Pauly D

by ethnic on March 15, 2010

Birth Name: Paul DelVecchio

Place of Birth: Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 5, 1980

Ethnicity: Italian

Pauly D, also known as DJ Pauly D, is an American television personality and disc jockey. He was born Paul DelVecchio, and is the son of Donna (DiCarlo) and Paul D. DelVecchio. Pauly has a daughter with Amanda Markert.

Pauly was, and is, well known for starring on the reality show Jersey Shore. He is known for his elaborate hairstyles and his fist-pumping.

Pauly has said (starting around 1:42 at this link):

I’m 100% Italian… My family’s straight from Italy… I take pride in being Italian. I love being Italian. I love the food… I definitely don’t represent all Italians, I only represent myself.

A picture of Pauly’s father can be seen here. A picture of Pauly’s paternal grandmother can be seen here. A picture of Pauly’s mother can be seen here.

Pauly’s maternal grandparents were Albert J. DiCarlo, Sr. and Anna Box (the daughter of Salvatore Box and Teresa/Theresa Montaquila). Albert was Italian, and is listed as possibly having been born in San Marino in one record. Anna was born in Rhode Island, to Italian parents. Teresa was born in Caserta, the daughter of Carmino Montaquila and Carmela Lepre.

Various websites have speculated that Pauly is of Portuguese and/or Brazilian ancestry. This is not accurate.

Sources: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Record of Pauly’s maternal grandfather, Albert J. DiCarlo –

Pauly’s maternal grandmother, Anna Box, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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andrew June 9, 2016 at 5:10 pm

I think you could include a picture of his father:

This is possibly his (paternal) grandmother:

And adding something like:

“his mother is said to have Portuguese and/or Brazilian ancestry. It’s not clear if this is accurate”.

follers June 9, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Why would it say, “it’s not clear”. He’s said he’s of “100% Italian” descent and there’s no evidence to contradict his statement, whether documentary (records) or “journalistic” (some kind of news article).

Also, people born in Rhode Island around the 1950s don’t tend to have Brazilian ancestry (Portuguese, maybe).

andrew June 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm

I think it’s kinda funny that you really think to that statement, btw I give credit to him when he says “I definitely don’t represent all Italians, I only represent myself”. Paulie’s mother appears to be mixed-race.

It would be more correct: Various websites have speculated that Pauly’s mother is of Portuguese and/or Brazilian ancestry. This is not accurate (or has not been verified/documented)

follers June 9, 2016 at 6:04 pm

I’ve traced his mother’s whole family back to Italy now. What else is there?

I guess only those Afro-Italians Fuzzybear talks about. That’s about it.

andrew June 9, 2016 at 6:15 pm

if that is his uncle he does not look to be related to Paulie’s mother.

andrew January 1, 2018 at 7:28 am


In Rhode Island there is a huge Portuguese community. This also include people with ancestry from former Portuguese colonies.

follers June 9, 2016 at 5:47 pm

The man in this obituary is Pauly’s uncle.

This was Pauly’s maternal grandmother, Anna (Box) DiCarlo, the daughter of Italian parents, Salvatore Box and Theresa Montaquila.

andrew June 9, 2016 at 6:10 pm

how many women named Donna DiCarlo are there in Rhode Island? “Box” is an odd case of anglicization.

follers June 9, 2016 at 6:13 pm

I confirmed that that’s Pauly’s mother through Facebook. I wouldn’t have put it in the text without confirming that’s the right person first.

Lots of Italians named “Box”.

follers June 9, 2016 at 6:17 pm

BTW, I just checked, and there’s only one “Donna DiCarlo” in Rhode Island. But I already confirmed that’s Pauly’s mother before that.

Pauly’s mother’s sister:

follers June 9, 2016 at 6:20 pm
andrew June 9, 2016 at 6:27 pm

I tell you one thing: whatever genealogical researches you do there will be alwais people who won’t believe to them. Also not all the children are raised by biological fathers. Still a minority, but it happens. In little communities everyone knows, in big towns it’s easier to sweep it under the carpet.

follers June 9, 2016 at 6:32 pm

Yes, yes, we know, the house always wins, etc.

andrew June 9, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Btw if a Wasp couple like the Romneys can produce an Hispanic-looking dude (actually rumoured to be adopted) everything is possible.

follers June 9, 2016 at 8:11 pm

Yes, yes, they’re all adopted, we all already know.

follers June 9, 2016 at 5:57 pm

I think Pauly’s grandfather, Albert J. DiCarlo, was born in San Marino.

Sage March 11, 2016 at 7:54 am

too much hair gel

athelya December 3, 2015 at 9:46 am

that hair gel looks gross and it looks like stinks of axe spray.. italy migh as well disown him, he has no style or class ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

xoxo November 19, 2015 at 8:15 pm

Lmfaooooooooooooooooooooooo he looks creepy as f*ck. Ew.

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 10:41 pm

Why are Italians in here pissed that this guy is one of them?

Italians are hot for sure, but let’s face it, every ethnicity has creepy looking people…loool

andrew September 8, 2015 at 3:21 pm
Non Sequitur September 7, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Wikipedia says his mom is of “Brazilian origin”. Can you add “possibly other” under his ethnicity? There is no evidence he is solely Italian.

follers September 7, 2015 at 3:41 pm

No. It’s bad enough someone keeps adding that uncited, tagged statement to Wikipedia. And are you serious about that Moran Atias question? Moroccans who converted to Judaism? Where do people get this stuff?

follers September 7, 2015 at 5:58 pm
Non Sequitur September 7, 2015 at 9:07 pm

Either way, saying something =/ true. I could say I’m 100% Italian, doesn’t make it true. People have historically lied about their ethnic and racial background. His mother has an Italian surname, but there is a lot of Italian ancestry in Brazil and a lot of people who aren’t fully European in terms of their ancestry have these surnames, just like they have Portuguese surnames. The rumor of his mother being of a Brazilian origin has persisted for a long time.

follers September 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Yes, good point, Pauly D is mixed with lots of exotic non-Italian stuff.

Non Sequitur September 7, 2015 at 9:18 pm

I don’t really appreciate the irony. I was just pointing out there is no evidence this guy is fully Italian, there have been celebrities who’ve claimed to have Native American ancestry and yet their family-tree showed otherwise.

midori29 December 31, 2015 at 7:33 am

Mother looks like a Brazilian 1/4th African qaudroon mulatto type.

sparkles180 August 8, 2015 at 2:22 pm

He’s so creepy. He doesn’t even look italian.

California July 24, 2015 at 8:35 pm
undashing June 22, 2015 at 7:25 am

Gypsy for sure.

abbracci June 14, 2015 at 9:14 pm

He looks so much like a Gypsy boy lol

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