Father was a French citizen of Portuguese Jewish descent, and his mother was Creole.
Camille Pissarro was born Jacob Abraham Camille Pissarro in Saint-Thomas, Virgin Islands, on July 10, 1830 to a Jewish French father, whose name was Frederick. He was of Portuguese origin and had settled in Danish colony of the West Indies a few years earlier. His mother named Rachel Manzano-Pomie was a native of Danish Antilles. The marriage caused a stir within St. Thomas' small Jewish community because she was previously married to Frederick's uncle and according to Jewish law a man is forbidden from marrying his aunt.