Sofía Vergara

Vergara in 2011, s_bukley /

Birth Name: Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara

Place of Birth: Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia

Date of Birth: July 10, 1972

Ethnicity: Colombian – Basque, Spanish [Andalusian, Asturian, Canary Islander, Cantabrian, Castilian, Extremaduran, Leonese, Valencian], Galician, possibly Catalan, remote Indigenous [Muisca], as well as at least 1/16th Venezuelan, small amounts of French, Italian [including Venetian, Sicilian], Quechua [Indigenous Peruvian and Indigenous Ecuadorian], and Portuguese [including Azorean]

Sofía Vergara is a Colombian-born actress, comedian, model, show host, producer, and businessperson. She is known for her roles on the show Modern Family, and in the films Chasing Papi, Madea Goes to Jail, Machete Kills, and Chef, and is famous for her curves and lips.

Sofía is the daughter of Margarita Sofía Vergara Dávila and Julio Enrique Vergara Robayo. She is now also an American citizen. She has a son, internet personality Manolo González, with her former husband, José Luis “Joe” González Rosales.

Sofía’s biological cousin, and adoptive sister, is actress and model Sandra Vergara. Sofía is also a paternal second cousin, once removed, of television host Ariadna Gutiérrez.

Sofía’s paternal grandfather was Julio Enrique Vergara Ordosgoitia (the son of Rafael “Coco de Oro” Vergara Vergara and Isabel Ordosgoitia de Vivero). Rafael was the son of José Blas Vergara de la Ossa and Cenobia Vergara.

Sofía’s paternal grandmother was named Esther Robayo Gómez (the daughter of a father surnamed Robayo, and of Pepita Gómez Támara). Pepita was the daughter of Andrés Gómez Patrón and Adolfina Támara López.

Sofía’s maternal grandfather was Hernando Vergara Galvis (the son of Alfredo Máximo Vergara Forno and Ana María Victoria Galvis Matamoros). Hernando was born in Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia. Alfredo was the son of Jorge Vergara Párraga and Mercedes Forno León. Mercedes was of Italian or part Italian descent. Ana María was the daughter of José Benedicto/Benedict Galvis and Victoria Matamoros.

Sofía’s maternal grandmother was Rosa Lila Dávila Barreneche (the daughter of Pedro Manuel Agustín Dávila Balti and Rosa Lila Barreneche Olaciregui). Pedro’s father, General Juan Manuel Dávila Pumarejo, was from a prominent family, and was instrumental in the building of the Northern Railroad of Colombia. His brother was industrialist José Domingo Dávila Pumarejo. His father was born in Jamaica, to Colombian parents. Pedro’s mother was Venezuelan emigrant, Maria del Carmen Auristela Balti, of Maracaibo. The surname Balti is of Italian origin. Sofía’s great-grandmother Rosa was the daughter of Camilo Ernesto Mario Barreneche Díaz Granados and María del Rosario Olaciregui y Capella.

Through her mother, Sofía is a half-second cousin, once removed, of French model and fashion designer Inès de La Fressange. Sofía’s maternal great-great-grandfather, General Juan Manuel Dávila Pumarejo, was also Inès’ maternal great-grandfather. Sofía is also a third cousin, twice removed, of Colombian president Alfonso Lopez Michelsen. Sofia’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandparents, José Domingo Pumarejo Daza and Ciríaca/Siriaca Quirós Daza, were also Alfonso’s paternal great-great-grandparents.


Genealogy of Sofía Vergara –

Marriage record of Sofía Vergara to José Luis González Rosales –

Genealogy of Sofía’s maternal grandfather, Hernando Vergara Galvis –

Genealogy of Sofía’s maternal grandmother, Rosa Lila Dávila Barreneche –


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280 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    she is related to President Michelsen and Inès del Fressange through their shared Pumarejo ancestors.

  2. andrew says:

    Juan Manuel Dávila Pumarejo was from an influential Caribbean/Colombian family. He was instrumental in the building of the Northern Railroad of Colombia, one of the oldest railroads in Colombia. His brother:

  3. lzr says:

    Actually, Ordosgoitia, Ossa, Vergara, Barreneche and Olaciregui are all Basque. Basque should be higher up on that list…

  4. lzr says:

    Vergara is Basque af

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