by ethnic on June 17, 2010

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.

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follers August 23, 2018 at 4:23 pm

Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

ethnic September 17, 2018 at 8:43 pm

no sorry

lisa78419 July 12, 2015 at 2:54 pm

mestizo means in the Americas mix of European and Amerindian.

strawberry20 June 16, 2015 at 10:24 pm

and she indeed is related to Eva Longoria she must some african with her. cuz to me shes not spanish not even cuz of the name

Princess June 17, 2015 at 5:48 am

She didn’t even look 1% Black. She was a Mestiza.

fuzzybear44 June 17, 2015 at 7:06 am


Mestizo means different things in different parts of latin America, but one thing they all have in common is, that it means mixed blood. Also with all these different areas African ancestry was always a possible part of the mixed(even in Mexicans), Also one other thing you should learn on this site, is that you don’t have to look it to be it.

strawberry20 May 16, 2015 at 9:44 pm
strawberry20 May 16, 2015 at 9:38 pm
strawberry20 May 16, 2015 at 9:31 pm

she is not spanish. she is pure native she could possibly have some asian in her

Manila May 14, 2015 at 7:13 am

Selena has some verifiedSpanish roots because she was the direct descendant of the Longoria family.

Her parents are Abraham Isaac Quintanilla, Jr. and Marcella Ofelia Samora. She was married to Chris Pérez.

Selena’s paternal grandparents were Abraham Gonzalez Quintanilla, Sr. (the son of Eulogio Quintanilla Longoria and Dolores Gonzalez) and Maria Tereza Calderon (the daughter of Humberto Calderón and Concepción Vásquez).

Selena was the seventh cousin once removed of Eva Longoria through their common ancestors Juan Diego Longoria García and María Clara Chapa Benavides.

Check7t January 9, 2015 at 9:24 pm

What’s with possible Native American? She looked mestiza.

Definitely not 100% Spanish.

None Of Your Business December 17, 2011 at 12:26 am

RIP Selena. She was so gorgeous. Too bad that jealous, fat, and ugly Yolanada beeotch had to kill her. :'(

Ann Marcia Shaftel December 2, 2011 at 4:48 pm

My guess is that she has some Sephardic Jewish background. Many Spanish Jews went to Mexico after their expulsion from Spain in 1492. Mexican Jews were prominint among the founders of Monterrey, where Selena’s father’s family comes from, and many settled in Texas when it was still part of Mexico. Also, the name Abraham Isaac, her father’s and brother’s name–very Jewish.

JusticeV89 December 5, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Selena Quintanilla religion was Jehova’s Witness. I can see where you get the Jewish vibe from her family.

Sillau October 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm

its possible if she has asian,but in appearance,she doesnt really look that asian tho.

emmanuel lopez September 29, 2011 at 10:23 am

Hello my name is Emmanuel Lopez I am an officer for the Hispanic Student Society at Texas Tech we are a Hispanic organization that focus on the Hispanic community in Lubbock. Our school has annual homecoming float competitions and we have won 2 years in a row. We are dedicating our float this year to Selena because her music has touched us all and we will always remember her. We would love to have an amazing float remembering a great star and would love the help of anyone that is willing to help make our float a great success. We are asking for donation of anything kind or could be borrowed for our float. Our homecoming is on October 15 we would appreciate any help. We would love to make this float as a tribute to Selena because to all of us she is still alive and in our hearts.

Penelope May 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Selina was actually 100% native
75% native mexican, 25% native cherokee

Wtf May 29, 2011 at 11:00 pm

@Pen:100%native?Both groups Mexican and Cherokee can be anything,white black combo.which is most likely what she was,a combo of all three.Really hard to believe she was just native

What are you talkin about??? October 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Uh not exactly? I have native american on my dad’s side of the family! Cherokee is a type of native american culture…!
Native: Cherokee, Blackfoot, Objibwe, Chippewa, Labineese, American Indian or Alaska native, Hawiian Native or Pacific Islander, and more I believe!! just look it up!

Tyrone March 20, 2012 at 3:55 am

I Dont think Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders come under Native Americans. It is believed our ancestors came from ancient america as well as Asia and the 2 combined and gave birth to the polynesian race lol

Tyrone March 20, 2012 at 3:56 am

And At You Penelope you dont know what your talking about. She looks spanish with native american but mostly spanish in my opinion hate it or love it

Patrice February 9, 2011 at 5:51 am

She looks asian too! The mexican people have a lot of bloodlines.

sam February 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm

she looks asian b/c she’s part native.

Sillau October 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

no,not really

carlos January 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm

due to the close proximity colonial people lived in, meaning africans and indians, it is very probable. her dancing told you it.

carlos January 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm

SELENA, IN MY OPINION, was most likely a descendant of indians who married mulattoes or euro latinos from spain, a mixture of all three, but with the native indian look dominating, she mentioned once her grandmother being a maid, some one was black in there somewhere.

Veronica January 26, 2011 at 12:24 am

i agree

carlos December 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm

thank you veronica for agreeing. its just a personal theory, thats all.

dannahdz December 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Long live the queen of techano…R.I.P Selena…We Miss YOu n ♥ u

sam October 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm

she was so pretty

Adriana October 1, 2010 at 11:35 am

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

Adriana October 1, 2010 at 11:37 am

**cherokee indian

ethnic October 3, 2010 at 8:58 am

Thanks for the link Adriana

Adriana September 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm

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.

fuzzybear September 30, 2010 at 6:06 pm

To adriana

Looking at her,I doubt the black part all that distant

fuzzybear September 30, 2010 at 11:56 pm

To Adriana

Some sites say her mom was half Cherokee.However since they’re so mixed blooded themselves,it still want answer your question

chief_mulatto_native October 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm

She does have African in her. She has big lips and her hair is naturally curly. Watch the “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” video!

Kari September 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Seriously, are you so ignorant that you think anyone with big lips and curly hair has African heritage? You are an imbecile.

ihatemostpeople March 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm

@chief_mulatto_native: Wow, you are so stupid and ignorant. There are a lot of ethnic groups that possess those traits. I’ve seen Asian people, White people, Hispanic people, etc… with full lips and curly hair. They weren’t part Black either…………… Those aren’t just Black traits.

Veronica September 30, 2010 at 11:09 am

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

myspace celebrity August 28, 2010 at 6:33 am

Her music is great.

Alyssa August 27, 2010 at 1:34 pm


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