The Multicultural Family Tree of Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars next to one of his grandfathers. This apple didn’t fall far from his family tree. (credit for photo on right: PR Photos)
  • American
  • Filipino
  • Hispanic
  • Jewish
  • Hawaiian
  • Puerto Rican
  • European
  • Hungarian
  • Asian
  • Spanish
  • In the U.S., Hawaii, New York, California, Nevada, Puerto Rico and Texas all hold a piece of his family’s past.
  • Bruno’s Ukrainian immigrant ancestor, a one-time Hebrew teacher, entered America not through Ellis Island, but through the port of Galveston, Texas as part of the Galveston Movement. His future bride, however, was of Ellis Island stock.
  • This same ancestor was once banned from ever becoming a citizen, but after modifying his name (please see the Ellis Island chapter of Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing if you still believe that old myth about names being changed by immigration officials) and waiting about 20 years, he was finally naturalized.
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Spanish birth record of a great-great-grandfather of Bruno Mars

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