Jessica Alba

by ethnic on December 16, 2007

Birth Name: Jessica Marie Alba

Place of Birth: Pomona, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 28, 1981

*Mexican, including Spanish, Indigenous Mexican/Mayan, and distant Sephardi Jewish (father)
*Danish, Welsh, German, English, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, French (mother)

Jessica Alba is an American actress, model, and businessperson. She is the daughter of Catherine Louisa (Jensen) and Mark David Alba. Her brother is actor Joshua Alba. She is married to producer Cash Warren, with whom she has three children. Her third cousin, once removed, is writer Gustavo Arellano.

Her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish, Indigenous Mexican/Mayan, and distant Sephardi Jewish, roots). Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and French, ancestry.

Jessica has described her father as very dark and her mother as very fair. According to Jessica, her grandfather never spoke Spanish at home because he wanted the family to assimilate into the American mainstream. As a result, Jessica’s father did not learn to speak Spanish.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Jessica’s genetic ancestry is:

*72.7% European
*22.5% East Asian/Native American (Indigenous Mexican)
*2.0% Sub-Saharan African
*0.3% Middle Eastern/North African
*0.1% South Asian
*2.4% No Match

On the show, Jessica stated that she identifies with her Mexican-American heritage. DNA tests on the show showed that Jessica’s direct patrilineal ancestor was Indigenous. These DNA tests also showed that Jessica’s father’s direct matrilineal ancestor, Carmen Carillo, was of Sephardi Jewish descent. They also showed that Jessica’s father likely has at least 2.1% Sephardi Jewish ancestry in total (DNA matches listed him as 0.7% Ashkenazi; they also listed him as 0.6% Italian, 0.4% North African, and 0.4% Middle Eastern, all of which were or likely were Jewish in his case).

Jessica’s 0.1% South Asian DNA is evidently from Jessica’s mother’s side.

Jessica’s paternal grandfather is Jose Alba Sanchez (the son of Catalino Morones Alba and Francisca/Frances Sanchez). Jose was born in California, to Mexican parents. Catalino was born in Durango, the son of Ambrosio Alva and Maria Morones. Francisca was the daughter of Hipolito Sanchez Hernandez and Refugia Rangel.

Jessica’s paternal grandmother is Isabel Martinez (the daughter of Daniel Fernandez Martinez and Guadalupe Nieves Miranda y Lares). Isabel was born in California, to Mexican parents. Daniel was the son of E. Martinez and Pasquala Fernandez. Guadalupe was the daughter of Juan Miranda and Silveria Miramontes y Lares.

Jessica’s maternal grandfather is Harry Christian Jensen (the son of Hans/Harry Christian Jensen and Sara Evelyn Rhys). Harry was born in Illinois. Hans was born in Illinois, to Danish parents, Mads Hansen Jensen and Johanna Jensdatter. Sara was born in Minnesota, to a Welsh father, Samuel H. Rhys, and to a New York-born mother, Eva Reiss, who had German ancestry.

Jessica’s maternal grandmother is Louisa/Lew Harrison Tebault (the daughter of Paul Miars Tebault and Catherine/Katherine Louise Nichols). Jessica’s grandmother Louisa was born in Washington, D.C. Paul was the son of William Paul Tebault and Susie Miars. Catherine was the daughter of Albert W. Nichols and Loula Harrison Wharton.

Sources: Genealogy of Jessica Alba –

Family histories of Jessica’s father –

Jessica’s maternal grandfather, Harry Christian Jensen, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jessica’s maternal great-grandmother, Sara Evelyn Rhys, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Jessica’s maternal great-grandfather, Paul Miars Tebault (focusing on his father’s side) –

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Pegzi May 24, 2017 at 10:26 am

Correction: Is there any evidence for the French/ English? I couldn’t find any. If there is French it must be very far back medieval probably

follers May 24, 2017 at 12:22 pm

She’s descended from both groups through her maternal grandmother.

Pegzi May 24, 2017 at 11:51 pm

But how far back is it? It must be like 1 128th or something.

follers May 25, 2017 at 6:36 am

Alba has at least 1/64th French ancestry through her “Tebault” line.

Pegzi May 25, 2017 at 9:48 am

Also how did she get South Asian through her matrilineal heritage?

follers May 25, 2017 at 10:26 am

Who knows? It’s 0.1%. I don’t tend to pay much attention to those things.

anen87 July 22, 2016 at 7:06 am

I know it’s a tiny bit but just FYI she inherited the South Asian from her predominatly English/Irish white mother because in her dad’s DNA results he didn’t score any South Asian

gel November 1, 2016 at 12:15 pm

English-Scottish mother.

