Naya Rivera

Rivera in 2010, Helga Esteb/

Birth Name: Naya Marie Rivera

Date of Birth: January 12, 1987

Place of Birth: Valencia, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: July 8, 2020

Place of Death: Lake Piru, Ventura County, California, U.S.

*50% Puerto Rican
*25% African-American
*25% German

Naya Rivera was an American actress, singer, and model. She played Santana Lopez on the television show Glee.

Naya was the daughter of Yolanda Marie (White), a model, and George Michele Rivera. Her father is of Puerto Rican and German descent. Her mother is of half black and half Puerto Rican ancestry. Naya had stated this on the talk show The View. She described herself as “half Puerto Rican, a quarter German, and a quarter African American.”

She was the sister of professional football player Mychal Rivera and runway model Nickayla Rivera. Pictures of her brother can be seen here.

Naya had a son with her former husband, actor Ryan Dorsey. She was also credited as Naya Rivera Dorsey.

Naya’s paternal grandfather was named George Rivera.

Naya’s paternal grandmother was named Anna.

Naya’s maternal grandmother was named Clara Esther White.



Curious about ethnicity

140 Responses

  1. transemacabre says:

    In her book, Naya says her paternal grandparents were George Rivera, Sr. (born in Puerto Rico) and Anna (born in Yugoslavia).

  2. Manila says:

    George’s middle name is Michael. Yolanda’s middle name is Marie.

    Naya’s maternal grandmother was Clara Esther White (not sure if this is her maiden or married surname).

  3. danishcookie7 says:

    She was beautiful. RIP.

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