Troian Bellisario

by ethnic on November 5, 2011

Birth Name: Troian Avery Bellisario

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 28, 1985

Ethnicity:
*Italian, Serbian (father)
*African-American, Louisiana Creole [African, French, English] (mother)

Troian Bellisario is an American actress and singer. She is known for playing Spencer Hastings on the television series Pretty Little Liars.

Her father, Donald Bellisario, is a TV producer and screenwriter. Her mother, Deborah Pratt, is an actress, novelist, and TV producer. Troian is married to Canadian actor Patrick J. Adams.

Troian’s father is of Italian and Serbian descent. Troian’s maternal grandparents were both African-American and/or Louisiana Creole (of African-American and European, including French and English, descent). About her name, “Troian”, she has said, “It’s a family name. It was a surname on my father’s maternal side. It means “woman of Troy.””

Troian’s father is pictured here. Troian’s mother is pictured here.

Troian’s paternal grandfather was Albert Jethro Bellisario (the son of Guiseppe “Joseph” Bellisario and Maria Luigia Troian-Menegolla). Albert’s parents were Italian. Giuseppe was born in Gamberale, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy, the son of Antonio Bellisario and Domenica D’Angelo. Maria Luigia was likely the daughter of Giuseppe Giovanni Menegolla, who was born in Belluno, Veneto, Italy.

Troian’s paternal grandmother was Dana Lapčević (the daughter of Samuel Paul Lapčević and Anna J. Dobrich). Dana’s parents were Serbian.

Troian’s maternal grandfather was Col. Bertram Roberson Pratt (the son of Richard Edward Pratt and Theresa Cecilia Coates/Coats). Bertram was born in Alabama. His family was from Mobile in that state. Bertram and his parents were both black. They are listed as either “Mulatto” (mixed race) or “Negro” (black) on U.S. Censuses.

Troian’s maternal grandmother was Geraldine Bryant (the daughter of Lincoln Joseph Bryant and Mabel Avery). Lincoln and Mabel were both black. Lincoln was born in Louisiana, to Aismene Joseph Bryant and Camille Dunn. Mabel was also born in Louisiana, the daughter of John Leeds Avery and Lavina Goeffney. U.S. censuses list Lincoln and both of his parents as “Mulatto” (mixed race) or “Negro” (black), and Mabel as “Negro” (black). Lincoln’s caucasian ancestry was partly French and English.

Sources: Genealogies of Troian Bellisario – http://gw.geneanet.org
http://www.wikitree.com

Obituaries of Troian’s paternal grandparents, Albert Jethro Bellisario and Dana (Lapčević) Bellisario – http://www.findagrave.com

Death record of Troian’s paternal great-grandfather, Guiseppe “Joseph” Bellisario – https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com

Marriage announcement of Troian’s maternal grandparents, Col. Bertram Roberson Pratt and Geraldine Bryant – http://www.newspapers.com

Troian’s maternal grandfather, Col. Bertram Roberson Pratt, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Col. Bertram Roberson Pratt, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Troian’s maternal grandfather, Col. Bertram Roberson Pratt – http://articles.chicagotribune.com

Troian’s maternal grandmother, Geraldine Bryant, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Troian’s maternal great-grandfather, Lincoln Joseph Bryant, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Troian’s maternal great-grandparents, Aismene Joseph Bryant and Camille Dunn, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

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alexgxo January 13, 2017 at 2:18 pm

I saw a yt video of her mother at some Barnes and nobles or something like that. She is actually pretty pale.. For someone whose suppose to mostly black.. Not even like golden, like I’ve seen Caucasians darker than her. With a little makeup she played as a white woman in tv once. Just proves that her “black” mother was black in identity and in dna probably less than 50 percent, I’d say she was almost a quadroon at times but other times look more a mulatto that got more European genes. Hence Troian’s looks. She’s mostly white or European and will be treated as such.

fuzzybear44 January 14, 2017 at 2:08 am

@alexgo

Quote(I saw a yt video of her mother at some Barnes and nobles or something like that. She is actually pretty pale.. For someone whose suppose to mostly black.. Not even like golden, like I’ve seen Caucasians darker than her.)

Black Americans lots of times will fluctuate in color as they aged for some reason. They either get brighter or darker. I’ve seen Deborah Pratt when she was younger , and never would’ve mistaken her for a white women(even with a little make-up on.

