Mariah Carey

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Place of Birth: Huntington, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 27, 1970

Ethnicity:
*Cuban/Afro-Cuban, African-American (father)
*Irish (mother)

Mariah Carey is an American singer, actress, and television personality. She is the daughter of Patricia (Hickey) and Alfred Roy Carey.

Mariah’s paternal grandfather was a Cuban immigrant, with Afro-Cuban ancestry (he was almost certainly not from Venezuela, as some sources state). Mariah’s paternal grandmother was African-American. Mariah’s mother, who is caucasian, is of Irish heritage. Mariah stated in an interview that her mother is a third generation Irish-American.

Mariah’s biracial family was the target of racial slurs and hostility while Mariah was growing up. Her parents divorced when she was three, and she was raised by her mother.

Mariah has two children with her former husband, actor and television personality Nick Cannon.

Mariah’s paternal grandfather, Roberto Nuñez (later Robert Carey), was the son of Alfred and Margaret. Roberto is sometimes described as being from a family from Venezuela. Mariah stated in an interview with Latina Magazine, “we don’t know if he was Venezuelan and white or Venezuelan and black… We’re confused”, and also, seemingly speaking about Roberto Nuñez’s father, stated, “apparently he had red hair and freckles, but he could’ve been black or white. We just don’t know”. Mariah stated in the same interview that Roberto’s mother was named Margarita Nuñez, and that Robeto took the surname “Carey” after his own biological father (according to Mariah, Roberto’s parents were not married).

The marriage record of Mariah’s paternal grandparents lists Mariah’s grandfather as having been born in Cuba. The 1930 United States Census also lists Roberto Nuñez (then Robert Carey) as having been born in Cuba, to Cuban parents, and as having moved to the United States in 1907. The family may have covered up their background, as some other Cubans did, due to anti-Cuban sentiment in the U.S. The 1930 United States Census lists Roberto’s race as “Negro” (Black).

Mariah’s paternal grandmother was Addie Cole (the daughter of Will Cole and Emma McQueen). Addie was born in North Carolina, to a North Carolina-born father and an Alabama-born mother. Addie and her parents were African-American.

Mariah’s maternal grandfather was John Wesley Hickey (the son of John Hickey and Mary Mowen). Mariah’s grandfather John was of Irish ancestry.

Mariah’s maternal grandmother was Ann Elizabeth Egan (the daughter of Charles Thomas Egan and Anna Elizabeth Blanchfield). Charles was born in Illinois, to Irish-born parents. Anna was the daughter of James S. Blanchfield, whose own parents were Irish, from Dublin, and of Mary A. Ryan, an Irish immigrant.

Sources: Genealogies of Mariah Carey – http://www.wargs.com
https://www.geni.com

Mariah’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

More information about Mariah’s paternal grandparents, Roberto Nuñez (later Robert Carey) and Addie Cole – http://www.genealogue.com

Mariah’s maternal grandfather, John Wesley Hickey, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Interview with Mariah Carey, Latina Magazine, 2003 – http://www.mariahjournal.com

{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

phaedra May 15, 2016 at 7:09 pm

She looks Mestizo. I thought she was Latino/Hispanic mix at first.

But at times, she does look like a light-skinned black woman.

Strange.

luckystar February 4, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Mariah Carey was born in Huntington, New York. Her father, Alfred Roy, was of African American and Afro-Venezuelan descent, while her mother, Patricia (Hickey), is of White Irish descent. The last name Carey was adopted by her Venezuelan grandfather, Francisco Núñez, after immigrating to New York. Patricia was an occasional opera singer and vocal coach before she met Alfred in 1960. As he began earning a living as an aeronautical engineer, the couple wed later that year, and moved into a small suburb in New York. After their elopement, Patricia’s family disowned her due to her marrying a black man. Carey later explained that growing up, she felt a notion of neglect from her maternal family, a mark that affected her greatly. During the years between the births of Carey’s older sister Alison and herself, the Carey family struggled within the community due to their ethnicity.

savanna February 4, 2016 at 3:53 pm

It says above:
“Mariah’s paternal grandfather was a Cuban immigrant, with Afro-Cuban ancestry (he was almost certainly not from Venezuela, as some sources state)… The marriage record of Mariah’s paternal grandparents lists Mariah’s grandfather as having been born in Cuba. The 1930 United States Census also lists Roberto Nuñez (then Robert Carey) as having been born in Cuba, to Cuban parents, and as having moved to the United States in 1907. The family may have covered up their background, as some other Cubans did, due to anti-Cuban sentiment in the U.S. The 1930 United States Census lists Roberto’s race as “Negro” (Black).”

