Birth Name: Selena Quintanilla

Date of Birth: April 16, 1971

Place of Birth: Lake Jackson, Brazoria, Texas, U.S.

Date of Death: March 31, 1995

Place of Death: Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.

Ethnicity: Mexican [Spanish, Indigenous Mexican], possibly Cherokee Native American

Selena, also known by her birth name Selena Quintanilla or her married name Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer.

She was the daughter of Marcella Ofelia Samora and Abraham Isaac Quintanilla, Jr., a musician. Her parents were both of Mexican ancestry. Her siblings are musician A.B. Quintanilla and Suzette Quintanilla.

Selena was married to guitarist Chris Pérez, until her death.

Selena was said to have Cherokee Native American ancestry on her mother’s side. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

Selena’s paternal grandfather was Abraham Gonzalez Quintanilla (the son of Eulogio Quintanilla Longoria and Dolores Gonzalez).

Selena’s paternal grandmother was Maria Tereza Calderon (the daughter of Humberto Calderón and Concepción Vásquez).

Selena was a seventh cousin, once removed, of actress Eva Longoria. Their common ancestors were Juan Diego Longoria García and María Clara Chapa Benavides.


Curious about ethnicity

43 Responses

  1. Adriana says:

    Ethnic can you fix her ethnicity? It’s also on wikipedia, she’s 1/4 native american.

  2. Adriana says:

    Does anyone know of her ancestry? Mexican is more of a nationality, anyone know about her ancestry? Obiously she’s a mix or euro and native, maybe distant african.

  3. Veronica says:

    If you look at her family they look half Asian!!

  4. myspace celebrity says:

    Her music is great.

  5. Alyssa says:


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