Monica Raymund

Raymund in 2010, Helga Esteb /

Place of Birth: St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 26, 1986

*father – English, Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Dominican Republic

Monica Raymund is an American actress. She is known for her role as Ria Torres on the show Lie to Me.

Monica is the daughter of Sonia, who co-founded the Soulful Arts Dance Academy in St. Petersburg, and Steve Raymund, the retired CEO of Tech Data Corp., a distributor of computer components and software.

Her father, who is caucasian and from California, is of half English (from his own father) and half Ashkenazi Jewish (from his own mother) ancestry. Her mother is from the Dominican Republic. Monica was raised Jewish and had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony.

Monica has said:

My father is white & Jewish. My mother is brown & Dominican. I’m proud of my heritage on both sides. Their love inspired me. #UnityMovement

Monica’s paternal grandfather was Edward Charles Raymund (the son of William Bernard Raymond and Vera Pauline Maxson). Edward was born in California, and was a philanthropist and businessperson, who founded the family company Tech Data Corp., a multi-billion dollar corporation. Edward had English ancestry. William was the son of William Bernard Raymond and Ruby Z. Downs. Vera was the daughter of Charles Fremont Maxson and Mary Pearl Smith.

Monica’s paternal grandmother was Annette Leah Davidson (the daughter of Morris Davidson and Myrtle Spector). Annette was born in New York, to a Lithuanian Jewish father, from Vilnius County, and a Russian Jewish mother. Myrtle was the daughter of Abraham Spector, from Kiev, and of Ida.

Monica’s maternal grandmother is named Maria Lara.


Genealogy of Monica Raymund (focusing on her father’s side) –

Obituary of Monica’s paternal grandfather, Edward Charles Raymund –


Curious about ethnicity

46 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Maternal grandmother is Maria Lara.

    Paternal grandfather is Edward Charles Raymund.
    Paternal grandmother is Annette Leah (possibly Davidson).

  2. Princess says:

    She doesn’t look black. She looks like she is from Fiji.

  3. WTF says:

    lmfao this bitch be delusional. i HATE chicks that wanna be mixed so bad. they are self hating black women. smh so sad. this monica hoe (who the fk is she? never heard of her before? she some d-list “actress”?) looks black. she doesn’t even look mixed. there are 100% black women who look like her. her daddy aint white.

    • aroxysimon says:

      where do you get off saying that?? have you ever seen an actual african, they’re BLACK not brown like most African-Americans. Her dad was probably an unmixed African-Dominican, most African-Americans have white ancestry and most wouldn’t pass in Africa

    • flo says:

      She has a non black father. That makes her mixed. And most Dominicans are already mixed.

      Monica definitely looks mixed. If she took a DNA test she would get less than 50% African.

  4. Masri says:

    YOU know what this is soooooo stupid. I’m fucking tired of the HaitianDominican thing. I DONT THINK ANYONE KNOWS THIS BUT HAITAIN OR DOMNINICAN IS A FUCKING NATIONALITY. its not set in stone that both have to be black, white, native or anything. i grew up around both my entire life.I have a dominican friend named Jeffrey he has (dominican born German parents) no black ancestry at ALLL(blonde straight hair and blue eyes pale skin) and my friends boyfriend looks like hes right out of Uganda. same goes for Haitians. WHY DOESNT ANYONE POST THE FAMOUS WHITE HAITIANS LIKE NATALIE HANDAL ( famous Haitian born Palestinian poet) no black ancestry or Regine Chassange (haitian born French Quebecois musician from the band Arcade Fire) shes white too just has curly hair. Its not that hard. Then there’s the burnt Sub Saharan Africans that are from there. its a melting pot still both sides of the Island. Look it up. people are so fucking ignorant.

  5. MCantu says:

    LMAO I bet half of you arent Dominicans only Hispanics understand You Gabachos talk based on your opinion about us Hispanics, We can’t speak for you and you can’t speak for us. Dominicans aren’t a Black people not all are Believe it or not not all Haitians are Black In the Caribbean we have a melting pot.

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