Lyndsy Fonseca

Fonseca in 2010, photo credit: Cameron Yee

Birth Name: Lyndsy Marie Fonseca

Place of Birth: Oakland, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 7, 1987

*75% Portuguese [including Azorean]
*25% mix of English and German

Lyndsy Fonseca is an American actress. Her roles include the films Hot Tub Time Machine and Kick-Ass, and television’s The Young and the Restless, How I Met Your Mother, Big Love, Desperate Housewives, Nikita, and Agent Carter.

When describing her curves, she stated:

I’m half Portugese, so I’m built more like a Latina girl. I don’t think I’m fat. It’s hard to be around sometimes girls that are so thin but you just gotta own what you’ve got.

Her half-sister, Hannah Leigh, is also an actress. Lyndsy is married to actor Noah Bean, with whom she has two children.

Lyndsy’s paternal grandfather was James Victor “Jimmy” Fonseca (the son of Tony Fonseca and Laura). James was born in California, to Portuguese parents.

Lyndsy’s paternal grandmother was Lilia Costa (the daughter of Francisco Martins and Maria Santa Christo Corvele). Lilia was born in Sao Miguel, Azores Islands, off the coast of Portugal.

Lyndsy’s maternal grandfather was Michael J. Bergmann (the son of William John Bergman and Frances E. Pyatt). Michael was born in California. William was born in New York, and his paternal grandparents were German immigrants. Frances was born in California, the daughter of Robert E. Lee Pyatt and Esther Ellen Story. Frances had English ancestry.

Lyndsy’s maternal grandmother was Joan Marie Semas (the daughter of Leonard Furtado Semas and Maria Costa Lopes). Joan was born in Massachusetts, and was of Portuguese descent. All of Joan’s grandparents were Portuguese emigrants. Leonard was the son of John Furtado Semas and Rosalina Perreira. Maria was the daughter of Manuel da Costa Lopes and Maria Angelina Mello.

Sources: Genealogy of Lyndsy Fonseca –

Lyndsy’s paternal grandfather, James Victor “Jimmy” Fonseca, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Lyndsy’s paternal grandmother, Lilia (Costa) Fonseca –


Curious about ethnicity

37 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    I think her grandmother was Lilia Costa.

  2. stlucas says:

    She looks very French to me. Maybe it’s because of the North/South European mix.

  3. aroxysimon says:

    Exactly how’d I’d imagine a combo like that

  4. JasonBaker says:

    Lol she’s not a Latina. The term ” Latina ´´ does not really mean anything, but in this case she’s not even a Latina.

    • marjanel says:

      Latina=Latin in Spanish. But really in Latin countries she will no be considered latina like most of “latinos” in USA. Including, in Latin America Jennifer Lopez is considered a woman with latin American ancestry but no latina, she is a gringa

  5. the punisher says:

    Even she says she’s Latina

    • ashash says:

      She didn’t say she was Latina. She said she has a body LIKE a Latina.

      • the punisher says:

        Portuguese is latin which makes her half latina

        • PortugueseMan says:

          Latino/Latina = someone coming from Latin America, which has no denomination on someones race and they come in all types such as white, black, mestizo, etc.

          Portuguese is a Latin Romance language like Italian, French, Spanish, Romanian, etc, but that does not make us not genetically European or Caucasian because our language has a Latin Roman influence in it. We are still genetically European Caucasoids and therefore white like all other Europeans whose languages have Latin language linguistic influence in them such as Spanish, English, French, etc.

          So when you say shit like ‘Portuguese people are Latin’ that only refers to our language like several other European ethnicties, there is no such thing as being “Latin” genetically or being “Latin” morphologically. Also like I aforementioned “Latina” refers to a woman from Latin America and “Latino” a man from Latin America and “Latino” is not a race either and Mexicans, Brazilians, Argentinians, etc, come in all types.

          • Marc 2 says:

            PortugueseMan, be careful, you can summon the punisher and he’ll prove you using the Hans Gunther theory, that Portuguese are not white

          • marjanel says:

            This happen when you try to change real meanings of the word.And I am from Latin America and here Latino= Latin in English. The meaning of Latino is the same than latin in English. And the word Latinoamericano comes from Latino( latin) not the contrary.

          • marjanel says:

            And Latin America is latin America because they speak latin derivated languages. In the end Latin=latino

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