Scottish part could account for asian and african findings.

All your assumptions have been thrown by the Scottish being so mixed.

labird December 14, 2015 at 10:07 am

Someone can give me the sources of Jessica’s English, Scottish, Northerm Irish and French ancestries. Because that’s obvious that her maternal grandfather are not.

Morrigan Ni Boii December 14, 2015 at 2:52 am

She is of Spanish, Mayan, Teutonic, Germanic, Celtic roots and a little African ancestry with Jewish-in-law.

DK1x December 26, 2016 at 2:21 pm

According to the DNA Tests results she took with the help of George Lopez she is 0 percent African.

cwm85 November 18, 2015 at 6:55 am

Nope, mostly European. With some native mixture and 2 percent African.

fuzzybear44 November 18, 2015 at 1:50 pm

Well I knew she wasn’t going to take no for an answer, she was determine to find some African ancestry(just joking). However on the lopez show, didn’t that test say she had none?

Samiiraa September 22, 2016 at 11:03 pm

Since I saw the kardashian fake DNA test (94 % Armenian, yeah right), I don’t believe the DNA tests done on the Lopez show are real

athelya November 17, 2015 at 3:45 pm

i thought she was half filipina ??

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 9:13 pm

She is the most mixed celeb in here I think?

Fatmonkey August 21, 2015 at 7:43 am

“”Mayan” and “No match”? Really?

labird August 21, 2015 at 2:11 am

Why anyone has posted her maternal grandmother if there is a link where appears the Jessica’s mother genealogy focusing on her mother’s side. CORRECTION PLEASE.

follers August 21, 2015 at 2:35 am

I think that’s an error. This Felicia (Hamilton) Jensen remarried to a man named Frederick Nelson Stevenson. However, Frederick’s obituary mentions two step-sons and no step-daughters (Alba’s mother would be a step-daughter).,445475&hl=en

cwm85 August 11, 2015 at 8:44 pm

She looks European with some native mixture to add a little color to her. Wish is what she is.

sparkles180 August 11, 2015 at 7:29 pm

She looks mexican.

xoxo November 4, 2015 at 7:28 am

Ummm maybe because her father is????? She looks mostly Mexican, I don’t think she looks half white at all.

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 10:09 pm

Mediocre in everything. She is not that pretty, she can’t act, her husband is ugly, her kids are ugly. I’m not a hater either, I just think she’s not as pretty as everyone says she is.

tttyyy June 11, 2015 at 9:27 am

I thought she was French or French Canadian

Princess June 12, 2015 at 6:29 am

Don’t make me laugh, she doesn’t look white at all. I thought she was 100% Mexican when I first saw her. She also looks part black and Asian.

M May 31, 2015 at 7:08 am

I remember watching an old Disney Channel movie she was in, I thought she was Polynesian. I can see where people might think she’s part black. She has a type of face that could pass for anything.

cwm85 July 24, 2015 at 8:05 pm

She doesn’t look part black lol. She looks mestizo. She looks mostly European. I definitely see french in her and of course Spanish.

Capricious April 1, 2015 at 6:37 pm

In a nutshell, she looks like someone who is half European (German, English) and Asian (namely Thai or Filipino).

I had a couple of female friends with these mixtures who resembled her.

Mafia888 March 10, 2015 at 5:52 am

She looks White. How come there’s not any pure Mexicans in the industry? I saw Mexicans who look better than Alba.

ashash April 1, 2015 at 12:47 pm

She looks mixed and she is beautiful because of her mixed-race background.

follers April 1, 2015 at 12:49 pm

Her and Sara Paxton are biracial Mexican goddesses.

ashash April 1, 2015 at 12:53 pm

I agree.

M May 31, 2015 at 7:10 am

You’ve got to joking. Jessica is cute but she’s far from a goddess. Thalia is a Mexican “goddess”. There are a hell of a lot better looking Mexican actresses that could run circles around her. Jessica has an average face.

atmo February 6, 2015 at 2:56 pm

22% native? seems right

anen87 December 12, 2014 at 12:33 am

You forgot to mentioned Jessica’s father’s direct paterlineal ancestor is a Native-American “indio” and not a Spanish conquistador like people would automatically think. I think its an interesting fact to note proving they were not “wiped out” or “genocide” like some history books say.

follers December 12, 2014 at 9:14 am
CLP November 26, 2014 at 5:40 pm

“They also showed that Jessica’s father likely has approximately 2.1% Sephardi Jewish ancestry in total (through DNA matches that listed him as 0.7% Ashkenazi, 0.6% Italian, 0.4% North African, and 0.4% Middle Eastern, all of which were Jewish in his case).”

