List of Spanish Americans

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This is a list of notable Americans of Spanish descent, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.

There are also many people in the United States of Hispanic "national" origin, (e.g.: Cuban Americans, Mexican Americans and Puerto Rican Americans) or Filipinos (that until 1898 was a Spanish colony), who ultimately trace all of their heritage back to Spain and form part of the ethnic "Spanish American"- population (In the census of 2010 more than 26 million Hispanic and Latino Americans reported having Spanish ancestors).

The list also includes many settlers and descendants of Spanish settlers who lived in the Spanish colonies south of the current U.S. when those territories were incorporated into U.S. and to his inhabitants were given the U.S. citizenship (Louisiana is incorporated in 1803, Florida in 1819, and the Southwest was incorporated in 1848).

This list is ordered by surname within section.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Spanish American or must have references showing they are Spanish American and are notable.


List[edit]

Artists and designers[edit]

Business[edit]

Entertainment[edit]

Screenwriter, Directors and Producers of film and television[edit]

Actress Maria Montez

Actors and actresses[edit]

Emilio Estevez with father Martin Sheen at the premiere of The Way. Estevez said that the film “is truly a love letter to Spain, and it is also a homage to my grandfather.”[66]

Models[edit]

Music[edit]

  • Jhené Aiko - American singer-songwriter and recording. His father is of Spanish, Dominican and Japanese descent.[86]
  • Arise (musician) - American musician, singer and actress. She is of Jewish, Spanish, French, Bavarian and Russian descent.
  • Esperanza Spalding - jazz singer and composer.[87]
  • David Archuleta - father of Spanish (Basque) descent.
  • Leonardo Balada - Spanish composer.
  • Kaci Battaglia - (pronounced Kah-chee), is a singer, dancer and occasional actress, half Spanish heritage.[citation needed]
  • Cedric Bixler-Zavala - Rock singer of predominately European descent has Spanish ancestry from father.
  • Fortunio Bonanova - (1895 – 1969), who was a baritone singer and a film, theater, and television actor. He occasionally worked as a producer and director.
  • Eduardo Cansino, Sr. - (1895–1968) Flamenco dancer and Spanish actor. Father of Rita Hayworth.
  • Julian Casablancas - The vocalist and songwriter of the New York band The Strokes.[88]
  • Al Cisneros - American musician from San Jose, California. He is the singer and bassist for the legendary stoner metal band Sleep
  • Nichole Cordova - is a singer and dancer. Cordova is a member of the musical group Girlicious.
  • Darren Criss - American actor, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. His Philippine mother is of Spanish partial descent.[26]
  • Xavier Cugat (1900–1990) - Conductor, American Catalan artist and entrepreneur. He was a key figure in the spread of Latin music in the United States popular music.[89]
  • Charo - Spanish-American actress, comedian and Flamenco guitarist. She is best known for her exuberant stage presence and provocative outfits.
  • Chick Corea - American jazz and fusion pianist, keyboardist, and composer. He is of southern Italian and Spanish descent.[90][91]
  • Jonny Diaz - American contemporary Christian pop artist and brother of Matt Diaz. His grandfather who had emigrated from Barcelona.[92]
  • Vernon Duke - (1903 - 1969) American composer/songwriter, born into a noble family of mixed Georgian-Austrian-Spanish-Russian descent, en Belarus.
  • Gloria Estefan - Mothers parents were born in Pola de Siero, Asturias and Logroño, La Rioja, Spain .[93][94]
  • Joe Falcón - (1900 - 1965) American accordionist descendant of Cajuns and Spanish settlers (Isleños) of Louisiana. He was the first person recording a song and a Cajun music album.
  • Lilian García is an American singer and ring announcer born in Spain. Spanish descent via Puerto Rico.
