America Ferrera

by ethnic on August 24, 2008

Birth Name: America Georgine Ferrera

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 18, 1984

Ethnicity: Honduran

America Ferrera is an American actress. She is known for starring in the films Real Women Have Curves and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and as Betty Suarez on the show Ugly Betty.

America is the daughter of América Griselda Ayes and Carlos Gregorio Ferrera, who were from Tegucigalpa, in the Central American nation of Honduras. 90 percent of Hondurans are Mestizo, a mixture of Native American and European. The remainder of the population is made up of Native American, Black and White people.

America is married to actor, writer, and director Ryan Piers Williams, with whom she has a son.

America’s paternal grandfather was Don Carlos Ferrera (the son of Gregorio Ferrera and Maria Luisa). Gregorio was prominent general and revolutionary in Honduras. He was the son of Sebastian Ferrera and Gregoria Gonzalez.

America’s paternal grandmother was named Georgina.

Sources: Information about America’s appearance on Who Do You Think You Are?, 2015 –

Genealogy of America Ferrera (focusing on her father’s side) –

photo by s_bukley /

{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

Ajaxfan October 26, 2015 at 11:26 am

Seriously, she is named ”Ameirca”?

Ajaxfan October 26, 2015 at 11:27 am


tUMAGA July 27, 2018 at 2:58 pm

there are tons of mexicans and other south americans who give their children this name

mostly illegal refugees from those poor areas who hope to make a fortune in america

yamilethmiller April 11, 2015 at 4:40 pm

I’m actually from Honduras, so I can tell you accurately that besides her Native American ancestry she also has European, African, Middle Eastern and Asian ancestry. Hondurans are probably the most mixed group from Latin America. Most of us tend to have non Spanish names.
Most, if not all of Hondurans have Black ancestry. Actually Black people in Honduras are very much treasured dearly. They are mostly honest, hardworking and creative people.

cwm85 July 31, 2015 at 6:24 pm

My ex boyfriend looked mestizo with maybe so arab…

Sully January 20, 2015 at 6:05 pm

She looks similar to Jordan Sparks who is half White, half- Black.

I don’t really see the Native American in here, and would assume, just be looking at her, that she was more Black than Native American. I have 3rd generation Mulatto cousins (with slight Native American ancestry) who look like her. But anyways, she is what she is, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she was more so of Sub-Saharan descent than European or Native American.

Man in NY July 2, 2016 at 2:07 pm

@Sully “She looks similar to Jordan Sparks who is half White, half- Black….I don’t really see the Native American in here, and would assume, just be looking at her, that she was more Black than Native American. I have 3rd generation Mulatto cousins (with slight Native American ancestry) who look like her. But anyways, she is what she is, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she was more so of Sub-Saharan descent than European or Native American.”

I also thought she bears some similarity to Jordin Sparks. We can only speculate, but she probably has a mix of all three influences that you mentioned.

wendycs June 1, 2014 at 7:31 am

She is Mestiza, I can see the Indian in her features. I am Mestiza too, but look completly different (caucasian with dark eyes)

Nikki April 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm

She looks native american and spanish and honduran to me

PandaCutie May 17, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Thats what Mestizo is…
Native and Spanish…making her “Honduran” geez louise…

WTF April 17, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Honduras has some Black people living there, so it’s not impossible for her to be part black. She looks multiracial to me. Indigenous, Spanish (WHITE), and Black.

Europa May 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Where on earth do you see the black in her? She’s at least 70% white and 30% native, not a percent of black

Check7t April 17, 2014 at 8:37 am

She looks like a quadroon. I see minor Native influences in all honesty.

ihatemostpeople February 24, 2014 at 5:59 am

There has to be some black in there somewhere. There are Hondurans of African descent so yeah………………..

Europa May 21, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Why does there have to be some black? Because you’re a miserable anti-white?

Chicken With Grease December 15, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Her nose is kinda flat. Africans usually have the same nose.
So she could have African ancestry. She looks alot like Jordin Sparks and Jordin is partially Black so it is possible..

J.J. September 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Ferrera is an Italian surname and Ferreira is Portuguese, neither is Spanish, so while she could have Spanish ancestry she evidently also has Italian. But nevertheless she does have a very mestizo mix if you ask me regardless of whether the European is Italian and/or Spanish.

skulld January 5, 2013 at 8:21 am

She doesn’t look spanish. Spanish people have long and thin noses and generally they are dolicocephalic.

luluz September 20, 2013 at 10:02 pm

yeah she is a typical mestiza

Rob June 11, 2012 at 9:33 am

America Ferrara is an Italian name. Not Spanish. So she probably is Native American and Italian.

Rob June 11, 2012 at 9:34 am


anakaren November 14, 2012 at 3:44 am


sarahwilson September 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm

maybe if you spelled her last name right you would understand that it is indeed Spanish.. FERRERA

WTF April 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm


David March 22, 2012 at 5:15 am

OK, she is mixed, but she does not look mainly Spanish! I’m Spanish, and if I saw her on the streets anywhere in Spain, I would know instantly she is not Spanish…I would know she was from somewhere in Latin America. And, Spaniards come in many shades, from pale white to olive and many different hair and eye colours. Her facial features are very different from Spanish features, especially her nose, most Spaniards have long thin noses.

sadie March 19, 2012 at 12:11 am

You are mistaken if you thinks she looks Spanish which means she came from SPAIN. She is Honduran and beautiful. People get your facts straight!