No, her Sephardi Jewish ancestry will be much more than just 2.1%, these genetic companies do not have Sephardi Jewish reference samples, they only have Ashkenazi samples which is why her Jewish score is very small. No where in the show did they say that she was 2.1% Sephardi Jews, they couldnt because the genetic company they used, they do not test Sephardi Jews, they have no way in knowing how much Sephardi Jewish ancestry they have. They can tell you if you have Jewish ancestry though those specific ancestry (North African/Middle Eastern, Italian and Ashkenazi)

noneofyourbusiness November 26, 2014 at 4:40 pm

I doubt that her DNA test results are accurate. George Lopez’ results said he was 55% European and Larry David’s results said he was 37% Native American. Fake bullshit test.

CLP November 26, 2014 at 5:42 pm

You big dummy, the company George Lopez used is NOT the same way Jessica Alba was now tested with. They tested her with 23andme and AncestryDNA, both which are very good genetic companies. I have tested myself with 23andme, I am mexican and my genetic results were very accurate.

anen87 December 12, 2014 at 12:36 am

22.5% Native American + 2.0% Sub-Saharan African= 24.5%, 1/4 not-White is what I always thought she looked like. These new test results are definitely correct.

passingtime85 November 26, 2014 at 3:57 pm


I freeze framed Alba’s admixture results. Her “Global Resoultion” listed her as being 0.3% Middle Eastern/North African and 0.1% South Asian.

Her complete ethnic Sub-regional composition was as follows –
33.5% British/Irish
5.1% French/German
3.9% Scandinavian
2.4% Broadly North European
17.3% Iberian
1.4% Italian
4.9% Broadly Southern European
0.2% Ashkenazi
3.9% Broadly European


20.8% Native American
0.1% Broadly East Asian
1.7% Broadly East Asian/ Native American
.1% South Asian

1.9% West African
0.1% Broadly Sub-Saharan African
0.2% North African
0.1% Broadly Middle Eastern/ North African

2.4% No Match

follers November 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Well, I added the 0.1% South Asian, but the rest…

passingtime85 November 26, 2014 at 4:51 pm

That’s fine.

Question though, why did you attribute her father’s results of Italian/North African/Middle Eastern to their Jewishness? Those three are certainly not exclusive to Sephardic Jews. They could easily be in the mix because of other ancestors.

follers November 26, 2014 at 7:16 pm

When Gates talked about Alba’s father’s ancestry, he said that all those group results were Jewish in her case, and the four were circled as he spoke.

passingtime85 November 27, 2014 at 12:13 am

Hmm, I must have blanked out when he said that. Guess I’ll have re-watch the episode.

ashash November 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm

0.7% Ashkenazi? Cool.

So many celebrities have Jewish heritage.

anen87 December 12, 2014 at 12:25 am

Lol that’s hardly anything, she’s not really jewish in my eyes

me November 26, 2014 at 1:24 pm

she looks fully mexican mestiza

noneofyourbusiness December 2, 2014 at 11:46 am

I agree.

sandra m November 26, 2014 at 10:19 am

According to online comments, many people believe Jessica Alba looks part-black. Being part-black myself, I have a lot of experience with the different varieties of black admixtures, so I can see it in Miss Alba. Your dna test states that Alba has an admixture from subsaharan Africa 2.0%. That sounds about right, since Mexico’s general population has genetic material that’s 3-4% subsaharan African. Yet, Henry Louis Gates never mentioned on his Roots program last night anything about Alba’s subsaharan African roots. One is inclined to think the black/African bloodline in Alba’s ancestry was deliberately not pursued on Prof. Gates’ show.

CLP November 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Sandra, learn about genetics lol there is NO WAY 2% is going to show up in her phenotype. She doesn’t look part black to me but mestiza and she has very similar features that many Native Americans have.

andrew November 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm

she’s the first post of this site

Check7t November 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm

this is my first post in a couple hours…

passingtime85 September 14, 2014 at 2:20 am


Just a thought to improve the profile. Since Jessica’s Sephardi ancestry is exactly like the same as Olivia Wilde’s, a fourth great grandparent away, that Jessica’s profile should also mention the 1/64th denomination.

follers September 14, 2014 at 3:16 am

I don’t really know the exact denomination. I don’t know if Carmen Carillo was fully Jewish, or if Jessica has other Sephardi ancestry (perhaps suggested by DNA testing or other genealogical research). When the episode airs in November it will be clearer.

passingtime85 September 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Hmm good point.

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