandparents:

Grandfather on a census:

Cyrus and Annie’s marriage record:

Cyrus on a census:

Tony and Laura’s marriage record:

Nelreen on a census:

Leonard on a census:

Marie’s death record:

bablah May 19, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Family tree of her grandmother (through her sister):

bablah May 20, 2017 at 5:11 am

Elroy Mays was non-Creole African American.

follers May 20, 2017 at 4:11 pm

I assumed most of the ancestors you found weren’t Creole.

bablah May 20, 2017 at 5:03 pm

Her grandmother is entirely Louisiana Creole, her grandfather isn’t.
I don’t know anything about her maternal side, not even her mother’s name.

fuzzybear44 May 20, 2017 at 11:47 pm

@ follers

That’s not unusual , even if you were a creole person back then, you could have still been mark down as negro. Both my grandmothers were with a doubt Creole women, yet on their birth records they are both marked as Negro . Yet again, a lot of different black groups were mixed all up in Louisiana

MettaWorkPlease November 26, 2016 at 5:19 am

Thanks to the one drop rule, she’s black & does look it. I’ve seen black girls who do look like her

Kimmel October 17, 2016 at 1:06 pm

She looks like Tatiana Maslany.

fuzzybear44 October 18, 2016 at 12:45 am

she does resemble her to me

fuzzybear44 October 18, 2016 at 2:22 am

meant doesn’t resemble

akeer123 February 7, 2016 at 4:58 am

She is African American-French-Indian and Creole

fuzzybear44 February 7, 2016 at 9:40 pm

( African American-French-Indian and Creole)

this (African American-French-Indian ) = Creole. So in other words, she’s Creole point

fuzzybear44 October 18, 2016 at 2:25 am

Creole period

akeer123 February 7, 2016 at 4:56 am

She is African American-French-Indian. Creole

akeer123 February 7, 2016 at 4:55 am

Here’s what she said about her ethnic on her official Instagram @tristinmays
link here

arjanguelsk December 25, 2014 at 11:32 pm

She’s exotic and beautiful! <3

midori29 December 25, 2014 at 10:59 am

@noneofyourbussiness what the heck is an African phenotype? ????? West, East, South, and North subsaharan black Africans have the most diverse racial features and hair textures on earth. Its the borth place of the human race.

scott August 21, 2014 at 3:33 am

she is 1/2 euro 1/2 afro

fuzzybear44 August 21, 2014 at 3:59 am


Where did you hear that?

andrew August 21, 2014 at 5:06 am

Creole? (louisiana)

fuzzybear44 August 21, 2014 at 5:37 am

As far as I know,she hasn’t Id herself as that,however it is possible.

midori29 December 25, 2014 at 10:51 am

@scotr. Skin tone does not indicate higher white admixture, as there are light skinned black Africans. Hair texture does not either because black Africans have different hair textures. American slavery has falsely limited the Black phenotype to West African Ghanian or Nigerian and that is not the case.

arjanguelsk December 25, 2014 at 11:28 pm

She or he is crazy, everything is black for her. Or him.

midori29 December 28, 2014 at 7:59 am

@arjanguelsk the humans started in Africa so yes everyone is anchiently African. Its a fact. Nothings wrong with liking black. I know Dominicans dont , lol

midori29 December 28, 2014 at 8:01 am

Sonanish colonies incorrectly associate lighter skin tones with hifher white mixture but thats not very accurate.

Sully January 16, 2015 at 6:38 pm

That’s true.

My father’s family (siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc) are all pretty light skinned. My own sister is very light skinned with light brown eyes, and light brown hair with natural blond highlights, but there hasn’t been a fully white ancestor in the family since our great-great-great grandfather over 100 years ago. Though I’m not as light as my sister (I consider myself to be rather medium), I’ve been asked if I was mixed by other mixed people. But I don’t consider myself mix because none of it is recent.

Both my parents are black, all of my grandparents and great-grandparents are black, and my great-great grandparents were considered mulatto. Usually when people ask if you’re mix or look mixed, they’re expecting it to be recent like a parent or grandparent that was possibly white or something, but not a great-great-great grandfather from the 1860s. I don’t consider myself any more mixed than the average African American (which according to popular DNA testing sites is about 17-20% European and sometimes 1-2% Native American). 4th Generation mulattoes, I call my dad and his siblings xD lol

Tristin Mays is from New Orleans, though. There are some black people down there that are up to 50% white.

arjanguelsk December 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm

That’s not true, and please, Live Dominicans alone, I talk to you about that and we are not talking about Dominicans now….. she is very exotic , she looks mixed, and I can’t see a navida American and black in her…. She looks mixed, she dosen’t look full black.

arjanguelsk December 28, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I even can see white on her… She looks multi racial….. I know that many people have black on them, but that dosen’t mean there are full black…. If a person is mixed, is mixed.

