Birth Name: Selena Quintanilla

Date of Birth: April 16, 1971

Place of Birth: Lake Jackson, Brazoria, Texas, U.S.

Date of Death: March 31, 1995

Place of Death: Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.

Ethnicity: Mexican – Spanish [Andalusian, Asturian, Canary Islander, Castilian, Extremaduran], Indigenous Mexican, including Tiwa, and possibly distant Cherokee, and Basque, Galician, and distant Catalan; distant Italian, Portuguese, and Greek

Selena, also known by her birth name Selena Quintanilla or her married name Selena Quintanilla Pérez, was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer. She was known as the “Queen of Tejano Music.”

She was the daughter of Marcella Ofelia Samora and Abraham Isaac Quintanilla, Jr., a musician. Her parents were both of Mexican ancestry. Her siblings are musician A.B. Quintanilla and Suzette Quintanilla.

Selena was married to guitarist, songwriter, and author Chris Pérez, until her death.

Selena’s patrilineal line can be traced back to her tenth great-grandfather, Diego de Olivares.

Selena’s paternal grandfather was Abraham Gonzalez Quintanilla (the son of Eulogio Quintanilla Longoria and Dolores Gonzalez). Abraham was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. Eulogio was a Mexican emigrant, from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, and was the son of Manuel Quintanilla García and Leonarda Longoria Galván. Dolores was the daughter of a Mexican emigrant, Domingo Hernández Garca (later González Garza), of Cadereyta Jiménez, Nuevo León, and of Jacinta Garza, whose own parents were Mexican.

Selena’s paternal grandmother was Maria Tereza Calderon (the daughter of Humberto M. Calderón Galván and Concepción Vásquez). Maria was born in Edna, Texas, to Mexican parents, from Zaragoza and Cuatro Ciénegas, respectively both in Coahuila. Humberto was the son of Antonio E. Calderón Saucedo and María Hermila Galván de la Fuente.

Selena’s maternal grandfather was Ralph H[ernandez] Samora (the son of Pedro “Mike” Samora and Eulalia Hernández). Ralph was born in Amarillo, Texas. Eulalia was the daughter of Agustín Hernández and María Eduvigis Ríos Corrales. Pedro’s parents were said to be José Bernardo Samora, whose biological father was German, and Juana Albina Carvajal Archuleta. It is not clear if this is accurate.

Selena’s maternal grandmother was Carmel Garcia Mestas (the daughter of Primitivo de la Cruz Maestas and Floripa Garcia). Carmel was born in Alamosa, Colorado. Cruz was the son of Antonio Maestas and María Marcelina Cisneros. Floripa was the daughter of Filomeno García and Perfecta.

Selena was a seventh cousin, once removed, of actress Eva Longoria. Their common ancestors were Juan Diego Longoria García and María Clara Chapa Benavides.

Source: Genealogy of Selena –


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53 Responses

  1. Manila says:

    Humberto’s full name is Humberto M. Calderón Galván, and was the son of Antonio E. Calderón Saucedo and María Hermila Galván de la Fuente.

  2. fuzzybear44 says:

    a typical mexican is also African on avg. just putting that in there

  3. Amanda72 says:

    Why isn’t Selena’s African roots mentioned in this post? If you look at her features in all her photos including some high school photos where she leaves her natural curly hair you can see clearly she has African roots as well.

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