Kehlani

by jkimmelfallonlove on September 17, 2015

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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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madman August 2, 2018 at 10:58 am

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

jkimmelfallonlove July 30, 2018 at 6:13 am

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

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

follers July 30, 2018 at 3:59 pm

What about the 16 other never-to-be-verified ethnic groups she’s credited with?

jkimmelfallonlove July 31, 2018 at 2:21 pm

Lol idk I was just trying to say it would be easier to read justput her under everything

jkimmelfallonlove July 23, 2018 at 10:14 pm

At 24:14, she states that she recently learned she’s Black, White, Mexican, and Spanish

https://soundcloud.com/shookwithamp/s2ep2-exclusive-pride-month-kehlani

jkimmelfallonlove July 24, 2018 at 5:33 am

And that by the time the Filipino decent would reach her, she wouldn’t have any

Manila June 29, 2018 at 10:41 pm

Her father was Elon Thompson Parrish.

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.

Birth record of Kehlani – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VLB9-47N

Birth record of Kehlani’s father – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VLP7-2V2

Marriage record of Kehlani’s paternal grandparents, Guy Corwin Parrish and Suzanne Ruth Thompson – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V6KZ-LQB

Divorce record of Kehlani’s paternal grandparents, Guy Corwin Parrish and Suzanne Ruth Thompson – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPYH-7G2

Birth record of Kehlani’s paternal grandfather, Guy Corwin Parrish – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VL6C-P6G

Marriage record of Kehlani’s paternal great-grandparents, Robert Lawrence Parrish and Jeana Andra Thompson – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8VW-6HJ

Marriage record of Kehlani’s paternal great-grandparents, James Buchanan Thompson, Jr. and Ruth Imogene Wallace – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NMPK-M3T

Kehlani’s paternal great-grandfather, James Buchannan Thompson, Jr., on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDJM-YG8

Obituary of Kehlani’s paternal great-grandfather, James Buchannan Thompson, Jr. – http://www.ralphrobinsonandson.com/obituaries/James-B-ThompsonJr-506/#!/Obituary

Obituary of Kehlani’s paternal great-grandmother, Ruth Imogene (Wallace) Thompson – http://www.ralphrobinsonandson.com/obituaries/Ruth-Thompson-17/#!/Obituary

Marriage record of Kehlani’s paternal great-great-grandparents, James Buchanan Thompson and Barbara Ade Brown – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NM2T-H8M

Remark: In addition to Scottish ancestry, Kehlani’s paternal grandmother also had English, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Welsh, as well as distant Cornish, Irish, and possibly Choctaw Native American ancestries.

Manila June 30, 2018 at 7:42 am

She was adopted and raised by her maternal aunt, Tanya Marie French. Some sources say that her biological mother is named “Meechie” (that’s her nickname, not her real name). I’m still looking into her real name based on Tanya’s possible relatives on her own public record: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJX2-2JQS

bablah July 1, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Manila, where did you get these informations?
Kehlani’s grandmother is Jeanie Sewell. Kehlani’s mother’s name is Michelle.

bablah July 1, 2018 at 3:26 pm

Nevermind, she must be her adoptive grandmother. She also calls her aunt ”mom”.

andrew July 2, 2018 at 3:21 pm

there are some Eastern Euro ethnicities to fix here and there if you want. Welcome back

bablah July 4, 2018 at 8:20 am

@andrew

What needs fixing?

madman July 2, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Indeed. We need you.

andrew July 4, 2018 at 1:22 pm

@bablah

What about Michael Dukakis’ Aromanian ancestry?

bablah July 4, 2018 at 2:04 pm

@andrew

Michael Boukis (1857-1944), the father of Michael’s mother, Euterpe, comes from Zagorohoria region of Epirus in northwest Greece. The small village of Leshnitsa, now called Vrisohori, lies some twenty mountainous miles northeast of Ioaninna, the capital of Epirus. The ancestors of Michael Boukis included Vlachs, nomadic Balkan people of Romanian-speaking origins. As a teenager, Michael, whose father was a shepherd, moved to Larissa capital of Thessaly, where he worked as a bookkeeper in a marketing firm. On one of his trips back to Leshnitsa he married Chrysoula Kambourios (1860-1940). In Larissa, Michael and Chrysoula Boukis would have six children, the fourth of whom, Euterpe, would be the mother of Michael Dukakis.

From the book ”Greek Americans: Struggle and Success” by Peter C. Moskos and Charles C. Moskos

Also mentions their contact in America being Barba Yiorgo (uncle Yiorgo). Them using the word ”barba” as uncle also might indicate a Romance-speaking background, though it’s not an exclusively Romance word, since it’s for instance a common word in Dalmatia.

Other than that, I can’t find anything else. Their language on the census is Greek, and their passenger records are nowhere to be found.

If you want to stay in touch, contact me via my findagrave account:

https://www.findagrave.com/user/profile/49217789

andrew July 4, 2018 at 4:32 pm

@bablah

thanks for the effort, he’s definitely part Aromanian.

And cool account

andrew July 8, 2018 at 4:34 am

@bablah

check this profile: http://ethnicelebs.com/thomas-eagleton

I tried to log to Findagrave but there’s some technical issue

madman August 1, 2018 at 3:36 pm

Why would she be her adoptive grandmother? I guess you also found her Facebook account (I won’t link anything since that’s not liked by the moderators) and found that she refers to Kehlani as her “grandy”. Can’t she be her maternal grandmother? I, myself, found her via Kehlani’s (maternal) aunt Tanya’s Facebook. She isn’t married to Kehlani’s paternal grandfather, his wife’s name is Daisy Tan Parrish and Jeanie wished her a happy birthday on Facebook.

