Shania Twain

Twain in 2011, photo by s_bukley /

Birth Name: Eilleen Regina Edwards

Place of Birth: Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: 28 August, 1965

Ethnicity: Irish, Northern Irish, English, French-Canadian, as well as 1/512 Wyandot First Nations, 1/512 Portuguese, and 1/1024 Swiss-German

Shania Twain is a Canadian country pop singer and songwriter. She rose to fame in the early 1990s, with her self-titled debut album, Shania Twain (1993). She achieved worldwide success with her 1997 album, Come On Over, which became the best-selling studio album of all time by a female musician and the best selling country album of all time.

Shania is the daughter of Sharon (Morrison) and Clarence Edwards. She is of mostly Irish, Northern Irish, English, and French-Canadian ancestry. She was raised in the Ojibway First Nations culture by her stepfather, who adopted her, Jerry Twain, who is Ojibway. Her name, Shania, means “I’m on my way” in Ojibwa. Shania is married to executive Frédéric Thiébaud. She has a son with her former husband, South African record producer and songwriter Robert John “Mutt” Lange.

After her stepfather legally adopted her, Shania was eligible to hold a “status Indian” registration. As of at least 1996, she thus held a status card and was on the official band membership list of the Temagami First Nation.

Shania has evidently stated that her biological father was of part Cree Native Canadian/First Nations ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented. Some of his family members have denied it.

Shania is also sometimes said to have Swedish ancestry, somewhere on her paternal grandmother’s line. This does not appear to be accurate.

Shania’s paternal grandfather was Harold Edwards (the son of Thomas Garland Edwards and Mary Irving). Harold was born in Pembroke, Renfrew Co., Ontario, Canada, and had Irish ancestry. Thomas was the son of Jacob Edwards and Susan Kidd. Mary was the daughter of Patrick Irving and Mary Ann Howard, both of whom were born in Ontario, both of them to Irish parents.

Shania’s paternal grandmother was Marie Régina Benson (the daughter of Joseph Benson and Adele Emma Bray). Marie Régina had Irish and French-Canadian ancestry. Joseph was the son of Anthony Benson and Angélique Mondoux. Emma was the daughter of Olivier Bray and Adèle Denis. Shania’s great-great-grandfather Anthony’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Marguerite Pigarouiche, was Wyandot First Nation. Shania’s great-great-grandmother Angélique’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Jeanne Badel, was Swiss-German, whose parents were from Geneva. Shania’s great-great-grandfather Olivier’s matrilineal sixth grandmother, Marie Marguerite Miteouamigoukoue, was Algonquin First Nation.

Shania’s maternal grandfather was George Bertram Morrison (the son of James Bertram Morrison and Mary Elizabeth/Marie-Eliza Brisbois). George was born in Nipissing District, Ontario, Canada. James was the son of James Morrison, who was born in Ireland, and of Jane Donaldson. Mary Elizabeth/Marie-Eliza was of French-Canadian descent, the daughter of Moïse Brisebois and Hester/Esther Anne/Ann Firmin. Esther’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Sebastião Rodrigues (or Sébastien Rodrigue in French), was Portuguese, from Évora.

Shania’s maternal grandmother was Eileen Pearce (the daughter of Francis George Pearce and Lottie Louise Reeves). Eileen was born in Newbridge, co. Kildare, Ireland. Francis was the son of George Pearce. Lottie was born in Weybourne, Norfolk, England, the daughter of James Henry Reeves.

Sources: Genealogies of Shania Twain –


Curious about ethnicity

34 Responses

  1. J.J. says:

    correction; her eyes are forest green (green+brown) and her hair is virtually black (noirette) (dyed brown) I think it should be listed

  2. Jane says:

    She a pretty mixed race person mostly white. Because the natives like the united states are mixed already compared to some latin american countries when you see white and staight up latin american indians. Their kids look more indian because their are not mixed but first generation mixed.

    • pookerella says:

      You don’t know that.
      First, if she is Irish or English, and has a Viking heritage, the natives of Iceland are related to Northern Native Americans.
      I’d love to see her DNA and have it show she actually does have Native American blood. Regardless, she is officially part of the Indian Nation and that is full acceptance as far as they are concerned.

  3. F says:

    Shania is a real mixture. She is about 40% Irish with a healthy dash of English, Swedish, Scottish blood, leavened with exotic touches of French, Native and Spanish.

    They go through it in this bio

  4. Koltsova says:

    I watching an interview with Shania Twain on TV once where she claimed that her biological father was part Cree.

  5. Rockxxz says:

    She looks like Aly Landry, who is of french origin.

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