Check7t August 21, 2014 at 1:19 am

Whitest African-American ever.

someone from the internet August 21, 2014 at 1:43 am

I said the same thing. Is she adopted or something??? Strange.

fuzzybear44 August 21, 2014 at 1:58 am

It depends on where you live,and what’s common for you to see .I can only guess the black people around you,are more on the darker side of the scale.However I grew up with plenty of girls like her

midori29 November 26, 2014 at 3:52 pm

@check7t there are alot of African Americans lighter than her google Vanessa Williams

noneofyourbusiness December 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Midori, you have got to be the most stupid person I’ve encountered on this “web site”. This Tristin Mays girl doesn’t have black features, she looks very white. She doesn’t have an African phenotype. I know you’re a stupid Afrocentric, but you can’t lie and say this girl looks “black”. Even Tom Jones looks more black than her.

midori29 December 25, 2014 at 10:55 am

@noneofyourbussiness go travel, read , and get to know a variety of black people. Your exposure to black people is obviously very limited . You dont even tealize how uneducated and stupid you sound. I am a black person who should know what other black people in my race would look like. Obviously I have blacks in my family who look like this woman.
Some non blacks are so very arrogant and think they know everything about blacks. AND YOURE NOT EVEN BLACK. Weied and psycho.

fuzzybear44 August 17, 2014 at 2:54 am

So did the role of Aaliyah go to her now?

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 10:56 pm

No, some girl named Alexandra Shipp portayed her.

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 10:57 pm


tinasheeeee June 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm

she looks more latina/white more than she does look black. I think she’s latina, white & possibly black.

someone from the internet August 17, 2014 at 1:45 am

You’re right.

Marseille June 14, 2014 at 12:26 pm

How the hell is this girl African-American? I know African-Americans are mixed, but the average African-American is usually like 75-80% black, she looks like she’s 75-80% European and 20% black.

She almost looks fully white.

Drop her off in Nigeria, Kenya, Liberia, the native Sub-Saharan African blacks would think she’s white.

ihatemostpeople June 14, 2014 at 7:19 pm

I completely and 100% agree with you.

fuzzybear44 June 15, 2014 at 5:38 am

African American is a cultural Identity,it’s not a fixed look.It’s no different than saying you’re Puerto Rican. As you say,the( Average) African-American is usually like 75-80% black,which means the admixture level can be higher or lower.MGM’s many times give way to certain phenotypical traits(such as skin color),even if you haven’t seen a certain type of ancestor in generations .Take Sinbad :

Who is quick to tell you he is not half white.Both his parents are brown(may his dad r.i.p.),he pointed them out in one of his comedy specials.Yet as you can see,he has red hair.This most likely means an Irish ancestor,and his lighter skin coming from a previous generation

Tom here,is only 35% white:
Who is the only one in his family with grey eyes,of which he got from a (great, great, great, great grand-dad).They talk about it on African American Lives.

Marseille June 14, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Man if she was dropped off in Liberia right now people would think she’s white.

Black my ass, not with that white-esque skin.

WTF August 17, 2014 at 4:39 am

lmfao i know. i was confused when people were saying on IG that this chick might play aaliyah. i was just thinking like the fuuuuck??!! how the fuck is this little mexican chick gonna play aaliyah??!!? she’s obviously in denial bc she looks to be only an 1/8 black. i thought she was a latina, not a black latina either. now i’m really curious about what her parents look like. she doesn’t look black and i don’t consider her black. i was wondering why her surname is mays, i thought maybe she was half white and half hispanic. if she’s black then i’m a fuckin mermaid!! nigga please. i’m so tired of these light, bright, and damn near white bitches saying they’re black. now myself am not 100% black, both of my parents are mulattoes but you can tell that i am mixed with black. now this bitch is NOT fuckin black!!!!!!!!!!

creolequeen June 12, 2014 at 7:39 pm

You’re all idiots lol she has stated that she was black! It obvi she has white ancestry but it’s probably rape blood and no one want to claim that! I love seeing you white people on here act like you’re experts on race lol you whites get so upset when people say their black!

Princess June 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Excuse me, but it’s very obvious Tristin is not just Black. I thought she was White when I first saw her picture on here. If you were to send her to Africa, the Africans would say she’s White. She has more White features than Black features. Her hair is not kinky and nappy, she has good hair. Stop being racist against Whites, and own up to the fact that she is mixed with White. I’m guessing one of her parents White.

Princess June 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm

I’m guessing one of her parents is White. *

Marseille June 14, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Saying this girl is black is like saying Tyson Beckford is Chinese.

