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 –


Vera Fischer

by stlucas on March 21, 2017

Birth Name: Vera Lucia Fischer

Place of Birth: Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Date of Birth: November 27, 1951

Ethnicity: Brazilian (German)

Vera Fischer is a Brazilian actress and beauty pageant titleholder. She was crowned Miss Brasil in 1969 and was a semifinalist at Miss Universe 1969.

Vera was born in Blumenau, Santa Catarina, the daughter of Emil Fischer and Hildegard (Berndt). She had a brother, Werner. They were raised Protestant (Lutheran) and spoke German as a first language. They learned Portuguese at school.

Vera’s father was originally from Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and moved to Blumenau in the 1930s. Vera’s mother was born in Brazil, of German descent.

Vera’s maternal grandparents were Ernst Berndt and Rosa.

Vera’s parents are pictured here.

Sources (in Portuguese) (in Portuguese)


Angélica Kvieczynski

by stlucas on March 17, 2017

Birth Name: Angélica Cristine Kvieczynski

Place of Birth: Toledo, Paraná, Brazil

Date of Birth: September 1, 1991

Ethnicity: Brazilian (Polish, German, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, possibly other)

Angélica Kvieczynski is a Brazilian individual rhythmic gymnast. She is the daughter of Ana Luiza (Erdman/Erdmann) and Dalito Kvieczynski. She has two sisters, Jéssica and Ana Beatriz.

Angélica has stated that her surname is of Polish origin, and that she also has German, Russian, and Italian ancestry.

Two of Angélica’s maternal great-grandparents were Altair Taborda Lopes and Lúcia Manfron. The surnames “Taborda” and “Lopes” might indicate Portuguese ancestry. “Manfron” is an Italian surname, from Veneto.

Angélica is pictured with her mother, husband, and sister here.



Bruna Schmitz

by stlucas on March 9, 2017

Birth Name: Stephanie Bruna Schmitz

Place of Birth: Salto do Lontra, Paraná, Brazil

Date of Birth: April 3, 1990

Ethnicity: Brazilian (German, Portuguese, possibly other)

Bruna Schmitz is a professional Brazilian surfer and model. She was born in Salto do Lontra, Paraná, the daughter of José Valdemar Schmitz and Fernanda (Fernandes). She has a sister, Jessica, and a brother, Ale. They were raised in Matinhos, Paraná, Brazil.

Her father’s surname is of German origin. Her mother’s surname is Portuguese.

She is married to American surfer Dane Zaun.

Sources: Official website (in English) –

Photo by Prphotos


Sabrina Sato

by stlucas on January 25, 2017

Birth Name: Sabrina Sato Rahal

Place of Birth: Penápolis, São Paulo, Brazil

Date of Birth: October 4, 1981

Ethnicity: Brazilian (1/2 Japanese, 1/4 Swiss-German, 1/4 Lebanese)

Sabrina Sato is a Brazilian television presenter, actress, comedian, reporter, model, and television personality. She is also known for being a contestant on Big Brother Brasil 3, which aired in 2003.

Sabrina was born in Penápolis, São Paulo, the son of Aparecida Yukie “Kika” Sato and Omar Lortscher Rahal. She has a sister, Karina, and a brother, Karin. Sabrina’s parents are pictured here.

Sabrina’s paternal grandparents were Kemil Rahal and Rosa Lörtscher (the daughter of Amadeu Lörtscher and Ana). Kemil was Lebanese. Rosa was born in Bern, Switzerland, and moved to Brazil at around the age of 20. Rosa’s surname is of German origin.

Sabrina’s maternal grandparents were Sadao Sato (the son of Shiguezo Serizawa) and Luiza Hisae/Hissae. Sadao moved from Japan to Brazil with his parents and siblings in 1931. Luiza was born in Brazil, to Japanese parents.

Sources: (in Portuguese) (in Portuguese)

Immigration record of Sabrina’s paternal grandmother, Rosa (Lörtscher) Rahal –

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