Jessica Alba

Alba in 2010

Birth Name: Jessica Marie Alba

Place of Birth: Pomona, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 28, 1981

*father – Mexican [including Spanish, Indigenous Mexican/Mayan, and distant Sephardi Jewish]
*mother – Danish, Welsh, English, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, French

Jessica Alba is an American actress, model, and businessperson. She is known for her roles in Idle Hands, Dark Angel, Machete, and Frank Miller’s Sin City, among many other films and series.

She is the daughter of Catherine Louisa (Jensen) and Mark David Alba, who was in the Air Force. Her father is of Mexican descent, including Spanish, Indigenous Mexican/Mayan, and distant Sephardi Jewish, roots. Her mother has Danish, Welsh, English, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and French, ancestry.

Her brother is actor Joshua Alba. Jessica is married to producer Cash Warren, with whom she has three children. Cash’s father is African-American and his mother is white. Jessica’s third cousin, once removed, is writer Gustavo Arellano.

Jessica has described her father as very dark and her mother as very fair. According to Jessica, her grandfather never spoke Spanish at home because he wanted the family to assimilate into the American mainstream. As a result, Jessica’s father did not learn to speak Spanish.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Jessica’s genetic ancestry is:

*72.7% European
*22.5% East Asian/Native American (Indigenous Mexican)
*2.4% No Match
*2.0% Sub-Saharan African
*0.3% Middle Eastern/North African
*0.1% South Asian

Jessica has stated that she identifies with her Mexican-American heritage. DNA tests on the show indicated that Jessica’s direct patrilineal ancestor was Indigenous. These DNA tests also displayed that Jessica’s father’s direct matrilineal ancestor, Maria Carmen Carillo/Carrillo, was of Sephardi Jewish descent. They also showed that Jessica’s father likely has at least 2.1% Sephardi Jewish ancestry in total. DNA matches listed him as 0.7% Ashkenazi; they also listed him as 0.6% Italian, 0.4% North African, and 0.4% Middle Eastern, all of which were or likely were Jewish in his case according to DNA matches.

Jessica’s 0.1% South Asian DNA is evidently from Jessica’s mother’s side.

Genetically, Jessica was found to have a common ancestor with attorney Alan Dershowitz.

Alba with husband Cash Warren in 2011, s_bukley /

Jessica’s paternal grandfather is José Sánchez Alba (the son of Catalino Morones Alba and Francisca/Frances Sánchez). José was born in California, to Mexican parents. Catalino was born in San Dimas, Durango, the son of Ambrosio/Ambrocio Alva/Alba and Maria Morones/Morence. Francisca was born in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, the daughter of José Hipólito Sánchez Hernandez and Refugio/Refugia Cisneroz/Rangel.

Jessica’s paternal grandmother is Ysabel/Isabel Martinez (the daughter of Daniel Fernandez Martinez and Guadalupe Nieves Miranda y Lares). Isabel was born in California, to Mexican parents. Daniel was born in Purépero de Echaíz, Michoacán, the son of Eugenio Martinez and Pascuala/Pasquala Fernandez. Guadalupe was born in García, Zacatecas, the daughter of Juan Miranda and Silveria Viramontes/Miramontes y Lares.

Jessica’s maternal grandfather was Harry Christian Jensen, Jr. (the son of Hans/Harry Christian Jensen and Sara/Sarah Evelyn Rhys). Jessica’s grandfather Harry was born in Illinois. Jessica’s great-grandfather Hans was born in Illinois, to Danish parents, Mads Hansen Jensen and Johanna Jensdatter. Sara was born in Minnesota, to a Welsh father, Samuel H. Rhys, and to a New York-born mother, Evaline/Eva Walbridge.

Jessica’s maternal grandmother was Louisa/Lew Harrison Tebault (the daughter of Paul Miars Tebault and Catherine/Katherine Louise/Louisa Nichols). Jessica’s grandmother Louisa was born in Washington, D.C. Paul was the son of William Paul Tebault and Julia Susie Miars. Catherine was the daughter of Albert Nichols and Loula Harrison Wharton.

Sources: Genealogies of Jessica Alba –

Family histories of Jessica’s father –

Jessica’s maternal grandfather, Harry Christian Jensen, Jr., on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jessica’s maternal great-grandmother, Sara/Sarah Evelyn Rhys, on the 1880 U.S. Census –
Sara/Sarah Evelyn Rhys on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Jessica’s maternal great-grandfather, Paul Miars Tebault (focusing on his father’s side) –

LOS ANGELES – APR 1: Jessica Alba at the Victoria Beckham For Target Launch Event at Private Residence on April 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA, photo by kathclick/


Curious about ethnicity

853 Responses

  1. Morrigan Ni Boii says:

    So, she is half white and half mayan indian or Mayan Indian White woman.

  2. mexihoney says:

    A gorgeous girl
    I am glad that she is embracing her Mexican roots now
    She gets her beauty from mexico
    She looks like Mexican actress Marlene Favela and there are so many girls here in mexico that look like this pretty woman
    Mexico has the most beautiful latinas of all time (Jessica Alba – mexican ancestry, Salma Hayek, Dolores del Río)
    Mexican girls are the best and most loving
    As a Mexican man I feel lucky to have them

    This girl was amazing in the fantasic four

  3. izzybizzy says:

    Pretty but overrated

  4. Pegzi says:

    Correction: Is there any evidence for the French/ English? I couldn’t find any. If there is French it must be very far back medieval probably

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.