Amanda Bynes

Bynes in 2008, Entertainment Press /

Birth Name: Amanda Laura Bynes

Place of Birth: Thousand Oaks, Ventura, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 3, 1986

*Lithuanian, Irish, Polish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Amanda Bynes is an American actress, comedian, fashion designer, and former show host on Nickelodeon.

Amanda is the daughter of Lynn and Rick Bynes. Her father is Catholic, and of Lithuanian, Irish, and Polish descent. Amanda’s mother is Jewish (of Polish Jewish, Russian Jewish, and Romanian Jewish descent, with more distant Czech Jewish, German Jewish, and Austrian Jewish ancestry). Amanda was raised around both faiths and has described herself as Jewish, as well as, as undecided between which religion to follow.

Amanda’s paternal grandfather was Richard Joseph Bynes (the son of Joseph Bynes and Ellen N. Quinn). Richard was born in Illinois. Amanda’s great-grandfather Joseph was Lithuanian. Ellen was born in Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Amanda’s paternal grandmother was Helen Eleonor Knitter (the daughter of John Knitter and Frances/Francis Megel/Migel). Helen was born in North Dakota. John was born in Poland, the son of Johann/John August Knitter and Marcianna Mary Klopotek; he may have also had German ancestry (his surname is German). Frances was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Wincenty/Vincent Gabriel Migelski/Megel/Migel and Franciszka J√≥zefina Gostomska/Gostomski, who were both Polish. Frances’s ancestry can be traced in Poland as far back as the 1700s.

Amanda’s maternal grandfather was Aharon “Arnold” Organ (the son of Harry Organek). Aharon was from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and was Jewish.

Amanda’s maternal grandmother was Chaya “Anne” Tobias (the daughter of Shmuel/Shmelke Taubes/Tobias and Hinde Zelikovitch). Chaya was from Toronto, and was also Jewish. Shmuel was born in Vaslui, Romania, the son of Alexander Sender Taubes and Shprintza/Sprintzes Taubes. Hinde was also born in Vaslui, and was the daughter of Abraham Ben Yehuda Leib Zelacovitch and Cecile/Zisi.

Sources: Genealogy of Amanda Bynes –

Genealogy of Amanda’s paternal grandmother, Helen Eleonor Knitter (focusing on her own mother’s side) –


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