Birth Name: Aaliyah Dana Haughton
Date of Birth: January 16, 1979
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Death: August 25, 2001
Place of Death: Marsh Harbour, Abaco Islands, The Bahamas
Ethnicity: African-American, possibly some Native American
Aaliyah was an American R&B singer, actress, dancer, and model. Her parents, Diane (Hankerson) and Michael Haughton, are both African-American. The name “Aaliyah” is from the word “Aliyah”, which is of Hebrew origin, meaning “highest, most exalted one, the best”. Her uncle is record producer and music manager Barry Hankerson, who founded Blackground Records. Her brother is writer, director, and screenwriter Rashad Haughton. Aaliyah was killed in a private plane crash.
Aaliyah has sometimes been cited as having a Native American grandmother, or as having a grandmother with some Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been documented/verified. A photo of her maternal grandmother Mintis can be seen here.
Aaliyah’s maternal grandfather was Ernest Hankerson (the son of Waddy Myers and Susie Hankerson). Ernest was born in Bullock, Georgia. Waddy was the son of Henry Myers and Andenia Hankerson. Susie was the daughter of Henry Hankerson and Rachel Peeples. Mintis was born in Barnwell, South Carolina.
Aaliyah’s maternal grandmother was Mintis L. Hicks (who was possibly the daughter of Daniel Hicks and Anna Scott). Anna was the daughter of Sam Scott and Millie.
Source: Genealogy of Aaliyah (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
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