  • Jerry Garcia - Guitarist and singer for the Grateful Dead. Father was born in La Coruña, Spain.[95]
  • Synyster Gates - American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist of the band Avenged Sevenfold. He is of Spanish and German descent.
  • Claudio S. Grafulla - (1812–1880) Spanish-born composer in the United States during the 19th Century, most noted for martial music for regimental bands during the early days of the American Civil War
  • Emilio de Gogorza - (1874 – 1949) American baritone.
  • Safeway Goya - Singer of The Nobodys, who released an album on Capitol Records and EMI International August 8, 1984.
  • Scott Herren - music producer. His father is Catalan and his mother is Irish and Cuban.[96]
  • Eric Himy - American-born classical pianist of French-Spanish-Moroccan descent
  • Julio Iglesias - Spanish singer with American citizenship.
  • Enrique Iglesias - Grammy Winning Spanish pop singer songwriter. Spanish father (Julio Iglesias) and Spanish Filipina mother (Isabel Preysler)
  • José Iturbi - (1895–1980) was a Spanish conductor, harpsichordist and pianist.
  • Jeanette (singer) - London-born, American-raised singer. She is of Canarian and Maltese descent.[97]
  • Japollonia - He is brother of Jhené Aiko
  • Chris Kirkpatrick - American singer, dancer, and voice actor who is best known as a founding member of the pop group 'N Sync. He is of Irish, Scottish, Spanish and Indian descent.
  • Joseph Lacalle - (1860 - 1937) Spanish born American clarinetist, composer, conductor and music critic.
  • Bruno Mars - American singer-songwriter and record producer. Mars' mother immigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines as a child, and is of Filipino and some Spanish descent.[98][99]
  • Mikaila - American singer of French, Mexican (Aztec) and Spanish descent.
  • Chino Moreno - American musician. He is children to a Spanish-Mexican father and a Spanish/Chinese mother;[100]
  • Alcide Nunez - (1884–1934) Isleño American jazz clarinetist.
  • Robert Nunez - Isleño American jazz clarinetist and grandson of Alcide Nunez.
  • Kenny Ortega - Emmy-award winning producer, director and choreographer. Most known for directing the High School Musical series and Michael Jackson's This Is It. Spanish grandparents.[101]
  • Irvan Perez - (1923–2008) Isleño singer.[102]
  • Manuel Perez (musician) (1871–1946), American cornetist and bandleader born into a Creole of Color family of Spanish, French and African descent.
  • Achille Rivarde - (1865 – 1940) was an American-born British violinist and teacher.
  • Roland Ruby - American composer, lyricist and playwright. He is an Ecuatorian born, but American raised, of Spanish and Italian descent.
  • Paul Sanchez - American guitarist and a singer-songwriter. He was a founding member of the New Orleans band Cowboy Mouth, guitarist and one of the primary singers and songwriters for the band from 1990 to 2006. His father was an Isleño of Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana.
  • Matthew Santos - rock and folk singer-songwriter, musician and painter, father of part-Spanish descent.[103]
  • Carly Simon - American singer-songwriter, musician, and children's author. His mother is of Spanish and half Swiss descent.
  • Lucy Simon - American composer for the theatre and popular songs. Sister of Carly Simon.
  • Joanna Simon (mezzo-soprano) - Sister of Carly and Lucy Simon.
  • Mariee Sioux - American folk singer-songwriter. Her father Gary Sobonya is a mandolin player of Polish and Hungarian descent, and her mother Felicia is of Spanish, Paiute, and Indigenous Mexican descent.
  • Camile Velasco - Filipino American singer and came in ninth place on the third season of the reality/talent-search television series, American Idol. She is of Irish, Spanish, and Filipino descent.[104]
  • Jaci Velasquez - she descends of Spanish and Mexican settlers in Texas and French, Scottish, and Arabs immigrants.[105]
  • Angela Vía - American singer/songwriter of mother of Spanish and Mexican descent.
  • Camille Zamora - American soprano, Spanish ancestry on her father's side

Sports[edit]

