Sonia Sotomayor

Sotomayor in 2009, K2 images /

Birth Name: Sonia Maria Sotomayor

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

Date of Birth: June 25, 1954

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican

Sonia Sotomayor has served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, since August 8, 2009. She was previously a Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, from August 12, 1992 to October 7, 1998, and a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, from October 7, 1998 to August 6, 2009.

Justice Sotomayor was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, to Puerto Rican parents and grew up in the large Puerto Rican community in the Bronx. Her father, Pedro Juan Sotomayor, was from the Santurce area of San Juan, and her mother, Eselina (Báez), was from Santa Rosa, in Lajas. Her mother was an orphan. She served in the Women’s Army Corps. during World War II.

Justice Sotomayor is a Roman Catholic.

She is widely regarded as the first Hispanic Justice on the United States Supreme Court, although Benjamin N. Cardozo could be considered the first (he was of Sephardi Jewish descent).

Justice Sotomayor’s paternal grandfather was Luis P. Sotomayor Gonzalez (the son of Juan Sotomayor Román and Juana Francisca González Acevedo). Juan was the son of Juan Manuel Sotomayor and Maria Candelaria Román. Juana was the daughter of Francisco González Perez and Maria Carmen Acevedo.

Justice Sotomayor’s paternal grandmother was Mercedes Lopez Genaro (the daughter of Benigno López Cortés and Siriate Genaro Correa). Benigno was the son of Juan Eufemio López and Ricarda Cortés. Siriate was the daughter of Andrés Genaro and Francisca Correa.

Justice Sotomayor’s maternal grandfather was Agustin Baez Ortiz (the son of Antonio Baez and Juana Ortiz). Juana was the daughter of Jose Ortiz.

Justice Sotomayor’s maternal grandmother was Aurelia Francisca Toro Torres (the daughter of Juan Pilar Toro and Dolores Torres). Aurelia was born in Lajas. Juan was the son of Jose Toro and Vicenta Martinez. Dolores was the daughter of Juan Bautista Torres and Maria Velez.

Source: Genealogy of Sonia Sotomayor –


Curious about ethnicity

45 Responses

  1. Niki says:

    As a non-American posting on a site about ethnicity, I find the term “Puerto Rican” rather puzzling. It is not a nationality, it is not a race group, and it is not indicative of her nationality (US) or place of birth. What does it actually mean?

  2. Mari says:

    Glad to see her progress but her dad was a Puerto Rican because his family migrated there not because he is originally PuertoRican. My brother in law always goes by Puerto Rican but in fact his mother was a white woman with blue eyes and chestnut brown hair from Spain and his dad was a black man from Venezuela. They met in PR where they were both living for many years. The same is true for my other PR friend who was born in PR of a black Honduranian parent and an indianwhite Equadorian parent and so it was easier to say “Im PRcan” but infact they were transplants.

    • rafael says:

      everyone from puerto rico migrated there,thats what he have in common,your friends have exactly what to do with sonia

    • Jarocho says:

      stop lying, nobody immigrates to Puerto Rico other than Dominicans lol Puerto Rico is an island, nobody is welling to jump on a banana boat to get to an Island where there’s tons of poverty, people immigrate to the USA instead

      • rafael says:

        yeah,jarocho everyone in puerto rico fell from the sky and landed there,and by the way genius,puerto rico is part of america.also look into the royal decree of garces 1815 and learn instead of making ignorant and moronic comments.

    • marjanel says:

      So with that logic.Americans are just transplants too.

  3. jbrizz says:

    An admirable woman!

  4. Fuzzybear says:

    Look who’s calling someone a racist,the king of racist himself

    • no says:

      I’m racist cause disagree on the percentage of African blood in my nations people? Really, are you serious? Get a brain will ya!!

    • no says:

      Oh and what a coincidence for WTF and FUZZ popping out of nowhere at the same time… NOTTT

      • Fuzzybear says:

        Not that again,do you really need to believe that

        • no says:

          i see right through you..

          • no says:

            Again, avoiding my comments when convenient.

            “I’m racist cause disagree on the percentage of African blood in my nations people? Really, are you serious? Get a brain will ya!!”

            Like I said before to the other person, if you dont stop with this bulllst, I’m not going to reply. You’re wasting my time.

          • Fuzzybear says:

            Well you need to wake up,I been talking to you.Anyone can see that.But if that what you need,go ahead.Everyone sees how weak your comments are

          • no says:

            “I’m racist cause disagree on the percentage of African blood in my nations people? Really, are you serious? Get a brain will ya!!”

            Try reading for a change…

            Weak? Coming from the master of bullit lol

          • Fuzzybear says:

            No because you can’t handle it is what you a racist

          • no says:

            I know I’m not a racist thank you very much. Say and think what makes you happy. ;)

          • Fuzzybear says:

            mistake fixed:You can’t handle that fact,and that’s what makes you a racist

          • no says:

            keep saying that if it makes you happy

          • Fuzzybear says:

            And keep saying your not,if it make you happy

          • Fuzzybear says:

            Then stop replying,racist

          • no says:

            well stop talking bullsht.. is that easy

          • Fuzzybear says:

            Your one who keeps lying,and you must like talking to me.I was actually going to stop,but keep lying about what I said.When all people have to do is go look for themselves

          • no says:

            You’re the one lying. Many of times you implied ALL Mestizos were part black. I don’t have to lie to get my point across like people seem to do here.

          • Fuzzybear says:

            Never have I done that,I always said the avg Mestizo;go back and read.I did quote the history of your country,that’s what was said.You didn’t understand what was written,and that’s not my fault

          • no says:

            Please I understood everything, I’m just not going to agree with and ignorant racist liar like yourself.

            Now stop replying and buzz off!!

          • Fuzzybear says:

            Your one who handle the avg Mestizo still having black blood.Also this is not the playground,you can’t hit me,and think I want hit back.Also you just said you had to have me repeat something,so you didn’t understand everything.

          • no says:

            boring same gibberish bulst from the master of bullsht

            Listen I have to go. I actually have a life outside the internet. Have fun bullsheting other people. BYE!!

          • Fuzzybear says:

            That funny,that actually what I was going to tell you.Look it obvious were not agree on anything.However this is getting old,and know people are tried of seeing it;so no hard feels at least on my end.Now if you agree to stop so will I and I want response to posts anymore;can we agree on this?

          • no says:

            I’ve been wanting to stop for couple of days now. Saying agree to disagree, yet you kept on going and going. No hard feelings in my end either. You have your opinion just like everyone else.

  5. rafael says:

    ok people arent you going to bash,this puerto rican

    • no says:

      Damn, that comment leads me to believe there’s a lot of racism and hate towards Hispanics on this site. Why the hate people??

      • WTF says:


        your one to talk with all the racism you show

      • rafael says:

        no its not just this site i dont even bother going on youtube,because people go out of their way to make racist comments

      • Yeah okay says:

        I smell a troll. How is there racism against Hispanics, when you are supposedly a WHITE Mexican of French and Spanish Heritage? Sweetheart, most Mexicans do not consider themselves Hispanic. Half of them don’t even know what the hell the term means. White people give them that term. In another profile you said this yourself, now as a white Mexican you are speaking against the racism against “Hispanics”

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