Raquel Welch

Welch in 2010, DFree / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Jo Raquel Tejada

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 5, 1940

*Bolivian (father)
*English (mother)

Raquel Welch is an American actress and singer. Her films include Fantastic Voyage, One Million Years B.C., and Bedazzled (1967), among many others. Her father, Armando Carlos Tejada-Urquizo, was from La Paz, Bolivia, Her mother, Josephine Sarah (Hall), was born in Chicago, and had English ancestry.

She has two children, including model and actress Tahnee Welch, with her former husband, James Welch.

Raquel stated in an interview that her father made it a point that his family did not speak Spanish in the house, as a way to assimilate into the American society. She has stated that her goal in life is to speak Spanish more fluently.

Raquel’s paternal grandfather was named Agustin Tejada.

Raquel’s paternal grandmother was named Raquel Urquizo.

Raquel’s maternal grandfather was Emery Stanford Hall, an architect (the son of Justin Smith Hall and Sarah Mehitable Stanford/Standford). Emery was born in Illinois. Justin was the son of Elbridge Gerry Hall and Hannah Kent Robinson. Sarah was the daughter of Emery/Emory Stanford/Standford and Mary Lydia Elliot/Elliott.

Raquel’s maternal grandmother was Clara Louise/Louisa Adams (the daughter of Joseph Warren Adams and Josephine H. Merrill). Clara was born in Illinois. Joseph was the son of Elias Adams and Clarissa Vinton Thomas.

Sources: Genealogies of Raquel Welch – http://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Raquel’s parents – https://www.findagrave.com

Raquel’s parents on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Immigration record of Raquel’s father – https://familysearch.org

Genealogies of Raquel Welch (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com


Curious about ethnicity

17 Responses

  1. celebfan says:

    Still glamorous after all these years.

  2. I love you, Roger Scientist says:

    Hmmmm . . .

    I thought Bolivia had a strong indigenous population? I thought her Bolivian parent would be mestizo.

  3. Myspace Celebrity says:

    I’ve always thought she was partially mestizo.

  4. Angantyr says:

    Also, I never stated that she doesn’t have Mediterranean blood. Mestizo means being of mixed ancestries, native and ”mediterranean” (e.g. usually Spanish).

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