Costa Rican

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 – http://www.genealogy.com

Genealogy of Ana’s father (focusing on his father’s side) – https://gw.geneanet.org

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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 – http://www.ancestry.com
http://gw.geneanet.org

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Kaya Jones

by madman on October 8, 2016

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Birth Name: Chrystal Neria

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: August 28, 1984

Ethnicity: Apache Native American, Costa Rican, Nicaraguan, Panamanian, Jamaican

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

Kaya grew up partly in the Caribbean, and later moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. She has said:

I definitely don’t know any Spanish other than a few words—un poquito… My grandfather is Costa Rican/Nicaraguan/Panamanian. My mother is Jamaican, so our fathers’ descent is pretty mixed up. My father is Apache. He’s Native American, so I’m 40 percent Native American, which a lot of people don’t know.

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Rosa Mendes

by Sage on March 4, 2016

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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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Danny Burstein

by follers on June 15, 2015

68th Annual Tony Awards in New York City - Arrivals

Birth Name: Daniel Melcher (likely)

Place of Birth: Mt. Kisco, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 16, 1964

Ethnicity:
*Costa Rican-Spanish (mother)
*unclear (biological father)

Danny Burstein is an American actor.

Danny’s mother, Virginia (Vega), who is Catholic, is from Costa Rica (with Spanish ancestry). Danny’s mother and biological father, Michael Melcher, separated when he was two months old.

When Danny was six, his mother married Harvey Burstein. Harvey, who became Danny’s stepfather, helped raise him. Harvey is from a Jewish family.

It is not (publicly) clear what Danny’s biological father’s ancestry is. Danny’s first language is Spanish. Danny has also said that his mother has some degree of Sephardi Jewish ancestry, although his mother and her family were Catholic by religion.

Danny is married to actress, singer, and recording artist Rebecca Luker. He has two children.

Danny’s maternal grandfather was Francisco Alvarado Vega Aronis (the son of Jeami Vega and Maria Alvarado Aronis). Francisco was born in Tres Rios, Cartago, Costa Rica.

Danny’s maternal grandmother was Alicia Adela Valverde Vargas (the daughter of Juan Maria Valverde Rojas and Elodia Vargas Fonseca). Alicia was born in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Sources: Obituary of Danny’s maternal grandfather, Francisco Alvarado Vega Aronis – http://www.findagrave.com

Marriage record of Danny’s maternal great-grandparents, Juan Maria Valverde Rojas and Elodia Vargas Fonseca – https://www.familysearch.org

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