Quote(Just proves that her “black” mother was black in identity and in dna probably less than 50 percent)

well like I was just demonstrating to another member of the site, you can’t always go by outside appearance. Blair Underwood, and don Cheadle are both dna tested to be more Euro than Tyra banks, yet who’s brighter? Genes are real funny, there no telling what traits you’re gonna get. My sister-law(my brothers baby mamma), is nickname (Whiteface) because she very light. Her mother , herself ,her children, and grandchildren, all high yellow. There hasn’t been a white person in her family in generations , however that high yella skin trait keeps coming.

Quote(Hence Troian’s looks. She’s mostly white or European and will be treated as such.)

Well you right Troian is more Euro, and probably is seen as that, However isn’t more important how she perceives herself? Like Roma Maffia here:
http://cimg.tvgcdn.net/i/r/2012/11/14/98b1d745-342b-45df-ac1c-d4b4bf485fd5/thumbnail/660×960/1e82497ba009fa7db25412c5d2feae0d/121114roma-mafia1.jpg

Who is seen as white, but is part black, and would like to play black roles. The funny thing is, she’s playing a white woman (rachel dolezal) who pretends to be a black woman

fuzzybear44 January 14, 2017 at 2:16 am

The playing (rachel dolezal) thing might be a rumor, however I’m pretty sure she could pull it off

alexgxo January 14, 2017 at 6:42 pm

Oh her. Rachel. People are getting weirder everyday.

Anyways, it was all over her IMDb apparently she played a white biker chick, Deborah I mean. I do understand what you mean though. Deborah looked mulatto when she was younger, as she grew older she now looks almost sort of like my quadroon neighbour. But since her grandparents were labeled as mulatto at times there is no telling just how “black” they were. But I’ve heard Troian on Twitter call herself mixed/part black so She acknowledges it.

Made me wonder, she’s part Creole (nowadays popular meaning is european/African descent). Since I know French colonization was a bit different from English, I can see why in Louisiana more of the black people there look a tad bit more admixed than your average AfAm. I actually really wish Deborah would get a DNA test tbh..

But yeah genes are crazy. I think I saw a picture of a young Troian with her supposed cousin, and that cousin was darker than deborah even when she was younger, and looked like your average AfAm (around 80%ish African). I saw pictures of Deborah’s sister and she didn’t look that black either but idk.

fuzzybear44 January 15, 2017 at 1:55 am

@alexgxo

Quote(Made me wonder, she’s part Creole (nowadays popular meaning is european/African descent).

That always was the original meaning of the word. The creoles(when the term was first uses) were the Portuguese/ West Africans on the coast of West Africa, which gave way to the Cape Verde people. When the slavery moved over to here, the mixed blacks used the term to separate themselves from the incoming unmixed Africans. Europeans adopted the term because of the prestige it represented. Over time a culture bloomed from that.

Quote(Since I know French colonization was a bit different from English, I can see why in Louisiana more of the black people there look a tad bit more admixed than your average AfAm.)

They weren’t that much different. The English spent as much time in the slave quarters as the French did. The main difference is placage( a business arrangement), where the whites took care of their children(most of them). The (English, Ducth, Irish etc) wouldn’t hesitate to sell their children.

Quote(But yeah genes are crazy. I think I saw a picture of a young Troian with her supposed cousin, and that cousin was darker than deborah even when she was younger, and looked like your average AfAm (around 80%ish African). I saw pictures of Deborah’s sister and she didn’t look that black either)

That’s normal with Creole families . You can take one family, same mother , same father and have 5 kids all of them could be a different color, Hair different and different facial traits

memphis January 15, 2017 at 2:13 pm

I’ve gotba question? What shade of black do you have to be to be “black”? No matter what shade, Ms. Pratt would have still been back of the bus in Jim Crow America. How much percentage of ancestry doesn’t define ” blackness “.

fuzzybear44 January 16, 2017 at 12:34 am

@Memphis

Quote(I’ve gotba question? What shade of black do you have to be to be “black”? )

I do not know, every time I turn around people are telling me who isn’t black(because their skin is to bright, or look at their hair it not kinky , or the nose isn’t wide enough etc). I’ve never been around black people that are only one color, I’ve seen them on tv like that, but never in person

Quote(No matter what shade, Ms. Pratt would have still been back of the bus in Jim Crow America.)

Completely agree. Every woman I know that looks like her says their black. So As far as I’m concern, she’s a black woman, but I will respect whatever she wants to call herself

Quote( How much percentage of ancestry doesn’t define ” blackness “.)

completely agree. My father was as high yellow as they come(probably majority white), but saw himself strictly as a black man

andrew December 10, 2016 at 6:31 pm

Guiseppe “Joseph” Bellisario was in Gamberale, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy, to Antonio Bellisario and Domenica D’Angelo.