  • Barry Alvarez - American football coach. His grandparents immigrated to the United States from Northern Spain.[106]
  • Lyle Alzado - (1949 – 1992) was a professional American football defensive end of the National Football League. His father is of Italian-Spanish descent.[107]
  • Jonathan Borrajo - American soccer player of Spanish parents.[108]
  • Gene Brito - (1925 – 1965) was an American football Defensive end in the National Football League. He was of Spanish and Mexicans parents.
  • Pete Carril - American former basketball coach.
  • Carlos Condit - American mixed martial artist
  • Matt Diaz - American professional baseball outfielder for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball. His brother is Jonny Diaz. His grandfather who had emigrated from Barcelona.[92]
  • Mary Joe Fernández - Professional tennis player and two-time Olympic gold medal winner. Father from Spain.[109]
  • Santiago Formoso - Spanish-American soccer defender who spent spent five seasons in the North American Soccer League.
  • Lefty Gomez - Born Vernon Louis Gomez, New York Yankees Hall of Fame pitcher.[110]
  • Keith Hernandez - MVP-winning baseball player, grandfather from Málaga, Spain.
  • Manuel Hernandez - Spanish-American soccer player. Born in Spain.
  • Chris Gimenez - American professional baseball catcher for the Oakland Athletics
  • Al Lopez - Hall-of-Fame baseball player and manager. Spanish parents.[111]
  • Malia Jones - American model and surfer. She is of Spanish-Filipino partially descent.[112]
  • David López-Zubero - Former college an international swimmer who competed in three Summer Olympics and won an Olympic bronze medal.
  • Martin López-Zubero - American born, Spanish Olympian swimmer with dual-citizenship. His father is Spanish[113]
  • Saoul Mamby - former professional boxer of Spanish and Jamaica descent.[114]
  • Rachel McLish - American female bodybuilding champion, actress and author. Her father was of Spanish ancestry.[115]
  • Midajah - American personal trainer, fitness model and former professional wrestling manager. He is the eldest of four children and is of Norwegian, Irish, Spanish, and French descent.
  • Lou Molinet - (1904–1976) was the first Hispanic-American professional football player to play in the National Football League.
  • Lou Piniella - Baseball player and manager, Asturian grandparents [116]
  • Hernando Planells - Assistant coach of the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League and former head coach of the Basketball Japan League (BJ) team Ryukyu Golden Kings.
  • Glenn Jacobs - Wrestler WWE. He was born in Madrid, Spain.[117]
  • Augusto Perez - former wheelchair curler.
  • Tony La Russa - Baseball player and manager, born to Spanish and Italian parents in Ybor City in Tampa Florida.[118]
  • Ralph Onis - (1908 in Tampa, Florida – 1995), was a professional baseball.
  • Fabri Salcedo - (1914 in Santander, Cantabria, Spain – 1985 in Rochelle Park, New Jersey) soccer forward.
  • Wendy Lucero-Schayes - American former Olympic diver.
  • Craig Torres (bodybuilder)
  • Benny Urquidez - kickboxer, martial arts choreographer and actor. His father is descended from Basque Spaniards and Blackfoot Amerindians[119]
  • Angela Vía - American singer-songwriter from Texas.
  • Ted Williams - (1918 – 2002) American professional baseball player, manager, and World War II and Korean War veteran. His mother was of Spanish (Basque), Russian, and American Indian descent.[120]

Government and military[edit]

