Demi Lovato

by ethnic on July 1, 2008

LOS ANGELES – DEC 6: Demi Lovato at the 29Rooms West Coast Debut presented by Refinery29 at the ROW DTLA on December 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA photo by kathclick

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.

A DNA test whose results Demi displayed on her Twitter page stated that Demi’s genetic ancestry is:

*85% European
——–*32% Iberian Peninsula
——–*16% Scandinavia
——–*14% Ireland
——–*11% Great Britain
——–*7% Europe West
——–*5% Trace Regions
*10% Native American
*3% West Asian
*1% African
——–*1% Trace Regions
*<1% Asian
——–*<1% Trace Regions

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 Nathaniel “Frank” 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, from 1863 to 1865. Through this line, Demi’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-grandfather was Francisco Xavier Chávez/Chaves, 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). Donald was born in Texas.

Demi’s maternal grandmother was Sue Dianne Emmons (the daughter of Aaron Jefferson Emmons and Patty Marie Davlin). Sue was born in Texas. 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.

Sources: Genealogies of Demi Lovato –

Article about Demi’s father’s ancestry –

Obituary of Demi’s father, Patrick Martin Lovato, including much of his genealogy –

Demi’s paternal grandmother, Evangeline Celina Herrera, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Demi’s maternal grandmother, Sue Dianne Emmons (under “37. SUE DIANNE7 EMMONS”) –

Genealogy of Demi’s maternal great-grandfather, Aaron Jefferson Emmons –

Genealogy of Demi’s maternal great-grandmother, Patty Marie Davlin –

Genealogy of Demi’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, James Thomas Davlin –


{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant July 25, 2018 at 8:03 am

get well soon well little sister

Pegzi June 1, 2017 at 7:59 am

is the scandanavian from her Mum or Dad’s side?

jkimmelfallonlove July 24, 2018 at 5:35 am
alexgxo February 28, 2017 at 6:38 pm

This DNA test looks roughly accurate. Always thought she looked like either a Castizo or “white” but the more exotic kind.

Looks like her father was probably a mestizo or less.
Her mom appears to be Northern and North Weateen European.

bearboy February 26, 2017 at 11:12 am

I don’t think there is any point of wasting money on Ancestry DNA. I am half Norwegian (father’s birthplace) and yet they think I am 26% Scandinavian. Although my mother’s grandparents were all Irish Catholics and it showed 53% Ireland so that is somewhere in the ballpark at least. On a side note I really like Demi Lovato. God bless her love of genealogy (Same with bearboy :)

passingtime85 February 28, 2017 at 3:49 pm

I’ve read numerous reviews of the autosomal DNA tests from the big three internet DNA testing companies, 23andme, Ancestry and FamilyTreeDna. AncestryDNA seems to have the least favorable results by comparison to the other two. So many people complain about the inaccuracies in the composition percentages. It’s the only tests out of the 3 that I didn’t bother spending money on. Personally for me FamilyTreeDna was also less accurate, but not grossly. 23andme seems to have the most reliability when in comes to ethnic percentages.

Just my two cents.

bearboy February 28, 2017 at 6:37 pm

I agree with you 23andme is the most reliable with ethnic percentages! Btw some of my Ashkenazi Jewish friends have been talking about a test that can tell if you’re a Cohen (descendants from Aaron in the Bible on the y-lineage). Do you know if this DNA test exists?

passingtime85 February 28, 2017 at 11:13 pm

From my understanding your paternal haplogroup is what would link you to the Kohanim.

23andme does indeed test for your haplogroups along with your ethnic composition. The other companies seem to make you pay a separate fee to determine your haplogroups. As for which haplogroups are the designated as descended from Aaron, there seem to be several, I think 21, which doesn’t really make sense but the consensus seems to be that one of the J haplogroups seems to be the most frequent.

Overall It seems to be an inconclusive test to me, as far as being a direct line to Aaron. Though if you just want to know if your paternal lineage was indeed among the rabbis of the past, then it is legitimate.

more info here:

luckystar February 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

Demi is 10% indigenous, she posted her dna results with pic on twitter, check it

luckystar February 26, 2017 at 5:29 am

im sure the african is north african but she didnt clicked in the link for us know but since she is part southern euro, its a fact

fuzzybear44 February 27, 2017 at 3:14 am

When she makes that 1% North African officially, then it’s a fact

fuzzybear44 February 27, 2017 at 3:17 am

The father is Mexican, so that 1% can just as easily be West African

luckystar February 27, 2017 at 5:28 am

Every mexican on 23andme and stuffs score more north african than ssa. She is probably north african not ssa, since mexicans are iberian descents. And yes, that company sucks on Scandinavian genes, id rather her doing the 23andme.

fuzzybear44 February 28, 2017 at 3:37 am

Every Mexican on 23andme?

Not the Mexican dna results I’ve seen. Like these results here where the SSA contributions on the average are higher than the North African contributions:
Also the videos I’ve seen:

Now from I can see all except one have both ancestral contributions. So like I said, until she makes it clear, Demi 1% could just as easily be SSA or a combo of both

Quote(mexicans are iberian descents)

As you can see and hear, they are also of SSA descent as well

alexgxo January 25, 2017 at 8:13 pm

Her name Lovato is actually suppose to be Lobato. For some reason her ancestors started spelling it as Lovato and not Lobato.

Anyways looks like a classic Castiza. Native features are there but she looks mostly white with something exotic thrown in but the light skin throws people off. With a tan her non European features/influence stands out.

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