Go Lisbon has just told you about young Portuguese-Americans in Hollywood, and now you can add a few more recently-famous names to the list. Katy Perry, the voice of the recent pop hits â€œI Kissed a Girlâ€ and â€œHot N Coldâ€ is really Katy Pereira. On her birth certificate sheâ€™s Katherine Hudson because thatâ€™s her fatherâ€™s last name, but so that she wouldnâ€™t be confused with actress Kate Hudson, she used her Portuguese-American motherâ€™s name instead. Perry is a common â€œtranslationâ€ of Pereira, and sheâ€™s not the only one — Aerosmithâ€™s Joe Perry and 4 Non Blondeâ€™s Linda Perry are really also Pereiras. Theyâ€™re descendants of early 20th century Portuguese immigrants who had their names â€œAmericanizedâ€ on their arrival in the United States, and other examples include â€œRogersâ€ from â€œRosaâ€ or â€œLazarusâ€ from â€œLÃ¡zaro.â€
Another new famous face with a Portuguese last name is Freida Pinto, the actress of this yearâ€™s Best Picture Oscar â€œSlumdog Millionaire.â€ In an interview published in the February/March issue of the Asian-American lifestyle magazine â€œAudrey,â€ Pinto says sheâ€™s â€œcompletely pure Indian,â€ but acknowledges that her ancestors were most likely Portuguese: â€œmy forefathersâ€™ forefathersâ€™ forefathers were probably Portuguese and Pinto is brought down from those generations.â€ The Indian state of Goa was a Portuguese colony for over four centuries until 1961 and last names like Sousa and Fernandes are among the most common in the region today.
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