Kehlani

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Birth Name: Kehlani Ashley Parrish

Place of Birth: Oakland, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 24, 1995

Ethnicity: African-American, French, Blackfoot Native American, Cherokee Native American, Spanish, Mexican, Filipino, Scottish, English, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Welsh, as well as distant Cornish, Irish, and possibly Choctaw Native American

Kehlani is an American singer and songwriter.

She was adopted and raised by her maternal aunt, Tanya Marie French.

Her biological mother is evidently of Blackfoot and Cherokee Native American and Spanish descent. Her biological father, Elon Thompson Parrish, was a surfer from Hawaii, who died when she was a toddler. Kehlani’s paternal grandfather was African-American. Kehlani’s paternal grandmother is of Scottish, English, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Welsh, as well as distant Cornish, Irish, and possibly Choctaw Native American, ancestry.

Kehlani stated her ethnic background as “Black, White, Native American and Spanish” in an interview on Hot 97, and specified that “Blackfoot Cherokee” are her Native American tribes. She has also said that she has a small amount of Filipino ancestry (at 0:23 at the link), and, in another interview, Mexican (at 24:14 at the link).

Kehlani’s paternal grandfather is Guy Corwin Parrish (the son of Robert Lawrence Parrish and Jean Andra Thompson). Guy is African-American, and was born in Los Angeles, California. Robert was the son of J. A. Parrish and Belle Way. Jean was the daughter of Jesse Thompson and Kathryn Morris.

Kehlani’s paternal grandmother was Ruth Suzanne Thompson (the daughter of James Buchanan Thompson, Jr. and Ruth Imogene Wallace). Suzanne was white, and was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. James was the son of James Buchanan Thompson, Sr., whose own parents were Scottish, and of Barbara Adelaide Brown. Kehlani’s great-grandmother Ruth was the daughter of Baxter Boxbe Wallace and Nancy J. Jones.

Sources: Birth record of Kehlani’s father – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Kehlani’s paternal grandparents, Guy Corwin Parrish and Suzanne Ruth Thompson – https://www.familysearch.org

Divorce record of Kehlani’s paternal grandparents, Guy Corwin Parrish and Suzanne Ruth Thompson – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Kehlani’s paternal grandfather, Guy Corwin Parrish – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Kehlani’s paternal great-grandparents, Robert Lawrence Parrish and Jeana Andra Thompson – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Kehlani’s paternal great-grandparents, James Buchanan Thompson, Jr. and Ruth Imogene Wallace – https://www.familysearch.org

Kehlani’s paternal great-grandfather, James Buchannan Thompson, Jr., on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Kehlani’s paternal great-grandfather, James Buchannan Thompson, Jr. – http://www.ralphrobinsonandson.com

Marriage record of Kehlani’s paternal great-great-grandparents, James Buchanan Thompson and Barbara Ade Brown – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Kehlani’s paternal great-grandmother, Ruth Imogene (Wallace) Thompson – http://www.ralphrobinsonandson.com

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41 Responses

  1. madman says:

    There are some old people listed as Michelle and Tanya’s relatives on their records. Perhaps two of them are Kehlani’s grandparents.
    https://www.familytreenow.com/search/people/results?first=Michelle&middle=C&last=French&dobyyyy=1970&rid=0sl&smck=A4kNft-h_VY68OpzmzFSpg

  2. jkimmelfallonlove says:

    Maybe to make this easier to read, list it as:

    Father – African-American, English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh & Native American
    Mother – Mexican, Spanish, & Native American

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