by ethnic on August 28, 2008

Aaliyah Private Photo Shoot for Get Paid in the Escalade

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

Photo by Prphotos.com

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

bablah December 18, 2016 at 4:09 pm
bablah December 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm

Her (Minty’s) parents were Daniel Hicks and Anna Hicks (nee Scott).
Anna’s parents were Sam and Millie Scott.
Anna’s death certificate:

follers December 18, 2016 at 5:52 pm

Aaliyah’s grandfather was born in 1913. I doubt that her grandmother was born in 1902.

bablah December 18, 2016 at 5:56 pm

It’s not that big of a difference. My granny was 9 years older than my grandpa, lol.

MettaWorkPlease August 29, 2016 at 3:01 am

Aaliyah was a black girl 100%. Stop trying to make every beautiful black female biracial, when she was alive she never claimed to be anything other than what she was. Back in the 90’s, black females actually embraced their blackness, now every black female actress, singer or model likes to emphasize any little ancestry they have that isn’t black & will use alot of cosmetic to look like that. It’s pathetic. Back to Aaliyah, she was a beautiful black Princess, just like my girlfriend who has too black parents, but is light skinned & most people think she’s biracial, which she kindly corrects them. Not all black people want to claim to be biracial.

Multiethnicchick September 5, 2016 at 12:44 pm

Her features and mother suggest otherwise. You don’t know what a 100% black person looks like

xoxo January 28, 2016 at 10:36 pm

She was a pretty girl, but her music is way overrated.

savanna January 5, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Here is a photo of her (supposed Native American) grandmother Mintis L. Hicks Hankerson, Aaliyah dedicated her album to her: http://pbs.twimg.com/media/A764SDvCcAAsqxS.png:large

Malefactor September 21, 2015 at 6:12 pm

I don’t see Native in her, but I certainly see her European.

cwm85 August 10, 2015 at 8:56 am

There was talked about her having native American ancestry. I bet she and her fam had a lot of European admixture too. She was a pretty woman. Gone to soon. Life is just unpredictable and sad.

M May 31, 2015 at 1:07 am

She was pretty. Looked biracial, to me anyway.

flo March 27, 2017 at 8:50 am

Aaliyah looked nothing like a biracial.

midori29 January 19, 2015 at 8:07 am

Everyone google West African Taureg women, they are very diverse and gorgeous. They live in Mali, and considered subsaharan black women . Igbos and Fulanis are gorgeous too. Click link

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