Demi Lovato

by ethnic on July 1, 2008

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.

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 –


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andrew December 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm
neiltennant June 23, 2016 at 9:15 am


all have Jewish roots, those I never would guess

alexgxo September 16, 2016 at 8:19 pm

Lenny kravitz name gives it away lmao.

phaedra April 10, 2016 at 1:44 am

So unattractive and masculine looking, but she is very talented. Pity…

jkimmelfallonlove November 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Shes stated it multiple times, she separates Mexican and Native American. Just becuase it’s not in public records doesn’t mean it’s not true.

follers November 22, 2015 at 6:32 pm

How do you know that she means Native American apart from Mexican?

luckystar November 22, 2015 at 3:30 am

She does not look italian
maybe she is harniza or mestiza, she got many indigenous features

her dad!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_970/demi1f-1-web.jpg

jkimmelfallonlove November 22, 2015 at 3:44 pm

She looks very Indian/Native and Mexican, just with light skin from her Irish side

luckystar January 18, 2016 at 5:54 pm

“I did some research a couple years ago — like a Genealogy type situation — for some reason I always thought I was Italian. I’m not,” she explained. Do go on, Demetria.

Read More: Demi Lovato Recently Found Out She Is ‘A Little Bit Jewish’ |

alexgxo September 16, 2016 at 8:21 pm

I agree with you. It’s very subtle imo but her native influenced features are right there. I spotted it right away especially with her eyes and maybe her mouth and smile..

DK1x December 26, 2016 at 2:23 pm

Maybe not in hthis pic but in most pics she looks very Italian. I should know since I’m 100% Italian.

xoxo November 19, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Is there a reason the moderator uses the ugliest pictures of people? Demi is cute, but this picture is NOT.

hesh123 November 11, 2015 at 4:21 pm

It’s called a DENTIST ever heard of one???

jkimmelfallonlove November 11, 2015 at 2:09 pm

She said in a recent interview her mother is Irish and her dad is Mexican & Native American with small amounts of Portuguese and Jewish

follers November 11, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Thank you. So she isn’t of Italian descent, then.

jkimmelfallonlove November 16, 2015 at 10:36 am

Ethnicelebs she is a seperate tribe from her Mexican roots. Such as Apache, Navajo, Pueblo, New Mexico tribes so please list she is also Native American, not just indigenous Mexican.

follers November 16, 2015 at 3:03 pm

How do you know that?

cwm85 October 20, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Isn’t her surname Italian?

lelo4 September 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Venetian surname, interesting. is she part north italian?

b575 October 19, 2015 at 8:15 pm

Well her last name comes from her father Patrick Lovato who was of Mexican descent and like the majority of Mexicans he had an admixture of European and Native American blood. There is a strong possibility that he had some Italian ancestry just like myself (I’m Mexican American). There was a wave of Italian immigrants that settled in north central Mexico in the early 20th Century. So technically she is half Mexican (Spanish-Italian, Native American) from her father’s side and other European from her “American” mother.

GypsyQueen July 19, 2015 at 2:47 pm

She’s pretty

neiltennant July 16, 2015 at 6:02 pm

please don’t laugh at me but on some pics she reminds me of the younger DEMI MOORE

Capricious April 8, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Ugly manly looking bitch.

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 9:21 pm

jealous bitch. you should post your picture so everyone can judge your appearance. i bet you look like shit, stop hating on those who more successful than you! i’m sure demi doesn’t give a damn what you think!

black_bahian February 5, 2015 at 10:41 am

looks italian

lelo4 September 3, 2015 at 2:32 pm

not at all, looks mixed

thomas1987 December 12, 2014 at 2:46 am
nina January 11, 2015 at 4:22 am

She looks better tan than pale

neiltennant August 8, 2015 at 6:26 am

with photoshop even USHER can be look pale :-)

people don’t believe what you you

see looks like her ancestry is but she is more latina than the ancestry of her mother

everybody if look at her would think she is a hispanic

cwm85 August 8, 2015 at 8:13 am

She is mostly European duh. She looks Mexican and Italian. Her European ancestry is probably well over 85 percent with rest native.

neiltennant August 13, 2015 at 12:29 pm

YES thats true but brother i think that her hispanic roots are rthaer strong

black plague November 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm

She can be spanish,native,black,whatever but Lovato is a italian surname.I think to a singer is much better to show a name like Demi Lovato than a name like
Demi Gimenez or Demi Mujica.Demi Lovato is much more chic.
My name is Nkongo Ogambo,it’s a swahili name,but
I would love to have a name like Andrew and a surname like Lovato.
Andrew Lovato would be very chic,a little bit gay I
must say,but very chic.With this name a would be a celebritie.

neiltennant July 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm

RIDICULOUS a surname does not make somebody italian

for example i know a beautiful african american girl with the surname DEVITO and she is not italian

and please don’t think of Danny Devito haha

DAngelo November 7, 2014 at 4:44 am

her last name is Italian, from Venice area at that.

lislovato November 7, 2014 at 7:50 am

My last name is Lovato and my grandparents are from Mexico, so I really don’t know what you’re talking about.

WTF November 7, 2014 at 6:46 pm

It could go both ways. I’ve seen both Italians and Mexicans with this surname. A lot of Italians traveled to Mexico and raped the Indigenous women, just like the Spaniards. That’s why some Mexicans have Italian surnames.

A side note to the moderator and creator. Your site EthniConnect is hella creepy. Is it supposed to be a hookup dating site?? I’ll never understand why some people have a borderline racial obession disorder that they go and run to their computers to post their picture along with their racial background to a random and weird online site.

Rip November 16, 2014 at 6:15 am

wtf? you’re clueless if you believe all mixed race people are products of rape. in fact, interracial marriages in latin america have been commonplace for centuries. mexico received large number of immigrants from mexico, the majority of whom arrived as settlers rather than actual conquerors.

ectag November 16, 2014 at 9:06 am

“mexico received large number of immigrants from mexico”


If the Spaniards who settled in Mexico weren’t conquerors but ‘settlers’ than the same holds true for the Anglo settlers of the US and Canada as well as the Anglo settlers of the US southwestern states after the Mexican War.

Can’t have it both ways.

Rip November 18, 2014 at 1:31 am

how am i trying “to have it both ways”? wtf generalized ethnically mixed mexicans as being the products of rape and i simply pointed out the fact that this is a gross and extreme generalization to make.

Daron September 9, 2014 at 3:35 pm

She looks at lot like her mother. Especially when she has light her.

everyoneisthesame August 31, 2014 at 1:01 am

can pass for fully mexican

ectag November 15, 2014 at 11:32 am

Being “fully Mexican” is meaningless because Mexico is an ethnically and racially mixed nation. Some people think of ‘looking Mexican’ as looking Amerindian or Mestizo, others imagine a southern European look. Demi Lovato looks the latter.

Shawn August 30, 2014 at 7:16 am

looks Romanian.

DK1x November 28, 2014 at 8:44 am

No. A Romanian woman looks like Catrinel Menghia. Demi looks like the typical Italian woman if you look at her music video heartbreak.

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