America Ferrera

Birth Name: America Georgine Ferrera

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 18, 1984

Ethnicity: Honduran [Spanish, likely Indigenous, other], as well as 1/32 Swedish

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 Paz, 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 General Gregorio Ferrera González and Maria Luisa Padilla). Carlos was born in La Esperanza, Intibucá Department, Honduras. Gregorio was a prominent general and revolutionary in Honduras, and was nicknamed “El Indio.” He was the son of Tiburcio Ferrera and Gregoria González. Maria Luisa was the daughter of an unknown father and Luisa Padilla.

America’s paternal grandmother was Mucia Georgina Paz Mendieta (the daughter of Jacobo Francisco Paz Barahona/Baraona and María Ernestina Mendieta Cobos). America’s grandmother Georgina was born in San Pedro Sula, Cortés Department, Honduras. Jacobo was the son of Spanish parents, Desiderio Aurelio de Paz Kazan, whose own mother, Mikaela Kazan, was Swedish; and Isabel “Bela” Baraona/Barahona Leiva. Ernestina was the daughter of Manuel Mendieta López and Clotilde “Chata” Cobos Contreras.

America’s great-grandfather Jacobo was the brother of Miguel Paz Barahona, who was President of Honduras, from 1925 and 1929. He was also a first cousin of Luis Bográn (Luis Bográn Barahona), who was President of Honduras, from 1883 to 1991, through their mothers.

Sources: Information about America’s appearance on Who Do You Think You Are?, 2015 – https://blogs.ancestry.com

Genealogy of America Ferrera (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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60 Responses

  1. Manila says:

    America’s father Gregorio’s maternal family name is Paz. Include Spanish as part of her Honduran ancestry, but I haven’t verified indigenous or African roots so far.

    Italicize Don. America’s grandfather Carlos was born in La Esperanza, Intibucá. America’s great-grandfather Gregorio was the son of Tiburcio Ferrera and Gregoria González. Luisa’s family name is Padilla, and was the daughter of an unknown father and Luisa Padilla.

    Georgina’s full name is Mucia Georgina Paz Mendieta, and was the daughter of Jacobo Francisco Paz Baraona and María Ernestina Mendieta Cobos. Georgina (not Mucia) was born in San Pedro Sula, Cortés. Jacobo was the son of Desiderio Aurelio de Paz Kazan, whose own mother, Mikaela Kazan, was Swedish, and of Isabel “Bela” Baraona Leiva. Ernestina was the daughter of Manuel Mendieta López and Clotilde “Chata” Cobos Contreras.

    • andrew says:

      America’s paternal grandfather was Don Carlos Ferrera (the son of Gregorio Ferrera Paz and Maria Luisa Padilla). Gregorio, whose nickname was “El Indio”, was a prominent general and revolutionary in Honduras. He was the son of Tiburcio Ferrera and Gregoria Gonzalez. Maria Luisa was the daughter of an unknown father and of Luisa Padilla.

      America’s paternal grandmother was Georgina Paz Mendieta (the daughter of Jacobo Francisco Paz Baraona and María Ernestina Mendieta Cobos). Georgina was born in San Pedro Sula, Cortés, Honduras. Jacobo was the son of Desiderio Aurelio de Paz Kazan, whose own mother, Mikaela Kazan, was Swedish, and of Isabel “Bela” Baraona Leiva. Ernestina was the daughter of Manuel Mendieta López, who was born in Spain, and likely had Basque ancestry, and of Clotilde “Chata” Cobos Contreras, who was from Corquin, Copan, Honduras.

      • andrew says:

        genealogy of America’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.genealogy.com/ftm/m/c/c/Terry-Mccoy-AE/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0455.html

        America’s great-granduncle was Miguel Paz Barahona, who served as President of Honduras between 1925 and 1929. Miguel and America’s paternal great-grandfather Jacobo Francisco Paz Barahona/Baraona were brothers.

        Desiderio Aurelio de Paz Kazan and Isabel “Bela” Baraona Leiva were both born in Spain

        “Kazan” does not seem Swedish at all.

        • andrew says:

          America’s great-grandfather was also a first cousin of Luis Bográn, who served as President of Honduras from 1883 to 1991.

          Luis was also the half-brother and first cousin of President of Honduras Francisco Bográn, who briefly served in the position between 1919 and 1920.

    • madman says:

      A Swede with the surname Kazan? Can you provide the evidence for this?

  2. Ajaxfan says:

    Seriously, she is named ”Ameirca”?

  3. 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.

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