Rebecca Lobo

Birth Name: Rebecca Rose Lobo

Place of Birth: Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 6, 1973

*father – Cuban/Spanish-Cuban, Spanish, one quarter Ashkenazi Jewish, one quarter Polish
*mother – Irish, German

Rebecca Lobo is an American professional basketball player and television basketball analyst. Usually a center, she played with the New York Liberty, the Houston Comets, the Springfield Spirit, and the Connecticut Sun of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She is 6′4″.

Rebecca is the daughter of RuthAnn and Dennis Joseph Lobo. Her siblings, Jason and Rachel, were college basketball players. Rebecca’s paternal grandfather was of Cuban/Spanish-Cuban and Spanish descent, while Rebecca’s paternal grandmother was of half Ashkenazi Jewish and half Polish (Catholic) ancestry. Rebecca’s mother’s ancestry is Irish and German.

Rebecca is married to journalist, sportswriter, and novelist Steve Rushin, with whom she has four children. She is known as Rebecca Rose Lobo-Rushin.

A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Rebecca’s genetic ancestry is:

*99.3% European

The DNA test stated that 10.7% of Rebecca’s DNA is Eastern European, and that 10.2% of Rebecca’s DNA is Ashkenazi Jewish.

Rebecca’s paternal grandfather was Joseph M. Lobo, Jr. (the son of Joseph Mario Lobo Perez and Maria Emilia Guitterez). Rebecca’s grandfather Joseph was born in New York. Rebecca’s great-grandfather Joseph was born in Pinar del Río, Cuba, the son of Jose Maria Lobo and Vincenta Perez. Rebecca’s great-grandmother Maria Guitterez was born in Tangier, Morocco, the daughter of Spanish parents, Antonio Guitterez and Catalina Roca.

Rebecca’s paternal grandmother was named Catherine M. Wade (the daughter of Mary Olech). Catherine was born in New York. Wade was the surname of her stepfather. Mary was a Polish Catholic emigrant from Galicia. Catherine’s biological father, Rebecca’s great-grandfather, was unknown. On the genealogy series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014), DNA testing suggested that Catherine’s biological father was likely Ashkenazi Jewish.

Rebecca’s maternal grandfather was James Joseph Peter McLaughlin (the son of Peter Vincent McLaughlin and Julia/Jule E. Ayers). James was born in Pennsylvania. Rebecca’s great-grandfather Peter was the son of James McLaughlin and Mary Jones. Julia was the daughter of William Ayers, who was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, and of Elizabeth Grout/Godut, who was also born in Pennsylvania, to an Irish father.

Rebecca’s maternal grandmother was Ruth Caroline Sauer (the daughter of Peter Sauer and Rose Teresa Klinges). Ruth was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Peter was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Peter Sauer, who was from Bavaria/Bayern, Germany, and of Louisa Goerlitz, who was also of German origin. Rose was also born in Pennsylvania, to a German father, Henry Klinges, and a mother, Madeline “Lena” Helfrich, who was also of German origin.

Sources: Genealogy of Rebecca Lobo –

Obituaries of Rebecca’s paternal grandparents, Joseph M. Lobo, Jr. and Catherine M. (Wade) Lobo –

Marriage record of Rebecca’s maternal grandparents, James Joseph Peter McLaughlin and Ruth Caroline Sauer –

Rebecca’s maternal grandfather, James Joseph Peter McLaughlin, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Rebecca’s maternal great-grandparents, Peter Vincent McLaughlin and Julia/Jule E. Ayers –

Rebecca’s maternal great-grandmother, Julia/Jule E. Ayers, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy and obituary of Rebecca’s maternal grandmother, Ruth Caroline (Sauer) Hardy –

3 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Jimmy McLaughlin-> James Joseph Peter McLaughlin, son of Peter Vincent McLaughlin (son of James McLaughlin and Mary Jones) and Julia E. Ayers (daughter of William Ayers and Elizabeth Grout/Godut).

    Sauer/Klinges genealogy:

  2. bearboy says:

    Rebecca Lobo’s DNA testing showed hidden Ashkenazi Jewish roots. What I found from watching that episode again is she also has very remote Sub Saharan African roots. Go to this link and pause at 45:58 to see the results which I believe is all on her father’s side.

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