Sofia Carson

by stlucas on August 15, 2017

Birth Name: Sofia Daccarett Char

Place of Birth: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 10, 1993

Ethnicity: Colombian [Syrian-Lebanese, Arab Palestinian, Spanish, possibly other], possibly English

Sofia Carson is an American actress and singer.

Sofia is the daughter of Laura (Char) and José Fernando Daccarett. Sofia’s parents were born in Barranquilla, Colombia. Sofia speaks fluent English and Spanish.

One of Sofia’s great-uncles (maternal grandfather’s brother) was a Senator of Colombia (from 1990 to 1995; 1998 to 2006; and 2010 to 2014) and a Minister of Economic Development (from 1987 to 1988), Fuad Char. One of Fuad’s sons, Alejandro Char Chaljub, is the current mayor of Barranquilla, Colombia, since 2008.

Sofia’s paternal grandfather is René Roque Giha Daccarett, the son of José Miguel Daccarett and Zoila Giha. René was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. José Miguel had origins in Palestine.

Sofia’s paternal grandmother is Rosa María Escobar.

Sofia’s maternal grandfather is Simón Char Abdala (the son of Richard/Ricardo Char Zaslawy and Erlinda Abdala Chadjur). Richard was born in Damascus, Syria, the son of Miguel Char and María Zaslawy, and moved to Colombia in 1926. Erlinda was born in Colombia, the daughter of Lebanese parents, Simón Abdala and Rosa Chadjur.

Sofia’s maternal grandmother is Lauraine E. Carson, who is American.

Sofia has stated:

My mom is Colombian, so I was raised going to Colombia every year to see my family. I am lucky enough that I get to speak both languages and they are both a part of who I am. Also, we were raised eating mac and cheese and popcorn, but also, deditos de queso, empanadas, arroz con pollo and listening to boleros, or reggaeton, but also listening to Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and others. We’ve been raised completely biculturally. I think it’s a cool experience; I never really knew or appreciated [the] good it would do me in my future to be bicultural — to have both cultures with me and both languages — than right now in this moment in my career. Speaking Spanish has been such a plus and I feel so proud to be Colombian, and to be Latin and to go around the world and speak my languages. It’s great.

Sources: Immigration record of Sofia’s paternal grandfather, René Roque Daccarett Giha –

Genealogy of Sofia’s mother – (in Spanish) (in Spanish) (in Spanish)

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Charlyne Yi

by stlucas on August 15, 2017

Charlyne Yi – “House M.D.” Series Finale Wrap Party – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Charlyne Amanda Yi

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 4, 1986

*Korean, Mexican, Irish, German, French, possibly Yuki Native American (father)
*Filipino, possibly some Spanish (mother)

Charlyne Yi is an American actress, comedian, musician, and writer.

Charlyne is the daughter of Lydia (Manianglung) and Luciano C. Yi. Her mother is from the Philippines.

Charlyne has stated (here and here) that she is mainly of Korean, Filipino, Mexican, Yuki Native American, Irish, and French, descent. In the book Roger Ebert’s Movie Yearbook 2011, edited by Roger Ebert, it is written:
“Yi is a performance artist who makes stand-up comedy only one facet of her act. She’s short, cute, likes sweat clothes, wears horn-rim glasses, isn’t assertive, is a poster child for the melting pot: Filipino, Spanish, Korean, Irish, German, French, and Native American.”

Sources: Birth record of Charlyne Yi –

Marriage record of Charlyne’s parents –


Alberto Contador

by andrew on August 11, 2017

Alberto Contador and Macarena Pescador – Tour de France Winner Alberto Contador Marries Macarena Pescador in Madrid on November 5, 2011 – Pinto – Madrid, Spain – Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos

Birth Name: Alberto Javier Contador Velasco

Place of Birth: Pinto, Madrid, Spain

Date of Birth: 6 December, 1982

Ethnicity: Spanish

Alberto Contador is a Spanish professional cyclist.

Alberto is the son of Francisco Contador and Francisca Velasco. His family has roots in Barcarrota, Extremadura, Spain.

Alberto’s paternal grandparents are Abelardo Contador and María

Alberto’s maternal grandparents are Paco Velasco and Celestina



Elena Furiase

by madman on August 9, 2017

Elena Furiase – 29th Annual Goya Awards – Arrivals – Centro de Congresos Principe Felipe – Madrid, Spain – Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos

Birth Name: Elena Dolores Furiase González

Place of Birth: Madrid, Spain

Date of Birth: March 9, 1988

*Italian-Argentinian (father)
*Romani, Spanish (mother)

Elena Furiase is a Spanish actress. She is the daughter of actress and singer Lolita Flores (María Dolores González Flores) and producer and entrepreneur Guillermo Furiase. Her father is Argentinian, and has Italian ancestry. Her mother, who is Spanish, is of Romani and Spanish descent.

