Tristin Mays

Tristin Mays

Mays in 2011, photo by kathclick/

Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 10, 1990

Ethnicity: African-American, Louisiana Creole [African, French]

Tristin Mays is an American actress and singer. Her roles include the series Gullah Gullah Island, Alias, The Vampire Diaries, and MacGyver, and the films Thunderstruck and House Party: Tonight’s the Night.

She has said “I’m African American-French-Indian. Creole.” Her brother is actor Jeryn Mays. A picture of Tristin with her parents can be seen here.

It is not clear if Tristin’s Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Tristin’s paternal grandfather was Elroy Stanley Mays (the son of Cyrus Mays/May and Annie Mae Allen). Elroy was born in Florida. Cyrus was the son of Tony/Toney Mays/May and Laura Banks/Wiggins.

Tristin’s paternal grandmother was Nellreen “Nellie” Orebo (the daughter of Leonard Orebo/Auribeough and Eva Denise Jordan). Nellreen was Creole, and was born in Louisiana. Leonard was the son of Cleophas Orebo/Auribeough and Marie/Mary Collins.

Sources: Tristin’s paternal grandfather, Elroy Stanley Mays, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Tristin’s paternal grandfather, Elroy Stanley Mays –

Marriage record of Tristin’s paternal great-grandparents, Cyrus Mays/May and Annie Mae Allen –

Tristin’s paternal great-grandfather, Cyrus Mays/May, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Tristin’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Tony/Toney Mays/May and Laura Banks/Wiggins –

Genealogy of Tristin’s paternal grandmother, Nellreen “Nellie” Orebo (through Nellreen’s sister) –

Tristin’s paternal grandmother, Nellreen “Nellie” Orebo, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Tristin’s paternal grandmother, Nellreen “Nellie” (Orebo) Mays –

Tristin’s paternal great-grandfather, Leonard Orebo/Auribeough, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Death record of Tristin’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Marie/Mary (Collins) Orebo/Auribeough –

77 Responses

  1. italiano90 says:

    very obviously mixed no doubt about it

  2. madman says:

    Creole [African, French, Native American] —> African-American, Louisiana Creole [African, French]

  3. Ethnicity37 says:

    Tristin makes it known she is Black(her culture is Creole). Here is a pic of her parents and someone asking her about her ethnicity.

    • TerraMessorem says:

      look at her hair, shes clearly mixed, not black.

      • Ethnicity37 says:

        She is black with French and Indian ancestry just like lots of other Black American including myself( I have Irish). Both parent are Black. Black American does not mean 100% African- that is rare unless the person is a Continental African. We are admix because of slavery . We are a multi- generational admix group with mainly African ancestry with some European. Her hair is straighten- that doesn’t indicate anything.

  4. TerraMessorem says:

    this is horrible, we dont know who her grandparents are, just mention where they were from. no mention of her parents in all this mess either,

  5. callmecharlie says:

    terrible picture of her

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