Zendaya Coleman Ethnicity half Black

Zendaya in 2013, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman

Place of Birth: Oakland, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 1, 1996

*father – African-American
*mother – German, Irish, English, Scottish

Zendaya, also credited as Zendaya Coleman, is an American actress, singer, dancer, and model. She has starred in the films The Greatest Showman, Smallfoot, Malcolm & Marie, and the Spider-Man and Dune franchises; and on television’s Shake It Up, Frenemies, Zapped, K.C. Undercover, and Euphoria.

Her father, Kazembe Ajamu (born Samuel David Coleman), is African-American, from a family from Arkansas. Her mother, Claire Marie (Stoermer), who is white, has German, Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry. Her parents are teachers. Her name, Zendaya, comes from the word Tendai/Tendayi, which means “to give thanks” in Shona, a Southwestern African language common in Zimbabwe and southern Zambia.

Zendaya’s maternal grandfather was Phillip Hilary Stoermer (the son of Fritz Hillary Stoermer and Marian Elizabeth Peir). Phillip was born in California. Fritz was the son of Henry Stoermer and Etta Tyler Fritz. Marian was the daughter of Alois Henry Peir and Kathyrn Gertrude Leahy/Leady.

Zendaya’s maternal grandmother was Daphne Carol Whitelaw (the daughter of Douglas William Walker Whitelaw and Thelma Ray Kelly). Daphne was from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Douglas was the son of Harry Tulloch Whitelaw and Agnes Drummond. Thelma was the daughter of Joseph William Kelly, from Waterloo, Ontario, and of Ella Sparling, from Huron, Ontario.

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Zendaya with her parents, 2013, photo by Prphotos

Sources: Video of Zendaya and her parents talking about their ancestry – http://www.usmagazine.com

Genealogy of Zendaya (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://gw.geneanet.org

Obituary of Zendaya’s maternal grandfather, Phillip Hilary Stoermer – http://nl.newsbank.com

Zendaya’s maternal great-grandfather, Fritz Hillary Stoermer, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zendaya’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Henry Stoermer, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zendaya’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Ellen Grandona, on the 1860 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zendaya’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Etta Tyler Fritz, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org


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433 Responses

  1. ethnicitiies says:

    is grondona an italian last name?

  2. jonasbttencourt says:

    She’s everywhere now, what a superstar this girl has become since that silly Disney show, such a shame that Bella Thorne lost so many career oportunities because she decided to be a childish, vulgar, and arrogant internet “influencer”…

  3. izzybizzy says:

    The best mix is half black half white. If a black/white person is really lucky like Zendaya they’ll inherit the best features from each race.

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