El DeBarge

by ethnic on June 28, 2010

Birth Name: Eldra Patrick DeBarge

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 4, 1961

*French, English, Irish, remote German (father)
*African-American (mother)

El DeBarge is an American singer, songwriter, producer, and musician. He was a member of the singing sibling family group, DeBarge, famous in the 1980s.

His father, Robert Louis DeBarge, Sr., was white, and had French, English, Irish, and remote German, ancestry. His mother, Etterlene (Abney), was black. His niece is singer Kristina DeBarge. El is said to have twelve children.

El’s paternal grandfather was John Arthur Baptist DeBarge (the son of Arthur DeBarge and Mary Blane West). John was born in Indiana. El’s great-grandfather Arthur was born in France, the son of Jean-Baptiste DeBarge and Celina Mollett. Mary Blane was the daughter of Thomas Benton West and Emma Rada North Miller.

El’s paternal grandmother was Frances Jane Walters (the daughter of Ira Milton Walters and Minerva Dawson). Frances was born in Illinois. Ira was the son of John Thomas Walters and Lillie J. Cox. El’s seventh great-grandfather, Johannes Jakob Walters, was German.

El’s maternal grandparents were William Abney (the son of Willie Lee Abney) and Bessie Walters. El’s great-grandfather Willie was the son of William Washington Abney and Mary Missouri Gibson.

Source: Genealogy of El DeBarge – http://www.geni.com

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

phaedra May 8, 2016 at 4:49 am

Thought he was a Mestizo. Didn’t know that he was African.

madman April 20, 2016 at 2:35 pm

El’s seventh great-grandfather, Johannes Jakob Walters, was German.

xoxo August 27, 2015 at 3:10 am

He looks Puerto Rican.

indo March 19, 2014 at 10:52 pm

I thought he was half Spanish

marjanel September 23, 2015 at 2:23 pm

He doesn´t look hslalf sanish at all, he looks more like indigenous.

neiltennant March 10, 2018 at 7:27 pm


you will never find a real Spanish guy with that look in Spain

Angel Syrene April 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm

No Mariano Luis!! The French people are mixed with Celtics,Germanics and Latins no Latins alone!

andrew July 7, 2013 at 3:41 pm

actually not mixed coz they’re all European ppl, btw originally French were Gauls (Celts), then they were Latinized by Romans (that’s why they speak a Romance language), finally they knew the Frankish rule (Barbaric invaders from Germany) who gave them the current name, France.

delredd March 7, 2012 at 8:14 pm

i always liked the oldest brother bobby so cute r.i.p all the debarge family are very good-looking people no doubt. i thought their were 1/2 black & latino. 2 damm bad they’ll all turn 2 be a bunch of DOPE ADDICTS what a stupid way of life 2 choose their good looks are all gone now i seen randy, james, & bunny on the dr. drew show back in nov’11 they look awful begging 4 dope on the show. all 3 of them refused help what a shame, at el still looks great!! love his song sereneing you.

dd December 18, 2011 at 10:12 am

El Debarge is a fabulous entertainer. Funny how every race tries to claim the famous and beautiful people. He has lived as a Black man due to the cruel treatment from his white father. I’m not saying that is denies who his father was, but it was who Black mother who loved him and raised him.

W Osborne September 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I really like Johnny Depp. I think he is a fantastic actor and a very handsome Man! I have seen just about every movie he has done!

Ana November 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Oh wow i thought he had spanish in him but then again he does look french

ethnic August 20, 2010 at 9:01 am

Katalina, hey I might put them all on the one page.

katalina August 20, 2010 at 8:11 am

ethnic you should put the rest of the debarge family on here

creole baby504 August 12, 2010 at 10:14 am


moi September 8, 2010 at 10:49 am

i thought he had some spanish heritage aswell

Mariano Luis January 23, 2011 at 3:38 am

French is latin and most are mixed with spain, I’m half french spanish and puerto rican. So eather way he is latin, and from a beautifull african mom. Thats what made him who he is a great singer and intertainer. Love his songs.

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