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 is known for her songs “I’m Like a Bird,” “Turn Off the Light,” “Powerless (Say What You Want),” “Promiscuous,” “Maneater,” “Say It Right,” and “All Good Things (Come to an End),” as well as her appearance on “Give It to Me” and collaboration on “Broken Strings.” She has released a Spanish-language album, and an album exploring her Portuguese heritage. 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 husband 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

91 Responses

  1. NOTREALLY says:

    Who deleted what pic? Are you okay man? Who’s denying Arabic roots? you’re literally the one saying Northern Spaniards are Slavic lmao
    Dude, no offense but it seems you’ve been off your meds for way too long

    • NOTREALLY says:

      The picture is not deleted you absolute technological Cromagnon, it’s literally down there, you have use the scroll wheel in your mouse, Jesus
      No my man, my friend did not change her eye colour with an app, she has blue eyes, SHE IS A REAL LIFE FRIEND OF MINE, I’ve met her million times my dude, her mom is blue eyed, that’s where she got it from, my two Catalan cousins have blue eyes too and my mom for instance is blonde and green eyed

      It’s funny because you first claim (as I foresaw), that she has a “whide nose” and “slightly almosd shaped eyes (?)” and yet you then switch and say I picked a random picture from internet, make up your mind

      Nobody is Nordicising anything, I hate Nordicists, I literally am so aware of the multiple ethnical layers that exist in southern Europe and in this case in the Iberian peninsula, I myself have “mediterranean” admixture, most people here do, that’s a fact, calling your absurd claim that any blue eyed or anyone with light features in Iberia is a “Slav” is not Nordicism, it’s legit just calling out the esoteric beliefs

      dude, honestly, whatever makes you sleep at night, you’re about the most deranged user I’ve come across in this website, I actually apologise if I ever thought someone was any outlandish, you take the throne

      I am in fact still in denial that you’re a legitimate, you have to be a troll, there’s no way someone can be this detached from reality in every sense of it

      • NOTREALLY says:

        “Probably you’re not Spaniard but a Latino from Central-South America on from Usa.”

      • NOTREALLY says:

        yeah man whatever you say

      • NOTREALLY says:

        okay so I’ll give you a chance, since you know so much about Iberian history, when did Slavs exactly invade Iberia or Spain alone? Like when? Give me a date
        And how come the average Spaniard or Portuguese DNA test results gets NO SLAVIC WHATSOEVE?
        Because I have indeed looked through hundreds of DNA test results from Iberians and I can’t recall a single person with non recent Eastern European ancestry, like none at all
        Please stop rambling and answer these questions

      • NOTREALLY says:

        As I expected you’re not gonna address any of the questions, yes, he does have a Spanish look, that’s not the point
        When did Slavs conquer/invade (or whatever semantics you wanna play) Spain/Iberia?

      • NOTREALLY says:

        So you CAN’T tell me ANYTHING even mildly specific about THE ONE THING you keep claiming over and over and over?
        Nothing AT ALL?
        Sounds about right LMAO
        But since you’re seem to catch up at baby steps I will make a question at a time
        Why do Spaniards not get any Eastern Euro ancestry on their DNA tests?

    • NOTREALLY says:

      yeah man totally!!!!!!

      • NOTREALLY says:

        Oh yeah man how outrageous of me to want you to substantiate the very one thing that you’ve been claiming all along without any proof AT ALL, how dare I require you to back up your very claim!!!!!!!

      • NOTREALLY says:

        Diaz and Lopez aren’t even Aragonese/Catalan surnames
        You legitimately believe a couple guys with Spanish ancestry from 2 generations ago (from when they were born) means there was a large scale interbreeding between Spaniards and Italians when barely any Spaniards moved to Italy during that time?

        Again 10/10 logic

      • NOTREALLY says:

        Spain also owned the Netherlands from the 1500s to the 1700s, are you gonna claim that Dutch people have Spanish ancestry too?

      • NOTREALLY says:

        You definitely don’t know your or anyone else’s history, I highly doubt you have any higher education, I even doubt you made past highschool for crying outloud

        Yes, thanks for telling me those are Castillian surnames man,I totally didn’t know after 24 years of living in Spain, thanks!!!!!
        Castille is hardly “northern”, most of it is central

        The guy who claims northern Spaniards are Slavic is calling anyone a schizo, I’ve seen it all
        Anyways have fun being a looney calling anyone who butchers your esoteric groundless beliefs an “American”, this is the lengthiest argument I’ve had here and is by far the one that has damaged by brain the most.

        Let’s do something, the day you can actually back your “Slavic” arguments (which is never because it never happened anyways), I will respond back and will say sorry!!!!!!

      • andrew says:


        There are some Italians who have distant Spanish roots. Surnames like Lopez, Ayala, Olivares, Ingrassia (from “Garcia”), exist in the South. Di Caprio has an ancestor named “Consales” or something.

