Jordyn Taylor

Taylor, Trevor Noah – 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards – Arrivals and Press Room – The Shrine Auditorium – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit:

Birth Name: Jordyn Taylor Braff

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 14, 1990

*father – Filipino, likely some Chinese, one quarter Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Mexican

Jordyn Taylor is an American singer, songwriter, and model.

She has ancestors from the Philippines, Mexico, and Austria. She is also sometimes said to have Albanian and African-American roots. It is not clear if this is accurate. She likely also has Chinese ancestry, through the surname Quizon.

Jordyn’s paternal grandfather was Harry Canlas Braff (the son of Samuel Braff and Irene Canlas). Harry was born in the Philippines. Samuel was an immigrant to the U.S., who was born in Galicia/Subcarpathian Voivodeship, Poland, and was the son of Joseph Braff; he was likely Jewish. Irene was a Filipina, and was born in Pampanga, the daughter of Andres Canlas and Eminiana Quizon. Samuel and Irene met while Samuel was serving with the U.S. Army in the Philippines.

Jordyn’s paternal grandmother was Lily/Lilia/Lilly Arnado (the daughter of Mercedo Bicada Arnado and Carolina/Caroline Atienza). Lily was born in the Philippines.

Jordyn’s maternal grandfather likely was Rubert Valdez (the son of David Flores Valdez and Anita Martinez). Rubert was born in New Mexico, of Mexican descent. David was the son of Jesus M. Valdez and Franinquita/Franquisita/Francisca.

Jordyn’s maternal grandmother likely was Beatrice Silva (the daughter of Alfred/Alfredo Silva and Mary Busta). Alfred was the son of Procopio Silva and Gertrudes Molina.

Sources: Obituary of Jordyn’s paternal great-aunt –

U.S. Naturalization records of Jordyn’s paternal great-grandfather, Samuel Braff –

Obituary of Jordyn’s paternal great-grandfather, Samuel Braff –

Social Security record of Jordan’s paternal great-grandmother, Irene Canlas Braff –

Death records of Jordyn’s paternal great-grandparents, Mercedo Bicada Arnado and Carolina/Caroline (Atienza) Arnado –

Obituaries of Jordyn’s maternal great-grandfather, David Flores Valdez –

5 Responses

  1. madman says:
    Irene was born in Pampanga, Philippines, the daughter of Andres Canlas and Eminiana Quizon.

    Is this Samuel Braff?:

    If so, he was born in Radomichel, Galicia, which I assume is either Radomyśl Wielki or Radomyśl nad Sanem, both in Subcarpathian Voivodeship, Poland. He was probably Jewish.

  2. madman says:

    Jordyn’s grandparents appear to be Rubert Valdez and Beatrice Silva.

    Beatrice was the daughter of Alfred/Alfredo Silva and Mary Busta. Alfred was the son of Procopio Silva and Gertrudes Molina.

  3. madman says:

    This is apparently her blog, where she has written: “I am of European descent especially Albanian and of American descent.” Other articles has mentioned African-American, specifically.

    She is clearly not primarily of any of those ethnicities (if what I’ve found is accurate). So I’m not sure it’s her actual words.

    I got her maternal great-grandfather from an obituary of her great-grandmother that I can’t access (but I managed to read some of the text anyways). Could someone find out who her maternal grandparents were? Any Albanian or African-American origins?

    Also, her likely American great-grandfather should be found. Assuming he didn’t change his name (which is possible), these people might be him (both have their roots in Austria, like Zach Braff’s ancestors, but I don’t know if they were Jewish or not):

    • follers says:

      The obituary reads:
      “VALDEZ Mrs. Anita M. Valdez, 84, a resident of Albuquerque for 50 years, and formerly of Abo, New Mexico, passed away Friday after a short illness. Mrs. Valdez is survived by her husband, David F. Valdez; five sons, Rubert Valdez and wife, Beatrice J., Jose Euvaldo Valdez and wife, Helen, Lawrence M. Valdez and wife, Lorl, David Orlando Valdez and Juan N. Valdez and wife, Marcia; one daughter, Jessie Bernice Vigil and husband, Leo; one brother, F’lavio Martinez and wife, Lupita; one sister, Clarinda Guil-lory and husband, David; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Valdez was a member of the St. Anne Catholic Church. Visitation wiil be Sunday, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Garcia Mortuary Chapel. A Rosary will be recited Sunday, 7:00 p.m., at the St. Anne Catholic Church. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, from the St, Anne Catholic cnurch, wnere Mass win be ceieDraieti at iu:uu a.m. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Robert Valdez, Leonard Vigil, Mark Valdez, David Valdez, Thomas Valdez and Paul Valdez. Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters, Veronica Thurston, Agnes Rivera, Gina Dion, Elayne Braff, Cecilia Valdez and Marlene Valdez. Interment will be at the Mr. Calvary Cemetery.”

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