Jennette McCurdy

Jennette Mccurdy

McCurdy in 2011, Featureflash /

Birth Name: Jennette Faye McCurdy

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 26, 1992

Ethnicity: English, French-Canadian, one eighth Italian/Sicilian, Swedish, Dutch, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Finland-Swedish, Polish, 1/64th Mexican

Jennette McCurdy is an American actress, writer, director, podcaster, and singer. She co-starred in the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly. She has also guest-starred on Malcolm in the Middle, Zoey 101, Will & Grace, Strong Medicine, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, among many other series.

Jennette was raised in the LDS (Mormon) church.

Jennette was raised by Debra and Mark McCurdy. However, Mark is not her biological father. Her biological father is a musician who plays the trombone.

One of Jennette’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfathers, John Romero, was of Mexican ancestry, from New Mexico.

Mark McCurdy is the son of Merle Eugene McCurdy and Faye/Fay Gertrude Lapayne/Payne. Merle was born in Minnesota, the son of Ernest R. McCurdy and Johanna Hersema/Heersema. Faye was the daughter of Dean LaVern Lapayne/Payne and Gertrude Ellen Cronin.

Jennette’s maternal grandfather was Roland Joseph LaBeaf (the son of Earl LaBeaf and Josephine Biscotto). Roland was born in California. Earl was the son of Joseph LaBeaf, whose parents were French-Canadian, and of Emma Sawyer. Josephine was born in California, the daughter of Italian parents, Giuseppe Biscotto and Marina Lauria, from Salina, one of the Aeolian Islands north of Sicily.

Jennette’s maternal grandmother is Beverly Tinder (the daughter of Gordon William Tinder and Villie Gertrude Newman). Beverly was born in Utah. Gordon was the son of William Henry Tinder and Ella Celica Romero, and was of English, Mexican, Swedish, Dutch, and distant Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, and Polish, ancestry. Villie was born in Utah, the daughter of Matts Johansson Newman/Nyman and Johanna/Hannah Carlson/Carlsson, who were from Finland, and were both of Swedish descent.

Sources: Jennette’s legal paternal grandfather, Merle Eugene McCurdy, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Jennette McCurdy (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Jennette’s maternal great-grandfather, Gordon William Tinder (through Gordon’s sister) –

Obituary of Jennette’s maternal great-grandmother, Villie Gertrude (Newman) Tinder –


Curious about ethnicity

66 Responses

  1. Gavinboi says:

    Gordon’s mention of Polish ancestry should be removed, since it’s too remote to count as part of Jennette’s ancestry.

  2. andrew says:

    *>Lauria, from Salina, one the Aeolian Islands north of Sicily.

  3. madman says:

    Ernest was the son of Manches Neighbor McCurdy and Eldora Evonne Phillips, and had Irish, English, Swiss-German, and Scottsh, ancestry.

    Johanna Heersema’s surname indicates she had Frisian ancestry.

    Faye was the daughter of Dean LaVern Lapayne and Gertrude Ellen Cronin. Dean was the son of Lincoln S. Payne and Etna Fern Muir, and had Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, English, Irish, distant Dutch, and likely French, ancestry. Gertrude was the daughter of Michael Cronin, who was Irish, and Anna Flynn, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Irish parents.

    Joseph LaBeaf’s parents were French-Canadian.

    It could be mentioned that Gordon William Tinder was of English, Mexican, Swedish, Dutch, and distant Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, and Polish, ancestry.

    Matts Johansson Newman/Nyman and Johanna Carlsson were both ethnic Swedes from Finland (Finland-Swedish). So remove Finnish from the ethnicity.

  4. Hill says:

    I still think she’s half Puerto Rican just because her mom looks exactly like Victoria Justice’s mom.

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