Bruno Mars

Mars in 2011

Birth Name: Peter Gene Hernandez

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 8, 1985

*paternal grandfather – Puerto Rican [including Spanish/Canary Islander, Catalan, and remote Italian]
*paternal grandmother – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Filipino [Cebuano, Tagalog, Spanish Castilian]

Bruno Mars is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, dancer, actor, and choreographer. He is one half of R&B super-duo Silk Sonic, with Anderson .Paak.

Bruno is the son of Bernadette del Pedro Bayot and Peter S. Hernandez, both of whom were musically-inclined, his father performing rock and roll and his mother a singer and a dancer. He was raised in Honolulu’s Waikiki neighborhood. Growing up, he was exposed to rock, reggae, hip hop, and R&B.

His father is from Brooklyn, New York. Bruno’s paternal grandfather was Puerto Rican and Bruno’s paternal grandmother was Ashkenazi Jewish, of Hungarian Jewish and Ukrainian Jewish descent. Bruno’s mother was from Manila, Phillippines, and was of Filipino [including Cebuano and Tagalog], and some Spanish [Castilian], ancestry. Through his Puerto Rican line, he has at least 1/256th Italian ancestry.

He was nicknamed Bruno due to his resemblance to professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino.

Bruno is a second cousin, once removed, of Filipino actor Eddie Gutierrez, and the third cousin of Eddie’s children, actors Tonton Gutierrez, Richard Gutierrez, and Raymond Gutierrez, and model Ruffa Gutierrez. Bruno’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Mariano Herranz Heras and Mamerta Cañizares Secuya, were also Eddie’s maternal great-grandparents.

Bruno’s paternal grandfather was Peter Hernandez (the son of Almecio Hernández Aquino and Fabiana Sebastiana Vázquez Garcia). Bruno’s grandfather Peter was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. Almecio was born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, the son of Manuel Hernández Muñoz and Mercedes Aquino Hernández. Fabiana was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, the biological daughter of José Vázquez Romero and María del Rosario García Betancourt, and was adopted by Bernardo Peña Martinez and Rafaela Perosa Gerardez.

Bruno’s paternal grandmother was Mildred Dubov (the daughter of William Wolf Dubovis/Dubov and Bella Berger). William was a Jewish emigrant, from Kiev, and was the son of Sholom Yoseph DuBovis and Malka Weissman. Bella was born in New York City, to Hungarian Jewish parents, Joseph Berger and Louise Wohlberg.

Bruno’s maternal grandfather was Romeo Amando Maria “Eugene” Herranz Bayot (the son of Jesús María Bayot Fuentes and Consolación “Consuelo” Herranz Cañizares). Romeo was born in Manila, Philippines. Jesús was also born in Manila, the son of Gabriel Bayot and Josefa Fuentes. Consolación was born in Segovia, Spain. Consolación’s father, Mariano Herranz Heras, was Spanish, from Nava de la Asunción, Segovia, and Consolación’s mother, Mamerta Cañizares Secuya (or Mamerta Secuya Cañizares in Filipino), was born in Talisay, Cebu, Phillippines, the daughter of Alejo Cañizares Canindot (or Alejo Canindot Cañizares in Filipino), also of Talisay, and of Sabina Secuya Larombe (or Sabina Larombe Secuya in Filipino), of Minglanilla, Cebu. The surname Secuya is also spelled as Sycuya, which is of possibly Chinese origin, but it is not clear if Sabina had Chinese ancestry.

Bruno’s maternal grandmother was named Soledad San Pedro. She was born in Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines.

Bruno Mars at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live, Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA, 2010. photo by s_bukley

Sources: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak’s article about Bruno’s ancestry, at The Huffington Post –

Genealogy of Bruno Mars –

Genealogy of Bruno Mars (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Marriage information of Bruno’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Mariano Herranz Heras and Mamerta Cañizares Secuya –


Curious about ethnicity

323 Responses

  1. lildshimmy says:

    Bruno’s maternal grandmother traced her roots back to the Podolia Eyalet through the Ukrainian Jewish [Dubovis] line and the Crimean Khanate of the Ottoman Empire. That being said, she might possibly have Turkish or Crimean Tatar ancestry.

    I’ve looked through the genealogy of Bruno’s mother and discovered her deep roots from the Taiwanese and British Isles (English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Irish ancestry) family. His British Isles line goes back from the United States and some from Australia during the U.S. colonization of the Philippines.

    I also notice distant British Isles ancestry through his father’s side, like around 1/256 of it.

    So here’s the correction:
    * Puerto Rican [including Spanish/Canary Islander, Catalan, and remote Italian, with smaller amounts of English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Irish] (paternal grandfather)
    * Ashkenazi Jewish, possibly some Turkish or Crimean Tatar (paternal grandmother)
    * Filipino [Cebuano, Tagalog, Castilian Spanish], possibly Taiwanese and British Isles

    Also, don’t forget to tag ‘Crimean Tatar’, ‘Turkish’, ‘Irish’, and ‘British Isles’ after you make the correction.

  2. Gavinboi says:

    Is it possible he has Guanche ancestry from his Canary Line? They were the natives of the Canaries before Spanish settlers. Like the Taino, large amounts of them died and the remainders mixed with settlers.

  3. Manila says:

    Correct his maternal grandmother’s name to Soledad San Pedro. She was born in Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines.

  4. Manila says:

    One more thing: I forgot to include Canary Islander as part of his Puerto Rican Spanish ancestry.

  5. madman says:

    Percentages doesn’t make so much sense in this case, especially since his mother has other ancestry than Filipino, like Spanish, and possibly even Chinese.

    *Puerto Rican, distant Italian (paternal grandfather)
    *Ashkenazi Jewish (paternal grandmother)
    *Filipino, 1/8th Spanish (mother)

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