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/TaĆ­no]
*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. xexe99 says:

    On “Late Night with Seth Meyers” this is what she said:

    30% Irish
    30% Spanish
    8% West African
    7% Native American
    0.6% Ashkenazi Jewish

    I wonder what the rest is.

  2. RJARRRPCGP says:

    To me, it looks like just a darker European variant, while ironically is common with Irish and English ancestry.

  3. Man from Leblon says:

    xoxo – don’t make me laugh. She might even have some Native blood, but not because of her eyes’ shape. please get glasses or get out of the house more.

  4. xoxo says:

    I knew she wasn’t 100% white, her eyes gave it away. Probably due to the Native American…..

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