Che Guevara

A stamp printed in Argentina shows Ernesto Che Guevara

Che Guevara on an Argentinian stamp printed c. 1997, photo by Neftali/

Birth Name: Ernesto Guevara

Date of Birth: June 14, 1928

Place of Birth: Rosario, Santa Fe province, Argentina

Date of Death: October 9, 1967

Place of Death: La Higuera, Vallegrande, Bolivia

Ethnicity: Argentinian-Mexican-Chilean [Spanish], Basque, small amount of French, 1/64th Irish

Che Guevara was an Argentinian Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat and military theorist. He was a prominent figure in the Cuban Revolution.

Che was born to an upper class family, the son of Ernesto Guevara Lynch and Celia de la Serna y Llosa. He had Spanish-Argentinian, Basque, Spanish-Mexican, Spanish-Chilean, a small amount of French, and 1/64th Irish, ancestry. Through his paternal grandmother, Ana Isabel Lynch Ortiz, he was a descendant of Patrick Lynch Blake, who emigrated from County Galway, Ireland in the 1740s. Through his Lynch line, Che was related to Chilean Admiral Patricio Lynch.

Che was married to Aleida March, until his death. He had a daughter with his former wife economist, Communist leader, and author Hilda Gadea; and four children with Aleida.

Che’s paternal grandfather was Roberto Guevara Castro (the son of Juan Antonio Guevara Calderón and María Concepción Dolores del Rosario/Refugio Castro Peralta). Roberto was born in Hayward, California. Juan was born in Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina, the son of José Rosendo de Guevara Cevicos and Jacoba Calderón de la Barca Silva. María Concepción was born in Santa Bárbara, Alta California, then México, the daughter of José Guillermo Castro García and María Luisa Fermina Bárbara Guadalupe Peralta Alviso.

Che’s paternal grandmother was Ana Isabel Lynch Ortiz (the daughter of Francisco de Paula Eustaquio Lynch Zavaleta and Eloisa Ortiz Alfaro). Ana was born in San Francisco, California. Francisco was the son of Patricio Joseph/José Julían Lynch y Roo and María Isabel de Zabaleta/Zavaleta y Riglos. Eloisa was born in Valparaíso, Chile, and was the daughter of Francisco Ortiz and Jasna Alfaro.

Che’s maternal grandfather was Juan Martín de la Serna Ugalde (the son of Juan Martin de la Serna Fonrodona and Eloísa Ugalde Torres). Che’s great-grandfather Juan was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the son of Martín Ignacio de la Serna Loaces and Rafaela Sebastiana del Corazón de Jesús Fonrodona Chaves. Eloisa was born in Buenos Aires, the daughter of Máximo Domingo Ugalde Agüero and Catalina Jacoba Torres Agüero.

Che’s maternal grandmother was Edelmira de la Llosa Lacroze (the daughter of Juan Benito de la Llosa Ortega and Mercedes Lacroze Cernadas). Edelmira’s parents were born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Juan was the son of Anacleto de la Llosa Palleja and Ricarda Ortega Morales. Mercedes was the daughter of Jean Alexis/Juan Alejandro Lacroze Durán, who was born in Castillon, Dordogne, France; and of Mercedes de la Santísima Trinidad Cernadas Concha.

Sources: Genealogies of Che Guevara –


Curious about ethnicity

20 Responses

  1. Dolv says:

    Very non-European facial hair pattern

  2. madman says:

    In this picture, he reminds me of Brad Pitt

  3. andrew says:

    Che was related to Chilean Admiral Patricio Lynch, through Patrick Lynch.

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