Shannon Leto

3rd Annual Fashion Rocks to Kick Off 2007 New York Fashion Week

Leto in 2006, photo by

Place of Birth: Bossier City, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 9, 1970

Ethnicity: English, Cajun/French, smaller amounts of Irish, German, Scottish, at least 1/512 Spanish, remote Dutch and Mi’kmaq First Nations

Shannon Leto is an American musician and songwriter. He is the drummer of rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars, for which his brother, actor Jared Leto, is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. He is noted for his energetic drumming style. He was also a member of rock supergroup and side project The Wondergirls, with Ian Astbury, Jay Gordon, Mark McGrath, Ryan Shuck, and Scott Weiland.

Shannon is the son of Constance (Metrejon) and Tony L. Bryant. Leto was the surname of Shannon’s stepfather/adoptive father, Carl Leto. The surname is Italian. Pictures of Shannon’s mother can be seen here (at the far left) and here.

Shannon’s father, who was from Kentucky, had British Isles/English ancestry. Shannon’s mother, who is from Louisiana, has Cajun [French], smaller amounts of English, Irish, German, and Scottish, at least 1/256th Spanish, and remote Dutch and Mi’kmaq First Nations, ancestry. Some of Shannon’s ancestors were born in Acadia, now Canada, and Barbados.

At a concert, Shannon’s brother Jared waved the Spanish flag and stated that his maternal grandfather was of part Spanish descent. One of Shannon’s maternal seven times great-grandfathers, Manuel Quintero, was Spanish, and was born, c. 1745, on Sainte Croix, Canary Islands, Spain. This makes Shannon of 1/512th Spanish descent. It is not clear if he has any other Spanish ancestry, as some Cajuns do.

Shannon’s mother’s Metrejon line can be traced to Joseph Marie Maitrejean, who was born, c. 1778, in Belle-Île-en-Mer, France, an island off the coast of Brittany.

Shannon’s maternal grandfather was Edmond William “Willie” Lee Metrejon (the son of Charles J. Metrejean and Ethel Ryder). Edmond was born in Louisiana. The Metrejon/Metrejean surname had originally been spelled Maitrejean. Charles and Ethel were born in Louisiana. Charles was the son of Joseph-Frédéric Metrejean and Victoire-Octana Savoy. Ethel was the daughter of William/Willie Ryder and Marie Berthilde “Bertha” Wyble.

Shannon’s maternal grandmother was Ruby Mae Russell (the daughter of Joseph Lee Russell and Helen Hessie Hoffpauir/Houfpauir/Huffpain). Ruby was born in Louisiana. Joseph was born in Florida, to a father from Alabama, Pat H. Russell, and a mother from Georgia, Ella. Helen was born in Louisiana, to Henry Marshall Hoffpauir (the son of Thomas J. Hoffpauir and Anne Dailey/Daily) and Katherine Euranie/Urina Foreman.

Sources: Genealogies of Shannon Leto (through Shannon’s brother, Jared) (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Shannon’s maternal great-grandfather, Charles J. Metrejean, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Shannon’s maternal grandmother, Ruby Mae Russell, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Shannon’s maternal great-grandparents, Joseph Lee Russell and Helen Hessie Hoffpauir/Houfpauir/Huffpain, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Shannon’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen Hessie Hoffpauir/Houfpauir/Huffpain, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Shannon’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Henry Marshall Hoffpauir, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

3 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    I don’t think that Sainte Croix, Canary Islands, Spain mentioned is St. Croix in the Virgin Islands. I think someone just translated Santa Cruz de Tenerife to French (St. Croix was also called Santa Cruz by the Spaniards, but it was never part of the Canary Islands, as a matter of fact Spanish only ruled over St. Croix for less than a year).

    • andrew says:


      Still amazing how many many people from Southern Europe, who relocated to different New World places, hailed from various islands: Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands, Sicily, Crete, Ustica (in Louisiana), Gozo and Malta (Australia).

      • bablah says:

        I’m not surprised. Island life is generally sh*t. It’s only better today because a lot of them are tourist destinations. Of course, I’m not talking about the big ones like Great Britain or New Zealand. We usually joke that Croatian islanders are cheap. But you can’t afford to be generous when you’re poor as dirt.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.