Her maternal uncle, Antonio Flores, was a singer and actor, her maternal aunt, Rosario Flores, is a two-time Latin Grammy Award-winning singer and actress, and her maternal great-aunt, Carmen Flores, was also a singer. Carmen was the mother of football player and coach Quique Sánchez Flores.

When asked to what degree she is of Argentinian and Romani ancestry, Elena stated:

Half, half. My Argentinian family is descended from Italian immigrants. From them I got the family protection, the taste for meat and pasta. The Romani part is in the art, I enjoy rumba and flamenco, my family, and the little things. I love Latin America and feel happy there.

A picture of Elena’s mother’s family can be seen here.

Elena’s maternal grandfather was Antonio González (born Antonio González Batista, the son of Antonio González and Antonia Batista), a dancer, musician, and composer, also known as El Pescaílla. Elena’s grandfather Antonio was born in Barcelona, Catalonia, and was Romani.

Elena’s maternal grandmother was Lola Flores (born María Dolores Flores Ruiz, the daughter of Pedro Flores Pinto and Rosario Ruiz Rodriguez), an actress, singer, and dancer. Lola was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, of Spanish ancestry. Lola is sometimes said to have Romani ancestry through her maternal grandfather, often cited as Manuel. It is not clear if this is accurate. She is also described as being of only Spanish descent.

Sources: Information about Elena’s maternal grandmother, Lola Flores –

Obituary of Elena’s maternal grandmother, Lola Flores –


Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

by stlucas on August 9, 2017

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa – “Carrie” World Premiere – Arrivals – ArcLight Cinemas – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Roberto Francisco Aguirre-Sacasa

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: 1973

Ethnicity: Nicaraguan (Spanish, along with some French, Basque, 1/64 English, distant Italian, possibly other)

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is a Nicaraguan-American playwright, screenwriter, and comic book writer.

Roberto is the son of Maria de Los Angeles (Sacasa Gómez) and Horacio Francisco Javier/Xavier Aguirre-Sacasa. His father has served as Nicaragua’s Foreign Minister, from 2000 to 2002, and as Nicaragua’s ambassador to the U.S. Roberto was raised between Nicaragua and the U.S.

Robert’s mother’s Sacasa family is very prominent in Nicaragua. Roberto’s maternal great-grandfather, Rafael Sacasa y Sacasa, was President of Nicaragua, from 1889 to 1891, and from 1891 to 1893. Roberto is a relative of Silvestre Selva Sacasa, who was the 17th President of Nicaragua, and of Benjamín Lacayo Sacasa, who was the 67th President of Nicaragua.

Roberto’s parents are both Nicaraguan. Roberto’s father is mostly of Spanish, along with distant Italian (from Genoa, through the surname Marengo), descent. Roberto’s mother also has Spanish ancestry, as well as some English, and French, roots.

Robert is a relative of actress Madeleine Stowe, through their descent from Mariano Ignacio de Montealegre y Balmaceda, who was born in Grenada, Spain, and from Mariano’s wife, Manuela Casimira de Romero y Sáenz Vásquez de Quintanilla y Bonilla, who was born in Cartago, Costa Rica.

Roberto’s paternal grandfather was Francisco Aguirre Baca (the son of Horacio Aguirre Muñoz and Pilar Josefina Baca Herdocia). Horacio was the son of ? Aguirre Torre and ? Muñoz Macías. Pilar was the daughter of Pedro Baca Herdocia and Josefina Herdocia Baca.

Roberto’s paternal grandmother was Gladys Sacasa Salinas (the daughter of Rafael Sacasa y Sacasa and Maria Luisa Salinas Bonilla). Rafael was the son of Roberto Sacasa Sarria and Angela Sacasa Quadra. Maria Luisa was the daughter of Norberto Salinas Ramírez and Rosaura Bonilla Tuzo.

Roberto’s maternal grandfather was Roberto Sacasa Argüello (the son of Juan Bautista Sacasa Sacasa and María Argüello Manning). Juan was the son of Roberto Sacasa Sarria and Angela Sacasa Quadra. María was the daughter of Victorino de Los Santos Argüello Prado and Carlota Maria Manning Alonso.

Roberto’s maternal grandmother was Fermina Zenaida Gómez Argüello (the daughter of José Joaquín Gómez Rouhaud and Casimira Argüello Vargas). José Joaquín was the son of José Miguel Gómez Bendaña and Alma Rouhaud Legrelle. Casimira was the daughter of Luis Argüello Abaunza and María Casimira Vargas Vargas.

Sources: Genealogy of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa –

Obituaries of Roberto’s paternal grandfather, Francisco Aguirre Baca –

Information about some of Roberto’s ancestors –

Information about Roberto’s Italian ancestors –