Sofia Carson

by stlucas on August 15, 2017

Birth Name: Sofia Daccarett Char

Place of Birth: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 10, 1993

Ethnicity: Colombian [Syrian-Lebanese, Arab Palestinian, Spanish, possibly other], possibly English

Sofia Carson is an American actress and singer.

Sofia is the daughter of Laura (Char) and José Fernando Daccarett. Sofia’s parents were born in Barranquilla, Colombia. Sofia speaks fluent English and Spanish.

One of Sofia’s great-uncles (maternal grandfather’s brother) was a Senator of Colombia (from 1990 to 1995; 1998 to 2006; and 2010 to 2014) and a Minister of Economic Development (from 1987 to 1988), Fuad Char. One of Fuad’s sons, Alejandro Char Chaljub, is the current mayor of Barranquilla, Colombia, since 2008.

Sofia’s paternal grandfather is René Roque Giha Daccarett, the son of José Miguel Daccarett and Zoila Giha. René was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. José Miguel had origins in Palestine.

Sofia’s paternal grandmother is Rosa María Escobar.

Sofia’s maternal grandfather is Simón Char Abdala (the son of Richard/Ricardo Char Zaslawy and Erlinda Abdala Chadjur). Richard was born in Damascus, Syria, the son of Miguel Char and María Zaslawy, and moved to Colombia in 1926. Erlinda was born in Colombia, the daughter of Lebanese parents, Simón Abdala and Rosa Chadjur.

Sofia’s maternal grandmother is Lauraine E. Carson, who is American.

Sofia has stated:

My mom is Colombian, so I was raised going to Colombia every year to see my family. I am lucky enough that I get to speak both languages and they are both a part of who I am. Also, we were raised eating mac and cheese and popcorn, but also, deditos de queso, empanadas, arroz con pollo and listening to boleros, or reggaeton, but also listening to Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and others. We’ve been raised completely biculturally. I think it’s a cool experience; I never really knew or appreciated [the] good it would do me in my future to be bicultural — to have both cultures with me and both languages — than right now in this moment in my career. Speaking Spanish has been such a plus and I feel so proud to be Colombian, and to be Latin and to go around the world and speak my languages. It’s great.

Sources: Immigration record of Sofia’s paternal grandfather, René Roque Daccarett Giha –

Genealogy of Sofia’s mother – (in Spanish) (in Spanish) (in Spanish)

Photo by kathclick/


Felipe Peláez

by Manila on July 21, 2017

Birth Name: Felipe Renán Peláez Rodríguez

Place of Birth: Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela

Date of Birth: February 7, 1976

Ethnicity: Venezuelan

Felipe Peláez is a Venezuelan-born Colombian singer and songwriter.

He is the son of Felipe Peláez Goboriyu and Consuelo Rodríguez.

Felipe is married to Laura Catalina Henao.

Source: Death announcement of Felipe’s father –


Paula Arenas

by Manila on July 9, 2017

Birth Name: Paula Arenas Álvarez

Place of Birth: Bogotá, Colombia

Date of Birth: May 1, 1988

Ethnicity: Colombian (Spanish, possibly other)

Paula Arenas is a Colombian singer and songwriter.

She is the daughter of Mauricio “Mauri” Arenas and Johana Álvarez. A picture of Mauricio is shown here.

Paula’s maternal grandfather is Luis Eduardo Álvarez Samper (who likely is the son of José Martín Álvarez and Isabel Samper).

A picture of Paula’s maternal grandparents is shown here.


J Balvin

by Manila on June 9, 2017

J Balvin – 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards  Photo Credit:

Birth Name: José Alvaro Osorio Balvin

Place of Birth: Medellín, Colombia

Date of Birth: May 7, 1985

Ethnicity: Colombian

J Balvin is a Colombian reggaeton singer. He is the son of Álvaro Osorio and Alba Mery Vásquez.


Ben Rattray

by follers on June 7, 2017

Photo by David Shankbone

Birth Name: Benjamin Michael Rattray

Place of Birth: Santa Barbara, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 16, 1980

Ethnicity: Irish, as well as Scottish, English, 1/8th Swedish, 1/16th Colombian, 1/32 Italian/Sicilian

Ben Rattray is an American entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of the website

Ben’s paternal grandfather was Richard Alan Rattray (the son of Charles Thomas Rattray and Gladys May Timmons). Richard was born in Illinois. Charles was the son of William H. Rattray and Aurelia McGrew. Gladys was the daughter of James H. Timmons and Emma Jane Linley.

Ben’s paternal grandmother was Jeanne/Jeanie Modica (the daughter of Leonard Blake Modica and Hilja/Hilia Inez Alexenna Östergren). Leonard was the son of Francisco/Francis/Frank Bombard Modica, who was born in Massachusetts, to a father from Palermo, Sicily, Italy, and of Delfina/Delphina Fernandez Diago, who was born in Popoyan, Colombia. Ben’s great-grandmother Hilja was born in Stockholm, Sweden, the daughter of Axel Edvard Östergren and Ida Gustafva Frick.

Ben’s maternal grandfather was James Joseph McCaffrey (the son of James Bernard McCaffrey and Lydia/Lidia McDaniel). Ben’s grandfather Joseph was born in Pennsylvania. Ben’s great-grandfather James was born in New Jersey, the son of Irish parents, James McCaffrey and Julia Cashman. Lydia was born in Delaware, the daughter of Madison McDaniel and Elnora Stewart.

Ben’s maternal grandmother was Anna Bernadette McHugh (the daughter of John McHugh and Elsie Welsh/Welch). Anna was born in New Jersey. John was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents. Elsie was born in New Jersey, also of Irish descent, and was the daughter of Walter Welsh/Welch and Mary, who was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Ben’s paternal grandparents, Richard Alan Rattray and Jeanne/Jeanie Modica –

Ben’s paternal grandfather, Richard Alan Rattray, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Ben’s paternal grandmother, Jeanne/Jeanie Modica –

Ben’s paternal great-grandparents, Leonard Blake Modica and Hilja/Hilia Inez Alexenna Östergren, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Ben’s paternal great-grandfather, Leonard Blake Modica, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Ben’s maternal grandfather, James Joseph McCaffrey, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Ben’s maternal grandmother, Anna Bernadette McHugh, on the 1930 U.S. Census –