Place of Birth: Panama City, Panama
Date of Birth: April 26, 1980
*English, Scottish, Irish (father)
*Brazilian [Portuguese, possibly other] (mother)
Jordana Brewster is an American actress and model. She is known for starring in the The Fast and the Furious series.
Jordana was born in Panama, grew up in England and Brazil until the age of ten, and then moved to New York City. Her father, Alden Brewster, is American-born, and has English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Her mother, Maria João (de Sousa), is Brazilian, and of at least part Portuguese ancestry. Jordana talked about her Brazilian heritage in an interview with Craig Ferguson. Jordana is married to producer Andrew Form.
Jordana’s patrilineal line traces back to William Brewster (c. 1566-1644), a Mayflower passenger and noted Pilgrim. Among many of William’s other descendants are actors Chevy Chase, Seth MacFarlane, and Brandon Routh, Massachusetts Governor William Weld, and U.S. Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. Jordana’s father’s ancestry is heavily English. Branches of his family have been in the United States, and, specifically, in New England, since the 1600s.
Jordana’s paternal grandfather was Kingman Brewster, Jr. (the son of Kingman Brewster and Florence Foster Besse). Jordana’s grandfather Kingman served as the 55th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and was also President of Yale University. Jordana’s great-grandfather Kingman was the son of Charles Kingman Brewster and Celina Sophia Baldwin. Florence was the daughter of Lyman Waterman Besse and Henrietta Louisa Segee.
Jordana’s paternal grandmother was Mary Louise Phillips (the daughter of Eugene James Phillips and Mary Louise Griffin). Eugene was the son of Riley E. Phillips, who was born in Connecticut, and of Frances L., who was Scottish. Mary Louise was the daughter of John H. Griffin, who was of Irish descent, and of Kate.
Jordana’s maternal grandfather was named Fernando de Sousa. “de Sousa” is a Portuguese surname. Jordana’s mother also has the surname “Leal” in her family tree, which is often Portuguese (on rarer occasions, it is Spanish).
Jordana’s paternal grandmother, Mary Louise Phillips, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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