Beyoncé

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Birth Name: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 4, 1981

Ethnicity:
*African-American (father)
*Louisiana Creole, including African, French, Acadian/French-Canadian, as well as distant Irish and Spanish (mother)

Beyoncé, also known as Beyoncé Knowles, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was a member of the top-selling American R&B girl group Destiny’s Child, along with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, and also originally LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson.

Beyoncé is the daughter of Tina Knowles (born Célestine Ann Beyincé), a fashion designer, and Mathew C. Knowles, a businessperson and talent manager. Her sister is singer and actress Solange Knowles. She is married to rapper and music producer Jay-Z, with whom she has three children. The two are in a band together, The Carters. Beyoncé is a step-sister of actress Bianca Lawson. Her mother is married to Bianca’s father, actor Richard Lawson.

Beyoncé’s father is African-American. Beyoncé’s maternal grandparents were French-speaking Louisiana Creoles, with roots in New Iberia; their ancestry included African and French (including French ancestors who lived in Canada). Through her mother’s line, Beyoncé is a great-great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Acadian leader Joseph Broussard. Beyoncé is also of approximately 1/32 Irish ancestry, and has distant Spanish roots on her mother’s side, as well (at least one of her great-great-great-great-great-grandfathers, Juan Tomas Francisco Garrido, was Spanish). Her name, Beyoncé, is a tribute to her mother’s maiden name, Beyincé.

Beyoncé has said that she has Nigerian ancestry.

LOS ANGELES – FEB 10: Beyonce arrives to the 2013 Grammy Awards on February 10, 2013 in Hollywood, CA photo by DFree/Bigstock.com

Beyoncé has also been described as having Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented. No Cherokee Native American ancestors appear on publicly available family trees of Beyoncé’s mother.

Beyoncé does not speak French or Spanish, but she has sung in Spanish before.

A picture of Beyoncé’s maternal grandparents can be seen here.

Beyoncé’s paternal grandfather is Matthew Knowles (the son of Taylor Knowles and Girlie/Gurlie Mae Inez Miller). Matthew was born in Alabama. Taylor was the son of James Isaac Knowles and Sarah Elizabeth Dixon. Girlie was the daughter of Prophet Miller and Jane Hall.

Beyoncé’s paternal grandmother is Lou Helen Hogue (the daughter of Davis/Dave Hogue and Hester Moore). Lou was born in Alabama. Davis was the son of Jim Hogue and Rosetta Moore. Hester was the daughter of Pinkney Madison Moore and Arenia Goree.

Beyoncé’s maternal grandfather was Lumis Albert Beyincé (the son of Alexandre Beyincé and Marie Amelie Oliver Broussard). Lumis was born in Abbeville, Louisiana. Alexandre was the son of Jean Boyancé/Beyincé, who was born in France, and of Angéline Élizabeth Green. Marie Amelie was the daughter of Olivier Despanet Broussard and Alphonsine Boutte.

Beyoncé’s maternal grandmother was Agnès/Agnèz DeRouen/Deréon (the daughter of Eugène-Gustave DeRouen and Odelia Broussard). Agnès was born in Decambre, Louisiana. Eugène-Gustave was the son of Gustave DeRouen and Marie-Estelle Gary, who was of part Spanish descent. Odelia was the daughter of Eloi Rosemond Broussard and Celestine Josephine Lessee/Lesse/Lesser. A picture of Beyoncé’s great-grandfather Eugène-Gustave can be seen here.

Mathew Knowles and Tina Knowles at the Giorgio Armani Prive ShowBeyoncé’s parents (photo by Prphotos)

Sources: Genealogies of Beyoncé – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
http://www.geni.com
http://www.wikitree.com

Family history of Beyoncé, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak – http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Beyoncé’s paternal grandfather, Matthew Knowles, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Beyoncé’s paternal grandmother, Lou Helen Hogue, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Article about Beyoncé’s maternal great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Broussard – http://www.biographi.ca

Beyoncé’s maternal grandmother, Agnès/Agnèz DeRouen/Deréon, on 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

 

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1,136 Responses

  1. luckystar says:

    In this video she says her ancestors is from Nigeria:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2xnxZRl7EE

    Maybe she took a dna test or she knows better about her ancestors than most Aframs do?

  2. alexgxo says:

    Her mother whose black in identity, and her moms brother and sisters barley look black, like quadroons, especially with straight hair. He father looks like average African American,
    Mostly black but you can see something that may be European influence.

  3. luckystar says:

    Her mother maybe mixed, but she and most people in USA follows one drop rule
    Listen to Tina Taught Me (Interlude) by Solange and youll see her mother saying ” im a proudly black woman”

    • alexgxo says:

      Yeah with straight hair her mom looks like a quadroon. But if she claims she’s black in identity; since race is a confusing subject, then fine by me. I still view Beyoncé as mixed, maybe around 60 percent African, 40 percent European or other. But her daughter can probably consider herself black and more people wouldn’t find it odd, cause her daughter is hypothetically around the same your average AA is usually.

      • fuzzybear44 says:

        @alexgxo

        Quote( I still view Beyoncé as mixed)

        I understand what you’re saying, but you might as well include most of the black people in this country. I mean most are not pure, and if you’re not pure you’re what? Even Bey daughter would be above the avg, and that’s even if Jay was the Avg. Jay can be just as mixed as Bey, who knows. I mean even if I strongly disagree with (Luckystar) interpretation of things, I still see Bey as a black woman, because that’s what I see all the time. However, that’s just how I grew up, see her how you want.

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      NO one follows any ODR. If that was the case I would be calling a whole bunch of white people black(Ben Affleck, Johnny Depp,Jimmy Kimmel etc for example)

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