Cameron Diaz

Diaz in 2011, Dfree/

Birth Name: Cameron Michelle Diaz

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 30, 1972

*father – Cuban [Spanish, including Asturian, possibly other], one eighth Spanish-Venezuelan
*mother – English, Scottish, Irish, German

Cameron Diaz is an American actress, model, entrepreneur, producer, and author. Her roles include The Mask, The Last Supper, My Best Friend’s Wedding, There’s Something About Mary, In Her Shoes, Shrek, Vanilla Sky, The Counselor, and Charlie’s Angels and its sequel, among many other films.

Cameron is the daughter of Billie, an import/export agent, and Emilio Diaz, an oil company foreman. Cameron is married to musician Benji Madden, with whom she has a daughter.

Cameron’s paternal grandparents were of Cuban descent [with Spanish, including Asturian, ancestry]; her father also had one eighth Spanish-Venezuelan ancestry. Cameron’s mother has English, Scottish, Irish, and German ancestry. Cameron has also stated that she has Native American ancestry on her mother’s side (sometimes specified as Cherokee Native American). It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented. There are no Native American ancestors, Cherokee or otherwise, in Cameron’s mother’s recent and relatively recent family tree.

Cameron’s paternal grandfather was Emilio Cadiz Diaz Jr. (the son of Emilio F. “El Gato” Díaz and Joaquina “Queenie” Cabranes Cádiz). Cameron’s grandfather Emilio was born in Tampa, Florida. Cameron’s great-grandfather Emilio was a Cuban emigrant, from Havana. Joaquina was also a Cuban emigrant, and was the daughter of a man surnamed Cabranes, and of a Venezuelan emigrant, Antonia Cádiz Sánchez, who was of Spanish descent.

Cameron’s paternal grandmother was Gertrudes Lavin (the daughter of Luis Lavín García and Mercedes Duarte Alonso). Gertrudes was born in Florida. Luis was born in Cuba, to a Spanish-born father, Francisco Felipe Lavín, and a Cuban-born mother, Gertrudes García. Mercedes was also born in Cuba, also to a Spanish-born father, Manuel Duarte, and a Cuban-born mother, Mercedes Alonso.

Cameron’s maternal grandfather was William Marion Early (the son of John Winchester Early and Chloe Kendall Allen). William was born in Missouri. John was the son of William Robin Early and Emma Rozella Fusselman. Chloe was the daughter of Charles Marion Allen and Catherine Delcina/Della Babb.

Cameron’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Jeanette Waddingham (the daughter of Joseph Herbert Waddingham and Elizabeth Rankin Withers). Cameron’s grandmother Elizabeth was born in California. Joseph was born in Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada, the son of Joseph Waddingham, who was born in North Cave, Yorkshire, England, and of Frances Anna Kels/Kells, who was born in Templeport Parish, County Caven, Ireland. Cameron’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was born in Illinois, to an English father, Richard James Withers, and a mother from Missouri, Nancy/Nannie S. Scott.

Sources: Genealogy of Cameron Diaz –

Genealogy of Cameron Diaz (focusing on her father’s side) –

Cameron’s paternal grandmother, Gertrude/Gertrudes Lavin, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Cameron’s maternal grandfather, William Marion Early, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Cameron’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Jeanette Waddingham, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Elizabeth Jeanette Waddingham on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Cameron’s maternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth Rankin Withers, on the 1880 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

261 Responses

  1. passingtime85 says:

    “Too many users here tend to turn light races who are fully/part black. ”

    Sentences like that, do not make sense, it’s improper syntax and most likely missing key words. What the sentence states is nonsense. Please try to proof read your comments before you post them.

  2. passingtime85 says:

    You ramble too much to be comprehensible. I believe you’re trying to explain something but I don’t have the time to infuse coherence to your thoughts.

    Thanks for trying, I just ask you to find a more accurate translation and/or try to be more concise. I’m not trying to attack or insult you, but I really struggle to comprehend you and I believe others do as well. We mostly understand your general meaning, but honestly you’re difficult to understand with the amount of detail I think you try to put into your posts.

    I mean I and others here dislike your points of views, and you really mess up the recent comment feed, but w/e I can’t stop you, the users can’t stop you, and I can tell no one will change your mind. But please try to be more direct.

    I did pick up one thing however. You keep saying I and other users here try to Nordicize people, that’s an inaccurate characterization. I don’t do that and I don’t know who you’re referring to. Maybe you should quit that.

    • passingtime85 says:

      Thanks for the more direct version. I don’t agree, but at least that makes sense.

      Do you speak/write in English, or do you have to use a text translator? Because some of that is still a little garbled.

    • passingtime85 says:

      It’s nice to know you’re not totally deranged. I’m sorry you’re so dedicated to trying to prove your point of views in such a hostile manner, and that you feel being rude and mean is the best way to get your points across.

      You seem like you really care about trying to educate people about your world view on ethnicity and I guess what would be consider genetic genealogy with emphasis on gene flow from ancient sources. But you go about it so aggressively you just come off as a rage/hate filled person.

      You know, people aren’t trying to actively deceive you or the world about their ethnic origins. The public figures profiled on this site didn’t make their own profiles. Dozens of not hundreds of amateur genealogists have searched many sources and have gone back as far as they can to map the origins the people profiled. This site isn’t truly about genetics. It’s about genealogy. They are adjacent realms of study, but they’re not exactly alike.

      • passingtime85 says:

        Why do you repeatedly claim that I classify people by racial class, or that I claim to be a “pro”? I don’t do that.

        You do state opinion. There are people on this planet that have no recent East Asian ancestry that have hooded eyes, and even some people with monolids that also do not have recent East Asian ancestry. Not every person on the planet with big lips or big/wide noses are part black.

        You state many opinions that you exclaim are facts. You are no better than anyone else.

  3. Ten52 says:

    her father was a white man.

  4. marjanel says:

    If you are so proud of being mixed, calling you Latino or hispanic is whitewashing you. Your white heritage is what makes you Latina and hispanic. Only in USA you would be the hispanic girl. In Latin America nobody would tell you that. Because that “hispanic look” is an American invention. In Latín America, people is very diverse. Also, that look that makes people saying that you are hispanic and different to the white girl are not hispanic at all. First of all, Spaniards are hispanic, so saying that all hispanics are mixed is wrong.

    • Katerina says:

      Yes, Spaniards are Mediterraneans but like other Mediterraneans aren’t all dark-featured. There are some Spanish with ginger and blonde hair, just like there are some Italians with that colouring. In the northern regions of these countries, it’s not unusual to find fair-haired people.

    • JayD271 says:

      Spaniards are most certainly a mix among western europeans. they’re not a mix like 50/50 but they have traces of other stuff from invasions more than most of the rest of Western Europe. Not sure what you’re getting at with the other stuff.

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