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 [including Azorean]
*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 (including Azorean) 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 both of Portuguese descent, from Ponta Delgada, St. Miguel, in the Azores. Leanora was born in Hawaii, the daughter of Paulino Franca and Balbina de Conceicao Ferraz/Ferreis, who were Portuguese immigrants.

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

12 Responses

  1. luckystar says:

    She looks fully italian.

  2. Dstmnstr says:

    I’ve been researching more about Sara’s Azorean Portuguese line on Google and I’ve found this website I believe Eugene Capellas is Antonio Santos Capellas’ brother, since Eugene is also the son of Manuel S. and Francisca (Costa) Capellas and Eugene went to Honolulu, Hawaii too. So Antonio Capellas’ parents and ancestors all must’ve came from Ponta Delgada, St. Miguel, Azores.

  3. ihatemostpeople says:

    She’s not ugly, but she’s not gorgeous either. She’s average.

  4. andrew says:

    I was sure it was a Portuguese surname but it seems to be French

  5. Anya says:

    This site should neither tolerate racism nor offensive language. ‘Me’, you have previously referred to a celeb on this site as a “w*g” – something that I find disgraceful so you cannot be surprised if people assume comments you make are somewhat racially motivated. I am just glad that the new log in policy means that we are no longer subject to the racism of your alter egos.

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