Enrique Iglesias

by ethnic on December 27, 2007

Birth Name: Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler

Place of Birth: Madrid, Spain

Date of Birth: May 8, 1975

Ethnicity: Spanish [including Galician Spanish], 1/8th Puerto Rican [Spanish], some Filipino [Kapampangan], possibly distant Austrian

Enrique Iglesias is a Spanish-born singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and cartoonist.

His father, Julio Iglesias (Julio José de la Cueva Iglesias), is a Spanish singer, with Spanish and Galician Spanish ancestry. His mother, Isabel Preysler (Maria Isabel Arrastia Preysler), is a Filipino journalist, socialite, and television host. Isabel’s ancestry is Spanish and Filipino (Kapampangan), with possible, distant, Austrian roots. Enrique has two children with his partner, Russian tennis player and model Anna Kournikova.

Enrique has written songs in both Spanish and English.

Enrique’s father has stated that he has, or that he thinks he has, some degree of Sephardi Jewish ancestry on his own mother’s (Enrique’s paternal grandmother’s) side. It is not clear if this ancestry has been documented/verified. Julio’s recent ancestors were not Jewish.

Enrique’s paternal grandfather was Julio Iglesias Puga (the son of Ulpiano Iglesias Sarriá and Manuela Puga Noguerol). Julio was born in Ourense, Galicia, Spain, and was a prominent gynecologist.

Enrique’s paternal grandmother was María del Rosario de la Cueva y de Perignat (the daughter of José de la Cueva y de Orejuela and Dolores Perignat y Ruiz de Benavides). José was the son of Manuel de la Cueva y Campo Redondo and Rosario de Orejuela y Prieto. Enrique’s great-grandmother Dolores was evidently born in Guayama, Puerto Rico, of Spanish descent.

Enrique’s maternal grandfather was Carlos Pérez de Tagle Preysler (the son of Don Fausto Preysler y Moreno and María Carmen Pérez de Tagle Pastor). Fausto was the son of Don Joaquín Preysler/Preisler Cernuda and Doña Natalia Moreno Ravelo, who were from Cádiz, Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain. Enrique’s great-grandmother María Carmen was born in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Central Visayas, the daughter of Don Benito Pérez de Tagle y Mijares and Doña Carmen Pastor Teves.

Enrique’s maternal grandmother was María Beatriz Arrastia y Reynares (the daughter of José Salgado Arrastia and Teodorica Reinares). José was the son of Don Valentín Arrastia Roncal, who was born in Allo, Navarra, Spain, and of Francisca Serrano Salgado.

Enrique’s maternal great-grandfather, José Salgado Arrastia, was also a paternal great-grandfather of American actor Steven R. McQueen, making Enrique and Steven half-second cousins.

Sources: http://www.elmundo.es

Genealogy of Enrique Iglesias – http://www.geni.com

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant February 23, 2018 at 11:38 am

he is not Jewish on his fathers side ?

babyjesu November 28, 2015 at 12:04 pm

He looks soo Austrian to me.

phaedra January 2, 2016 at 10:02 pm
neiltennant March 1, 2017 at 9:05 am


you idiot

since when Austrians do have Asian eyes and brown skin

TheHelper February 26, 2018 at 7:03 pm

Enrique doesn’t have Asian eyes, and his dark skin comes from tanning.

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:35 pm

c0rrection: his mom

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:34 pm

i just thought he was a spaniard. i googled him mom, you can tell she’s mixed with asian but he looks fully spanish

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:34 pm

correction: his mom

andrew June 18, 2015 at 3:40 pm

you should add his father

Capricious April 4, 2015 at 6:29 am

He’s so handsome.

I thought he was a full Spaniard. Surprised that he had Filipino in him…

M May 31, 2015 at 9:12 am

His mother barely looks Asian. She’s probably 90% Spaniard.

andrew May 31, 2015 at 3:56 pm

her mom looks Eurasian

andrew May 31, 2015 at 3:57 pm
Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:35 pm

his mom looks about half and half

qutsflyd September 20, 2015 at 10:47 pm

Any race fades away after 1/8 of heritage…he’s too diluted.

alexandra95 February 24, 2015 at 4:43 pm

correction – he also has jewish and puerto rican ancestry on his father’s side(as claimed by his father -http://www.deccanherald.com/content/133416/enrique-iglesias-launches-world-tour.html , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julio_Iglesias#Personal_life)

follers February 24, 2015 at 4:53 pm

The Jewish thing is already addressed in the text. Always worth reading before correcting.

alberto.r7 February 19, 2015 at 5:36 am

He is mestizo but mainly spanish because his mother is half spanish.

Manila December 24, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Ulpiano Iglesias -> Ulpiano Iglesias Sarriá
Manuela Puga -> Manuela Puga Noguerol
Fausto Preysler -> Fausto Preysler y Moreno
Carmen Pérez de Tagle y Teves -> Carmen Pérez de Tagle y Pastor

Fausto is NOT originally from Spain as he was born in Tuguegarao, Cagayan. Thus, he was a insular (or criollo). His parents actually came from Spain.

Carmen Pérez de Tagle was the daughter of Benito Pérez de Tagle and Carmen Pastor y Teves.

Manila December 24, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Kindly read Carmen Pérez de Tagle’s affidavit for her son JB Preysler: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-14160-53490-52?cc=1686086&wc=M8LJ-7M3:129556201,130567901,130578801 (incorrectly mentioned as Aparri)

Her husband’s real birthplace came from this source: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-14160-54035-27?cc=1686086&wc=M8LJ-7M3:129556201,130567901,130578801

andrew August 16, 2014 at 6:29 pm

wikipedia says his mom is also of Austrian and Kapampangan (a Filipino ethnic group) descent. She looks Asian anyway

someone from the internet August 17, 2014 at 1:39 am

His mother looks mixed.

Marseille July 17, 2014 at 3:18 pm

He looks like a typical Spaniard.

roman2886 August 5, 2014 at 4:52 pm

He looks very Spanish he looks how Spanish people used too look before the Romans conquered Spain he looks very Iberian he doesn’t look those Spanish people who look Italian.

ssempre July 6, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Why do so many people say that he’s mestizo?

Your Mom August 5, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Because He Isn’t. He Is Racially White. He Has No Asian Features. His Mother Is Not Even 100% Filipino. His Mother Is Considered A Mestiza Because One Of Her Parents Was/Is White And The Other Was/Is Filipino. He’s Basically 1/4, Maybe Even Less Because Filipinos Are Mixed Themselves. Haven’t You Ever Noticed How Some Filipinos Look Mexican? I Get Some Filipinos And Mexicans Confused All The Time.

eyaeyayooooo June 13, 2014 at 10:03 am

I have seen a lot of Filipino Spanish people look exactly like him, so stop with the false assumptions. You can’t change what he is.

noneofyourbusiness December 11, 2014 at 5:27 am

You know that is a bunch of bullshit. Filipinos always claim to be part Spanish, but in reality the number of Spanish Filipinos is very low. The Philippines is a very color-struck country. Just look at their pageants and watch a Filipino telenovela, they usually cast Eurasian Filipinos (those with a white parent). Miss Philippines is usually a Eurasian woman, they favor white features. So many Filipino women are so desperate for a white man that they put down their own men and worship white men. It’s sad, honestly.

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