Sara Bareilles

Bareilles in 2011, image via kathclick/

Birth Name: Sara Beth Bareilles

Place of Birth: Eureka, Humboldt, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 7, 1979

*37.5% Italian/Swiss-Italian
*37.5% Portuguese [Azorean, Madeiran]
*12.5% French
*12.5% mix of English and German

Sara Bareilles is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and author.

Sara’s father is of one quarter French, one quarter Italian, and half Swiss-Italian, descent. Sara’s mother is of three quarters Portuguese [Azorean, Madeiran] and one quarter English/German ancestry. Sara lived in Italy for a year, speaks Italian, and was raised Catholic.

Sara’s paternal grandfather was Melvin Jack Bareilles (the son of John Bareilles and Florence M. Borzone/Brizoni). Sara’s grandfather Melvin was born in California. John’s parents were French. Florence’s parents were Italian.

Sara’s paternal grandmother was Mary Margaret Biasca (the daughter of Henry Emilio/Emelio Biasca and Anna Maria Biasca). Sara’s grandmother Mary Margaret was born in California, to Swiss immigrants, of Swiss-Italian descent. Henry was the son of Peter Biasca and Amelia Camusci. Sara’s great-grandmother Anna Maria was born in Lodrino, Canton of Ticino, the daughter of Paolo “Paul” Biasca and Maria Margarita Berti.

Sara’s maternal grandfather was Bernard S. Capellas (the son of Antonio Santos “Tony” Capellas and Leanora/Leonora Franca). Bernard was born in Hawaii. Antonio’s parents, Manuel S. Capellas and Francisca Costa, were of Portuguese descent, from São Miguel Island, Azores. Leanora was born in Hawaii, the daughter of Paulino Franca and Balbina de Conceicao Ferraz/Ferreis, who were Portuguese emigrants, from Ponta Delgada, São Vicente, Ilha da Madeira, Madeira.

Sara’s maternal grandmother was Betty Jean Miller (the daughter of Edgar Floyd Miller and Margaret Dias). Betty was born in Hawaii. Edgar was born in Virginia, and had English and German ancestry; he was the son of Monroe Miller and Sarah Eunice Dolinger. Margaret was born in Hawaii; Margaret’s father, Louis Dias, was a Portuguese immigrant, while Margaret’s mother, Mary Simao, was born in Hawaii, to Portuguese parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Sara Bareilles –

Sara’s paternal grandfather, Melvin Jack Bareilles, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Sara’s paternal grandmother, Mary Margaret Biasca, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Sara’s paternal aunt (grandmother’s sister) –

Sara’s maternal grandfather, Bernard S. Capellas, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Sara’s maternal great-grandparents, Antonio Santos “Tony” Capellas and Leanora/Leonora Franca –

Partial genealogies, and death records, of Sara’s maternal great-grandparents, Antonio Santos “Tony” Capellas and Leanora/Leonora (Franca) Capellas –

Obituary of Sara’s maternal great-great-uncle (great-grandfather’s brother) –

Sara’s maternal grandmother, Betty Jean Miller, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Sara’s maternal grandmother, Betty Jean (Miller) Capellas –

Sara’s maternal great-grandmother, Margaret Dias, on the 1920 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

13 Responses

  1. Dstmnstr says:


    Her great-grandfather Antonio Santos Capellas’ parents and his brother all came from São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.

    Her great-grandmother Leonora (Franca) Capellas’ parents both came from Ponta Delgada, São Vicente, Ilha da Madeira, Madeira, Portugal.


  2. andrew says:

    Sara Bareilles’ Swiss family is from:,_Ticino

    Also her paternal great-grandmother’s correct name was Florence Borzone (Brizoni does not exist), thus she was likely from Genoa (as most Italian immigrants to California used to be).

  3. Dstmnstr says:


    I’ve found her profile on,

    Thank you,
    Dustin Schrull

  4. Dstmnstr says:


    I found her great grandparents’ burials, Antonio S. Capellas ( and Leonora Franca Capellas (

    Thank you,
    Dustin Schrull

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