Jamie Lynn Spears

Spears in 2007, Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

Place of Birth: McComb, Mississippi, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 4, 1991

Ethnicity: English, as well as 1/16th Maltese, small amounts of Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Irish, French, and Welsh

Jamie Lynn Spears is an American actress and singer. She starred on the show Zoey 101.

Jamie Lynn is the daughter of Lynne Irene (Bridges) and James Parnell “Jamie” Spears. She is the sister of of film and television producer Bryan Spears and pop singer Britney Spears. Jamie Lynn is married to actor and businessperson Jamie Watson, who owns communications service Advanced Media Partners. She has a daughter with Casey Aldridge; and a daughter with Jamie.

Jamie Lynn’s maternal grandmother was an English war bride, and one of Jamie Lynn’s maternal great-great-grandfathers was Maltese. Most of the rest of Jamie Lynn’s recent ancestors were American-born, with most of her roots being English, along with Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Irish, French, and Welsh, all of them distant or remote to various degrees. Some of Jamie Lynn’s distant English ancestors lived in Barbados and Liberia.

Jamie Lynn’s Lynn’s paternal grandfather was June Austin Spears (the son of June Becker/Bacot Spears and Nova Gill). Jamie Lynn’s grandfather June was born in Amite, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana. Jamie Lynn’s great-grandfather June was the son of Pascal Greene Spears and Mary Pauline Bridges. Nova was the daughter of James Monroe Gill and Effie Strahan.

Jamie Lynn’s paternal grandmother was Emma Jean Forbes (the daughter of William Nelson Forbes and Lexie/Lexis May Thompson). Emma was born in Mississippi. William was the son of William Nelson Forbes and Kiturah/Katuriah Leona Ball. Lexie was the daughter of Ernest Fulton Thompson and Bertha Magee.

Jamie Lynn’s maternal grandfather was Barnett Oldfield/O’Field “Barney” Bridges (the son of Joel Menton Bridges and Addie/Adeline/Addy Williams). Barnett was born in Louisiana. Joel was the son of James Jack Bridges and Mary Josephine Phillips. Addie was the daughter of Marshall E. Williams and Missouri E. Wall.

Jamie Lynn’s maternal grandmother was Lilian/Lillian Irene Portell (the daughter of George Anthony Portelli/Portell and Lilian Esther Lewis). Jamie Lynn’s grandmother Lilian was born in Barkham Road, Tottenham. George was the son of Edward Richard Portelli, who was from Malta, and of Alice Taylor. Jamie Lynn’s great-grandmother Lilian was the daughter of James Lewis and Esther Moss. Jamie Lynn’s Maltese great-great-grandfather Edward was the son of Antonio Portelli; it is possible that Edward was of Italian ancestry, like many people on Malta.

Jamie Lynn’s parents are third cousins. Two of Jamie Lynn’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents, William Lee Bridges and Pauline Ann Travis, were also two of Jamie Lynn’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents.

Sources: Genealogies of Jamie Lynn Spears – http://www.wargs.com

Genealogies of Jamie Lynn’s paternal grandparents, June Austin Spears and Emma Jean Forbes – http://www.findagrave.com

Article about the family of Jamie Lynn’s maternal grandmother, Lilian/Lillian Irene Portell – http://www.dailymail.co.uk


Curious about ethnicity

47 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    “Typical Italians” LOL. Both don’t look Italian at all, not unsurprisingly considering their background. Also to have brown eyes does not make someone Southern European looking.

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