Pablo Alborán

by Manila on September 16, 2017

Birth Name: Pablo Moreno de Alborán Ferrándiz

Place of Birth: Málaga, Málaga, Spain

Date of Birth: 31 May, 1989

Ethnicity: Spanish (Andalusian, Castilian, and Valencian), Basque, German

Pablo Alborán is a Spanish musician, singer, and songwriter.

Pablo’s father, Salvador Moreno de Alborán Peralta, is an architect, also from Málaga, Málaga. Pablo’s mother, Marie Hèlene Ferrándiz (or María Elena Ferrándiz Martínez in Spanish), was born in Casablanca, then-part of French Morocco.

Pablo’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fourth great-grandfather, Salvador Joaquín Moreno, of San Fernando, Cádiz.

Pablo’s paternal grandfather was Salvador Moreno de Alborán y Reyna (the son of Francisco Moreno y Fernández, 1st Marquess of Alborán, and of Antonia de Reyna y Martínez de Tejada). The 1st Marquess of Alborán was the son of Salvador Moreno y Eliza and María Asunción Fernández Antón. Antonia was the daughter of Tomás de Reyna y Massa, and of a woman surnamed Martínez de Tejada.

Pablo’s paternal grandmother is Trinidad Peralta España (the daughter of Juan Luis Peralta Bundsen and Trinidad España Enciso). Juan Luis was the son of Juan Peralta Apezteguía and Julia Bundsen Scholtz. Pablo’s great-grandmother Trinidad was the daughter of Avelino España Pérez and Araceli Enciso España.

Pablo’s maternal grandparents were surnamed Ferrándiz and Martínez.

Source: Genealogy of Pablo’s paternal grandmother, Trinidad Peralta España –

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Sonsoles Espinosa

by Manila on August 29, 2017

Birth Name: Sonsoles Espinosa Díaz

Place of Birth: Ávila, Ávila, Spain

Date of Birth: 8 November 1961

Ethnicity: Spanish (Castilian), possibly Basque

Sonsoles Espinosa is a Spanish classical singer and music teacher.

Sonsoles’ father, Ramón Espinosa Armendáriz, was a military officer, from Espinosa de los Monteros, Burgos. The surnames Espinosa and Armendáriz are of Sephardi Jewish and Basque origins, respectively. However, it not clear if these are accurate. Sonsoles’ mother, Juana Díaz García, was a native of Hoyocasero, Ávila.

Sonsoles is married to former Prime Minister of Spain José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, with whom she has two children.

Sonsoles’ paternal grandparents were ? Espinosa and ? Armendáriz.

Sonsoles’ maternal grandparents were Gregorio Díaz Jiménez (the son of Rafael Díaz and Brígida Jiménez) and Josefa García Sánchez (the daughter of Rafael García and Juana Sánchez).

Source: Genealogy of Sonsoles Espinosa –


Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

by stlucas on August 9, 2017

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa – “Carrie” World Premiere – Arrivals – ArcLight Cinemas – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Roberto Francisco Aguirre-Sacasa

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: 1973

Ethnicity: Nicaraguan (Spanish, along with some French, Basque, 1/64 English, distant Italian, possibly other)

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is a Nicaraguan-American playwright, screenwriter, and comic book writer.

Roberto is the son of Maria de Los Angeles (Sacasa Gómez) and Horacio Francisco Javier/Xavier Aguirre-Sacasa. His father has served as Nicaragua’s Foreign Minister, from 2000 to 2002, and as Nicaragua’s ambassador to the U.S. Roberto was raised between Nicaragua and the U.S.

Robert’s mother’s Sacasa family is very prominent in Nicaragua. Roberto’s maternal great-grandfather, Rafael Sacasa y Sacasa, was President of Nicaragua, from 1889 to 1891, and from 1891 to 1893. Roberto is a relative of Silvestre Selva Sacasa, who was the 17th President of Nicaragua, and of Benjamín Lacayo Sacasa, who was the 67th President of Nicaragua.

Roberto’s parents are both Nicaraguan. Roberto’s father is mostly of Spanish, along with distant Italian (from Genoa, through the surname Marengo), descent. Roberto’s mother also has Spanish ancestry, as well as some English, and French, roots.

Robert is a relative of actress Madeleine Stowe, through their descent from Mariano Ignacio de Montealegre y Balmaceda, who was born in Grenada, Spain, and from Mariano’s wife, Manuela Casimira de Romero y Sáenz Vásquez de Quintanilla y Bonilla, who was born in Cartago, Costa Rica.

Roberto’s paternal grandfather was Francisco Aguirre Baca (the son of Horacio Aguirre Muñoz and Pilar Josefina Baca Herdocia). Horacio was the son of ? Aguirre Torre and ? Muñoz Macías. Pilar was the daughter of Pedro Baca Herdocia and Josefina Herdocia Baca.

Roberto’s paternal grandmother was Gladys Sacasa Salinas (the daughter of Rafael Sacasa y Sacasa and Maria Luisa Salinas Bonilla). Rafael was the son of Roberto Sacasa Sarria and Angela Sacasa Quadra. Maria Luisa was the daughter of Norberto Salinas Ramírez and Rosaura Bonilla Tuzo.

Roberto’s maternal grandfather was Roberto Sacasa Argüello (the son of Juan Bautista Sacasa Sacasa and María Argüello Manning). Juan was the son of Roberto Sacasa Sarria and Angela Sacasa Quadra. María was the daughter of Victorino de Los Santos Argüello Prado and Carlota Maria Manning Alonso.

Roberto’s maternal grandmother was Fermina Zenaida Gómez Argüello (the daughter of José Joaquín Gómez Rouhaud and Casimira Argüello Vargas). José Joaquín was the son of José Miguel Gómez Bendaña and Alma Rouhaud Legrelle. Casimira was the daughter of Luis Argüello Abaunza and María Casimira Vargas Vargas.

Sources: Genealogy of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa –

Obituaries of Roberto’s paternal grandfather, Francisco Aguirre Baca –

Information about some of Roberto’s ancestors –

Information about Roberto’s Italian ancestors –


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 –