David Archuleta

by ethnic on July 12, 2008

Birth Name: David James Archuleta

Place of Birth: Miami, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 28, 1990

*Basque, Danish, Irish, German, Iroquois Native American (father)
*Honduran (mother)

David Archuleta is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He was a contestant on Season 7 of the show American Idol, finishing second.

David’s father, who is American-born, is of Basque, Danish, Irish, German, and Iroquois Native American descent. David’s mother is from Honduras.

90 percent of Hondurans are of Mestizo descent, a mixture of European and Indigenous ancestry.

David’s paternal grandfather is James Jose Rosendo Archuleta (the son of James J. Archuleta).

David’s paternal grandmother was Claudia Ann Diehl (the daughter of Warren Claude Diehl and Mary Violet “Vi” Brown). Warren was the son of Warren Charles Diehl and Thelma Katherine Searle. Mary was the daughter of Danish parents, Jens/James Einar Brown and Kirstine Marie Jensen.

David’s maternal grandfather is Wilfredo Mayorga Alonzo (the son of Jose Joaquin Mayorga Amador and Isabel Alonzo Martinez).

David’s maternal grandmother is named Guadalupe Eulalia Rodriguez Mendoza.

Sources: Obituary of David’s paternal great-grandfather, Warren Claude Diehl – http://www.deseretnews.com

Genealogies of David’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Thelma Katherine (Searle) Diehl – http://findagrave.com

Obituary of David’s paternal great-grandmother, Mary Violet “Vi” (Brown) Diehl – http://boards.ancestry.com

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bablah October 10, 2018 at 6:56 am

Maternal grandfather is Wilfredo Mayorga Alonzo, son of Jose Joaquin Mayorga Amador and Isabel Alonzo Martinez.

Maternal grandmother is Guadalupe Eulalia Rodriguez Mendoza.

James Jose Rosendo Archuleta->James Jose Rosendo Archuleta, son of James J. Archuleta.


celebfan January 8, 2017 at 9:46 am

His mother’s maiden name is Lupe Marie Mayorga.

Was his paternal grandfather entirely of Basque ancestry?

andrew June 16, 2016 at 6:03 pm


andrew October 5, 2018 at 5:31 am
HANS JIMENEZ March 23, 2012 at 8:00 am


HANS JIMENEZ March 23, 2012 at 7:56 am

david ismy idol , being spanish filipino asian , people told me that im almost purely spanish , but im still half filipino ,my hearts are for filipino culture search me on facebook hans jimenez

HANS JIMENEZ March 23, 2012 at 7:54 am

hola im hans christian , m , jimenez im spanish filipino

Alex October 15, 2011 at 11:18 am

Wow I had no idea he had Basque in him, not many of them are famous. Proud to be half basque!:D

Delnegro July 28, 2011 at 2:30 am

Then what is basque?

American87 October 17, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Basque is an ethnic group from the Basque country area, which is in the northern part of Spain (europe) which borders southern france. There is Spanish Basque as well as French Basque. While they speak Castilian Spanish through requirement by Spain´s laws, they also have their own ethnic dialect that they speak, as well. Hope this helps!

Jessica Garcia-De Rivera June 9, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Its a bit of a surprise that David Archuleta is half latino/white. He clearly appeared full Latino. Besides about last names telling someones enthinicity is part true & wrong. Because if someone has basic last name like Garcia or Rodriguez you could guess that persons Hispanic(i.e. Mexican,Puerto Rican,Cuban,The Americas, South America,Spain.)

andy August 31, 2011 at 12:09 pm

uhhhhmmm garcia, gutierrez are white european last names, so are spaniards from spain.

latinos have those last names just like haitians have french last names, it doesnt mean people with those last names arent white!

... December 13, 2011 at 10:31 am

How can he look “fully Latino”. Latino isn’t a race, Latinos are of different races some are White, some are Indigenous American, some are Black, some are Asian, and the rest are a mix of different combinations that I just mentioned. His white father would probably have a Spanish surname because Spanish is a white language and Spanish people who are white have Spanish surnames, the reason non-white people have Spanish surnames is because of colonization. Just like black people in the US have English surnames.

Jackie March 19, 2012 at 6:22 am

Having Spanish last names doesn’t automatically assume you’re a Latino because a lot of Filipinos & Guamanians also have Spanish last names but they aren’t Latino. Although its not surprising that these people will be mistaken as Latinos by their names without looking at their faces. Also there are Latinos who have non-Spanish last names (i.e. Bill Richardson, William Levy, Salma Hayek, Shakira Mubarak, etc.)

Jessica Garcia-De Rivera June 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm

David Archuletas half latino/white? I thought he was full latino. You learn something everyday :)

jesley May 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

wow didnt no that

FiestyFilipina;) September 11, 2010 at 8:24 pm

i thought Archuletta was an italian name??? i have like 6 billion italian friends and Archuletta sounds like an italian name… David is super hunky and someday we will totally hook up… hahaha just kidding guys:) but seriously Archuletta is totally italian…

Melanie Lombardi November 28, 2010 at 10:59 am

A last name doesn’t base someones enthicity, stop being so ignorant.

Danielle August 25, 2010 at 5:54 pm

He’s cute.

sandy June 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm

he looks weird like if he was drunk yesterday

ethnic January 31, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Basque people are an ethnic group from Spain and France. So it makes part of your ethnic background. check wiki for more info



help lol January 29, 2010 at 5:41 am

Ok my grandmas name surname is uriostegui and I been serching to c where it comes from and I recently found out is basque so I really don’t know what basque is and I was wondering if anyone has any info on that last name or on basque? And does that make basque one of my ethnic backgrounds I also have a surname adame and any info on that is also apreciated thnx..

Melanie Lombardi November 28, 2010 at 11:02 am

My boyfriends last name is Baque, his is Jauregui(: You guys name sound very similar, well just the last 4 letters lol.

Anonymous January 5, 2010 at 12:33 am

He’s so cute :)

ethnic December 22, 2009 at 10:54 am

Kira go to


And sign up and put up a pic. Then you have to enter your email address when you put a comment on here.


im kira December 21, 2009 at 3:06 pm

how did that lady get an icon lol?:)

ethnic December 3, 2009 at 12:52 am

Interesting topic of discussion. Thanks José and Darcy. Would it be appropriate to say “Basque (from Spain)”

lol about the grammar issue. it gets me too.

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero December 2, 2009 at 8:30 am

*not to say that he DOESN’T feel solidarity.

Sometimes my passion for internet commentary trumps straightforward grammar and typing.

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero December 2, 2009 at 8:27 am

Jeff Archuleta begs to differ. He told me that he is proud of his Spanish AND his Basque lineage. He understands that the parenthetical “Spanish” was merely meant as an indication of geographical location and not cultural homogeneity. That is not to say that David Archuleta’s father feels solidarity with all displaced ethnicities i.e. Palestinians, Kurds, Uighurs and Native Americans.

What kind of Basque name is “Baker” anyway? I question your whole agenda.

Darcy Baker December 2, 2009 at 7:08 am

You put Basque (Spanish) and thereby INSULTED Basque people! I am half Basque, and I can tell you RIGHT NOW that we are NOT Spanish and NOT French!!! This is a very cool website, but that is completely inaccurate! Archuleta is a BASQUE name – it is NOT Spanish!!!!

zamudio October 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm

i think that as long as you know what you are why worry what people think? darcy you are basque ok, get over it. yourself knows that you are not spanish so why are you arguing?

Melanie Lombardi November 28, 2010 at 11:03 am

Well said Zamudio.

ethnic June 2, 2009 at 11:42 am

thanks for that


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