Dilma Rousseff

by Manila on September 25, 2015

Dilma Rousseff

Birth Name: Dilma Vana Rousseff

Place of Birth: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Date of Birth: 14 December, 1947

*Bulgarian (father)
*Brazilian [Portuguese, possibly other] (mother)

Dilma Rousseff is a Brazilian economist and politician. A member of the Workers’ Party, she served as the 36th President of Brazil, from 1 January, 2011 until 31 August, 2016, when she was impeached from office. She was previously Minister of Mines and Energy, from 1 January, 2003 to 21 June, 2005, and Chief of Staff of the Presidency, from 21 June, 2005 to 31 March, 2010.

Her father, Petr Rusev (later Pedro Rousseff), was born in Gabrovo, Principality of Bulgaria. Her mother, Dilma Jane da Silva, is Brazilian. She has a daughter with her former husband, lawyer Carlos Franklin Paixão de Araújo.

Dilma’s paternal grandfather was Stefan Rusev Stoyanov (the son of Rusi Stefanov).

Dilma’s paternal grandmother was Tsanka Petrova Kornazheva (the daughter of Petr Kornazhev).

Dilma’s maternal grandparents were Odilon Silva and Ana Coimbra.

Source: Genealogy of Dilma Rousseff – http://www.geni.com

photo by Celso Pupo/Bigstock.com

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

madman October 26, 2016 at 12:24 am

Tag “President of Brazil”

Manila August 31, 2016 at 4:12 pm

Dilma has been impeached from her office.

lelo4 December 10, 2015 at 12:06 pm

looks very Bulgarian

neiltennant July 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm

yes now i can agree with you

over the last years i have me 100 people from bulgaria and do you know what the most of them are dark haired and dark eyed

and to my surprise most of them speak turkish

bablah July 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm

What in the everloving…ahem, most Bulgarians don’t speak a lick of Turkish, are you mad?

andrew July 19, 2017 at 2:23 pm


The Turkish kebab seller (from Istanbul) I use to attend told me that Romanians and Bulgarians used to go to work in Turkey before they became UE members, so maybe it’s possible that some Bulgarians manage to speak the language.

bablah July 19, 2017 at 2:41 pm

Only Bulgarians that speak Turkish are a Turkish minority in Bulgaria (Bulgarian by nationality) and Pomak Bulgarian minority in Turkey (Bulgarian by ethnicity). A kebab seller is not the most reliable source of information, since most Bulgarians went to work in Greece or Germany. Seriosly, it’s not that hard to get a work permit in EU if you’re an unskilled worker, why would they go to Turkey (unless they’re Turkish)?

andrew July 19, 2017 at 3:50 pm

I will ask him more about this topic. I entered to the kebab restaurant (actually to drink a beer, I rarely eat kebab) where a Romanian couple (or Hungarian, according to the Turkish kebab seller) was already eating. So when they came out, I asked him: “who is more rich, Turks or Romanians? He said: Romanians? don’t you see how they go around? they’re all bitches! And he started to say that Bulgarians and Romanians went to seek work in Turkey before they became UE citizens. He’s not a bad guy so I can believe to his story.

bablah July 19, 2017 at 4:39 pm

>”they’re all bitches”
>He’s not a bad guy


Anyway, I see where he’s coming from (intense nationalistic hatred). Make sure you ask him about the Swiss next time. I’m sure he’l have some colourful things to say about them too.

andrew July 19, 2017 at 4:55 pm

I will do

Mat The Brazilian December 9, 2015 at 4:50 pm

her father is of jewish descent,her also stated to have jewish descent in maternal family(grandmother)

follers December 9, 2015 at 6:58 pm

How do you know that he is of Jewish descent? What was the name of his last Jewish ancestor?

andrew December 10, 2015 at 3:07 pm


I found it in Dilma’s Wikipedia profile in French: “De sa grand-mère Dilma raconte qu’elle utilisait le surnom de Coimbra [ville refuge des Juifs entre 1492 et 1497], indication qu’elle avait pu être une juive ayant adopté le Brésil pour vivre et ayant changé de surnom à son arrivée. […] « Par les caractéristiques physiques, je dirais qu’elle était cristã-nova”

my translation: “about her grandmother, Dilma told that she used the surname ‘Coimbra’ (Portuguese city where Jews hid between 1492 and 1497), an indication that she could be a Jew who changed her surname when she moved to Brazil. She was a ‘cristã-nova’ “.


follers December 10, 2015 at 10:44 pm

This is her mother’s side. It isn’t very concrete, though. Such a statement about a Spanish last name being commonly Jewish can be made about the genealogy of all Spanish and Portuguese people.

Mat The Brazilian December 19, 2015 at 9:52 am

Follers. it’s not enough for: Possibly Jewish?

follers December 19, 2015 at 10:22 am

Well, with her father’s side, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence. As for her mother’s side, you could put “possibly Jewish” or even “probably Jewish” on just about everybody of Spanish or Portuguese descent, for example Fidel Castro, Marco Rubio (http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/rubio/55/), and Michelle Rodriguez (http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/12800-rodriguez). Unless there’s a specific ancestor who is known to have been Jewish, it’s pointless.

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