Birth Name: Demetria Devonne Lovato
Place of Birth: Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 20, 1992
*Mexican, including Spanish, Indigenous, and remote Jewish and Portuguese (father)
*English, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish (mother)
Demi Lovato is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She is famous for her role in the Disney movie Camp Rock and the television series As the Bell Rings. Demi arrived onto the pop scene with her debut album, Don’t Forget. She has toured extensively across the United States.
Demi is the daughter of Dianna Lee (Smith) and Patrick Martin Lovato. Her maternal half-sister is actress Madison De La Garza.
Demi’s father was from a Mexican family that has lived in New Mexico for many generations. Demi’s father, like many people of Mexican descent, had Spanish and Indigenous Mexican ancestry. Demi has also stated that she traced her father’s genealogy and found that he had distant Portuguese and Jewish ancestry. It is not atypical for people of Spanish-Mexican descent to have distant/remote Portuguese and/or Sephardi Jewish ancestry.
Demi’s mother is from a Southern family of English, as well as Scottish and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), ancestry.
Demi is able to speak a little Spanish, as she did when she appeared on Spanish TV. A video of this appearance can be seen here.
Demi’s patrilineal line traces back to Andres Lovato and Inasita Pena, who lived in New Mexico in the 1800s.
Demi’s paternal grandfather was Francisco “Frank” Nathaniel Lovato (the son of Atanacio Lovato and Anita Sanchez). Francisco was born in New Mexico, and was of Mexican descent. Atanacio was son of Donaciano Lovato and Maria Cristina Perea. Maria Cristina’s father, Francisco Perea, was a Union Army Officer in the American Civil War, and a delegate to the United States Congress from the Territory of New Mexico. Through this line, Demi’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-grandfather was Francisco Xavier Chávez, who was the second géfe político (similar to Governor) of the Santa Fe de Nuevo México territory. Demi’s great-grandmother Anita was the daughter of Jesus M. Sanchez and Carpia.
Demi’s paternal grandmother was Evangeline Celina Herrera (the daughter of Antonio A. Herrera and Maria/Mary Ortiz). Evangeline was born in New Mexico, and was of Mexican descent.
Demi’s maternal grandfather was Donald Lee Smith (the son of Hugh Emory Smith and June Snodgrass).
Demi’s maternal grandmother was Sue Dianne Emmons (the daughter of Aaron Jefferson Emmons and Patty Marie Davlin). Demi’s step-grandfather was The Rev. Perry Eugene Hart. Aaron was the son of David George Emmons and Nancy Caroline Pipes. Patty was the daughter of Thomas Charnel Davlin and Gertrude Annie May Reed.
Article about Demi’s father’s ancestry – http://archive.is
Obituary of Demi’s father, Patrick Martin Lovato, including much of his genealogy – http://www.findagrave.com
Demi’s paternal grandmother, Evangeline Celina Herrera, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Demi’s maternal grandmother, Sue Dianne Emmons (under “37. SUE DIANNE7 EMMONS”) – http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com
Genealogy of Demi’s maternal great-grandfather, Aaron Jefferson Emmons – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Demi’s maternal great-grandmother, Patty Marie Davlin – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Demi’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, James Thomas Davlin – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com