Shawn Mendes

2014 MuchMusic Video Awards - Arrivals

Mendes in 2014, photo by

Birth Name: Shawn Peter Raul Mendes

Place of Birth: Pickering, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: August 8, 1998

*Portuguese (father)
*English (mother)

Shawn Mendes is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and model. He started his career by posting snippets of cover songs to Vine.

Shawn is the son of Karen and Manuel Mendes. Shawn’s father is of Portuguese descent, from Algarve. Shawn’s mother is originally English; she was born in Yeovil, Somerset, England.

Shawn’s maternal grandfather is Peter G. Rayment (the son of Cecil C. Rayment and Violet Elizabeth M. Knight). Peter was born in Chard, Somerset, England. Cecil was the son of William Rayment and Gladys Ivy Osborne. Violet was the daughter of Andrew Frederick Knight and Ellen Jane Shephard.

Shawn’s maternal grandmother is Suzanne C. M. Collins (the daughter of Frederick George Patrick Collins and Beryl J. Cave). Suzanne was born in Bournemouth, Dorset, England. Frederick is the son of George Patrick Collins and Martha Winifred Cadman. Beryl is the daughter of Frederick Charles Cave and Nellie Amelia Tucker.

Shawn’s matrilineal great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents were Henry Coward, who was born c. 1790, and Louisa Allen, who was born, c. 1802, both of them in Dorset.

Sources: Genealogy of Shawn Mendes (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Shawn’s maternal great-great-grandfather, George Patrick Collins (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Shawn’s maternal great-great-grandfather, George Patrick Collins (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

29 Responses

  1. Animallover123 says:

    Shawn mendes is my 7th cousin through his great great grandmother Ellen Jane Shephard, Shawn shares a common ancestor with Justin bieber in the 1600s in Dorset.

  2. Preservationist says:

    Shawn had better thank his lucky stars for his English ancestry

  3. Oaken05 says:

    Remove this ridiculous crap.

  4. mode0001 says:

    He has too be 25% Portuguese because his grandfather is English. His dad doesn’t look fully Portuguese. Shawn himself doesn’t look half. Just a conclusion. I could be wrong.

    • andrew says:

      His dad looks quite Portuguese to me.

    • Oaken05 says:

      Of course he has an English grandfather; his mother is English. What foolishness are you going on about?

    • NOTREALLY says:

      I love when people say “X doesn’t Y at all” or “X doesn’t look fully Y”
      while having absolutely no clue what a Y even looks like.
      His dad looks perfectly Portuguese, not like every Portuguese looks the same but he looks “fully Portuguese”
      I seriously wonder what you even think Portuguese people look like

    • jonasbttencourt says:

      His dad is a perfectly standard portuguese man, and Shawn looks exactly what he is : A half british isles, half iberian youngman.

  5. Oaken05 says:

    Was his mother born in England (or born to English parents somewhere else and raised in England), or is she just of English descent? I’ve never been able to find this out.

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