Costa Rican

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, 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.

Giannina’s paternal grandparents were Gonzalo Facio Ulloa and 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

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Place of Birth: Mt. Kisco, New York

Date of Birth: June 16, 1964

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

Danny Burstein is an American actor. He is married to actress Rebecca Luker.

Danny’s mother, Virginia (Vega), who is Catholic, is from Costa Rica (with Spanish ancestry). Danny’s mother and biological father 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’s maternal grandparents are Francisco A. Vega (the son of Jeami Vega and Maria Alvarado) and Alicia. Francisco was born in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Source: Obituary of Danny’s maternal grandfather, Francisco A. Vega – http://www.findagrave.com

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Madeleine Stowe

by andrew on January 2, 2014

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Birth Name: Madeline M. Stowe

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 18, 1958

Ethnicity:
*Dutch, German, English (father)
*Spanish/Spanish-Costa Rican, 1/4 German (mother)

Madeline Stowe is an American actress. Her father, Robert Alfred Stowe, was a civil engineer from a “poor Oregon family”, and had Dutch, German, and English ancestry. Her mother, Mireya Maria (née Mora Steinvorth), was from a prominent family in Costa Rica. One of Madeleine’s maternal great-grandfathers was a German immigrant to Costa Rico, while much or all of the rest of Madeleine’s mother’s ancestry was Costa Rican/Spanish-Costa Rican. Madeline is married to actor Brian Benben.

Madeleine’s paternal grandfather was Walter Westing Stowe (the son of Walter A. Stowe and Jennie Westing). Madeleine’s great-grandfather Walter was the son of George Stowe. Jennie was the daughter of Dutch parents, Dirk Westing and Janna “Jane” Zeldenrust.

Madeleine’s paternal grandmother was Madeline E. Phillips (the daughter of Royal/Roy Phillips and Dorothy Meyers). Royal was of at least part German ancestry, and was the son of James P./A. Phillips and Ruth Jane Lucas. Dorothy was German.

Madeleine’s maternal grandfather was Federico Mora Carranza (the son of Federico Mora Gutiérrez and Micaela Carranza Montealegre). Madeleine’s great-grandfather Federico was the son of José Joaquín Mora Porras and Dolores Gutiérrez Peñamonje. José Joaquín Mora Porras, a politician, was a younger brother of President Juan Rafael Mora Porras, who governed Costa Rica, from 1849 and 1859.

Madeleine’s great-grandmother Micaela was the daughter of José Bruno Carranza Ramirez and Gerónima de Jesús Montealegre Fernández. José Bruno Carranza Ramirez was President of Costa Rica in 1870, albeit briefly, as he resigned three months after taking power. Madeleine’s great-great-grandmother Gerónima de Jesús Montealegre Fernández was the sister of President José María Montealegre Fernández, who governed Costa Rica, from 1859 to 1863. José María’s paternal grandparents were Ignacio de Montealegre Balmaceda, who was born in Granada, Spain, and Josefa Bustamante, from Guatemala.

Madeleine’s maternal grandmother was Rosita Steinvorth Marín (the daughter of Wilhelm or Guillermo Steinvorth Ulex and Rosaura Marín Blanco or Rojas). Wilhelm was a German immigrant to Costa Rico. Rosaura was the daughter of Ramon Marin Sola and Martina Bustamante.

Source: Genealogy of Madeleine’s maternal great-grandmother, Micaela Carranza Montealegre – https://www.geni.com

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