Ben Cura

by madman on July 24, 2017

Birth Name: José Ben Cura

Place of Birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Date of Birth: September 30, 1988

Ethnicity: Argentinian (Lebanese, Spanish, Basque, Italian, possibly other)

Ben Cura is an Argentinian and British actor. He is the son of Silvia Ibarra and José Cura, a singer, conductor, director, scenographer, and photographer. His father is of one half Lebanese, one quarter Italian, and one quarter Spanish, descent. Some of his father’s roots are in Santo Stefano Belbo, Province of Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy.

Ben’s patrilineal ancestors were Chalita el-Khoury, who was born, c. 1874, in Knet, and his wife, Theresa bou-Saada, who was born, c. 1881, in Zghorta, both in Lebanon. The surname was later changed to Cura.

Ben’s paternal grandparents were Oscar Cura and Olga Gómez.

Sources: Genealogy of Ben Cura –


Carmen Yulín Cruz

by Manila on July 21, 2017

Birth Name: Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto

Place of Birth: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Date of Birth: February 25, 1963

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican (Spanish, Basque, Catalan, possibly other)

Carmen Yulín Cruz is a Puerto Rican politician. She has served as Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, since January 14, 2013.

Mayor Cruz’s middle name, Yulín, is inherited from her paternal grandmother.

Mayor Cruz’s father, Pedro Antonio Cruz y Vega, was born in Guánica. Mayor Cruz’s mother, Carmen Irene Soto y Molina, was born in Lares.

Mayor Cruz is married to psychologist Alfredo Carrasquillo Ramírez.

Mayor Cruz’s paternal grandfather was Pedro Antonio Cruz y Vicens (the son of José Rafael Cruz and Margarita Vicens y Vargas). Margarita was the daughter of Spanish immigrant Pedro Vicens y Morey, of Majorca, Balearic Islands, and of Gabriela Vargas.

Mayor Cruz’s paternal grandmother was Lutgarda Vega y Rosario (the daughter of Juan Clímaco Vega y Guzmán and Mariana Rosario y Arroyo). Clímaco was the son of José María Vega y Vega and Petronila Guzmán y Alameda. Mariana was the daughter of José Ramón Rosario y Higuerra and María Crisóstoma Arroyo y González.

Mayor Cruz’s maternal grandfather was Salvador Américo Soto é Irizarry (the son of Manuel Soto y Segarra and María Evangelista Irizarry y González). Manuel was the son of Eugenio Soto y Alicea and María del Carmen Segarra y López. Evangelista was the daughter of Damián Irizarry y Roman and María Irene González y Hernández.

Mayor Cruz’s maternal grandmother was Irene Molina y López (the daughter of Ildefonso Molina y Borrero and Nazaria López y Soto). Ildefonso was the son of Isabel Molina y Padua and María Monserrate Borrero y Quílez. Nazaria was the daughter of Bernardino López y Pujol and María de los Ángeles Soto y Segarra.

Mayor Cruz’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her fifth great-grandmother, Tomasa Irizarry y Ríos, of San Sebastián.

Sources: Mayor Cruz’s father, Pedro Antonio Cruz y Vega, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Mayor Cruz’s mother, Carmen Irene Soto y Molina, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Mayor Cruz’s paternal grandparents, Pedro Antonio Cruz y Vicens and Lutgarda Vega y Rosario –

Marriage record of Mayor Cruz’s paternal grandfather, Pedro Antonio Cruz y Vicens, to Gregoria Sepúlveda y Rodríguez –

Birth record of Mayor Cruz’s paternal grandmother, Lutgarda Vega y Rosario –

Birth record of Mayor Cruz’s maternal grandfather, Salvador Américo Soto é Irizarry –

Birth record of Mayor Cruz’s maternal grandmother, Irene Molina y López –

Mayor Cruz’s paternal great-grandmother, Margarita Vicens y Vargas, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Death record of Mayor Cruz’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Pedro Vicens y Morey –


Stephanie Beatriz

by stlucas on May 7, 2017

Birth Name: Stephanie Beatriz Bischoff Alvizuri

Place of Birth: Neuquén, Argentina

Date of Birth: February 10, 1981

*Colombian [German, 1/4 Sephardi Jewish, Dutch, Spanish, Basque, possibly other] (father)
*Bolivian [Spanish, Indigenous, Basque, possibly other] (mother)

Stephanie Beatriz is an Argentine-born American actress.

