by ethnic on December 8, 2010

Zendaya Coleman Ethnicity half Black

Birth Name: Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman

Place of Birth: Oakland, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 1, 1996

*African-American (father)
*German, Irish, English, Scottish (mother)

Zendaya, also credited as Zendaya Coleman, is an American actress, singer, dancer, and model.

Her father, Kazembe Ajamu (born Samuel David Coleman), is African-American, from a family from Arkansas. Her mother, Claire Marie (Stoermer), who is white, has German, Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry. Her name, Zendaya, comes from the word “Tendai”/”Tendayi”, which means “to give thanks” in Shona, a Southwestern African language common in Zimbabwe and southern Zambia.

Zendaya’s maternal grandfather was Phillip Hilary Stoermer (the son of Fritz Hillary Stoermer and Marian Elizabeth Peir). Fritz was the son of Henry Stoermer and Etta Tyler Fritz. Marian was the daughter of Alois Henry Peir and Kathyrn Gertrude Leahy/Leady.

Zendaya’s maternal grandmother was Daphne Carol Whitelaw (the daughter of Douglas William Walker Whitelaw and Thelma Ray Kelly). Daphne was from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Douglas was the son of Harry Tulloch Whitelaw and Agnes Drummond. Thelma was the daughter of Joseph William Kelly, from Waterloo, Ontario, and of Ella Sparling, from Huron, Ontario.

zendaya and parentsA picture of Zendaya with her parents

Sources: Video of Zendaya and her parents talking about their ancestry – http://www.usmagazine.com

Genealogy of Zendaya (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://gw.geneanet.org

Obituary of Zendaya’s maternal grandfather, Phillip Hilary Stoermer – http://nl.newsbank.com

Zendaya’s maternal great-grandfather, Fritz Hillary Stoermer, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zendaya’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Henry Stoermer, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zendaya’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Ellen Grandona, on the 1860 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zendaya’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Etta Tyler Fritz, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Zendaya’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Ella Sparling – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Courtnee Michelle Cooper March 15, 2011 at 11:25 am

Im Irish and indian. My Mom Sunita is Indian and my Dad Patrick is Irish. SOOO thats interesting rite?

eva March 15, 2011 at 11:22 am

Im mixed with Scottish, Irish, French, English, Dutch and Nigerian. I consider myself multiracial not just bi racial. Because I am mixed with alot of european backround. But its really difficult to tell where your from unless you are obvious like dark hair and slanted eyes gives it way that your asian or part asian. People think at times I am Egyptian, Irainain, Spanish, and even hawian. I think being mixed is the coolest and most amazing thing.

Adam March 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Well based off her name….Zendaya means “to be thankful” in shona, which is Zimbabwean. I would think she is mixed with some dutch or Swedish because of her complexion. She could also have hispanic and asian because of her eyes.

ChelseaXD March 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Ummmm….i dont think shes mexican or korean.but she probably is dutch,white,black amd just maybe some hispanic background but not mexican.im guessing peurto rican.i should be right since i am a 13 yr.old dat likes to study genetics….soooo i kinda do know alot.about this.but you dont have to believe me.

vogueechiick March 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm

ummm you are wrong, my dear. She’s mexican, Zimbabwean, and Caucasian. I personally know her because she is my cousin.

ChelseaXD March 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Omg i can totally relate!!!! Im dutch on my moms side. This is so freaky cool.

mic505 March 12, 2011 at 5:56 pm

umm whoever said thank god she is not hispanic..i feel insulted

Robyn March 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I looked up her ethnicity on some other website and it said she was puerto rican and dominican . And I think dats da right who ethnicity for her , but yuh can neva be too sure bout wat any website say .

Amina March 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm

to me she looks as if she has some Asian descent, as well as African or European…

ChelseaXD March 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Ur so stupid she doesnt even look asian.why would you think dat.Stupid!!!

Kat March 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Omg she is beast!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is the best actress on shak it up!!!!! U r ANAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

next March 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Correction, look at my last comment. You missed some information.

next March 5, 2011 at 8:23 pm

She’s actually Black, Dutch, Korean, and Mexican.

ethnic March 5, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Id like to see a link supporting that info Next.

NYC March 5, 2011 at 4:57 pm

She looks Hispanic because Hispanics have Black (African) and White (Spaniard) blood in them. They are mixed people. Hispanic is not a race.

rae July 8, 2011 at 10:52 am

Not all Hispnic countries have African influence. Mexico doesn’t. Actually most of central american doesn’t. And African American isn’t a race either, but people use it as a race.

carly February 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm

omg she totally looks hispanic to me..
there are a lot of hispanics with her features..
i thought she was fully hispanic

Lisa February 23, 2011 at 10:16 pm

CORRECTION: She part AFRICAN AND WHITE…NOT MEXICAN. Get your facts straight.

markus mcdaniel February 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm

zendaya is a hoty tottie

gloresha smith January 27, 2011 at 7:59 am

I knew she balck or she was mixed with something but she is so pretty ! NOHOMO !

nike January 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm

she’s so hot

ukachi January 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Shes not mexican Shes Zimbabwean and Caucasian

ChelseaXD March 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Uuhhhh…NO!! You people are so stupid am i da only smart one here god. How bout this twitter.just ask her!!GOD!!!

Sillau92 January 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm

i thought she was like half black and half asian,but i knew that she was at least part black

TiffanyLauren January 8, 2011 at 2:11 am

I knew she had black in her

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