Angel Syrene January 1, 2012 at 1:23 am

She’s made much Amerindian mainly

Gutierrez January 29, 2012 at 6:38 am

No she is not. She definitely looks mestiza. She does not look mainly Native American. I can see both the Mediterranean European and Native American in her. Remember, she is mixed with Mediterranean European, not Nordic European. most Mediterraneans tend to be olive skinned with dark hair and eyes, unlike Nordics (like most White Americans) that tend to be fair skinned, light eyed and light haired.

Angel Syrene February 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Why Nordic?

Yaritza February 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Im sorry that crazy talk how can she look mainly Amerindian.Yes she is a mestiza have you seen what are full indigenous look a like she not mostly Amerindian.
here is example of some indigenous women

Yaritza February 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Fixing hopefully

Angel Syrene February 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

no no no !!!

gurl February 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm
Tyrone February 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

You guys can dislike this if yous want but i think she looks mainly spanish.

Rosie September 30, 2011 at 6:38 am


sweetie watch the national geographic channel. Scientiest through DNA are matching our current DNA with DNA found in mommies, etc. Also scientific millions of years ago the planet did not look like today, what they were able to walk across century ago, now there is a large body of water, etc. Then with data collected from the earth, and DNA sampleling they have match DNA different ethnic groups, that are actually have the same DNA strand. They gather groups of Asian, black, european descent, hispanics and others and it was amazing how people who looked and descended from different races, and cultures, in actuallity all derived from the DNA strand. Others who were born in the same country, considered same ethnity, turn out to have different DNA Historical DNA!!!! Changes ALL THOSE THAT ARE BIGOTS HUH!!! Now, being that North America and South America are connected large continents, there is a possibility that you may be correct. Alaska connected us with the large continent of Asia and vice versa.

Zombiee September 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm

IF YOU ARE WHITE BLOCK, MIDDLE EASTERN OR ASIAN, THE SHOUT YOUR FUCKING MOUTH ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS ORIGINATING FROM GODDANM ASIAN!!!!! There is no proof of that what so ever!!! If there is please provide solid evidence!!!! Nobody has prof because eveyone on planets earth wasnt here over 100 years ago! That theory was created by a bunch of white men. They dont wanna admit that people actually originate from the americas to justify them stealing the land! Why cant people except the fact native americans is it on race?

Jessica-Tere October 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Actually Native Americans have mongoloid dna and it has been proven that they weren’t the first people in the Americas. Sorry. *shrugs*

? January 5, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Yeah Natives are from Asia, that’s why they look like dark asians. And Natives weren’t the first.

Europa May 21, 2014 at 6:04 pm

First people on American soil were Solutreans, white, caucasian Europeans. So yes, we could argue that “native” americans aren’t so native in the first place. And they did come from Asia, mainly polynesia, siberia, etc etc

is August 5, 2011 at 10:34 pm

she looks like a mestizo.

kathleen March 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm

i love her

D October 11, 2010 at 9:09 pm

@Meagan just to educate you. “Spanish” People are from Spain. She is of Hispanic origin which means her or her family are from a spanish speaking country. There are many countries that make up the “Hispanic” race. Including (puerto rico, dominican republic, Venezuela, Chile, Honduras, Mexico, etc.) I hope this helps you.

D October 11, 2010 at 9:01 pm

@Izzy she’s not Puerto Rican I’ve checked a ton of sites and interviews she has stated she is of Honduran descent. She how ever is American. She’s from LA.

Moo August 24, 2010 at 10:14 pm

We’re not ‘Amerindians’ or ‘Indians’
Indians are from India, We’re Native Americans, refer to us as Native Americans when speaking to/about us.

Anonymous August 25, 2010 at 12:18 am

well in that case,you have to call everyone born in the U.S native American

Jamie October 20, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Native Americans came from Asia,that’s a proven fact!

LIL VACHA October 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm


kaiha smallbuffalo October 25, 2010 at 6:34 pm

there is no written testimonials or document that native americans originated from asia, this is an assumption from scientists and scholars. There are some speculation that the moores from north east africa kicked in a few chromosomes as well to attribute to the native american ancestry, to prove this they argue that the statues found throughout south america resemble africans in the face and date back to pre-columbian time. And I agree we should be called native american or olmec people being that this land was ours when the spanish and english “discovered” it.

fuzzybear October 26, 2010 at 3:20 am

To Kaiha

Here’s something you might find interesting,or might get pissed off about.Do you know that Amerindians weren’t the first here?According to Walter Neves of Brazil,whose an Archaeologist working in the cave of Northeast Brazil.He Says that skulls and other remains,and painting on wall show that people were here as least 25000yrs before the Amerindians show up,and the came from Australia.Now according to him there was intermixing,but the Amerindians kill them off.
Now about the Olmec’s,according to the man who found them,He had no doubt in his mind that the were of Africans,he wrote papers of the subject stating that.It wasn’t until White science got into it that the statues were no longer African

izzy July 31, 2010 at 11:52 pm

she’s puerto rican

jjy July 30, 2010 at 9:06 pm

her last name is of Italian origin

meagan July 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Ok…i can see why you would be ennoyed,but that comment i made was before i founded out that hondurans was apart of spanish and stuff.So i probably should have been specific of what i was trying to say,which was i thought she was something portirican or mexican.i do though have to admit get mad too,when people are like ignorant about polynesians,but even i don’t know everything about my culture and ethic,so you can’t expect that everyone knows EVERYTHING.Anyway thanks for correcting my polynesian/white self,and yes you got that part right,i do have some white blood in me.

meagan July 17, 2010 at 6:55 pm

man now reading back at my comment…i sound so haoli which means white…but what do you expect i am one lol

Anonymous June 17, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Omg I thought she was native american mix with a lil black mexican

meagan April 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm

wow I didnt kno that I thought she was spanish or something

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