Jenna Dewan-Tatum

Dewan-Tatum in 2009, image via Featureflash /

Birth Name: Jenna Lee Dewan

Place of Birth: Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 3, 1980

*Lebanese, Polish (father)
*German, English (mother)

Jenna Dewan-Tatum, previously credited as Jenna Dewan, is an American actress, producer, dancer, and model. She is known for her leading roles in the films Step Up and Tamara. Jenna has a daughter with her former husband, actor and dancer Channing Tatum, and a son with her fiancé, actor and singer Steve Kazee.

Jenna’s father is of half Lebanese and half Polish descent. Jenna’s mother has German and English ancestry.

Jenna’s paternal grandfather was Emil Dewan (the son of Elias/Eli Abdo Dewan and Marie Bardwell). Emil was born in Massachusetts, to Lebanese parents.

Jenna’s paternal grandmother was Evelyn Ziemba (the daughter of Ignatius/Ignacy Franciszek Ziemba and Katarzyna/Katherine/Catherine Gruszka). Evelyn was born in Massachusetts, to Polish parents, her father from Kalembina and her mother from Dębica. Katarzyna was the daughter of John/Jan Gruszka and Maryanna.

Jenna’s maternal grandfather was Donald Dudley Bursch (the son of Donald Skidmore Bursch and Mary Louise Bamman). Jenna’s great-grandfather Donald was the son of Daniel Fredrick Wilhelm Bursch, who was born in New York, to German parents, his father from Hamelin, Lower Saxony and his mother from Twistringen, Lower Saxony, and of Ida T. Gabie. Mary Louise was the daughter of Martin J. Bamman and Frances Elizabeth/L. Davis.

Jenna’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Anne/Ann Wheeler (the daughter of Joseph Edward Wheeler and Bertha Mary Bray). Elizabeth was born in Barahona, the Dominican Republic.

Sources: Genealogies of Jenna Dewan-Tatum –

Jenna’s paternal grandfather, Emil Dewan, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jenna’s paternal grandmother, Evelyn Ziemba, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Jenna’s maternal great-grandparents, Donald Skidmore Bursch and Mary Louise Bamman –

Interview where Jenna talks about her background –

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Curious about ethnicity

62 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Ignacy Franciszek Ziemba was from Kalembina, Poland.
    Katarzyna Gruszka was from Dębica, Poland, daughter of John/Jan Gruszka and Maryanna.

  2. Daron says:

    She looks like a full White girl to me. I don’t see any Middle Eastern or Latino features at all.
    Still she is smoking hot!

    • Samiiraa says:

      1- There is no such thing as latino features. Besides, why would she « look latina » since she isn’t at all ?

      2- She is only a quarter Lebanese, so it’s pretty normal that she looks mostly European.

      3- Lebanese People are for the most part, White.

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