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Birth Name: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles

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

Date of Birth: September 4, 1981

*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/

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 –

Family history of Beyoncé, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak –

Beyoncé’s paternal grandfather, Matthew Knowles, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Beyoncé’s paternal grandmother, Lou Helen Hogue, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Article about Beyoncé’s maternal great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Broussard –

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



Curious about ethnicity

1,136 Responses

  1. bzbunni says:

    All races come from AFRICAN… so everyone is African basically….scientific fact that has been proven

    • Me! says:

      in your dreams you are another Black who wants everyone to be Black.. sorry this is reality go to sleep and keep on dreaming.:!

      • total23 says:

        I Am Just Wondering here Do You Thing The Human Race Started Then!

        • total23 says:

          Sorry I Made A Typo:

          Correction: I Am Just Wondering Where Do You Think The Human Race Started Then!

          • Fuzzybear says:

            To total23

            I know this is to her,but this is a question that’s going to drive people crazy.Everyone from all the other cultures are trying to disprove the out of Africa theory.Just recently they found a piece of a modern mans jaw bones in I think china,and they are trying to say we come from there.First Peking man didn’t work,now they are trying this.Yet every time they do a DNA test,it always finds its way back to Africa.However,it doesn’t really matter,because no matter where that first branch came from,were all related.Anytime your 99.9% the same,your related;the only real difference is on the outside

      • Fuzzybear says:

        To Me

        Saying you have ancestral lineage to Africa is not calling you black,it’s obvious your not black .That’s just fear and paranoia talking.All it says is somewhere in your bloodline,one or more of your ancestors came from there;no big deal.I never understood why some white people have such a hard time dealing with that.I mean for the avg European to have 3-8% black or Africa blood,that means your last black or African relative was within about the last 120yrs.Africans and AA,and people from the West Indies etc,have been all up and through Europe,and who do you think the mixed with.African men went right after those white women.Greeks,Romans etc wrote love poems about the African women.All through history,black and white have been getting it on in Europe producing kids,who in turn mixed with other white people;It has continue to go on till this day, your being naive if you think otherwise

  2. dannahdz says:

    sit looks like she has some latina in hher

  3. Anonymous says:

    lol @ all the fuckery on here.

  4. ash says:

    she is black if you can read and look up history creaole is black and native american with french and her father is full blooded black which mean from both sides of the family is majority black she look black dance black thats a natural black girl ino my own people dont get it twisted stop hating ….people are so lame abd beyonce clearly states SHES BLACK she says it her self duh

  5. jadah love says:

    its called a weave people and shes have creole havent you notice her hair changes different lengths or did you think it was magic lolsx

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