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 (one quarter), English, Irish, Welsh

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 descent. His mother is of one half Greek ancestry. His other roots are English, Irish, and Welsh. 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 Kenneth Wendell Mullins (the son of Lloyd Mitchell Mullins and Florence B. Jones). Kenneth was born in Virginia, and served in the marines during the Korean War. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star. Lloyd was born in Kentucky, the son of Henry Irvin Mullins and Mattie Williams. Florence was born in Virginia, the daughter of Robert B. Jones and Minnie Barbour/Barber.

Dave’s maternal grandmother was Olga Mamakos (the daughter of Constantinos/Constantinas Efstratios “Gust” Mamakos and Evanthea/Evanthia D. Anastasopoulos). Olga was born in Washington, D.C., to Greek parents. Constantinos was the son of Efstratios Mamakos and Georgia Spanakos. Evanthea was the daughter of Demetris John Anastasopoulos and Kirani M. Venetsauakou.

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

Dave’s mother on the 1950 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Dave’s maternal grandfather, Kenneth Wendell Mullins (through his own brother) – https://www.findagrave.com

Dave’s maternal grandmother, Olga Mamakos, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Social Security record of Dave’s maternal grandmother, Olga (Mamakos) Mullins – https://www.familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

36 Responses

  1. madman says:

    His father served in the marines during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart (which is for people who were wounded or killed).

    Here is a Kenneth Mullins who died in the war. He was born in 1930 and was a resident of Michigan:

    Oddly, I can’t find him on a census, but with this additional information, maybe someone else can. I think though, with a surname like “Mullins”, that his mother is of partial Irish ancestry. Most Mullins in Michigan are of Irish origin.

  2. cwm85 says:

    I honestly thought he was mestizo. Interesting tho Greek and Filipino. Perhaps his father had some Spanish ancestry with a surname like Bautista. So perhaps he is of Hispanic mixture after all.

    • phaedra says:

      Same. I actually thought that he as 90% Amerindian with a bit of European. Surprised to see that he is 50% Greek and Filipino. Totally wouldn’t expect this look.

  3. M says:

    He looks Hawaiian or Maori.

  4. Check7t says:

    Can you please use this photo instead? The one currently up doesn’t get a good zoom on his face.


    Attribute: Gage Skidmore, thanks Ethnic.

  5. Check7t says:

    Does not look part Asian at all:


    Looks more Greek, could pass as fully Greek.

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