Xuxa Meneghel

Birth Name: Maria da Graça Meneghel

Place of Birth: Santa Rosa, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Date of Birth: 27 March, 1963

Ethnicity: Brazilian [Polish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Swiss-German, distant Luxembourgish]

Xuxa Meneghel is a Brazilian television host, film actress, singer, model, and businessperson. Her shows have been broadcast in Portuguese, English, and Spanish worldwide. She is a two-time winner of the Latin Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album, and is also known as “Queen of the Shorties” or “Queen of Children.”

Xuxa is the daughter of Luiz Floriano Meneghel and Alda Flores da Rocha. She is married to actor and singer Junno Andrade. She has a daughter, actress, model, and athlete Sasha Meneghel, with her former husband, actor Luciano Szafir.

Xuxa has Polish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Swiss-German, and distant Luxembourgish, ancestry. Her Italian ancestry is from the town of Imer, in the Autonomous Province of Trento. Her great-grandfather emigrated to Brazil at the end of the nineteenth century. In 2013, Xuxa obtained Italian citizenship by descent.

Xuxa’s paternal grandfather is named Eduardo Meneghel (whose father was Italian).

Xuxa’s paternal grandmother is Carolina Maliska (the daughter of Francisco Maliska and Julia Romanowski). Francisco was born in Poland, and was the son of Robert Maliska. Julia was born in Germany, the daughter of Felix Romanowski and Anna Alessandrovich.

Xuxa’s maternal grandfather is named Agenor Flores da Rocha.

Xuxa’s maternal grandmother is Olivia Joner (the daughter of João Joner/Johner and Rosalia Sehn). Olivia was born in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. João was born in Rio Grande do Sul, the son of Mathias Joner, whose parents were from Kerzers, Fribourg, Switzerland, and of Janete Moraes, whose mother was German. Xuxa’s great-great-great-great-grandmother Anna Maria Mombach was from Echternach, Luxembourg.

A picture of Xuxa’s mother and maternal grandmother can be seen here.

Sources: http://www.worldlibrary.org (in Portuguese)

Birth certificate of Xuxa Meneghel – https://xuxarainhaencantada.files.wordpress.com

Article about Xuxa’s maternal grandmother, Olivia Joner – http://babado.ig.com.br

16 Responses

  1. Marvin says:

    then ending my words
    the family of xuxa is from trento Italy
    she have nothing of portuguese culture or roots
    she lives in brazil she speaks portuguese and has her name changed


    • alexgxo says:

      What are you talking about? It looks like Xuxa is of only 1/8th or 1/4th Italian by descent.

      The rest of her ancestry is clearly documented here and its mainly Eastern and Central European roots.

  2. Marvin says:

    I remember that xuxa was in an Argentine program, she said that she is Trentino in italy, she have Italian citizenship, there is a pic where she have the Italian document posing happily for the pic
    Besides, she said that she was about to be born in Argentina, her family was close to the Argentine-Brazilian border and at the last moment they moved to Brazil.

    in Brazil the inmigrants change su name and surname to portuguese names
    Brazil has that strange policy, I don’t know why

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