Lyndsy Fonseca

by ethnic on July 30, 2010

Birth Name: Lyndsy Marie Fonseca

Place of Birth: Oakland, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 7, 1987

*75% Portuguese (including Azorean)
*25% mix of English and German

Lyndsy Fonseca is an American actress. Her half-sister, Hannah Leigh, is also an actress. Lyndsy is married to actor Noah Bean, with whom she has a daughter.

When describing her curves, she stated:

I’m half Portugese, so I’m built more like a Latina girl. I don’t think I’m fat. It’s hard to be around sometimes girls that are so thin but you just gotta own what you’ve got.

Lyndsy’s paternal grandfather was James Victor “Jimmy” Fonseca (the son of Tony Fonseca and Laura). James was born in California, to Portuguese parents.

Lyndsy’s paternal grandmother was Lilia Costa (the daughter of Francisco Martins and Maria Santa Christo Corvele). Lilia was born in Sao Miguel, of the Azores Islands, off the coast of Portugal.

Lyndsy’s maternal grandfather was Michael J. Bergmann (the son of William John Bergman and Frances E. Pyatt). Michael was born in California. William was born in New York, and his paternal grandparents were German immigrants. Frances was born in California, the daughter of Robert E. Lee Pyatt and Esther Ellen Story. Frances had English ancestry.

Lyndsy’s maternal grandmother was Joan Marie Semas (the daughter of Leonard Furtado Semas and Maria Costa Lopes). Joan was born in Massachusetts, and was of Portuguese descent. All of Joan’s grandparents were Portuguese emigrants. Leonard was the son of John Furtado Semas and Rosalina Perreira. Maria was the daughter of Manuel da Costa Lopes and Maria Angelina Mello.

Sources: Genealogy of Lyndsy Fonseca –

Lyndsy’s paternal grandfather, James Victor “Jimmy” Fonseca, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Lyndsy’s paternal grandmother, Lilia (Costa) Fonseca –

Genealogy of Lyndsy’s maternal great-grandmother, Frances E. Pyatt –

Creative Commons License photo credit: Cameron Yee

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

bablah July 5, 2017 at 4:52 pm

I think her grandmother was Lilia Costa.

bablah July 5, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Her obituary:
I don’t really know where the last name Costa comes in, but it’s her maiden name on her children’s birth records.

bablah July 5, 2017 at 5:02 pm
stlucas September 6, 2016 at 8:09 am

She looks very French to me. Maybe it’s because of the North/South European mix.

stlucas September 6, 2016 at 8:09 am

And she reminds me of Marion Cotillard.

aroxysimon August 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Exactly how’d I’d imagine a combo like that

JasonBaker July 6, 2014 at 9:42 am

Lol she’s not a Latina. The term ” Latina ´´ does not really mean anything, but in this case she’s not even a Latina.

marjanel August 18, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Latina=Latin in Spanish. But really in Latin countries she will no be considered latina like most of “latinos” in USA. Including, in Latin America Jennifer Lopez is considered a woman with latin American ancestry but no latina, she is a gringa

the punisher December 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Even she says she’s Latina

ashash December 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

She didn’t say she was Latina. She said she has a body LIKE a Latina.

the punisher December 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Portuguese is latin which makes her half latina

PortugueseMan December 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Latino/Latina = someone coming from Latin America, which has no denomination on someones race and they come in all types such as white, black, mestizo, etc.

Portuguese is a Latin Romance language like Italian, French, Spanish, Romanian, etc, but that does not make us not genetically European or Caucasian because our language has a Latin Roman influence in it. We are still genetically European Caucasoids and therefore white like all other Europeans whose languages have Latin language linguistic influence in them such as Spanish, English, French, etc.

So when you say shit like ‘Portuguese people are Latin’ that only refers to our language like several other European ethnicties, there is no such thing as being “Latin” genetically or being “Latin” morphologically. Also like I aforementioned “Latina” refers to a woman from Latin America and “Latino” a man from Latin America and “Latino” is not a race either and Mexicans, Brazilians, Argentinians, etc, come in all types.

Marc 2 December 22, 2013 at 10:11 pm

PortugueseMan, be careful, you can summon the punisher and he’ll prove you using the Hans Gunther theory, that Portuguese are not white

marjanel August 18, 2014 at 9:56 pm

This happen when you try to change real meanings of the word.And I am from Latin America and here Latino= Latin in English. The meaning of Latino is the same than latin in English. And the word Latinoamericano comes from Latino( latin) not the contrary.

marjanel August 18, 2014 at 9:58 pm

And Latin America is latin America because they speak latin derivated languages. In the end Latin=latino

the punisher December 3, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Eve she’s said’s she’s Latina

tomtom October 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

Portuguese people (from PORTUGAL, which is part of West Europe) are White just like Italians, Spaniards, French, etc.. In these countries, people speak Latin languages but linguistics has nothing to do with race. This fact confuses dumb people pretty easily.

Summary of Racial Origins:
Northern Europe = Nordic Whites
Southern Europe = Mediterranean Whites
Central / Southern America = Latinos

Lyndsy Fonseca is pretty but not that bright. Someone should inform her that Portugal is in Europe and not elsewhere.

