Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado

Furtado in 2009, photo by s_bukley/

Birth Name: Nelly Kim Furtado

Place of Birth: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: December 2, 1978

Ethnicity: Azorean Portuguese

Nelly Furtado is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress. She co-starred in the film Max Payne (2008).

Her parents are Portuguese, from Ponta Garça, Vila Franca do Campo, São Miguel Island, in the Azores archipelago. She holds Portuguese citizenship. Nelly was named after Soviet gymnast Nellie Kim.

Nelly has three children, including a daughter with her former partner Jasper Gahunia.

Nelly’s paternal grandfather was named Manuel Matos Furtado.

Nelly’s paternal grandmother was named Maria Paixão Costa.

One of Nelly’s maternal grandparents was named Virgínio Araújo Neto. Virginio was born in Ponta Garça.

Sources: Genealogy of Nelly Furtado –

Memorial page of Nelly’s paternal grandfather, Manuel Matos Furtado –

Memorial page of Nelly’s paternal grandmother, Maria Paixão (Costa) Furtado –


Curious about ethnicity

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  1. muricansrallmutts says:

    @Andrew there are LOTS of Southerns who have a very deep and strong Northern Spaniard background after the mainly Arabic, Sardinia have lots of towns named in Spanish, the Sardinian and other Southern dialects have lots of Spanish and Arabic words the buildings and the culture are cleary a mix of Arabic and Spanish in all the South, Aragonese and Castillians ruled mostly the South instead Catalans just for short. In fact my maternal grandfather’s surname is Aragonese, Sardinia has mainly Aragonese and Castillian influence in all the island.
    Ayala is Arab not Spaniard, the others surnames not may but SURE indicate origin from Spain.
    The Arab and Spaniard mentality, race and culture in the South it’s still so present and deep.

    An example of Slavs in Spain

    That retarted called NOTREALLY have huge trouble to accept the Slavs like accept that when you look a specific race it’s because you are he never have been to Europe he can’t tell and spot us Europeans.
    Like races are a mystery for him geography is too. Everybody can see looking the map of Spain that Aragon and Castilla are in the Central or in the South riiiiight not in the North hahaha!!!

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