Aaliyah

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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-Jamaican, 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 black. 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, and was previously married to singer Gladys Knight. Aaliyah’s brother is writer, director, and screenwriter Rashad Haughton. Aaliyah was killed in a private plane crash.

Her father is of African-Jamaican descent and her mother is of African-American ancestry.

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 verified/documented. A photo of her maternal grandmother Mintis can be seen here.

Aaliyah’s paternal grandfather was named Franklin Gresley Haughton. Franklin was a Jamaican emigrant, from Westmoreland.

Aaliyah’s paternal grandmother was Gladys Lucille Burton (the daughter of Joseph Francis Cato Burton and Adella Adelaide Allen). Gladys was a Jamaican emigrant, from Bagnold Spring, Saint Mary. Joseph was the son of Francis Cato Burton. Adella was the daughter of Henry Staines Allen and Esther Adelaide Anderson. A picture of Gladys can be seen here.

Aaliyah’s maternal grandfather was Ernest W. Hankerson (the son of Waddy/Woddie Myers and Susie Hankerson). Ernest was born in Bullock, Georgia. Waddy was the son of Henry Myers and Andenia/Hannah/Anna Hankerson. Susie was the daughter of Henry Hankerson and Rachel Peeples.

Aaliyah’s maternal grandmother was Mintis L. Hicks (who was possibly the daughter of Daniel Hicks and Anna Scott). Mintis was born in Barnwell, South Carolina. Anna was the daughter of Sam Scott and Millie.

Sources: Genealogy of Aaliyah – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Aaliyah (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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286 Replies to “Aaliyah”

  1. ‘prinia’.beautiful words.i am caucasian and my husband is african and together we proudly share a beautifully mixed girl.’native american and proud’ u are sadly mistaken.’i am not my hair ,i am not my skin,i am the soul that lives within’ india arie. p.s aaliyah is amazingly beautiful

  2. I’M PERUVIAN AND PUERTO RICAN. ITALIAN DESCENDANTS FROM PERUVIAN SIDE AND FRENCH FROM THE PUERTO RICAN SIDE AND GOD KNOWS WHAT ELSE. AND I LOOK MORE INDIAN. AND TO DAMIEN U COULD’NT HAVE SAID IT BETTER….. WE ARE ALL MIXED WITH MORE THEN ONE NATIONALITIES!! GET OVER IT!!!! GET A LIFE PEOPLE!!

  3. MY COMMENT IS FOR”NATIVE AMERICAN AND PROUD” I CAN TELL JUST BY THE WAY YOU SPEAK THAT YOUR AN UNEDUCATED PERSON WHO DOESN’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE WORLD, BECAUSE IF YOU DID YOU’D KNOW THAT MANY AMERICANS BLACK AND WHITE HAVE NATIVE BLOOD!! THROUGH MANY GENERATIONS OF CROSS-BREEDING!…..SO I WONT EVEN WASTE MY TIME AND GET ANGRY AT YOU OR WRITE SOMETHING NASTY!! IM TOO MATURE FOR THAT!! I JUST HOPE YOU CHANGE YOUR RACIST WAYS AND LEARN TO RESPECT ALL HUMAN BEINGS:)

  4. “NATIVE AMERICAN AND PROUD”even tho im not pure native american i actually sorta understand ur resentment there isnt enuf natives but im not resentful against any other races i mean look at how blacks and whites r gettin along and sorry but white ppl messed us over but itz so long ago and hey native americanz obviously dnt have a problem wit mixing wit other nationalities im not saying make peace all that hippie happiness but ya know ur da only mad 1

  5. Native American and Proud
    YOU ARE SUCH A BITCH!!!!
    HOW dare u even think about starting some shit like this!
    Aaliyah was a wonderful person and I bet she has Native American ancestry! look at her freaking father, brownish-red skin, longgg dark black hair! hello??
    Anyway I have Native American ancestry from my mother’s side her grandma was a pure Cherokee Indian who married a French-Canadian. Ohhh, so it’s our fault that the Native’s like to mix with others OUTSIDE THEIR RACE, absolutely not! and FYI most Black/African-Americans do have some Native American ancestry b/c as someone metioned they only had each other to fight off the white man back then, so stop being a STUBBORN DUMBASS!

  6. First your not a real “Native American” unless you have your Certificate of Indian Blood maybe you should look that up before you start talking. It may be just be a piece of paper but at least it something that signifies who you are. This whole “I’m Cherokee” business is a scam, the Cherokees sold or shud I say had their heritage stolen from them. So this in turn leaves many of the so called Cherokee without an identity. I’m tired of people saying that their cherokee then when I asked them if they have their CIB or enrolled in a tribe…no response. And that’s when they ask what that is and what it’s for. For the fellow “native” pleaze: choose your words wisely young one. I don’t where this comment came from “probably livin on a reservation” huh? I grew up on the reservation there’s nothing better than knowing where you came from. It may be impoverished but I’m proud of where I came from and you should be too. It’s a little thing our elders call…Respect. You should watch how you speak because it’s a reflection of yourself. In our Native American culture we are taught to marry within our own race because it could create problems later in the future. Native American and Proud has every right to say what she feels and if she sees the world in black and white let her. What harm has she done to you? We have our own opinions and our own biases it’s just the way life goes.

  7. Don’t you guys see what that native american person did to you? It just wasted your time. Thats how the person gets attention because this was only suppose to be about Aaliyah

  8. Wow…Native American And Proud….you must be soooo ignorant to say that your tired of black people claiming they are indian…for one…African AMERICANs are african AMERICANS because they are not pure Africans…Pure african means that there is no other race in you. After slaves were brought from Africa the blood was no longer pure because of all of the mixing of diff. races, including NATIVE AMERICAN. Oh yeah there goes that word again..AMERICAN..Hmm AFRICAN….AMERICAN…BLACK…INDIAN lol wow…now is isnt that something. Wonder why they decided to call us African AMericans…Beats me…

  9. aaliyah features look mor elegant and put together to suggest some kind of mix more than likely native ancestry. its very common amonsgt all american in general. i wuld like to know why her family gave her a east african name? why do black americans do this.

  10. Lmao! Native american and proud your so funny and embarassing and you’ve created quite a stir thanks to your comment, but don’t worry I’m 3/4 of native american.

  11. the next radmilla cody, thanks for the comment. Do you (and any other Native Americans) think the media is doing a good job portraying Native Americans? for example in the enormously popular movie Twilight they were given a very mysterious image. I think its very important as millions of people from all over the world are going to see that film.

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  12. I’m half navajo and half black, and I know what native american and proud was trying to say- I too hate it when I tell a FULL black person or a FULL white person that my father is FULL black and my mother is FULL navajo and they say” oh I’m part native american….yada yada” no its NOT the same, no matter how many parts, its not the same- Im half, which is more than what other “part indian” people could say. Oh and if your “part indian” then whats your census number?? right you dont know, only REAL native americans know what that is. And one more thing- if you were really were native american you would know we dont call ourselves “indian”, because thats what the WHITE people called us

    1. I don’t understand why it matters what percent you are of a certain ethnicity. If someone can clearly trace their roots back to a person of a certain ancestry then why should they deny that part of themselves? That doesn’t make sense to me.

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