Genealogy: http://gw.geneanet.org/jybcelebs?lang=en&pz=keira+christina&nz=knightley&ocz=0&m=A&p=troian+avery&n=bellisario&siblings=on&notes=on&t=T&v=6&image=on&marriage=on&full=on

alexgxo December 10, 2016 at 2:39 pm

Troian looks half Middle eastern or Jewish or can even pass off as a pale Middle Eastern or North African girl with her Mediterranean features imo. I’ve said my thoughts now.

alexgxo December 10, 2016 at 2:36 pm

Her “black” mother is actually fairly light skinned. I’ve seen her pictures in More natural lighting. Deborah is probably between half black and a quadroon. Troian is 1/4 – 1/8 black at most but looks full white or off white (the base of her noses and almond eyes may look off).

andrew September 16, 2016 at 6:02 pm

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=65201928

Giuseppe Bellisario was the son of Antonio Bellisario and ? D’Angelo (https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/find-a-grave-prod/photos/2014/128/63634039_1399646665.jpg)

Maria Luigia Troian-Menegolla was likely the daughter of Giuseppe Giovanni Menegolla, born in Belluno, Veneto, Italy.

neiltennant September 16, 2016 at 2:54 pm

call me crazy but she can easily pass for ITALIAN !

alexgxo September 4, 2016 at 9:03 pm

Her mom looks way less than 50 percent black. I’d say 35 percent SSA dna at most. Her features look perdominately euro influenced and the only thing that gives away a hint is her skin tone and the ends of her nose (her nose bridge looks very cacasiod).

This girls only an octoroon or 1/5 ssa/”black” at most. Save for her nose and eyes which seem off to me (more so the ends of her nose) everything else looks European/”white”. I could see her brother passing for an American mulatto or mixed Latino or quadroon though imo.

Surreal October 8, 2016 at 11:56 am

No. Her mother does not look like a quadroon. She looks African American and could easily be over 50% Sub-Saharan African. Just stop it. All these people want to come up in here and say what they think black people and their descendants look like and should look like.

“Oh, she’s light skinned. She must be more white. Oh, he’s dark skinned. He must be more black.” No. Skin color doesn’t have anything to do with how much European DNA ones has. I’ve seen a woman who is 90% Sub-Saharan African have skin lighter than a person who is only 60% Sub-Saharan African. Her mother may be light skinned, but her features are very Sub-Saharan African influenced. And if she was darker, you know your butt wouldn’t be up in here trying to say she’s a quadroon or that Troian is probably only 15% black, so you can feel better about lusting after her. Can’t have them too black, can we? -_-

This is Deborah Pratt. I’ve seen African American women who are 75+% Sub-Saharan African look more European influenced than she does.
http://i.imgur.com/OmokD6B.png

alexgxo October 12, 2016 at 4:45 pm

Jesus. I’ve been to several anthropology forums and have talked with several African Americans and even they agreed that honestly Deborah looks no more then 50 percent. It’s not her goddamn skintone. I’ve been on Lipstick alley (a forum geared towards African American women) and many of them agreed that Deborah was biracial. I think she looks biracial

And shutup. If she was dark skinned I would mistake her for being half Indian or maybe middle eastern or half Jewish of some soft. All of them, depending on the area are “Caucasian” for the most part. And even if she was dark skinned I would know right away that Troian has a lot of Caucasian or European blood even side profile she looks very Caucasian. I know about Africa’s diversity and I don’t care about skin tone. I look at features!

So don’t you dare to assume that just she’s dark makes her more black I look at features and I could always tell Troian, with her pale skin had something non European looking about her.

alexgxo October 12, 2016 at 4:48 pm

And pictures vary because sometimes she ends up looking more European influenced other times she looks straight up mulatto Latino to me.

alexgxo October 12, 2016 at 4:48 pm

Deborah of course I’m talking about.

alexgxo October 13, 2016 at 6:40 am

And the irony is in the picture you posted Deborah to me looks like a mulatto. I don’t see a girl who would test 75 percent ssa on a test I see a girl would test 50 percent ssa or so and the fact that her daughter looks so European influenced shows this.

Deborah’s hair texture, kind of her jaw area, her lips/mouth and nose all look like they have heavy European modification/admixture. It’s NOT her skintone.

andrew July 4, 2016 at 6:58 pm
Connerfromvine June 29, 2016 at 6:44 pm

TBH her ancestry is very complicated and everyone seems to have an opinion.