Some people keep referring to Cristiano Ronaldo as the typical Portuguese, which is not realistic. Cristiano Ronaldo is from the Madeira island which stands to Portugal as Hawaii stands to the US.
Besides, Cristiano Ronaldo is 1/4 Cape Verdean, which is part of Africa. Last but not least, race has a broad variety of looks, so let’s not define an entire population by the looks of one single person, otherwise we might as well say that all Americans are black because Oprah Winfrey has nice dark skin! Dahha?!

ashash October 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Christiano Ronaldo is 1/8 Cape Verdean and not a 1/4. He is 7/8 Portuguese and actually even more than that since Cape Verdeans have Portuguese ancestry. If he took 23andme, he would be over 90% Portuguese.

As for Lyndsy, she simply said she is built like a Latina. She didn’t say she is one.

follers October 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Haha, true.

Roger Is My Lover March 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

She was in Kick-Ass. I love that movie.

Ethnic, may you do a page on Aaron Johnson? He was the lead actor in Kick-Ass. He played Kick-Ass, and he’s married with child.

ONLY ANGLO-SAXONS ARE WHITE March 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm

100% the truth.

Jennifer Aniston, Lindsay Lohan, and Katy Perry aren’t white either.

Richard December 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm

oh great another f—— idiot. Ok wiz, answer me this where does the Anglo-saxon come from?? Saxon right?? Where from the Saxon?? Saxon right?? and where from that and that and that.. ? oh yeah genetic mixture history of Europe, and then Neanderthals. That is why there is not such a thing, and the race term of white cames from the people you are calling non-white that are white. Quit being arrogant and ignorant and realize that some natural items like teeth in your mouth, eyes in your socket, or the clothes you wear cover your body, cannot and I repeat CANNOT change in any other way. same here. race cannot change unless another race and there are only 5 races in the world, Asian, Caucasian, Arab, Negroid, and Aborgine/Amerindian.. Are they Arab? no.. Are they Asian?? no.. Are they Aborgine?? no… Are they Negroid? no.. Are Caucasian?? natural fit.. think about it. (tab twice on the side of the head)

lopac February 4, 2012 at 11:00 pm

she doesn’t look like christiano ronaldo thats all i’m saying.

lopac March 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm

dude you seroiusly have no life. always commenting on people comments. you must suffer from inferiority complex.
what ever race you are.

Selene-The-Immortal January 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Someone might want to also inform Lyndsy that the Portuguese are not Latin American. She has nothing in common with Eva Longoria or Jennifer Lopez, and while Portuguese is spoken in Brazil, it has a myriad of races and ethnicity .

jbriz February 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm

And someone should inform you that the word Latino/a is derived from Latin the ancient language that is the root of the Romance Language group (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, etc…) and all people that speak it or has a cultural similarity with Latin culture then they are Latino.

Frankie March 2, 2012 at 7:02 am

so french and italian people are considered latinos? dude, i know that you americans list everything is mediterranean or from south the border as ‘latino’ but it isn’t right for europeans. one thing is sure and you pointed it out too: french, spanish, portuguese, italian and romanian are neo-latin languages since they took origin from the ancient latin. but here in europe ‘latino’ is referred to people that have anchestry in latin america that means from mexico to go. if you want to list southern italian, spanish and southern french people as something then you can list them as mediterraneans if you want to be correct. these cultures are not the same as the latin american ones and they’re not even the same between them. but please, don’t label people.

marjanel August 18, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Then if southern Europeans are not latino then Latin Americans are not latino.Latin Americans are latino because Southern Europeans. Latin is only about languages, languages that also southern europeans share. I am Latin American ant really the only thing that makes us close to other Latins is language.

lopac January 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm

she looks white because of her german side.

Selene-The-Immortal January 18, 2012 at 9:17 pm

She looks white because she is. Portuguese and Germans are European, idiot.

Selene-The-Immortal January 18, 2012 at 9:23 pm

The chances are when they mix their child will come out white . . . given they are both white.

Selene-The-Immortal January 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Oh, why bother? I suppose you think Tom Hanks and Britney Spears are not white either, right?

lolx January 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Latina ?
Portugese aren’t latina xd
But yeah , same last name, don’t know her.

Misaaaaaa January 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Maybe she is unaware that the Portuguese are European?

Technically, they are Latin because their language is a Latin-based language. However, Lyndsy seems to think they are comparable to the likes of Eva Longoria or Jennifer Lopez . . . which is not the case. She also seems to think it is a race. /:

How can one be so ignorant about their own heritage?

marjanel August 18, 2014 at 10:06 pm

May be, because She was raised in USA, where media and most peope think that, including “latinos”. If she were raised in Portugal or Latin America, she would not think like that.

SparkleTime January 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm

How come there are not many Americans of Portuguese descent? The only other actor I can think of who shares a common background with her is Tom Hanks, who has a Portuguese mother.

Rockxxz August 9, 2010 at 9:09 pm

One of most pretty girl, i never seen on tv.

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