Princess June 8, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Beautiful white girl. She looks like Jennifer Love Hewitt.

creolequeen June 12, 2014 at 7:39 pm

You’re fishing

WTF June 7, 2014 at 3:23 pm

oh yeah she’s sooooo “black” that’s why she looks like a latina more than anything. she looks barely black. if anything she could be puerto rican

creolequeen June 12, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Latina and Puerto Rican aren’t races lol she’s black! Get over it!

tinasheeeee April 24, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Isn’t she Gullah, Creole, & Hispanic?

ethnicgod March 26, 2014 at 8:26 am

Ok. Tristin Mays has a Instagram. Look on her pictures. She is gorgeous. But not gullah. She is of Creole Decent. Her mother is creole and her father is Hispanic. I would know because she has told me this before on her twitter account. Where do they get “Black” from? Do you not see that she is mixed race. I can’y help but lauhh at people who ALWAYD try to label someone as black when their not. She has african in her but not enough for anyone to say she is african american. Creole! She is creole. Mixed. Understand?

ethnicgod March 26, 2014 at 8:27 am

Geez you can’t spell! Maybe because my keyboard is acting up.

ChildOfGod14 April 2, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Her dad isn’t Hispanic and both of her parents are half black!

ihatemostpeople April 14, 2014 at 1:03 am

No they aren’t. Where’s your proof?

fuzzybear44 April 14, 2014 at 1:57 am


(She has african in her but not enough for anyone to say she is african american.)

African American is a cultural Identity,not a fixed look.I don’t know what the African Americans around you look like,but if you look in different places,you’ll see they come in different colors,and with other phenotypical traits .I’ve seen many black girls like her.

WTF June 7, 2014 at 3:25 pm

fuzzybear44, you must be one blind ass bitch because tristin doesn’t look like your typical black girl. she looks mixed. anyone with a brain can see that. i bet you’re one of those fuckin annoying ass afrocentrics that claim anyone with black blood as “black”. she looks hispanic

fuzzybear44 June 8, 2014 at 4:47 am


Well it’s obvious you’re the one who is blind.How about you actually read what I wrote,instead of what your little mind created.I didn’t say she looked like a typical anything,or that she wasn’t of mixed heritage.I said,(I’ve seen many black girls like her.),with the same skin tone etc,and none of them are fgm’s. Tisha Campbell is a prime example:
She calls herself a black/African American woman period.Perhaps I should have used the phrase African American,since you took the word “black” literally.

Now as far as being called Afrocentric,I don’t mind being called that.Because if “black” people don’t tell their history,it’s a proven fact it won’t get told.Why else do you think the only thing told about “black” people in history books,is that they were slaves period.As if black people didn’t exists before the 1500’s. However no,I don’t called anyone “black” unless they call themselves that,or it’s blatantly obvious.Otherwise I would refer to said person or people as having (ancestry or heritage).

Semiotix May 31, 2014 at 8:49 am

The category African-American includes creoles of color. By your definition, many African Americans, including people like Booker T Washington and Frederick Douglas weren’t black. Lol!!

ChildOfGod14 February 14, 2014 at 1:06 am

Tristin is creole (French,Indian,and black) I know this cause Tristin and me talks to each other on twitter and she told me she was creole which is French Indian and black! Tristin is not of Gullah heritage people just assumes that because she played on a show called Gullah Gullah island so they just automatically assumed that she was of Gullah heritage and she’s not! So don’t believe this! And she was born in New Orleans!

tinasheeeee April 24, 2014 at 7:56 pm

I didn’t even know Gullah was an actual thing until I looked it up.

Kate January 22, 2014 at 10:14 am

Correction: Besides African-American, Tristin also has Native-American & Gullah ancestry. Gullah is a culture and ethnicity of the African-Americans who lived on the coast of the South coastlines running from South Carolina through Alabama. She mentioned in an interview with PopStar that she was of Native-American descent. Trustin appeared on Gullah Gullah Island, which was the 1st TV show to feature a black family.

ihatemostpeople January 18, 2014 at 2:11 am

She looks multiracial. Latina, White, and Black. Could pass for a Puerto Rican or a Dominican chick.

J.J. January 14, 2014 at 1:37 am

correction; her eyes are blue w brown contacts so I think it’s best if her eye colour isn’t listed as her real eye colour is debatable

AnonymousPerson January 13, 2014 at 11:41 pm

She looks mixed though. It’s not just because she’s light skinned, her features look mixed. There is no way in hell she’s just “black”.

AnonymousPerson January 13, 2014 at 11:42 pm

She’s ambiguous.

Semiotix May 31, 2014 at 8:50 am

“Black” is not defined by skin color or how mixed someone is. It is an socio-ethnic category, and not based on genetics or phenotype.

Daisuke January 13, 2014 at 4:25 pm

she’s just Black

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