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. 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). Jessica’s great-grandfather 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 Harrison Tebault (the daughter of Paul Miars Tebault and Catherine/Katherine Louise Nichols). 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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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

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 ??

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