Sean Paul

Paul in 2006, photo by Adam J. Sablich /

Birth Name: Sean Paul Henriques

Place of Birth: Kingston, Jamaica

Date of Birth: 9 January, 1973

Ethnicity: Jamaican [African, as well as one eighth Sephardi Jewish, German, English, Chinese]

Sean Paul is a Jamaican recording artist, dancehall rapper, singer, record producer, and actor. His paternal great-grandfather was a Sephardi Jew (whose family was from Portugal, as well as more distantly from the Netherlands, Germany, Serbia, and France). His other ancestry includes Afro-Jamaican, German, English, and Chinese. Sean was raised Catholic.

Sean is married to Jamaican television host Jodi Stewart, with whom he has a son.

Sean’s paternal grandfather was Ronald Barrington Henriques (the son of Nathaniel Morais Henriques and Isabel/Isabelle Viola/Violet Eisner). Nathaniel was born in Kingston, to Sephardi Jewish parents, Isaac Cohen Henriques and Hannah Vaz. Isabel was the daughter of Carl August/Augustus Eisener/Eisner and Medora Jane Tomlinson, who had German, English, and likely Afro-Jamaican, ancestry.

Sean’s paternal grandmother was Marjorie Teresa Corbett (the daughter of Alfred Clarence Leonard Corbett and Ianthe Isabel Bawn). Marjorie was of Afro-Jamaican background. Alfred was the son of James Corbett and Mary E. Ianthe was the daughter of James Bawn.


Genealogy of Sean Paul (focusing on his father’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

52 Responses

  1. madman says:

    Birth Name: Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques (according to Wikipedia)

    Some of Sean’s Jewish ancestors were from the Netherlands, Germany, Serbia, and France, accordin to, though their surnames would still indicates Sephardi Jewish ancestry. Also, is it confirmed that Sean’s great-grandmother, Isabel Viola Eisner, wasn’t also Jewish, since Sean talks about his Jewish grandfather in the article linked?

    It should be specifically mentioned that his maternal grandmother was of Chinese descent. Some sources states that Sean’s mother was of English and Chinese descent (, evidently from a quote from Sean himself that I can’t find the original source for:

    “My grandmother on my mother’s side was born in Coventry, England, but the rest of my grandparents were Jamaican in origin. My mother’s father, however, is Chinese and my father’s father is from Portuguese descent. My grandmother on my father’s side is mixed with black and white.”

  2. malabo girl says:

    looks like 5% only black

  3. Capricious says:

    He’s cute. He did have a Sephardic/Semitic look to him.

    Chinese? That must be his great-great-great-great-great-great single grandparent. I don’t see any Chinese in him.

  4. cwm85 says:

    If you look at his Dad you can see where his roots come from. That’s why parents heritage is important you know because not every person will look what you guest they are.

  5. midori29 says:

    Sean Paul has the same mixture as Miss Jamaica recent Kaci Fenell, who describes herself as a light skinned black woman. Link

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