Sebastián Yatra

by Manila on February 19, 2018

Birth Name: Sebastián Obando Giraldo

Place of Birth: Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

Date of Birth: 15 October, 1994

Ethnicity: Colombian [Spanish (Andalusian, Aragonese, Asturian, Canary Islander, Cantabrian, Castilian, Extremaduran, Leonese, Valencian), Basque, Galician, possibly Catalan, remote African and Indigenous (Muisca and Tahamí)], remote French, Indigenous Peruvian (Quechua), Italian, and Portuguese (including Azorean)

Sebastián Yatra is a Colombian singer and songwriter.

He is the son of Aníbal Obando Agudelo and María Adelaida Giraldo Moreno.

Sebastián’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his third great-grandfather, Félix María Obando.

Sebastián’s paternal grandfather was Roberto Aníbal Obando Echeverri (the son of Roberto Obando Cardona and María del Rosario Echeverri Elejalde). Roberto was the son of Jorge Obando Ocampo and Juana Cardona Cardona. Rosario was the daughter of Cipriani Echeverri Mejía and Rosaura Elejalde Echeverri.

Sebastián’s paternal grandmother was Cruz Helena Ceferina Agudelo Restrepo (the daughter of Luis Alfonso Agudelo Correa and Josefa Restrepo Restrepo). Luis was the son of Manuel Antonio Agudelo Pérez and Josefa Maria Correa Estrada. Josefina was the daughter of Mauro de Jesús Restrepo Toro and Ana de Jesús Restrepo Restrepo.

Sebastián’s maternal grandfather was Mario Augusto Giraldo Henao (the son of Modesto Giraldo Hoyos and María Henao Giraldo). Modesto was the son of Heliodoro Giraldo Betancur and Trinidad Hoyos Betancur. Sebastián’s great-grandmother María was the daughter of Crispiniano Henao Zapata and Bárbara Giraldo Ceballos.

Sebastián’s maternal grandmother was Flora Elena Moreno Londoño (the daughter of Silverio Ernesto Moreno Aristizábal and Lucía Paulina Londoño Mesa). Ernesto was the son of Francisco Luis “Colís” Moreno Ramírez and Ana Julia de las Mercedes Aristizábal Gómez. Lucía was the daughter of Paulino Londoño Londoño and Ana Lucía Mesa González.

Sebastián’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his thirteenth great-grandmother, María Ortiz.

Sources: Genealogies of Sebastián Yatra – (focusing on his father’s side)

Genealogies of Sebastián’s paternal great-grandmother, María del Rosario Echeverri Elejalde –


Sophia Amoruso

by stlucas on January 10, 2018

Sophia Amoruso – 23rd Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards – Arrivals – Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S Doheny Drive – Los Angeles, CA, USA –  Photo Credit: 

Birth Name: Sophia Christina Amoruso

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 20, 1984

*50% Greek
*25% Italian
*25% Portuguese [including Azorean]

Sophia Amoruso is an American businessperson. She is known for being the founder of retailer Nasty Gal.

Sophia is the daughter of Dena Ann (Mentis) Kouremetis and Thomas F. Amoruso. Sophia’s father is of half Italian and half Portuguese (including Azorean) descent. Sophia’s mother has Greek ancestry. Sophia was raised Greek Orthodox.

Sophia’s paternal grandfather was Vincent Paul Amoruso (the son of Tommaso/Thomas Amoruso and Angelina). Vincent was born in Massachusetts, to parents from Italy.

Sophia’s paternal grandmother was Veronica Silvey (the daughter of Frank Joseph Silvey and Hazel A. Costa). Frank was the son of Frank Joseph Silvey, whose parents were from the Azores, Portugal, and of Mary Emelia Martin, who was Portuguese herself. Hazel was the daughter of Manuel J. Costa, who was Portuguese, and of Amelia Frates, whose parents were Portuguese.