This just came to me — her nose looks like a penis.

andrew April 25, 2016 at 12:25 pm

http://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/troian-bellisario#_

How did you get your name? It’s a family name. It was a surname on my father’s maternal side. It means “Woman of Troy”. “Toroian” is not an Italian word as it’s written in the profile, it doesn’t exist.

Correction: “Toroian

Greyface April 25, 2016 at 8:29 am

very ugly when compared to the other girls on her show

fuzzybear44 April 6, 2016 at 12:15 am

No matter how much you want her to be something else, She’s part black, let it go

cdonorab February 29, 2016 at 1:36 pm

Correction. According to a tree on geneanet.com her mom also has English ancestry as wel threw the Bryants.

phaedra January 12, 2016 at 12:45 am

It’s impressive how someone who is half Italian and Black would look as white as this woman, considering how relatively swarthy Italians are. Even those who are half Swedish or Anglo and African look extremely dark.

Either, her Italian side is very white, or her black side is actually mixed and that they probably resemble Beyonce.

I don’t know. Something’s fishy about her ethnic makeup. She could be holding back on one ethnicity. :/

bablah January 12, 2016 at 5:39 am

Both her parents are famous and there are photos of them all over the internet. She looks like her parents’ daughter.

follers January 12, 2016 at 7:38 am

She isn’t of half Italian descent.

cimetina January 31, 2016 at 11:34 am

What is fishy about it? She is s white as some Latinos that have “black” grandparents. black is a U.S. category that includes/included mixed race people. Her grandparents were even listed as mulatto at times. They could have looked like Colin Powell. Italians are not all swarthy at all, especially in northern Italy. I’m black and lived there for years. Even Sicilians who are stereotyped as dark can be blond and blue eyed due to Norman origins. This girl’s mother is barely black in appearance. The U.S. categorizes her as black, but she is closer to white, in my opinion. if her mother said she was Puerto Rican, one would perhaps say that she has some black in her, but since she’s American she is described as black. I am medium skinned and my daughter’s father is of slav origin and is as fair as Troian, with lighter hair, and Euro features. It happens very often when the mother is the darker parent. That’s why so many Caribbean latinos who look white actually have a black ancestor, who is usually a woman. Have you seen her mother?

cwm85 March 1, 2016 at 10:53 am

Her mother is half black and European, so she is mostly white.

alexgxo September 16, 2016 at 2:27 pm

She’s not a mulatto or even half Italian descent. She’s like 1/4 Italian descent and her mother looks like a quadroon or 1/3 African American in ancestry if I’m gonna be serious.

Devotion October 15, 2015 at 2:09 am

Angelina Jolie looks more like she has African ancestry than this woman………..

Miss_Kiss201 October 11, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Correction

Malefactor September 21, 2015 at 6:06 pm

http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130410213332/quantumleap/images/1/12/Deborah_pratt.jpg

her mother looks like she’s like 35-40% black, this girl is only like 15-20% black…

AW September 9, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Yes, she has African American heritage but she looks completely Italian. Could easily pass in Italy and in regards to what people are saying with the eye shape–it’s normal for people in Italy to have a slightly Asiatic look. Italy is not that far from Turkey, where people are a blend of Central Asian and European.

andrew September 9, 2015 at 3:41 pm

no, Italians don’t have a “slight Asiatic look”, they look like Roberto Benigni or Danny De Vito, don’t you know??
But you’re right about Turks.

follers September 9, 2015 at 3:54 pm

She looks very Italian. After all, she looks like a young Carly Fiorina.

andrew September 9, 2015 at 4:03 pm
AW September 9, 2015 at 7:10 pm

I guess I’m wrong but that was my perception visiting Italy. I thought it might be from the Turks.

andrew September 9, 2015 at 7:52 pm

that was a joke between me and follers. Italians use to have round/oval faces, large eyes, soft features, you don’t see long skulled, horse faced people with squarish jaws. Turks are generally different from Italians and loads of them don’t look European at all.

follers September 9, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Oh yeah, “joke”.

Andrew, was Carly Fiorina a good Prime Minister? Did you vote for her?

andrew September 10, 2015 at 5:15 am

no, I voted for Portia De Rossi.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 12:07 am

Danny DeVito? Funny you say, because he has those squinty Robert De Niro eyes.

But then again, small eyes don’t always means “Asiatic”.

And yes, she looks 100% Italian. Are we stripping off her black side? Nope. But can we say what we se? Why not.

ames August 30, 2015 at 12:22 am

She was quite an adorable child when she appeared on Quantum Leap. Now she looks like a hooker.

cwm85 September 10, 2015 at 9:59 am

How does she look like a hooker? That is a slanderous thing to say!

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