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

87 Responses

  1. sparkles180 says:

    She looks latina. Very pretty!

  2. cwm85 says:

    Always thought she was Middle eastern or Native American. But she is European.

    • Capricious says:

      Yep, because Native Americans totally have piercing blue eyes, full lips and brown hair.

      You’re right about Middle Eastern though, she can pass as Turkish or Lebanese.

  3. mony says:

    I’d like to ask to this site: why do you put only photos in which people are tanned? Cause there are people on here who don’t understand that is not their natural skin tone!

  4. stlucas says:

    She looks southern portuguese.

  5. mermaid_ says:

    Latinas and Mexicans are mixed with Spanish and Portuguese that’s why Nelly Furtado looks Mexican.

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