Julio Iglesias

by andrew on July 8, 2015

26th Annual American Music Awards - Press Room

Birth Name: Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva

Place of Birth: Madrid, Spain

Date of Birth: September 23, 1943

Ethnicity: Spanish [including Galician Spanish], 1/4 Puerto Rican [Spanish], possibly Sephardi Jewish

Julio Iglesias is a Spanish singer and songwriter.

He is the son of Julio Iglesias Puga and María del Rosario de la Cueva y de Perignat. His father was born in Ourense, Galicia, Spain, and was a prominent gynecologist. He is married to Dutch model Miranda Rijnsburger. He has five children with Miranda, and three children, including singer, songwriter, and actor Enrique Iglesias, with his former wife, Filipino-born journalist, socialite, and television host Isabel Preysler.

The surname Iglesias is Spanish for “churches”. Julio’s paternal ancestry comes from Galicia. Julio has stated that he has, or that he thinks he has, some degree of Sephardi Jewish ancestry on his mother’s side. It is not clear if this ancestry has been documented/verified. Julio’s recent ancestors were not Jewish. Julio’s mother’s surname, de la Cueva y Perignat (literally “of the cave”), referring to Jewish people in hiding, is evidently a common Jewish name.

Julio’s paternal grandparents were Ulpiano Iglesias Sarriá and Manuela Puga Noguerol.

Julio’s maternal grandfather was José de la Cueva y de Orejuela (the son of Manuel de la Cueva y Campo Redondo and Rosario de Orejuela y Prieto). Manuel was the son of Fernando de la Cueva Caroza and Manuela Campo Redondo. Rosario was the daughter of Francisco de Orejuela y Placer and Tomasa Prieto y Fernandez.

Julio’s maternal grandmother was Dolores Perignat y Ruiz de Benavides. Dolores was evidently born in Guayama, Puerto Rico (of Spanish descent).

Source: Genealogy of Julio Iglesias – http://www.geni.com

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andrew June 2, 2016 at 4:12 pm

Julio’s father were born in Ourense, Galicia, Spain, and was a prominent ginecologist.

A Julio’s interview: http://www.jpost.com/Arts-and-Culture/Arts/Julio-Iglesias-still-speaks-the-language-of-love-331514

andrew June 3, 2016 at 4:58 am

Sorry, if this interview was already linked.

follers June 3, 2016 at 5:46 pm

It wasn’t linked before.

andrew June 3, 2016 at 6:48 pm

Ok. Natasha Leggero’s father is John Leggero.

andrew July 8, 2015 at 12:36 pm

correction: “Iglesias” is plural, meaning “churches”

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