Aubrey Plaza

Plaza in 2012, photo by Helga Esteb /

Birth Name: Aubrey Christina Plaza

Place of Birth: Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 26, 1984

*father – Puerto Rican [Spanish, African, Indigenous/Taíno]
*mother – German, English, Irish, Swiss-German

Aubrey Plaza is an American actress and comedian. Her father is Puerto Rican. Her mother has German, English, Irish, and Swiss-German ancestry.

Aubrey has stated that she can not speak Spanish:

My grandfather came over from Puerto Rico and raised his kids speaking English so that it would be easier for them to assimilate… My family speaks to me in Spanish… and I respond in English.

Aubrey has stated (and again here) that a 23andMe DNA test showed her genetic ancestry to be:

*30-34% Iberian [Spanish]
*30-31% Irish [possibly “British & Irish”]
*8-9.9% West African
*7% Native American [Indigenous]
*0.6% Ashkenazi Jewish

Aubrey’s West African and Indigenous ancestry likely mostly comes from her Puerto Rican side.

Aubrey’s paternal grandparents are named Ismael David Plaza and Inez M.

Two of her paternal great-grandparents were named Chico and Delores. They were well-known flamenco dancers.

Aubrey’s maternal grandfather was Philip Francis Dougherty/Gordon (the son of Roy A. Gordon and Fannie/Frances M./B.). Philip was born in Delaware. Roy was the son of Levi Gordon and Rebecca Statler.

Aubrey’s maternal grandmother was Mary Maxine Leager (the daughter of John Wesley Leager and Bessie May Anderson). Mary was born in Maryland. John was the son of Charles Henry Leager/Leagar and Sarah Rebecca Pinder. Bessie was the daughter of Lodi Anderson and Annie A.

Sources: Genealogies of Aubrey Plaza –

Marriage record of Aubrey’s maternal grandparents, Philip Francis Dougherty/Gordon and Mary Maxine Leager –

Genealogy of Aubrey’s maternal grandmother, Mary Maxine Leager (focusing on her own mother’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

41 Responses

  1. legez says:

    always thought she was fully European (although i guess her father could be) but Plaza doesn’t even sound like a Spanish surname

  2. California says:

    Sometimes she looks pretty and sometimes she looks ugly.

  3. ihatemostpeople says:

    I can’t stand this annoying chick. She’s not even funny at all. So sick of her deadpan humor and her emotionless expression.

  4. eldiablo1313 says:

    She looks Ukrainian

  5. AnonymousPerson says:

    Um her hair looks brown to me? Unless it’s dyed…..

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