Jeffree Star

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Birth Name: Jeffrey Lynn Steininger, Jr.

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 15, 1985

Ethnicity: Croatian (one half), German, English, one eighth Swedish, Swiss-German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Welsh

Jeffree Star is an American YouTuber, internet personality, makeup artist, entrepreneur, singer, and songwriter. He is known for his self-titled YouTube channel, and for his makeup tutorials and makeup brand Jeffree Star Cosmetics, which he founded and owns. His songs include “Lollipop Luxury.”

Jeffree was named after his father Jeffrey Lynn Steininger upon his birth. He legally changed his name to Jeffree Star after graduating high school. He was raised in Orange, California.

Jeffree’s paternal grandfather was Elmer Milburn Steininger (the son of Joseph Washington Steininger and Ida Isabelle Yates). Elmer was born in Brandsville, Missouri. Joseph was the son of Joseph H. Steininger, a German immigrant, and of Nancy Elizabeth Hill, who was born in Clay County, Illinois. Ida was the daughter of James William Milburn Yates, who was from Roane County, Tennessee, and of Cerrilda/Cerilda Eller Breedlove, who was born in Salem, Dent County, Missouri. Elmer had deep American roots from most lines.

Jeffree’s paternal grandmother is the daughter of Nicholas/Nickolas Samarzea/Samarzeya and Frances S. “Fannie” Prebonich. Nicholas and Frances were ethnic Croatian emigrants, from Yugoslavia. Samarzea was likely anglicized from Samaržija. Prebonich likely came from Prebanić.

Jeffree’s maternal grandfather was Donald Robert Lindstrom (the son of Oscar Lindstrom and Pearl Meta Zimmerman). Donald was born in Noonan, North Dakota. Oscar was the son of Swedish parents, Lars Jonsson Lindstrom and Maria Bredsberg, who were from Svenneby, Torsby kommun, Värmlands län. Pearl was the daughter of Baltz Kasper Zimmerman, whose parents were Swiss-German, with roots in Zürich; and of Hattie A. Schmidt, whose parents were German, with roots in Fürstenwalde, Landkreis Oder-Spree, Brandenburg. Hattie’s father was a Lutheran minister.

Jeffree’s maternal grandmother was Eileen Ann/Anne Burke (the daughter of John Joseph Burke and Mary E. Crnkovitch). Anne was born in Minnesota, to Croatian Yugoslav parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Jeffree Star (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Jeffree’s paternal grandmother –

Marriage record of Jeffree’s maternal grandparents, Donald Robert Lindstrom and Eileen Ann/Anne Burke –

Genealogy of Jeffree’s maternal grandfather, Donald Robert Lindstrom –

Jeffree’s maternal grandmother, Eileen Ann/Anne Burke, on the 1940 U.S. Census –
Eileen Ann/Anne Burke on the 1950 U.S. Census –

Jeffree’s maternal great-grandparents, John Joseph Burke and Mary E. Crnkovitch, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

1 Response

  1. leojainen says:

    This is the marriage record of Jeffree’s parents:

    As his mother has a rather unique name this must be the maternal grandfather of Jeffree (as the profile claims):
    Donald was of half -Swedish, a quarter Swiss-German, and a quarter German.

    Here is the marriage certificate of Jeffree’s maternal grandparents:

    Eileen’s parents on the 1950 Census are listed as being born in Yugoslavia:

    Eileen on the 1940 Census, although listed under her middle name, Ann(e):

    John and Mary on the 1930 Census:
    Both of their native languages are listed as being Croatian, making Jeffree overall half-Croatian.

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