Costa Rican

Carlos Alvarado Quesada

by Manila on April 7, 2018

Place of Birth: San José, Costa Rica

Date of Birth: 14 January, 1980

Ethnicity: Costa Rican [Spanish (Andalusian, Aragonese, Castilian, Extremaduran, Leonese), Basque, distant Indigenous (Boruca)], 1/8 Swiss-Italian, distant Portuguese

Carlos Alvarado Quesada is a Costa Rican writer, journalist, political scientist, and politician. He has served as President of Costa Rica, since 8 May, 2018. He was previously the Minister of Labor and Social Security, from 29 March, 2016 to 19, January 2017.

President Alvarado is the son of Alejandro Alvarado Induni and Adelia Quesada Alvarado.

President Alvarado is married to architect Claudia Dobles Camargo, with whom he has a son.

President Alvarado’s paternal grandfather was Manuel Francisco de Jesús Alvarado Salazar (the son of Juan Bautista Alvarado Mora and María Josefa Celia de Jesús Salazar González). Juan was the son of Valerio Alvarado and Gertrudis Saturnina Mora. Josefa was the daughter of José Víctor Salazar Chaves and María Toribia González Valverde.

President Alvarado’s paternal grandmother was María Berta del Carmen Induni Arquín (the daughter of Agostino Carlo Induni, or Agustín Carlos Induni Ferrari in Spanish, and of María Rosa de la Trinidad Arquín Céspedes). Agostino was a Swiss-Italian emigrant, from Magliaso, Ticino, and was the son of Filippo Induni and Maddalena Ferrari. Rosa was the daughter of Juan de Jesús Arquín Quesada and Adela Céspedes Sánchez.

President Alvarado’s maternal grandfather was Manuel de Jesús Quesada Castro (the son of Serviliano Joaquín Jorge de Jesús Quesada y Marín and Juana Benita Castro Mora). Serviliano was the son of George (later Jorge) de Jesús Quesada Solano and Ramona Marín Muñoz. Juana was the daughter of Manuel de los Dolores Castro Umaña and Mónica de los Santos Mora Venegas.

President Alvarado’s maternal grandmother was Noemi Dominga del Rosario Alvarado Romero (the daughter of Noé Rafael María de Jesús Alvarado Morales and Adelia Urbana de los Ángeles Romero Mora). Noemi was born in San José, Costa Rica. Noé was the son of Juan Alvarado Jiménez and Sinforosa de la Concepción Morales. Adelia was the daughter of Juan de Jesús Romero Badilla and María Joaquina Ángela del Rosario Mora y Venegas, who was the younger sister of Mónica de los Santos Mora Venegas.

President Alvarado’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fifth great-grandmother, Magdalena Rodríguez (c. 1780 – 1 June 1840, San José).

Sources: Biography of Carlos Alvarado Quesada –

Genealogy of President Alvarado’s paternal grandfather, Manuel Francisco de Jesús Alvarado Salazar –

Genealogy of President Alvarado’s paternal grandmother, María Berta del Carmen Induni Arquín –

Genealogy of President Alvarado’s maternal grandfather, Manuel de Jesús Quesada Castro –

Genealogy of President Alvarado’s maternal grandmother, Noemi Dominga del Rosario Alvarado Romero –


Ana Navarro

by follers on April 8, 2017

Birth Name: Ana Violeta Navarro Flores

Place of Birth: Chinandega, Nicaragua

Date of Birth: December 28, 1971

Ethnicity: Nicaraguan (Spanish, some Indigenous, small amount of African), small amount of Costa Rican

Ana Navarro is an American political strategist and commentator. She is a Republican.

Ana was born in Chinandega, Nicaragua. Because of political upheaval in her country, her family moved to the U.S. in 1980, settling in Miami, Florida.

Ana is the daughter of José Augusto Navarro Flores and Violeta Flores López. Her mother was born in León, Nicaragua. Ana’s mother was adopted by don Daniel Flores Baca and doña Margarita López D’Arbelles. Don Daniel was murdered when Ana’s mother was 20, in 1960, in a crime that is still unsolved.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2017) stated that Ana’s genetic ancestry is:

*70.1% European
*20.8% Native American
*4.2% Sub-Saharan African
*1.6% Middle Eastern & North African
*3.3% Unmatched

Ana’s patrilineal line traces back to Pantaleón Pacheco Navarro, who was born, c. 1780, in Cartago, Costa Rica, the son of Miguel Geronimo Pacheco and Maria Bartola Navarro Guerrero. Miguel was born into slavery in Cartaga, c. 1758. He was of mixed race, part African, ancestry.

Ana’s paternal grandfather was Augusto Navarro Callejas (the son of Ángel Navarro y Navarro and María de Jesús Callejas Sansón). Ángel was the son of Pantaleón Navarro de Cádiz and María Salomé Navarro y Reyes-Garzón. María de Jesús was the daughter of Juan Andrés Callejas Soto and María Gertrudis Sansón Parrales.

Ana’s paternal grandmother was Zoila Flores Baca (the daughter of Daniel Flores Lacayo and María del Rosario Baca Icaza).

Ana’s biological maternal grandfather was Arturo Baca Muñoz (the son of Rafael Arturo Baca Icaza and Melida Muñoz). Rafael was the son of Alejandro De Jesús Baca Icaza and María Isabel De Jesús Icaza Enriquez.

