Sephardi Jewish

Vic Seixas

by stlucas on March 15, 2017

Birth Name: Elias Victor Seixas, Jr.

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 30, 1923

*Sephardi Jewish (father)
*Irish, possibly English (mother)

Vic Seixas is an American tennis player. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Anna Victoria (Moon) and Elias Victor Seixas Vensant.

Elias’ father was born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. He was a Sephardi Jew. There is a prominent Portuguese Jewish family with the surname “Seixas”.

Elias’ mother was born in Pennsylvania, to a father from Pennsylvania and a mother from Ireland. The surname “Moon” can be English, Irish, or other origins.

Elias’ paternal grandparents were Carl/Carlos Emile Seixas and Paulina/Pauline Vensant/Vincent.

Sources: Genealogy of Vic Seixas –

Vic Seixas on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Vic Seixas on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Vic’s father –

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Carlos Alazraqui

by madman on March 13, 2017

Birth Name: Carlos Jaime Alazraqui

Place of Birth: Yonkers, New York, United States

Date of Birth: July 20, 1962

Ethnicity: Argentinian (Spanish, likely some Sephardi Jewish)

Carlos Alazraqui is an American comedian, actor, voice actor, impressionist, singer, producer, and screenwriter.

Carlos’ parents are Argentinian. He grew up in Los Angeles, California. His surname is of Sephardi Jewish origin, but it appears that if Carlos has Jewish ancestry, it is distant or relatively distant.

Carlos has said:

[Being Latino] is something I embrace. Being in this business got me to embrace my Latino roots, before that I was just American, just a comic, my first cartoon had nothing to do with being Latino. When I had the chance to do Latino stand up, that is when I started to connect with [Latino things]. Sometimes in Hollywood it works against me, because my name is Carlos but my last name is of Jewish origin. You know I’ll go out for Latino roles but they’re looking for a Mexican, or a Guatemalan.

Carlos’ paternal grandparents were Jaime Miguel Alazraqui and Nelda Maria Torraca.

Source: Genealogy of Carlos Alazraqui (focusing on his father’s side) –

Photo by s_bukley/


Walter Salles

by stlucas on February 16, 2017

Birth Name: Walter Moreira Salles, Jr.

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

Date of Birth: April 12, 1956

Ethnicity: Brazilian (Portuguese, distant Sephardi Jewish, possibly other)

Walter Salles is a Brazilian filmmaker, film producer, and editor.

Walter was born in the city of Rio de Janeiro, the son of Walther Moreira Salles and Elisa Margarida Gonçalves. He has two brothers, Pedro and João. He speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish, French, and English.

Walter’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Francisco Richion da Costa Pereira, who was born near Braga, Portugal, and moved to Brazil, c. 1760. Francisco was Jewish, and converted to Catholicism.

Walter’s paternal grandfather was João Theodoro Moreira Salles (the son of José Amâncio de Salles and Ana Rosa Moreira).

Walter’s paternal grandmother was Lucrécia Vilhena de Alcântara (the daughter of Saturnino Vilhena de Alcântara and Georgina Augusta Duarte). Saturnino was the son of Joaquim Pedro de Alcântara and Maria de Jesus de Vilhena Braga. Georgina was the daughter of Francisco de Paula Duarte and Francisca Brazilina Marques Teixeira, whose own paternal grandfather was from Celorico de Basto, Braga, Portugal.

Walter’s maternal grandfather was named José Augusto Gonçalves.

Sources: Genealogy of Walter Salles –

Photo by kathclick/


Derrick Monasterio

by Manila on February 6, 2017

Birth Name: Derrick Leander Monasterio

Place of Birth: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Date of Birth: August 1, 1995

*Italian (biological paternal grandfather)
*Jamaican [East Indian and Scottish], Lebanese, Sephardi Jewish (biological paternal grandmother)
*Filipino (Tagalog), Spanish [Castilian] (mother)

Derrick Monasterio is a Filipino actor.

Derrick’s biological father, George Edward Crimarco, is an American lawyer, of half-Italian and half-Jamaican descent. Derrick’s mother, Maria Cristina “Tina” Buganan Monasterio, is a Filipina actress, of Spanish (Castilian) and Tagalog descent.

Derrick’s biological paternal grandfather was Edward Nicholas Crimarco (the son of Gregorio Trimarco, later George Criamrco, and of Maria “Mary” di Francesco). Gregorio was an Italian immigrant, from San Gregorio Magno, Province of Salerno. Maria was also an Italian immigrant, and was the daughter of Giovanni “John” di Francesco and Nicoletta Albanese.

Derrick’s biological paternal grandmother was Fay Seaga (the daughter of Faried “Philip” George Seaga and Erna Aletta Maxwell). Fay was Jamaican, of East Indian, Lebanese, Scottish, and Sephardi Jewish descent; and was the eldest sister of Edward Seaga, who served as the 5th Prime Minister of Jamaica, from November 1, 1980 to February 10, 1989. Philip was the son of Lebanese immigrant Habib, later George, Seaga, of Beirut, and of Katie Hannah David Nunes, who was of Sephardi Jewish descent. Erna was the daughter of George Henry “Harry” Maxwell and Elizabeth Campbell.

Derrick’s maternal grandfather was Rafael Carlos “Ralph” Monasterio y Gardiner (or Rafael Carlos Gardiner Monasterio in Filipino, the son of Agustín Monasterio y Pozo and Ana Beatriz Gardiner). Agustín was a Spanish physician, from Zamora, Zamora.

Derrick’s maternal grandmother was Lydia Pilapil Buganan (the daughter of David Bagtas Buganan and Juana Pilapil). David was the son of Vicente Buganan and Rufina Bagtas.

Sources: Derrick’s birth record –

Derrick’s biological paternal grandfather, Edward Nicholas Crimarco, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Derrick’s biological paternal grandfather, Edward Nicholas Crimarco –

Derrick’s biological paternal great-grandmother, Maria di Francesco, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Derrick’s biological paternal grandmother, Fay (Seaga) Tortello –

Birth record of Derrick’s biological paternal great-grandfather, Faried George Seaga –

Marriage record of Derrick’s biological paternal great-great-grandparents, George Henry Maxwell and Elizabeth Campbell –

Birth record of Derrick’s mother –

Birth record of Derrick’s maternal grandfather, Rafael Carlos Monasterio y Gardiner –

Birth record of Derrick’s maternal grandmother, Lydia Pilapil Buganan –

Birth record of Derrick’s maternal great-grandfather, David Bagtas Buganan –


Silvio Santos

by stlucas on January 29, 2017

Birth Name: Senor Abravanel

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

Date of Birth: December 12, 1930

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish

Silvio Santos is a Brazilian television show host and entrepreneur. He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, the son of Rebeca (Caro/Karo), who was from Smyrna, Ottoman Empire (now İzmir, Turkey), and Alberto/Albert Abravanel, who was from Thessaloniki, Greece. Both of his parents were Sephardi Jews.

Silvio’s paternal grandparents were Abraham Abravanel (the son of Abraham Abravanel) and Doudon Bendavid.

Silvio’s maternal grandparents were Nissim Caro/Karo and Behora.

Sources: (in Portuguese) (in Portuguese)

Genealogy of Silvio Santos –