Confederate General G. T. Beauregard
Union Admiral David Farragut
  • Santiago Argüello - (1791–1862) soldier in the Spanish army of New Spain in Las Californias, a major Mexican land grant ranchos owner, and part of an influential family in Mexican Alta California and post-statehood California. He was son of Spanish soldier José Darío Argüello[121]
  • Terry de la Mesa Allen, Sr. - (1888–1969) Major General, U.S. Army. Decorated World War II Division commander.[122]
  • Terry de la Mesa Allen, Jr. - (1929–67) Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army. Killed in Vietnam War.
  • Jerry Apodaca - Democratic Governor of New Mexico (1974–78).
  • Polly Baca - Colorado Legislature from 1975–1986. She is a descendant of Spanish and Mexican settlers of New Mexico and Colorado, arrived there in the colonial period.[123]
  • Pierre G. T. Beauregard (1818–1893) American military officer, politician, inventor, writer, civil servant, and the first prominent general of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He was born in a Criole family of France and Spanish descent.
  • Santos Benavides (1823–1891) - confederate colonel in the American Civil War. He is descendant of Don Tomas Sanchez, the Spanish founder of Laredo, Texas.
  • Dionisio Botiller - (1842–1915) was elected a member of the Los Angeles, California, Common Council, the governing body of the city. Botiller's Spanish-heritage family settled in California in the 18th Century, living near Santa Barbara.[124]
  • Carlos Lopez-Cantera - Florida Republican politician of Miami, who serves as the representative for District 113 of the House of Representatives of the State of Florida.[125]
  • Carlos Antonio Carrillo - (1783–1852), Governor of Alta California, (1837–1838)
  • José Antonio Carrillo - (1796–1862), Californio ranchero, official and political.
  • Juan José Carrillo - (1842–1916) the first mayor of Santa Monica, California
  • Ezequiel Cabeza De Baca - (1864 – 1917) was the first Hispano elected for office as Lieutenant Governor in New Mexico's first election. He is a descendent of the original Spanish settlers which later became part of the Baca Family of New Mexico.
  • Dennis Chavez - (1888–1962) Democratic U.S. Senator from the State of New Mexico.
  • Linda Chavez - father's family came to New Mexico from Spain in 1601.[126]
  • Henry Cisneros - Politician and businessman[127]
  • Page Cortez - (1961), is a businessman from Lafayette, Louisiana, who is a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate from District 23.
  • Rudolph B. Davila (April 27, 1916 – January 26, 2002), United States Army officer, of Spanish-Filipino descent who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Italy during World War II.[128]
  • Manuel Dominguez - (1804–1882), Mayor of Los Angeles (1832). He was of Spanish settlers descent[129]
  • Luis F. Emilio - (December 22, 1844 - September 16, 1918) was a Captain in the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, an American Civil War Union regiment.
  • Albert Estopinal (1845–1919), Sugar cane planter from St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, who served as a Democrat in both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature between 1876 and 1900 and in the United States House of Representatives from Louisiana's 1st congressional district from 1908 until his death. Their ancestors came from the Canary Islands, Spain.[130]
  • Albert Estopinal, Jr. (1869–1952), Attorney and politician from St. Bernard Parish in south Louisiana. He was son of Albert Estopinal.
  • José Joaquín Estudillo - (1800–1852) the second alcalde of Yerba Buena, California (the precursor to San Francisco), and whose land holdings, known as Rancho San Leandro, formed the basis of the city of San Leandro.[131]
  • Jorge Farragut (1755–1817) - Spanish officer Navy who fought for the American War of Independence. Father of David Farragut.
  • David Farragut - (1801–1870) First senior officer of the U.S. Navy during the Civil War. Coined phrase "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!". His father was the Spanish officer Navy Jorge Farragut[132]
  • Joachim Octave Fernández (1896–1978) - was a member of the U. S. House of Representatives representing the state of Louisiana. He was a Democrat.
  • Leon Gary - (1913 - 1996), was a Democratic politician who served from 1948 to 1964 as the mayor of Houma, the seat of Terrebonne Parish in south Louisiana. He is a descendant of Juan Garrido (reduced to "Gary"), who was born c. 1737 in Malaga, Spain.[133]
  • Antonio Maria de la Guerra (1825–1881), Mayor of Santa Barbara, California, several times a member of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, California State Senator and Captain of California Volunteers in the American Civil War. He was son of Spanish soldier José de la Guerra y Noriega.[134]
  • José Gonzáles - American politician who was Mayor of Gonzales, Louisiana, in the years twenty and considered the best mayor of that village.[135]
  • Joseph Marion Hernández - (1793–1857) was an American politician, plantation owner, and soldier. He was the first Delegate from the Florida Territory, becoming the first Hispanic American to serve in the United States Congress. His parents were Spanish settlers of St. Augustine in what was then East Florida.[136]
  • Baldomero Lopez - (1925–1950) was a first lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.[137]
  • Manuel Lujan Jr - Republican Congressman from New Mexico & Secretary of Interior.