Ana’a biological maternal grandmother was Bertha Del Carmen Alvarado.

Ana has said:

Was fascinated by & love my DNA results: 4% African. 6% European Jewish. Iberian Peninsula. Italian. Greek. Native American…World Citizen.

Sources: Genealogy of Ana Navarro –

Genealogy of Ana’s father (focusing on his father’s side) –


Giannina Facio

by andrew on January 15, 2017

Birth Name: Giannina Facio Franco

Place of Birth: San Josè, Costa Rica

Date of Birth: September 10, 1955

Ethnicity: Costa Rican (Spanish, distant Catalan, possibly other)

Giannina Facio is a Costa Rican actress and producer. She is married to British film director and producer Ridley Scott.

Giannina’s father is Costa Rican politician Gonzalo Facio Segreda, who served as the Costa Rican ambassador to the U.S., from 1956 to 1958, 1962 to 1966, and again from 1990 to 1994. A picture of Giannina’s father with U.S. President John F. Kennedy can be seen here.

Some of her distant ancestors were Catalan.

Giannina’s paternal grandfather was Gonzalo Facio Ulloa (the son of Justo Antonio Facio de la Guardia and Natalia Ulloa Salinas). Justo was born in Santiago de Veragua, Panama, and was the son of Justo Facio and Natividad de la Guardia. Natalia was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, the daughter of Pedro Ulloa and Virginia Salinas.

Giannina’s paternal grandmother was María Teresa Segreda Solera (the daughter of Rosendo Segreda Zamora and Filomena Solera Rodriguez). Rosendo was the son of Jose Ml Sagrera Paniagua and Mercedes Zamora.

Sources: Genealogies of Giannina’s father –

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Kaya Jones

by madman on October 8, 2016

"On Point Beauty" TV Movie Launch at Gavert Atelier in Beverly Hills

Birth Name: Chrystal Neria

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: August 28, 1984

*Italian/Sicilian, Mexican, German, Indigenous (father)
*Jamaican [African, Spanish, German, Irish] (mother)

Kaya Jones is a Canadian-American pop singer, model, and actress. She performed with The Pussycat Dolls, a band whose members also included Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Nicole Scherzinger, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton, and Kimberly Wyatt.

Kaya was born in Toronto, the daughter of Barbara and Christopher Neria. She grew up partly in the Caribbean, and later moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kaya’s father was born under Neria, the surname of his own mother. Kaya’s paternal grandmother’s ancestry is Italian/Sicilian, Mexican (including likely Indigenous Mexican), and German. It is not publicly known who Kaya’s biological paternal grandfather was.

Kaya’s mother’s family is Jamaican, and is of African, Spanish, German, and Irish descent. A picture of Kaya’s maternal grandparents can be seen here.

In 2017, Kaya joined the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, being listed as director, under the title Native American Ambassador for Trump. Kaya has said, “Be that Native woman – I Am Native,” adding, “My father is Native American,” and also “my father is full Native” and that he was “Raised full born half.” This Native American ancestry is often referred to specifically as Apache. Kaya’s Native American ancestry has been disputed by family history researchers, with no genealogical evidence of it having evidently been produced. Some discussion of the issue can be read here.

A DNA test whose results Kaya displayed on her Twitter feed stated that her genetic ancestry includes:

*31% Great Britain
*25% Europe West
*16% Native American

While it may come from Apache Native American ancestry, Kaya’s Native American DNA result may be reflective of Indigenous ancestry from Mexico, which she likely has through her father.

Kaya’s paternal grandmother is Donna Cecelia Neria (the daughter of San Alopinar/Apolinar Paul Neria and Mary Virginia Geller). Donna was born in Texas. Paul was born in Texas, the son of Felipe Neria, who was from Palermo, Sicily, and of Hilaria Bustamante, who was Mexican. Kaya’s great-great-grandfather Felipe died at Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Kaya’s great-grandmother Mary was born in Texas, and was of German descent. She was the daughter of William Conbay Giller and Lucian Mary Sandkuhl.

Kaya’s maternal grandfather was Dr. Tennyson Byron Sinclair (the son of Dr. Edmund Mortimer Sinclair and Kesiah Isabel). Tennyson was born in Limón, Costa Rica, and had African and Spanish ancestry. His parents were from Jamaica.

Kaya’s maternal grandmother was Cicily/Cecily Ianthe Bodden (the daughter of Alfred William Bodden and likely Charliana/Charlianna Reginella/Retinella Bowen). Cicily was a Jamaican, of German and Irish descent. Alfred was the son of William Francis Bodden. Charliana was the daughter of Frank Bowen.

Sources: Obituary of Kaya’s paternal great-grandmother, Mary Virginia (Geller) Neria –

Marriage record of Kaya’s maternal grandparents, Tennyson Byron Sinclair and Cicily/Cecily Ianthe Bodden –

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Rosa Mendes

by Sage on March 4, 2016

2010 WWE Summer Slam Kickoff Party - Arrivals

Birth Name: Milena Leticia Roucka

Place of Birth: Vancouver, Canada

Date of Birth: October 25, 1979

Ethnicity: Czech, Costa Rican

Rosa Mendes, born Milena Leticia Roucka, is a Canadian professional wrestler, professional wrestling valet, former ring announcer, and former model. She is of half Czech and half Costa Rican descent.

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