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 most known for his role as Robyn Arryn in HBO series The 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’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)

Lino is pictured with his parents here.

Sourceshttp://www.primeirahora.com.br/ (in Portuguese)

Lino’s paternal grandfather immigration record – www.familysearch.org



Louane Emera

by Manila on April 23, 2017

Birth Name: Anne Peichert

Place of Birth: Hénin-Beaumont, Pas-de-Calais, France

Date of Birth: 26 November 1996

* French, German, Polish (father)
* Brazilian [Portuguese, possibly other] (mother)

Louane Emera is a French singer and actress.

Louane’s father, Jean-Pierre Peichert, was French, of German and Polish descent. Louane’s mother, Isabel (Pinto dos Santos), was Brazilian, of Portuguese descent.

Louane’s maternal grandparents are António Fernando dos Santos and Maria José Pinto.

Sources: Obituary of Louane’s father – http://memoire.lavoixdunord.fr

Obituary of Louane’s mother – https://www.avis-de-deces.net


Kali Rocha

by stlucas on April 19, 2017

Birth Name: Kali Michele Rocha

Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 5, 1971

Ethnicity: Portuguese, English, at least 1/16 Irish, possibly other

Kali Rocha is an American actress.

Kali is the daughter of Elvita (Baptista) and David T. Rocha. She was raised in Providence, Rhode Island. Kali is married to Michael Krikorian.

Both her parents have some Portuguese ancestry; Kali’s father also has British Isles (including English and Irish) ancestry.

Kali’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Rocha (the son of Manuel Rocha and Mary José). Manuel and Mary were both Portuguese.

Kali’s paternal grandmother was Maria H. Haft. Her parents were George E. Taft (the son of Thomas J. Taft and Mary E. Peets) and Emeline P. Canfield (the son of John H. Canfield and Martha A. Donaghy). John’s parents were Thomas Canfield and Bridget Hannan. Martha was originally from Ireland.

Sources: Marriage record of Kali’s paternal grandparents, Joseph Rocha and Maria H. Taft – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Kali’s paternal grandmother, Maria H. (Taft) Rocha – http://www.southcoasttoday.com

Obituary of Kali’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Martha A. (Donaghy) Canfield – https://www.findagrave.com

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Sasha Meneghel

by stlucas on April 8, 2017

Birth Name: Sasha Meneghel Szafir

Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Date of Birth: July 28, 1998

Ethnicity: Brazilian (1/2 Jewish, at least 1/16 Italian, Portuguese, likely Polish, possibly other)

Sasha Meneghel is a Brazilian actress, model, and athlete. Sasha is the daughter of Brazilian television presenter Xuxa Meneghel (born Maria da Graça Meneghel) and actor Luciano Szafir (born Luciano Lebelson Szafir).

Sasha’s father is Jewish, and had his Bar Mitzvah ceremony in Israel. His parents have described themselves as Sephardi Jews; some sources, however, state that their ancestors were Polish Jews.

Sasha’s mother has Italian, Portuguese, and likely Polish (and other) ancestry.

Sasha’s paternal grandfather is Gabriel Szafir (the son of Szlama Szafir and Perla).

Sasha’s paternal grandmother is Elizabeth “Beth” Lebelson (the daughter of Israel Lebelson and Chana Landau). Israel was the son of Shlomo Zalmen Leblsohn and Rivka Rochel Frydman. Chana was the daughter of David Landau and Esther, who were born in the Soviet Union.

Sasha’s maternal grandfather was Luiz Floriano Meneghel (the son of Eduardo Meneghel and Carolina Maliska). Eduardo’s father was originally from Imer, in the Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy, and moved to Brazil at the end of the nineteenth century. Carolina’s surname is likely Polish.

Sasha’s maternal grandmother is Alda Flores da Rocha (the daughter of Agenor Flores da Rocha and Olivia Joner). Agenor had Portuguese ancestry. Olivia was possibly of German descent.

Sources: Genealogy of Sasha Meneghel – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Sasha’s father, Luciano Szafir (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://geneall.net

Birth certificate of Sasha’s mother, Xuxa Meneghel – https://xuxarainhaencantada.files.wordpress.com

Article about Xuxa’s maternal great-grandmother, Olivia Joner – http://babado.ig.com.br

http://www.worldlibrary.org (in Portuguese)
http://diversao.terra.com.br (in Portuguese)


Laura Neiva

by stlucas on April 8, 2017

Birth Name: Laura França dos Santos Neiva

Place of Birth: São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Date of Birth: September 21, 1993

Ethnicity: Brazilian (Portuguese, Italian, possibly other)

Laura Neiva is a Brazilian actress and model. She is known for her role on the movie Adrift (2009), starring alongside French actor Vincent Cassel and American actress Camilla Belle.

Laura is the daughter of Michele França dos Santos. Laura was raised by her mother and stepfather, Dario Mattar, who is of Lebanese descent.

Laura has stated:

I have three families: my stepfather’s family, my mother’s family and my father’s family. A Lebanese, an Italian, and a Brazilian one. I’m an only child, but my house was always full of cousins.

Sources: http://www1.folha.uol.com.br (in Portuguese)
http://www.purepeople.com.br (in Portuguese)

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