Sophia’s maternal grandfather was Chris A. Mentis (the son of Aris T. Mentis and Georgia Costas/Castis). Chris was born in Indiana, to parents from Isari/Isaris, Greece.

Sophia’s maternal grandmother was Alice Tsirlis (the daughter of John Michael Tsirlis and Anustasia/Anastasia J. Mela). Alice was born in Greece.


Birth record of Sophia Amoruso –

Birth record of Sophia’s father –

Birth record of Sophia’s mother –

Marriage record of Sophia’s parents –

Obituary of Sophia’s paternal grandfather, Vincent Paul Amoruso –

Genealogy of Sophia’s paternal grandmother, Veronica Silvey –

Obituary of Sophia’s paternal grandfather, Chris A. Mentis –


Danielle Steel

by stlucas on December 29, 2017

Danielle Steele – Clive Davis and the Recording Academy’s 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson – Arrivals – Beverly Hilton Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos 

Birth Name: Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 14, 1947

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Portuguese [including Azorean], at least 1/128 English (mother)

Danielle Steel is an American novelist.

Danielle is the daughter of Norma (da Câmara Stone dos Reis) and John Schuelein/Schülein-Steel. Danielle’s father was a German Jew. Danielle’s mother was born in Massachusetts, of Portuguese, as well as some English, descent. Her English ancestry can be traced back to John Stone, who was born in the United Kingdom and moved to the Azores before 1760.

Danielle has nine children, including five with her former husband, John Traina. She is also the mother of late singer Nick Traina, who died in 1997, from her relationship with William George Toth.

Danielle’s paternal grandfather was Julius Schülein (the son of Joseph Schülein and Ida Bär). Joseph was born in Thalmassing, Bavaria, Germany, the son of Joel/Julius Schülein and Jeanette Gunzenhäuser. Ida was born in Grabfeld, Thuringia, Germany.

Danielle’s paternal grandmother was Minni Laura Kahn (the daughter of Julius Kahn and Aurelie).

Danielle’s maternal grandfather was Gil da Câmara Stone dos Reis (the son of João Besto dos Reis and Alexandrina da Câmara Stone). Gil was born in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores. João was born in the Azores. Alexandrina was also born in the Azores, the daughter of Manuel da Câmara Stone and Leonarda da Glória de Almeida.

Danielle’s maternal grandmother was named Norma. Norma was born in Lisbon, Portugal.

Source: Genealogy of Danielle Steel –


MC Yogi

by stlucas on December 13, 2017

Birth Name: Nicholas Christian Giacomini

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 26, 1979

*Italian, Swiss-Italian, 1/8th English (father)
*Portuguese, including Azorean (mother)

MC Yogi is an American hip-hop musician.

MC is the son of Lisa/Elisa Cristiana (Simas) and Christian/Christia T. “Chris” Giacomini. MC’s father has Italian, Swiss-Italian, and English roots. MC’s mother’s has Portuguese (including Azorean) ancestry. He is married to Amanda Giacomini.

MC’s paternal grandfather was Tobias Benjamin “Toby” Giacomini (the son of Tobias Carlo Battista Giacomini and Celesta/Celestina/Celestini L. Domenighini). MC’s great-grandfather Tobias was born in Villa di Chiavenna, Province of Sondrio, Lombardia region, Italy. Celesta was born in Switzerland, the daughter of Giuseppe Domenighini, who was from Vogorno, Ticino, Switzerland, and of Virginia L. “Jennie” Mariott, who was English.

MC’s paternal grandmother was Vetalena Rosemarie “Vet” Poiani (the daughter of Pietro “Peter/Pete” Poiani and Rosina “Rose/Rosie” M. Zanardi). Pietro was born in Brescia, Lombard, Italy, the son of John Poiani and Margarita Fusi. Rosina was born in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, the daughter of Rafaelo Giannini and Olive Fannchi.

