Kina Grannis

Grannis in 2011, image via Stephane Breton /

Birth Name: Kina Kasuya Grannis

Place of Birth: Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 4, 1985

*father – French, English, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, Welsh, German, Swiss-German
*mother – Japanese

Kina Grannis is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and YouTuber. She won the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest, and has since played at major events in the U.S. and internationally.

Her father is a graphic designer and her mother is a chiropractor. Kina is married to musician Jesse Epstein, with whom she has collaborated.

Kina’s paternal grandfather was Donald Frederick Grannis (the son of Frederick Roscoe Grannis and Laura Ann Ferguson). Donald was born in California. Kina’s great-grandfather Frederick was the son of Frank Remele Grannis and Sophie Roettger, who was of German descent. Laura was the daughter of Phineas Ferguson and Annie M. Bonnell.

Kina’s paternal grandmother was Margaret “Peggy” Harriman (the daughter of Seelye Page Harriman and Margaret Sammis). Kina’s grandmother Peggy was born in Illinois. Seelye was the son of Frank B. Harriman and Lola Maud Randall. Kina’s great-grandmother Margaret was the daughter of James Uriah Sammis and Fannie/Fanny Randell.

Kina’s maternal grandfather was named Raymond Ketsuyoshi Sugano (the son of Isaji Sugano and Matsuyo). Raymond was born in Hawaii. Isaji was from Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

Sources: Marriage record of Kina’s paternal grandparents, Donald Frederick Grannis and Margaret “Peggy” Harriman –

Genealogy of Kina’s paternal great-grandfather, Frederick Roscoe Grannis –

Kina’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Sophie Roettgeron, the 1880 U.S. Census –

Kina’s paternal great-grandmother, Laura Ann Ferguson, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Kina’s paternal grandmother, Margaret “Peggy” Harriman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Kina’s paternal great-grandfather, Seelye Page Harriman, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Kina’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Frank B. Harriman and Lola Maud Randall –

Kina’s paternal great-grandmother, Margaret Sammis, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Kina’s paternal great-great-grandfather, James Uriah Sammis, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Kina’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Charles Wheeler Sammis –

Kina’s maternal grandfather, Raymond Ketsuyoshi Sugano, on the 1940 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

9 Responses

  1. ihatemostpeople says:

    She looks part black! Especially in this picture:

    She doesn’t look like your typical Eurasian. I KNOW SHE HAS TO HAVE SOME BLACK IN HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. ihatemostpeople says:

    She looks like Alicia Keys who is half black.

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