Rosario Dawson

Dawson in 2011, Featureflash /

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 9, 1979

*mother – Puerto Rican, Cuban, including African and Taíno
*biological father – publicly unknown

Rosario Dawson is an American actress, producer, singer, comic book writer, and political activist.

Rosario’s mother, Isabel Celeste, is a writer and singer, and is of Puerto Rican and African-Cuban descent. Her mother has Taíno roots. Rosario was raised by her mother and stepfather, Greg Dawson, who gave her his surname; Greg is said to be of Irish and Native American ancestry.

Rosario’s biological father is named Patrick Harris. It does not appear to be publicly known what Patrick’s ancestry is.

Rosario has a daughter, who is adopted.

Rosario’s maternal grandmother was Isabel Quiñones (the daughter of Antonio Quiñones and Celestina Alvira y Torres). Isabel was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Antonio was the son of Ceferino Quiñones and Francisca Quiñones y Rivera. Celestina was the daughter of Eusebio Alvira y Rivera and Teresa Rexach y Torres.


Genealogies of Rosario Dawson (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Obituary of Rosario’s maternal grandmother, Isabel II (Quiñones) Stokilo –

Rosario’s maternal great-grandfather, Antonio Quiñones, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Rosario’s maternal great-grandmother, Celestina Alvira y Torres, on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

89 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    her maternal great-grandparents (the parents of her maternal grandmother) are listed as “mulatto” on Census records:

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