  • Francisco Antonio Manzanares (1843–1904) - businessman and politician.
  • Luis H. Marrero (1847–1921) was chief of police in Jefferson Parish in New Orleans, president of parish´s government between 1884 and 1916 and senator from Louisiana from 1892 to 1896. He was descend of Spanish settlers from Canary Island.[135]
  • Bob Martinez - former and first Hispanic Governor of Florida, grandson of Spanish immigrants.
  • Joseph Montoya - (1915–1978) Democratic U.S. Senator from the State of New Mexico.
  • Francisco Portusach Martínez - (1864–1919) was a Spanish merchant and whaler who was briefly the Governor of Guam, before he was deposed.
  • Juan Moya - (1806–1874), was a prominent Tejano landowner and Mexican army´s captain who fought in the Texas Revolution. He was of Canarian descent.
  • Ramón Músquiz - (1797–1867) was governor of Mexican Texas from 1830 to 1831 and 1835.
  • Antonio Narbona - (1773 - 1830) Spanish soldier born in Mobile, now in Alabama, when this belonged to Spanish Louisiana. He was Governor of Santa Fe de Nuevo México between September 1825 and 1827 and he fought native American people in the northern part of Mexico (now the southwestern United States) around the turn of the nineteenth century. He was of Spanish descent pure[138]
  • Sammy Nunez - Louisiana politician of Canarian, or Isleño descent.[139]
  • Samuel B. Nunez, Jr. - politician and businessman from St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. He is the son of Sammy Nunez.
  • John Ortega - first Hispanic sailor to be awarded the United States' highest military decoration for valor in combat — the Medal of Honor — for having distinguished himself during the South Atlantic Blockade by the Union Naval forces during the American Civil War.
  • Miguel Antonio Otero (born 1829) - Spanish politician of the New Mexico Territory.
  • Miguel Antonio Otero (born 1859) - Governor of New Mexico Territory (1897–1906).
  • Mariano S. Otero (1844–1904) - delegate from the Territory of New Mexico.
  • Leander Perez - (1891–1969) Louisiana judge and politician of Isleño descent.
  • Pío Pico - (1801 – 1894) - the last Governor of Alta California under Mexican rule. He was of Native American, Spanish and African mixed-race ancestry.
  • Andrés Pico - (1810 – 1876) Californio rancher, military commander and was elected to the state assembly and senate after California became a state. Andrés Pico was the younger brother of Pío Pico
  • Sean Reyes - 21st Attorney General of Utah. He was appointed by Governor Gary Herbert following the resignation of John Swallow. His father was an immigrant from the Philippines of both Filipino and Spanish descent.[140]
  • Elwood Richard Quesada - (1904 – 1993) was a United States Air Force General, FAA administrator, and, later, a club owner in Major League Baseball. He was of Irish and Spanish descent.
  • Bill Richardson - American politician, who served as the 30th Governor of New Mexico from 2003 to 2011. His mother is the Mexican daughter of a Spanish father from Villaviciosa, Asturias, Spain and a Mexican mother[141]
  • Junior Rodriguez - Politician from St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, of Isleño descent.
  • Maritza Sáenz Ryan- United States Army officer, and the head of the Department of Law at the United States Military Academy. She is the first woman and first Hispanic West Point graduate to serve as an academic department head. She is daughter of a Puerto Rican father and Spanish mother.[142]
  • José de la Cruz Sánchez - (1799–1878) was the eleventh Alcalde of San Francisco in 1845.
  • Francisco Sanchez (1805–1862) was Commandante of the San Francisco Presidio and the eighth alcalde of San Francisco, California in 1843. He was brother of José de la Cruz Sánchez.
  • Erasmo Seguín - (1782 – 1857) prominent citizen and politician in San Antonio, Texas. He was of French and Spanish descent in San Antonio de Bexar (now San Antonio, Texas).[143]
  • Juan Seguín - (1806 - 1890) Texas Senator, Mayor, Judge, and Justice of the Peace and a prominent participant in the Texas Revolution. He was son of Erasmo Seguín.
  • Manuel Antonio Santiago Tarín - (1811–1849) Tejano soldier and a recruiter and participant in the Texas Revolution on the Texian side. His father was a Spanish officer.
  • Eamonn de Valera - (1882 - 1975) American born leader of Ireland's struggle for independence from Britain in the War of Independence and of the anti-Treaty opposition in the ensuing Irish Civil War (1922–1923). He was the founder of Fianna Fáil, head of government (President of the Executive Council, later Taoiseach) and President of Ireland (1959 - 1973). He was son to an Irish mother and a Cuban father of Spanish descent.[144]
  • Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo - (4 July 1807 – 18 January 1890) was a Californio military commander, politician, and rancher.
  • Juan Verde - Political, business and Spanish social entrepreneur from the Canary Islands. He serving as International Co-Chair for the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama and worked also on the political campaigns of Senator Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton. In addition of developing and directing a strategy to mobilize millions of American citizens residing outside of the United States.[145]
  • Agustín V. Zamorano (1798–1842), was a printer, soldier, and provisional Mexican colonial Governor of Alta California. He was born in Florida, by which him obtained the American citizenship when the territory be joined to United States