On her Facebook she wrote:
“Check out my Hanai Pomaikaii today on the Harry Connick Jr. Show!
Bringing some island culture to the mainland!
So proud of you……❤️ aunti Jeanie Sewell
Good job momma M.Healani Klein”

Kehlani’s Hawaiian name was probably inspired by something (her grandmother’s Hawaiian heritage) and there is an obvious similarity to the name “Healani”. Jeanie is the daughter of Wallace Klein and Marvalee Healani Bay. Marvalee is the daughter of Roger Owen Bay and Lenore Pi’ilani.

Am I missing something with this?

madman August 2, 2018 at 2:09 am

Nevermind, I think I’ve solved it. Kehlani’s grandfather Guy calls Jeanie Sewell “mom” in a comment, so she might actually be Kehlani’s paternal great-grandmother, not grandmother. Since Guy’s mother is also named Jean, maybe Manila found the wrong great-grandmother?

madman August 2, 2018 at 2:33 am

Wallace and Marvalee might not be Jeanie’s parents then. Marvalee is alive, and I doubt she would be if that was the case. And Guy Parrish isn’t her Facebook friend. Also, Jeanie Sewell has a son named Marlon Parrish listed on her Facebook. Marlon was born in 1966, to a mother surnamed Sewell. I don’t know how this comes together, but Jeanie makes a lot of references to Hawaii, so there might be a connection to that place (plus, Kehlani’s father was a surfer).

bablah August 2, 2018 at 5:33 am

@madman

Don’t overthink it. That is not her grandfather, that’s her uncle. Jeanie was married to her grandfather and had several children with him. I figured it out after posting that comment. I’m guessing that she’s close to her because she’s the mother of her uncles.

Also, I think Manila is on the wrong track regarding her aunt and that her middle name is Monique.
I think this is her aunt:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VLV5-VD5

and this her mother:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VL9T-2TT

I managed to find Tanya in a highschool yearbook, but Michelle is a ghost. Her grandfather might be this guy:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VGQF-8WM

madman August 2, 2018 at 10:51 am

I see. Haven’t had the chance to look into it further, but this makes sense. Good to have you back!

I also found those birth records when searching for her aunt, but thought it couldn’t be them when I found out her middle name was Monique. But if her mother’s nickname is Meechie, they seem to fit pretty well (her aunt is also older than her mother). Michelle’s middle name is Cherie.

We could at least add:
Kehlani’s maternal grandparents’ surnames were likely French and Boyd.

jkimmelfallonlove December 4, 2016 at 7:52 pm

She actually did say Blackfoot Cherokee…

https://twitter.com/kehlani/status/805546359654907904

madman March 31, 2016 at 2:23 pm

Her mother’s maiden name is French
Birth certificate – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VLB9-47N

fuzzybear44 March 29, 2016 at 10:03 pm

That much in love, that she tried to kill herself, CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!

abbracci October 7, 2015 at 11:04 pm

She was born in 1995? I thought she was 28. Mixed people are overrated IMO.

KehlaniFann October 21, 2015 at 8:55 pm

shes damn sexy. Idk what you talking about. I am damn 19 years old. I am part black, part white, and part native American. both of my parents are black white and native. and I look young asf. so! get it over with. Mixed people are gorgeous! look at halle berry, even underground famous people like, jena frumes. Brittany renner. they are beautiful.! you are another hater. fuck outta here.

cwm85 October 21, 2015 at 9:33 pm

Fuck you. No we aren’t. Most of us are a great blend and are very photogenic. Fuck you. You sound jealous of us mixed people.

KehlaniFann October 2, 2015 at 7:13 pm

omg. kehlani is fucking fine<3 she gotta be mines. im black, white, and indian and other things, with mixed ancestry, she gotta hit me up. *smiles*

jkimmelfallonlove September 24, 2015 at 9:21 am

Shes stated herself she is part Filipino as well.

ethnic March 29, 2016 at 7:55 pm

Do you have a link to that quote?

Sage March 30, 2016 at 5:56 am
ethnic March 31, 2016 at 7:15 am
fuzzybear44 September 21, 2015 at 12:08 am

What is with the ladies, and their love for tattoos. It’s like they are trying to be part of the yakuza or something

sarahle September 21, 2015 at 9:58 am

wow, very tolerant…

here a reminder: it’s 2015…

tattooing is now a matter of gender or what?

fuzzybear44 September 21, 2015 at 12:28 pm

@sarahle

Well speaking of intolerance, what I can’t ask a question? I’m taking from your outrage, that you have tattoos. However, at no time in my comment, did I say women could not have tats. Nor did I say women should not have tats, or that there was anything wrong with women with tats. I just asked a question. If my yakuza remark bothered you, sorry.

cwm85 September 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Ignore fuzzybear he’s a sexist troll on here. He’s made several comments about women who he disapproves off. He basically lust over ones and slams the ones he finds unattractive. He’s been stalking me on this site for weeks. Best to ignore him. This miserable, bigoted loser.

fuzzybear44 September 21, 2015 at 5:50 pm

@cwm85

Well look here, just like the hypocrite you are . You followed me over here lying to this people(which is nothing new for you) , hoping for help against me, because you’re to weak minded to defend yourself

Quote:
(He’s made several comments about women who he disapproves off.)

Could you show those women and the several comments you say I made?

Quote:
(He’s been stalking me on this site for weeks. )

We’ve only been debating for 4 days, I know I’ve spanked you so bad, it feels like weeks

Greyface March 29, 2016 at 8:43 pm

what does what year it is have to do with anything?

“smh 2015”

jkimmelfallonlove September 20, 2015 at 9:09 am

She never saod Cherokee, she said Blackfoot Cherokee. And why change the order?

follers September 20, 2015 at 1:12 pm

What is a “Blackfoot Cherokee”?

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