Carlos Saldanha

by stlucas on May 8, 2017

Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Date of Birth: January 24, 1965

Ethnicity: Brazilian (Portuguese, possibly other)

Carlos Saldanha is a Brazilian director, producer, and animator.

Carlos’ surname is of Portuguese origin.

Source: (in Portuguese)

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Lino Facioli

by stlucas on April 26, 2017

Birth Name: Lino Schmidek Machado Facioli

Place of Birth: Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil

Date of Birth: July 29, 2000

Ethnicity: Brazilian (Austrian, Italian, Portuguese, German, possibly other)

Lino Facioli is a Brazilian actor. He is known for his role as Robyn Arryn on the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Lino is the son of Claudia Schmidek and Cako Facioli. The family moved to London, England, U.K., when Lino was five years old.

Lino’s mother has stated on Twitter that she has German and Austrian ancestry. Lino’s father has Italian roots. The surname “Machado” is of Portuguese origin.

Lino is pictured with his parents here.

Lino’s maternal grandfather is Werner Robert Schmidek. Werner was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Anna and Anton Schmidek (the son of Anton Schmidek and Ernestine).

Sources: (in Portuguese)

Immigration record of Lino’s maternal grandfather, Werner Robert Schmidek –


Louane Emera

by Manila on April 23, 2017

Birth Name: Anne Peichert

Place of Birth: Hénin-Beaumont, Pas-de-Calais, France

Date of Birth: 26 November, 1996

*German, Polish (father)
*Brazilian [Portuguese, possibly other] (mother)

Louane Emera is a French singer and actress. She is the daughter of Isabel (Pinto dos Santos) and Jean-Pierre Peichert.

Louanne has said:

My mother was born in Portugal, to a Brazilian mother and a Portuguese father. My father was born in France, to a Polish mother and a German father.

Louane’s maternal grandparents are António Fernando dos Santos and Maria José Pinto.

Sources: Obituary of Louane’s father –

Obituary of Louane’s mother –

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Sasha Meneghel

by stlucas on April 8, 2017

Birth Name: Sasha Meneghel Szafir

Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Date of Birth: July 28, 1998

Ethnicity: Brazilian (1/2 Jewish, at least 1/16 Italian, Portuguese, likely Polish, possibly other)

Sasha Meneghel is a Brazilian actress, model, and athlete. Sasha is the daughter of Brazilian television presenter Xuxa Meneghel (born Maria da Graça Meneghel) and actor Luciano Szafir (born Luciano Lebelson Szafir).

Sasha’s father is Jewish, and had his Bar Mitzvah ceremony in Israel. His parents have described themselves as Sephardi Jews; some sources, however, state that their ancestors were Polish Jews.

Sasha’s mother has Italian, Portuguese, and likely Polish (and other) ancestry.

Sasha’s paternal grandfather is Gabriel Szafir (the son of Szlama Szafir and Perla).

Sasha’s paternal grandmother is Elizabeth “Beth” Lebelson (the daughter of Israel Lebelson and Chana Landau). Israel was the son of Shlomo Zalmen Leblsohn and Rivka Rochel Frydman. Chana was the daughter of David Landau and Esther, who were born in the Soviet Union.

Sasha’s maternal grandfather was Luiz Floriano Meneghel (the son of Eduardo Meneghel and Carolina Maliska). Eduardo’s father was originally from Imer, in the Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy, and moved to Brazil at the end of the nineteenth century. Carolina’s surname is likely Polish.

Sasha’s maternal grandmother is Alda Flores da Rocha (the daughter of Agenor Flores da Rocha and Olivia Joner). Agenor had Portuguese ancestry. Olivia was possibly of German descent.

Sources: Genealogy of Sasha Meneghel –

Genealogy of Sasha’s father, Luciano Szafir (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Birth certificate of Sasha’s mother, Xuxa Meneghel –

Article about Xuxa’s maternal great-grandmother, Olivia Joner – (in Portuguese) (in Portuguese)


Laura Neiva

by stlucas on April 8, 2017

Birth Name: Laura França dos Santos Neiva

Place of Birth: São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Date of Birth: September 21, 1993

Ethnicity: Brazilian (Portuguese, Italian, possibly other)

Laura Neiva is a Brazilian actress and model. She is known for her role on the movie Adrift (2009), starring alongside French actor Vincent Cassel and American actress Camilla Belle.

Laura is the daughter of Michele França dos Santos. Laura was raised by her mother and stepfather, Dario Mattar, who is of Lebanese descent.

Laura has stated:

I have three families: my stepfather’s family, my mother’s family and my father’s family. A Lebanese, an Italian, and a Brazilian one. I’m an only child, but my house was always full of cousins.

Sources: (in Portuguese) (in Portuguese)

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