Journalists and Reporters[edit]

Novelist, poets and cartoonists of comic books[edit]

Cartoonist Sergio Aragonés
  • Alberto Acereda - Writer, professor of Spanish language and literature in USA and Spanish author of numerous articles on politics and op-eds in several European and American newspapers.
  • Jaime de Angulo - (1887–1950) French-born to Spanish parents. He was an American linguist, novelist, and ethnomusicologist in the western United States.
  • Estelle Anna Lewis - (1824 – 1880) was a United States poet and dramatist. She was of English and Spanish descent.
  • Mercedes de Acosta - (1893–1968) Poet and playwright, also known for her lesbian affairs with Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich.[150]
  • Felipe Alfau (1902–1999) - Catalan novelist and poet.
  • Jaime de Angulo - (1887–1950) was a linguist, novelist, and ethnomusicologist in the western United States. He was born in Paris of Spanish parents.
  • Sergio Aragonés - cartoonist and Spanish writer known for his contributions to Mad Magazine and creator of the comic book Groo the Wanderer."[151]
  • Hilario Barrero - Spanish poet and teacher.[152]
  • Jessica Hagedorn - Filipino-American playwright, writer, poet, storyteller, musician, and multimedia performance artist, to a Scots-Irish-French-Filipino mother and a Filipino-Spanish father.
  • Amber L. Hollibaugh - American writer, film-maker and political activist. She is the daughter of a Romany father of Spanish descent and an Irish mother.[153]
  • Lorraine C. Ladish - American author of American and Spanish descent.
  • Odón Betanzos Palacios (1925–2007) - poet, novelist and Spanish literary critic.[154]
  • Carmen M. Pursifull - English-language free verse poet and former New York City Latin dance and Latin American music figure in the 1950s. She is of Puerto Rican and Spanish descent.[155]
  • Anaïs Nin - Born Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, was an American author born to Spanish-Cuban parents in France, where she was also raised.
  • Matthew Randazzo V - American true crime writer and historian. He is of Sicilian-American, Isleño, and Cajun descent.[156]
  • George Santayana- (1863–1952) Spanish born, philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist.
  • Jose Yglesias - (November 29, 1919 – November 7, 1995)was an American novelist and journalist. Yglesias was born in the Ybor City section of Tampa, Florida, and was of Cuban and Spanish descent. His father was from Galicia.
  • Rafael Yglesias - Rafael Yglesias (born May 12, 1954, New York) is an American novelist and screenwriter. His parents were the novelists Jose Yglesias and Helen Yglesias.

Ranchers and Landowners[edit]

Religious[edit]

Scholars and Professors[edit]

  • Gloria Anzaldúa (1942–2004) scholar of Chicana cultural theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. She descendant of many of the prominent Basque and Spanish explorers and settlers to come to the Americas in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • Ernest Fenollosa - (1853–1908) American professor of philosophy and political economy at Tokyo Imperial University.
  • Juan José Linz - (24 December 1926 – 1 October 2013) was a Spanish sociologist and political scientist.
  • Andrew Jolivétte - American author and lecturer who is employed at San Francisco State University as an associate professor in American Indian Studies and an instructor in Ethnic Studies, Educational Leadership, and Race and Resistance Studies.
  • Xavier Sala-i-Martin - (born June 17, 1962, Cabrera de Mar, Barcelona, Catalonia Spain) Catalan-American professor of economics at Columbia University.
  • Carlos Fernández-Pello - Spanish-born faculty member of the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Juan Bautista Rael - (1900–1993) Nuevomexicano ethnographer, linguist, and folklorist who was a pioneer in the study of the Nuevomexicanos, his stories and his language, both from Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.
  • Jamaal al-Din M. Zarabozo - Spanish-parented, French-born, and American-based Islamic scholar, lecturer, and author of numerous books on Islam and speaker of many lectures on Islam.

Scientists, inventors, engineers and academics[edit]

  • Michael Lopez-Alegria - Spanish-American astronaut. Holds American record for most EVA hours (spacewalks or moonwalks). Born in Madrid.[162]
  • Luis F. Alvarez - (1853 – 1937) Developed diagnosis for macular leprosy
  • Luis W. Alvarez - (1911 – 1988) Nobel Prize-winning physicist and key participant in the Manhattan Project
  • Walter Alvarez - Geologist who first proposed the asteroid-impact theory to explain the extinction of the dinosaurs
  • Walter C. Alvarez - (1884 – 1978) American doctor of Spanish descent. He authored several dozen books on medicine, and wrote introductions and forewords for many others. Referred to as "America's Family Doctor" for his syndicated medical column in hundreds of newspapers.
  • Francisco J. Ayala - Biologist and philosopher, recipient of the 2010 Templeton Prize; born in Madrid
  • Isador Coriat - (1875 – 1943) was an American psychiatrist and neurologist. He was one of the first American psychoanalysts. He was of Moroccan-Spanish descent on father's side and German on mother's side.[163]
  • Pedro Cuatrecasas American biochemist and an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology & Medicine at the University of California, San Diego
  • Frank J. Duarte - Laser physicist and author
  • Valentin Fuster - Catalan American cardiologist
  • Rodolfo Llinás - Professor of Neuroscience and Chairman of the department of Physiology & Neuroscience at the NYU School of Medicine. Born in Bogotá (Colombia), with Spanish grandfather
  • Severo Ochoa - (1905 – 1993) Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who worked on the synthesis of RNA
  • Ramón Verea - (1833 - 1899) Spanish journalist, engineer and writer. Inventor of a calculator with an internal multiplication table
Particle physicist Luis Alvarez
Laser physicist Frank Duarte