MC’s maternal grandmother was Lourdes P. Nunes (the daughter of João Nunes and Maria). Lourdes was born in the Azores, Portugal.

Sources: Birth record of MC Yogi –

Birth record of MC’s father –

Genealogy of MC’s paternal grandfather, Tobias Benjamin “Toby” Giacomini –

Obituary of MC’s paternal grandfather, Tobias Benjamin “Toby” Giacomini –

Obituary of MC’s paternal grandmother, Vetalena Rosemarie “Vet” (Poiani) Giacomini –

MC’s paternal great-grandmother, Celesta/Celestina/Celestini L. Domenighini, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary of MC’s maternal grandmother, Lourdes P. (Nunes) Simas –

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Sebastián Piñera

by Manila on November 21, 2017

Birth Name: Sebastián Miguel Juan Piñera Echenique

Place of Birth: Santiago, Chile

Date of Birth: 1 December, 1949

Ethnicity: Chilean (Spanish [Andalusian, Aragonese, Asturian, Canary Islander, Cantabrian, Castilian, Extremaduran, Leónese, Valencian], Basque, Galician, Indigenous, remote Catalan), Italian, Portuguese (including Azorean), as well as remote Breton, French, German, Indigenous Bolivian and Indigenous Peruvian (Aymara and Quechua)

Sebastián Piñera is a Chilean politician and businessperson. He has served as President of Chile, since 11 March, 2018. He previously held the position, from 11 March, 2010 to 11 March, 2014. He has also been Senator for Eastern Santiago, from 11 March, 1990 to 11 March, 1998, and Leader of National Renewal, from 26 May, 2001 to 10 March, 2004.

He is the son of Manuel José Piñera Carvallo and María Magdalena Echenique Rozas.

President Piñera is married to Cecilia Morel, with whom he has four children.

President Piñera’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his seventh great-grandfather, Bartolomé de Piñera.

President Piñera’s paternal grandfather was José Manuel Piñera Figueroa (the son of Bernardino Piñera Aguirre and María Luisa Figueroa Vial). Bernardino was the son of Peruvian emigrant, José Piñera Lombera, of Lima, whose own father, Manuel Antonio Piñera Gutiérrez, was a Spanish emigrant, from Ubiarco, Santillana del Mar, Cantabria; and of Mercedes Aguirre Carvallo. María Luisa was the daughter of José Manuel Figueroa Vela and Pilar Vial Formas.

President Piñera’s paternal grandmother was Elena Carvallo Castillo (the daughter of Uldarico Carvallo Fernández and Julia Castillo Goñi). Uldarico was the son of Francisco Carvallo Gómez and Mercedes Fernández Carvallo. Julia was the daughter of Ángel Castillo Pareja and Mónica Goñi Prieto.

President Piñera’s maternal grandfather was José Miguel Echenique Correa (the son of José Miguel Echenique Gandarillas and María Mercedes Correa Errázuriz). President Piñera’s great-grandfather José Miguel was the son of José Francisco Echenique Tagle and Irene Gandarillas Valdés. María Mercedes was the daughter of Bonifacio Correa Albano and María Mercedes Errázuriz Valdivieso.

President Piñera’s maternal grandmother was Josefina María Rozas Ariztía (the daughter of Nicanor Rozas Rozas and Josefina Ariztía Pinto). Nicanor was the son of Carlos Martínez de Rozas Urrutia Mendiburu and Amelia Manuela Rozas García-Olivos. President Piñera’s great-grandmother Josefina was the daughter of Jorge Ricardo Ariztía Urmeneta and Luisa Pinto Garmendia, whose father, Francisco Antonio Pinto, served as the 4th President of Chile, from 8 May, 1827 to 16 July, 1829, and from 19 October, 1829 to 2 November, 1829.

President Piñera’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his seventh great-grandmother, Antonia Torres Valenzuela.

Source: Genealogy of Sebastián Piñera –