        Also “Spagnoli” (various spellings), Catalano/i/otti, Navarra and others may indicate roots from Spain.

        Sardinia has Catalan influence, in Alghero.

  2. Oaken05 says:

    You made six consecutive posts on this page, alone. Can you PLEASE stop doing this and running everyone elses’ comments out of the “Race Related Discussion” on the left side menu?

  3. NOTREALLY says:

    Damn, I just read all the older comments and this has to be, hands down, the most thread in this page “she looks middle eastern” “she looks mexican” (???), in this pic here, she looks JUST like an European person, even way closer to a pan-European look than some Portuguese people.
    If she was called Nathalie Hoffmann or Emily Fergusson and looked at the picture, you would bat an eye to it, because she doesn’t look exotic apart from being very handsome.
    man this website is full of nerds and straight up trolls/morons, waste of time, I recommend you avoid reading the comments unless you’re someone who contributes to the profiles

    • NOTREALLY says:

      you wouldn’t bat an eye*

      • liathecrazyflower says:

        ? this site is great, there are crazy people, but I like it
        Better than twitter

        • liathecrazyflower says:

          Look at facebook, twitter, full of depressed people without happiness, unless they enter the pornographic world, there are good sites, but either you find a stalker or you find a crazy person and a nice person and I prefer to find a crazy person because a crazy person ends at the asylum

          • liathecrazyflower says:

            If you don’t like trolls don’t pay attention because I’ve seen someone saying crazy things but I don’t even care, but I don’t care much here it’s good at least I think,

  4. liathecrazyflower says:

    Iberians can be have blue or green eyes this is true. Periodt!!

    • liathecrazyflower says:

      Rosalía the singer of flamenco, have brown eyes, i’m born in Brasil, i am a iberian or not! or just a white mestiza with 9 off no white acenstry living in the beach lol and shaking my ass lol

    • NOTREALLY says:

      Multiple things,

      Iberia (Spain and Portugal) was never invaded by Slavs, literally never, Iberia, or parts of it, respectively, have been under the control of several cultures/empires, namely Phoenicians, Carthage, Romans, Byzantine empire, Visigoths, Al Andalus and much later on, France, neither of them of Slavic descent.

      “South Italy that was ruled by Northern Spaniards for centuries like Cental and South America”

      Northern, Central and Souther America were at no point ruled by northern Spaniards, it was all highly centralised through Seville, so the very first Spanish settlers in America were mostly of Andalusian and extremaduran origin later followed by Castillians predominantly, with exceptions but we’re talking averages/norms (for instance the first governor of California was a Catalan Spaniard).

      The way you seem to think about the Spanish rule of Italy isn’t really accurate, America was colonisation, the conquest of an allegedly “inferior” culture and subsequent assimilation of Spanish culture upon them, whereas the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (Spanish Italy) was merely a political ruling class and the intermixing was virtually nonexistent. (Even if you yourself are of Spanish descent that doesn’t change the norm)
      Plus Spanish Italy controled by the Crown of Aragon, which spans all the way from northeastern Sapain to southeastern Spain, so it isn’t exactly northern Spaniards.

      You generally seem to very weirdly fetishise “northern Spaniards/Iberians” as almost a distinct people when in reality all across the peninsula most people are indishtinguisable, a coupkle of my closest friends are Andalucian and have blue eyes, “delicate features” and porcelaine skin.

      in fact , as recent as 2019 studies conclude that Galicia in northern Spain has the biggest north African footprint in all of Iberia, there’s hundreds of sources you can research yourself if you’re not convinced

      There’s no “real white Spaniard features, that sounds borderline Nazi, southern European/Mediterranean countries are inherently diverse due to their history and there’s nothing wrong with it.

      • NOTREALLY says:

        Forgot to also mention Greeks and Jewish along the rest of all those historical influences in the peninsula

      • NOTREALLY says:

        Dude, everything you say is so damn wrong it actual blows my mind

        First of all, Spanish Italy (the kingdom of two sicilies) started in the early 19th century

        13th century Spain was still fighting reconquista and ended in 1492, literally at the end of the 15th century, the Aragonese and Catalan didn’t come to Italy until MUCH later

        However though, I didn’t ask you about that, since I already know that, because I like history

        I asked you about the Slavs “invading Spain”, whom you still can’t tell me ANYTHING about, not a date, not an era, nothing at all, no explanation as to why Iberian get 0 Eastern European ancestry in DNA tests either
        What century was it? Was it in the neolithic? mesolithic? Again, these are rather rethorical questions because I already know it didn’t happen

        At best you could be referring to Neolithic gatherers from the Russian steppe who migrated all across Europe, but, to call those “Slavs” it’s nothing but sheer comedy

        Keep claiming you know more history though, since you don’t even know when Al Andalus happened

        so knowledgeable!!!!!

  5. liathecrazyflower says:

    Cool, one day i wanna talk to her, she’s a sexy portuguese girl, and i love the portuguese accent, but azores terrible accent, but still cute

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