Stephanie was born in Neuquén, Argentina, the daughter of Silvia Rosario Alvizuri Luna and Ernesto Bischoff Cortissoz. Beatriz moved to the U.S. at the age of two, and was raised in Texas. She has a sister, Jennifer.

Stephanie’s father is Colombian, and has recent German ancestry, as well as one quarter Sephardi Jewish, and some Dutch (from Curaçao) and Spanish, roots. Stephanie’s mother is Bolivian, and likely has Spanish and Indigenous roots. Some of the surnames in Stephanie’s family tree suggest Basque ancestry, on both sides.

Stephanie’s paternal grandfather was Luder Heinrich Bischoff Siefken (the son of Eduard August Bischoff Katenkamp and Cornelia Amalia “Nelly” Siefken Hoyer). Eduard was born in Bremen, Germany, the son of Lüder Heinrich Bischoff Meyer and Auguste Christine Katenkamp Bernhard. Cornelia was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, the daughter of Friedrich Moritz Siefken, who was from Bremen, Germany, and of Dorothea Cornelia Hoyer, who was from Curaçao, and was of Dutch, as well as some German (from Saxony), descent.

Stephanie’s paternal grandmother was Cecilia Cortissoz Rodriguez (the daughter of Ernesto Cortissoz Alvares-Correa and Esther Rodriguez Gonzales). Ernesto was a Sephardi Jew, and was the son of Jacob Cortissoz Jesurun-Pinto and Julia Alvares-Correa; his family lived in the Virgin Islands, Curaçao, the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, Barbados, and England. Esther was born in Colombia, of Spanish (with roots in Asturias), and possibly other, ancestry; she was the daughter of Enrique Rodriguez Blanco and Cecilia Gonzalez Vengoechea.

Stephanie’s maternal grandparents were Guillermo Alvizuri and Angelica Luna.

Sources: Genealogy of Stephanie Beatriz (focusing on her father’s side) –

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Nestor Carbonell

by stlucas on April 18, 2017

Birth Name: Néstor Gastón Carbonell y Ramírez de Arellano

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

Date of Birth: December 1, 1967

Ethnicity: Cuban (Spanish, Catalan, Basque, possibly other)

Nestor Carbonell is an American actor.

Nestor is the son of Rosa Ramírez de Arellano y Cárdenas and Néstor Tulio Carbonell y Cortina. His parents are Cuban, and moved to the U.S. in the 1960s. Nestor has a sister, Rosa Maria, and a brother, José. One of Nestor’s cousins is Cuban baseball player Rafael Palmeiro.

Neston has said:

My parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents were born in Cuba, but my roots are Spanish. On my father’s side, Carbonell (Catalonia) y Cortina (Basque Country), and on my mother’s side, Ramírez de Arellano (Navarre) y Cardenas (Jaén). I was born in New York and I am as proud of my American nationality as of my Cuban nationality and Spanish origins. I’ve been to Spain many times and I’ve enjoyed visiting Madrid and Andalusia.

Nestor’s paternal great-grandfather was José Manuel Cortina. He was a Cuban politician, lawyer, and journalist. José was the son of Dionisio Constantino de Cortina y Arteaga, an agriculturalist, of Basque descent, and of María Luisa García y Gutiérrez, who was born in Matanzas, Cuba.

Nestor’s maternal grandparents were Gastón Ramírez de Arellano y Longa and Rosa María De Cárdenas y Blanco (the daughter of Raúl De Cárdenas y Echarte and Dulce María Blanco y Valdés-Rodríguez). Raúl was the son of Lic-Julio De Cárdenas y Rodríguez Dulzáides and Rosa Echarte y Alfonso. Nestor’s Cárdenas line can be traced back to a man from Baeza, Jaén, Andalusia, Spain, who moved to Cuba in the 1500s.

Source: Genealogy of Nestor Carbonell (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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Lupita Jones

by madman on March 27, 2017

Birth Name: María Guadalupe Jones Garay

Place of Birth: Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

Date of Birth: September 6, 1968

Ethnicity: Mexican, English, Basque

Lupita Jones is a Mexican actress, director, and beauty queen. She was crowned Miss Mexico 1990 and Miss Universe 1991.

Lupita’s surnames, “Jones” and “Garay”, are English/Welsh and Basque in origin, respectively.