Sara Bareilles

Birth Name: Sara Beth Bareilles

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

Date of Birth: December 7, 1979

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

Sara Bareilles is an American singer, songwriter, actress, 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 J. Bareilles (the son of John Bareilles and Florence M. Brizoni). Melvin was born in California. John’s parents were French. Florence’s parents were Italian.

Sara’s paternal grandmother was Mary M. Biasca (the daughter of Henry Emilio Biasca and Anna Maria Biasca). Sara’s grandmother Mary was born in California, to Swiss immigrants, of Swiss-Italian descent.

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 J. Bareilles, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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

Obituary of Sara’s paternal grandmother’s sister, Irma Savina Biasca –

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 “Tony” Santos Capellas and Leanora/Leonora (Franca) Capellas –

Obituary of Sara’s maternal great-great-uncle, Eugene Santos Capellas –

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 –

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12 Responses

  1. Dstmnstr says:


    I’ve found her profile on,

    Thank you,
    Dustin Schrull

  2. Dstmnstr says:


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

    Thank you,
    Dustin Schrull