Lin-Manuel Miranda

LOS ANGELES - JAN 06:  Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives to the NBC All

Miranda in 2013, photo by DFree/

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 16, 1980

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican [Spanish, as well as Taíno and African], along with approximately one quarter Mexican, more distant African-American and English

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an American composer, lyricist, actor, singer, rapper, producer, and playwright. He is known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton.

He is the son of Luz Towns-Miranda, a clinical psychologist, and Luis A. Miranda, Jr., a Democratic Party consultant. He is married to Vanessa Nadal, with whom he has two children.

Three of Lin-Manuel’s grandparents were Puerto Rican. His maternal grandfather, a Texan, was of Mexican descent, with his Mexican line also including distant African-American and English heritage. He is a descendant of an interracial couple, David Towns, who was white (the son of David Towns and Hannah Fox), and Sophie, who was African-American.

His name, Lin-Manuel, comes from a poem, “Nana Roja Para Mi Hijo Lin Manuel,” about the Vietnam War, by Puerto Rican writer José Manuel Torres Santiago.

His cousin is Puerto Rican rapper, writer, and filmmaker Residente. His great-great-uncle was lawyer, journalist, author, and politician Gilberto Concepción de Gracia. He was the brother of Lin-Manuel’s great-grandfather Rafael Concepcion de Gracia.

A DNA test whose results Lin-Manuel displayed on his Twitter page stated that his genetic ancestry is:

*62.9% European
*19.4% East Asian & Native American
*9.7% Sub-Saharan African
*5.4% Unassigned
*2.7% Middle Eastern & North African

Lin-Manuel’s paternal grandfather was Luis Antonio Miranda Vega (the son of Ignacio Miranda Sánchez and Aurea Vega Nevárez). Luis was born in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico. Ignacio was the son of Ignacio Miranda Marquez and Fidela Sánchez. Aurea was the daughter of Francisco Vega Sanchez and Cristobalina Nevarez Martinez.

Lin-Manuel’s paternal grandmother was Eva Arminda Concepcion Rosado (the daughter of Rafael Concepcion de Gracia and Justina Rosado Melendez). Eva was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Rafael was the son of Ceferino Concepción Alvarez and Martina Carmen de Gracia Toro.

Lin-Manuel’s maternal grandfather was Pedro Pascual Towns, Jr. (the son of Pedro Pascual Towns and Maria De La Luz Pineda). Lin-Manuel’s grandfather Pedro was born in Texas, of almost entirely Mexican descent. Lin-Manuel’s great-grandfather Pedro was the son of Guillermo/William Towns and Maria Genoveva/Genovera Salazar. Lin-Manuel’s great-grandmother Luz was born in Santa Rosalía, Chihuahua, México.

Lin-Manuel’s maternal grandmother was named Rafaela Felita Rosado. Rafaela was born in Corozal, Adjuntas, Puerto Rico.

Sources: Information about Lin-Manuel’s Texan family history, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak –

Genealogy of Lin-Manuel’s maternal grandfather, Pedro Pascual Towns, Jr. (focusing on his own father’s side) –


ethnicity obsessed :)

4 Responses

  1. Rip says:

    He doesn’t just have “small amounts” of Mexican ancestry. He considers himself 1/4 Mexican because he had a biracial White/Black couple as ancestors from his grandmother’s side that settled in Texas during the 1800s when it was part of Mexico. Their descendants married into the Mexican community and later generations came to identify as Mexican.

  2. phaedra says:

    Puerto Rican and Mexican are nationalities, not ethnic groups. Get it right, admins.

    If you mean he has native or indigenous blood in him then write that.

  3. savanna says:

    His parents are Luis A. Miranda Jr. and Luz Towns.

    On his mother’s side, he has Mexican, African-American and English heritage.
    He is a descendant of an interracial couple; David Towns (son of David Towns and Hannah Fox) and Sophie, an African American woman.

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