Maiara Walsh

by ethnic on July 9, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 22: Maiara Walsh at the world premiere of

Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Date of Birth: 18 February, 1988

*German, Irish, English, French-Canadian (father)
*Brazilian (mother)

Maiara Walsh is an American and Brazilian actress and singer. She is known for playing Ana Solis on the sixth season of the ABC show Desperate Housewives, and Meena Paroom on the Disney Channel sitcom Cory in the House.

Maiara was born in Seattle, Washington. Her father is American, and has German, Irish, English, and French-Canadian ancestry. Her mother is Brazilian. Maiara speaks fluent Portuguese and is proficient in Spanish. Maiara and her family moved to São Paulo, Brazil, when she was two years old. At eleven, she moved to Simi Valley, California, to pursue her acting career.

A picture of Maiara with her mother and grandmother can be seen here.

Maiara’s paternal grandfather was Laurence Mason Walsh (the son of Royal Hill Walsh and Ina Mae Swihart). Royal was the son of Edward Francis Walsh and Helen Julia Mason, whose parents were English. Ina was the daughter of Isaiah H. Swihart and Anna Tonebaugh.

Maira’s paternal grandmother was Margaret “Peggy” Cahail (the daughter of Ira Earl Cahail and Alice Stella Kellogg). Ira was the son of Albert Lemuel Cahail and Elizabeth Saunders. Alice was the daughter of Albert Henry Kellogg and Edith Hannah Dillon, whose mother was Canadian.

Profile by Sarah T

Sources: Genealogies of Maiara’s maternal grandparents, Laurence Mason Walsh and Margaret “Peggy” Cahail –

Maiara’s paternal grandfather, Laurence Mason Walsh, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Maiara’s paternal great-grandfather, Royal Hill Walsh, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Maiara’s paternal great-grandmother, Ina Mae Swihart, on the 1885 Minnesota State Census –

Death record of Maiara’s paternal great-grandmother, Ina Mae (Swihart) Walsh –

Maira’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Edith Hannah Dillon, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Photo by Joe Seer/

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

madman September 19, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Royal was the son of Edward Francis Walsh and Helen Julia Mason, whose parents were English.

Her mother’s ancestry is only German, Irish, and English, no Swedish.

And French-Canadian:

bablah September 19, 2017 at 1:05 pm
bablah March 10, 2017 at 10:25 am

Her paternal grandfather was Laurence Mason Walsh, son of Royal Hill Walsh and Ina Mae Swihart. Royal’s mother was Helen J whose parent’s were from England. Ina Mae’s parents were Isaiah Swihart and Anna Tonebaugh.

This tree has some more information, but I haven’t verified it:

I don’t know who her paternal grandmother is.

Girll June 6, 2015 at 12:30 pm

She is definitely mixed.
Her mother looks tri-racial (African, Amerindian, European) instead of just mestizo though.
Her mother is the one on her left

maria November 28, 2011 at 1:35 am

Yep im Irish and my mothers maiden name is Walsh it is an Irish second name.

George October 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

lol since when is full blooded brazilian native american lol. its more reffered either to full on portuguese or some mullato mix of white/black

bet July 30, 2010 at 1:42 am

“full-blooded Brazilian” her mother is native american lol

Paul. July 11, 2010 at 8:32 am

Walsh is really, really common around here, in Ireland. I can assure you it’s an Irish name. I have two friends with the surname, and know tonnes of others. :D

I always knew she had Brazilian in here, and Irish, but never knew about the Swedish and German.

Katalina July 10, 2010 at 8:35 am

I thought she was BAHAVIAN from BAHAVIA lol just kidding

Paul. July 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Lol! Good one. (:

Britney Baker July 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Brazilian is not a ethnic group or a race it is a nationality. Her mother’s background is probably Portuguese Mestizo(Portuguese,NativeAmerican and possibly black).

dean February 26, 2012 at 9:06 am

i hate irish



Rick July 9, 2010 at 4:37 pm

She was born to a full-blooded Brazilian mother and
Irish/German/Swedish father

Rick July 10, 2010 at 7:57 am

Is ethnic going to change the ethnicity on Maiara’s profile above or what?

lexi July 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Can anyone here explain what Anglo means? Thanks a bunch.

Alf July 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Anglo means English.

Hibernia July 9, 2010 at 11:39 am

Walsh is a very Irish surname. It’s not anglo at all

Sarah T July 9, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Yeah ur probably right, but no websites state that shes half irish, they all say shes half american and half brazilian.

Hibernia July 9, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I just think that with a surname like Walsh it’s more likely that she is half American-Irish as opposed to half American-English. Walsh (sometimes Walshe) is one of the most common Irish surnames … the only English people with Walsh as a surname would be of Irish descent

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