Vera Fischer

by stlucas on March 21, 2017

Birth Name: Vera Lucia Fischer

Place of Birth: Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Date of Birth: November 27, 1951

Ethnicity: Brazilian (German)

Vera Fischer is a Brazilian actress and beauty pageant titleholder. She was crowned Miss Brasil in 1969 and was a semifinalist at Miss Universe 1969.

Vera was born in Blumenau, Santa Catarina, the daughter of Emil Fischer and Hildegard (Berndt). She had a brother, Werner. They were raised Protestant (Lutheran) and spoke German as a first language. They learned Portuguese at school.

Vera’s father was originally from Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and moved to Blumenau in the 1930s. Vera’s mother was born in Brazil, of German descent.

Vera’s maternal grandparents were Ernst Berndt and Rosa.

Vera’s parents are pictured here.

Sources (in Portuguese) (in Portuguese)


Anthony Bourdain

by follers on March 18, 2017

Birth Name: Anthony Michael Bourdain

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

Date of Birth: June 25, 1956

*French, some Spanish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Anthony Bourdain is an American chef, author, and television personality.

He is the son of Gladys (Sacksman) Bourdain, a staff editor for The New York Times, and Pierre Bourdain, a classical music industry executive for Columbia Records.

Anthony’s father was of French, and some Spanish, descent, from a family that also lived in Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay; he was Catholic. Anthony’s mother is Jewish (of Ukrainian Jewish and Austrian Jewish descent).

Anthony’s paternal grandparents were Pierre Michel Bourdain (the son of Aureliano Bourdain and Mathilde Belliard) and Gabrielle Riousse (the daughter of Alfred Riousse and Ernestine Lorel). Pierre and Gabrielle were born in France. Aureliano was raised in Sao Pedro, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Anthony’s maternal grandparents were Milton Sacksman (the son of William Sacksman and Sarah Adler) and Martha Weinrib/Weinreb (the daughter of Morris Weinrib/Weinreb and Yetta Schuss). Milton was born in Ostroh, Rivnens’ka oblast, Ukraine. Martha was born in New York, to parents from Austria.

Sources: Article about Anthony’s ancestry, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, in The Huffington Post –

Genealogy of Anthony Bourdain –

Anthony’s maternal grandparents, Milton Sacksman and Martha Weinrib/Weinreb, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Photo by kathclick/


Angélica Kvieczynski

by stlucas on March 17, 2017

Birth Name: Angélica Cristine Kvieczynski

Place of Birth: Toledo, Paraná, Brazil

Date of Birth: September 1, 1991

Ethnicity: Brazilian (Polish, German, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, possibly other)

Angélica Kvieczynski is a Brazilian individual rhythmic gymnast. She is the daughter of Ana Luiza (Erdman/Erdmann) and Dalito Kvieczynski. She has two sisters, Jéssica and Ana Beatriz.

Angélica has stated that her surname is of Polish origin, and that she also has German, Russian, and Italian ancestry.

Two of Angélica’s maternal great-grandparents were Altair Taborda Lopes and Lúcia Manfron. The surnames “Taborda” and “Lopes” might indicate Portuguese ancestry. “Manfron” is an Italian surname, from Veneto.

Angélica is pictured with her mother, husband, and sister here.



Bruna Schmitz

by stlucas on March 9, 2017

Birth Name: Stephanie Bruna Schmitz

Place of Birth: Salto do Lontra, Paraná, Brazil

Date of Birth: April 3, 1990

Ethnicity: Brazilian (German, Portuguese, possibly other)

Bruna Schmitz is a professional Brazilian surfer and model. She was born in Salto do Lontra, Paraná, the daughter of José Valdemar Schmitz and Fernanda (Fernandes). She has a sister, Jessica, and a brother, Ale. They were raised in Matinhos, Paraná, Brazil.

Her father’s surname is of German origin. Her mother’s surname is Portuguese.

She is married to American surfer Dane Zaun.

Sources: Official website (in English) –

Photo by Prphotos



by stlucas on March 9, 2017

Birth Name: Alok Achkar Peres Petrillo

Place of Birth: Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil

Date of Birth: August 26, 1991

Ethnicity: Brazilian (Italian, Lebanese, Portuguese, possibly other)

Alok is a Brazilian DJ and record producer.

He was born in Goiânia, Goiás, the son of Brazilian parents Ekanta Jake Peres and Juarez “Swarup” Achkar Petrillo.

After they divorced, Alok moved with his mother and twin brother, Bhaskar, to Amsterdam, London, and São Paulo. He was then raised in Brasília during his teenage years.

Both Ekanta and Juarez are also DJs. Ekanta’s surname is Portuguese. Juarez’s surnames are of Italian and Lebanese origin.

Alok’s paternal grandparents were José Petrillo and Dalel Achkar.

Alok’s maternal grandmother is Val Jake.

Alok has stated that his name is originally from India and means “light”.

Alok is pictured with his parents here.

Sources: (in Portuguese) (in Portuguese)