Birth Name: Tessa Rose Ferrer
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: March 30, 1986
Ethnicity: Puerto Rican (paternal grandfather), English, Irish, German, about 1/16th Polish, small amounts of Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Dutch
Tessa Ferrer is an American actress. She is the daughter of singer, author, and actress Debby Boone (Deborah Anne Boone) and Gabriel Vicente Ferrer.
Tessa’s father is of one half Puerto Rican, one quarter Irish, one eighth German, and one eighth a mix of English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, descent. Her mother has English, one eighth Polish, and small amounts of Scottish, German, and Dutch, ancestry.
Tessa’s uncles (father’s brothers) are actors Miguel Ferrer and Rafael Ferrer. Her great-uncle (paternal grandmother’s brother) is journalist, anchorman, and television host Nick Clooney. Her first cousin, once removed, is actor, director, and producer George Clooney, and her sixth cousin, twice removed, was actor Richard Boone.
Tessa’s paternal grandfather was actor and director José Ferrer (the son of Rafael Ferrer y Otero and María Providencia del Carmen Cintrón y Cintrón). José was born in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Rafael was the son of Gabriel Ferrer y Hernández and Monserrate/Mensenate Otero y Navedo. María Providencia was the daughter of José Vicente Cintrón y Bardeque and Elvira Cintrón y Cintrón.
Tessa’s paternal grandmother was singer and actress Rosemary Clooney (the daughter of Joseph Andrew Clooney and Marie Frances Guilfoyle). Rosemary was born in Kentucky. Joseph was the son of Andrew Bartholomew Clooney, whose parents were Irish, and of Crescentia Koch, whose parents were German. Marie Frances was the daughter of Michael Joseph Guilfoyle, who had Irish ancestry, and of Martha Adelia/Ada/Delia Farrow, who was of English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish descent.
Tessa’s maternal grandfather is singer and actor Pat Boone (Charles Eugene Boone; the son of Archie Altman Boone and Margaret Virginia Pritchard). Pat was born in Florida. Archie was the son of Ernest Eugene Boone and Etta Lou Foy. Margaret was the daughter of Julian Charles Pritchard and Leila Monretta Warren.
Tessa’s maternal grandmother is Shirley Lee Foley (the daughter of Red Foley and Judy Martin). Tessa’s great-grandfather Red Foley was a country singer, musician, and radio and television personality. He was born Clyde Julian Foley, and was the son of Benjamin Harrison Foley and Katherine E. Haley. Tessa’s great-grandmother Judy Martin was also a country singer. She was born Eva Alaine Overstake, and was the daughter of Herschel Jewel Overstake and Helen Elizabeth Nalefski, whose parents were from Germany, and who was likely of Polish descent.
Genealogies of Tessa’s paternal grandparents, José Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney – http://www.findagrave.com
Marriage record of Tessa’s paternal great-grandparents, Rafael Ferrer y Otero and María Providencia del Carmen Cintrón y Cintrón – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Tessa’s paternal great-great-aunt, Monserrate “Monsita” Ferrer Otero – https://www.findagrave.com
Genealogy of Tessa’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Tessa’s paternal grandmother, Rosemary Clooney (through Rosemary’s nephew, George Clooney) – http://famouskin.com
Notations on Tessa’s Irish ancestry – http://www.eneclann.ie
Tessa’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Crescentia Koch, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of some of Tessa’s more distant ancestors – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com