Others[edit]

  • Aida de Acosta - (1884–1962) the first woman to fly a plane solo motor.
  • Rodney Alcala - American convicted rapist and serial killer.
  • Concepción Argüello - (1791–1857) was an Alta Californian noted for her romance with Nikolai Rezanov, a Russian promoter of the colonization of Alaska and California. She was the daughter of José Darío Argüello, the Spanish governor of Alta California and Presidio Commandante.
  • Corky Ballas - American retired competitive ballroom dancer who holds several Latin dance championship titles. He was the son of George Ballas.
  • Mark Ballas - American dancer, son of Corky Ballas.
  • Eugene W. Biscailuz (1883-1969) - Sheriff of Los Angeles County. His mother was descended from old Spanish settlers of California.
  • Tony Bouza - 40-year veteran of municipal police, serving as Minneapolis police chief from 1980 to 1989. He was born in Spain[164]
  • Carmencita - Spanish-born American-style dancer in American pre-vaudeville variety and music-hall ballet
  • John Henry Carpenter (1928 - 1998) was most widely known as the friend and accused murderer of actor Bob Crane in 1978. He was of Native American and Spanish heritage.[165]
  • Raymond Fernandez - (1914–1951) and his common-law wife Martha Beck became known as The Lonely Hearts Killers.[166]
  • Yasmin Aga Khan - philanthropist with Spanish blood from her mother, Rita Hayworth.
  • Juan Bautista Mariano Picornell y Gomila - (1759–1825) Spanish-born Revolutionary.
  • Manuel A. Gonzalez - (1832 - ?) was a 19th-century steamship captain and was one of the first permanent settlers of Fort Myers, Florida. He became a naturalized U.S. Citizen on May 1859, in Key West, Florida.[167]
  • Perez Hilton - Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr. (born March 23, 1978), known professionally as Perez Hilton is an American blogger and television personality.
  • Vivian Illing - (December 25, 1900 – January 22, 2009), was, at the time of her death in 2009, thought to be the oldest living survivor of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. She was of Spanish and Cuban parents.
  • Rita de Acosta Lydig - (1875–1929) Socialite. She was considered "the most picturesque woman in America".
  • Paul Charles Morphy - (1837–1884) American chess player.[168]
  • Ignacio Peralta (1791–1874) Spanish settler in California and son of Spanish soldier Luís María Peralta.
  • Kika Perez, aka Ilva Margarita Perez, is a Colombian American Actress/TV host.
  • Augusto Perez - Retired Spanish-born American wheelchair curler.
  • Concepción Picciotto - also known as Conchita or Connie, Spanish-born American that has lived in Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C. on the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, in a peace camp across from the White House, since August 1, 1981, in protest of nuclear arms
  • Manuel Real - judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.[169]
  • Alberto Rivera - (1935 – 1997) Canarian-born American anti-Catholic religious activist who was the source of many of fundamentalist Christian author Jack Chick's conspiracy theories about the Vatican.
  • Eva Camacho-Sánchez - felted decorations, jewelry, housewares, and accessories maker at her company Lana Handmade.
  • Salustiano Sanchez Blazquez - (8 June 1901 – 13 September 2013) Spanish-born American that was the world's oldest living man, from the death of 116-year-old Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura on 12 June 2013 until his own death on 13 September 2013
  • Tony Serra - American civil rights lawyer, activist and tax resister from San Francisco.
  • Andrea Heinemann Simon - (1909 - 1994) was a community leader and the mother of award-winning singer, Carly Simon. She is of Spanish-Swiss descent.
  • JWoww - American television personality - She is of Spanish-Irish descent.[170]

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