Dave Bautista

Bautista in 2011, image via Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: David Michael Bautista, Jr.

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

Date of Birth: January 18, 1969

Ethnicity: Filipino (three eighths), Greek, English, Irish

Dave Bautista, also credited as David Bautista, is an American actor, professional wrestler, mixed martial artist, and bodybuilder. He has used the ring name Batista, along with DJ, Dave Batista, Deacon Batista, Khan, The Animal, and Leviathan.

Dave is the son of Donna Raye and David Michael Bautista. His father was born in Washington, D.C., of three quarters Filipino and one quarter British Isles (English, Irish) descent. His mother is either of fully or of half Greek ancestry (it is not clear which). Dave stands 6’4″ and performs at around 290 lbs.

Dave is married to competitive pole dancer Sarah Jade. He has two children from a previous marriage.

Dave’s paternal grandfather was named Alfonso Velasco “Al” Bautista. Alfonso was born in Narvacan Ilocos Sur, Philippines.

Dave’s paternal grandmother was Rosa Trinidad Espina (the daughter of Apolonio/Paul Nasan Espina and Edna B./Mae McDonough). Rosa was born in Washington, D.C. Paul was Filipino. Edna was born in Virginia, and had Irish and English ancestry. She was the daughter of Thomas Gardner McDonough and Lily/Lillie May Beach.

Dave’s maternal grandfather was named Kenneth Mullins. He served in the marines during the Korean War, and was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star.

Sources: https://www.ibtimes.com

Dave’s paternal grandparents, Alfonso Velasco Bautista and Rosa Trinidad Espina, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Dave’s paternal grandmother, Rosa Trinidad Espina, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Dave’s paternal great-grandfather, Apolonio/Paul Nasan Espina – https://www.findagrave.com

Marriage record of Dave’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Thomas Gardner McDonough and Lily/Lillie May Beach – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Dave’s paternal great-great-great-grandmother, Susan/Susannah (Mathews) Beach – https://www.familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

35 Responses

  1. Dar says:

    Add possibly some Spanish

  2. transemacabre says:

    In his book, Bautista states that his Filipino grandfather died in 1988 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

    • transemacabre says:

      The only entry at Arlington that could be his grandfather is that of Alfonso Velasco Bautista, 1912-1988, a Purple Heart recipient.

      On his WW2 draft card (where his year of birth is given as 1911 instead of 1912) Alfonso is shown as being born in Narvacan Ilocos Sur, in the Philippines. His next of kin is Rosa Espina Bautista. They were naturalized in Florida and on that record his wife’s full name is Rosa Trinidad Espina Bautista.

      In the 1940 census, they’re living with Rosa’s family in D.C. Her father is Paul N. Espina (Filipino) and her mother is Edna McDonough, a white woman. They married 10 Jun 1921 in D.C.

      Looks like Edna married a second time as she died under the name Edna Salmon in 1991. Her father was Thomas McDonough and her mother Lily May Beach. Thomas was born in Virginia and was working as a bricklayer in 1920. He and Lily married on 27 Sep 1898 in Loudon, Virginia. Her parents are C. V. and Susannah Beach and his parents are W. W. and Mary J. McDonough according to their marriage record.

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