Fantasia Barrino

Birth Name: Fantasia Monique Barrino

Place of Birth: High Point, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 30, 1984

Ethnicity: African-American

Fantasia Barrino is an American R&B singer, songwriter, actress, and author. She won the third season of the show American Idol (in 2004). See other American Idol winners here.

Her uncles, The Barrino Brothers, were a 1970s soul music group.

Fantasia’s parents are both African-American.

African-Americans with the surname “Barrino” have lived in North Carolina since at least the mid 1800s, and usually came from South Carolina before that. It appears that the surname was originally “Barrineau”. Speculation that the family has some degree of Hispanic (specifically Cuban) ancestry is not accurate.

Fantasia’s paternal grandparents were Curtis Barrino (the son of Jesse/Jessie Barrino and Juanita McKeythan/McKether) and Madie Medley (the daughter of Robert Medley and Ellen Chambers). Juanita was the daughter of Curtis McKeythan and Faye Thomas.

On her mother’s side, Fantasia is the granddaughter of Neil/Neal C. Washington and Addie Lee Hicks. Addie was a pastor.

Sources: Fantasia’s paternal grandfather, Curtis Barrino, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Fantasia’s paternal grandmother, Madie (Medley) Barrino –

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62 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    definitely Cuban since Barrino arguably comes from the word “barrio” that is Spanish for neighborhood. Barrino= “little barrio”

  2. andrew says:

    her name can be both Italian or Spanish (“fantasy”) and her surname sounds Italian

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