BigMama February 14, 2016 at 3:45 pm

In another census and army records , Maryah’s paternal grandfather Roberto is listed as white. Although in 1930 is listed

BigMama February 14, 2016 at 3:44 pm

Many mulattoes are considered “black” in United States, specially at the 1930 so it doesn’t mean anything… ccording to Cuba’s Oficina Nacional de Estadisticas ONE 2012 Census, the population was including: The racial make-up was 7,160,399 whites, 1,034,044 blacks and 2,972,882 mulattoes (black and white) or mestizos…And her skin is very light… Her that is probably a mulatto or griffe…

BigMama February 14, 2016 at 3:47 pm
sebastianvalladolid December 7, 2015 at 2:27 pm

I hate how e black community have “claimed her” when she is not even half Black, of anything she looks more Latina with white in her. I mean wasn’t her father actually of Venezuelan nationality half black? — regardless she’s not your typical “mixed” white and black.

malavej45 December 29, 2015 at 7:41 am

You do know that “Latina” is not a race, and Afro-Latino means that he is a black Latino. There are black and white Latinos and then their are ones that are so mixed they only consider themselves Latino (native, African, European). If he’s labeled as Afro-Latino then he is black. Black community claims her? She claimed us! No white person sings like her. Sorry! Try again.

Ajaxfan December 30, 2015 at 7:00 am

arrogante aap

cimetina January 31, 2016 at 1:09 am

Afro-Latino can also be mixed race. After all, Nicole Ari Parker is considered Afro-American…

BigMama February 14, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Agree with you @sebastianvallaloid … These people are crazy… LTino is not a race but many of them are mixed mestizo, mulatto or multiracial …… There’s white, natives and blacks but many of them are mixed…. And many of these people of the black community are arguing about etnicithies they don’t know. They look ignorants and anxious. So sad.

BigMama February 14, 2016 at 3:54 pm

. They look ignorant and anxious. So sad.

kiwi7777 March 18, 2017 at 6:33 pm

Mariah has stated in many interviews that she identifies herself as being black because of the one-drop rule. So she allowed the black community to “claim” her.

marjanel November 27, 2015 at 2:09 pm

In another census and army records , Maryah’s paternal grandfather Roberto is listed as white. Although in 1930 is listed as black.

follers October 28, 2015 at 2:31 am

Mariah’s grandparents’ wedding record also lists her grandfather as born in Cuba. No question about it.
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24CB-6Z4

abbracci October 10, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Mulattos don’t look exotic to me. Some look just white and some look just straight up black.

xoxo October 18, 2015 at 5:24 am

Ignorant and RACIST bitch. Not all mulattoes look the same, some ARE exotic and racially ambiguous.

For example, look at Zendaya: She could pass for a couple of things, like Blasian or Hawaiian.

Some mulattoes look South Asian Indian like Jessica Lucas and Rick Fox.

Some look Hispanic.

Lady October 30, 2015 at 3:27 am

Well, you otherwise spent awfully lot of time criticizing black/mixed celebs. Get of your high horse.

malavej45 December 29, 2015 at 7:44 am

That’s because whites aren’t exotic.

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Mariah was pretty in the early 90s, now she’s fat and strange looking. She can still sing her ass off, though her voice isn’t nearly as good as it was back then.

cwm85 July 20, 2015 at 8:59 am

She’s of spanish, afro and Irish ancestry, probably some native too. Her African ancestry is low in comparison to her european heritage. She probably is 70-77 European.

neiltennant July 12, 2015 at 4:52 pm

in the early to mid 90s my mother and siblings were diehard fans of her and i swear we all thought she is a white girl

She was also promoted as a white girl by mtv and her ex husband Motolla
i remember that 94 there was making of her videoclip with BOYZ TO MEN and they joked that she is their sister in heart and that she is the whitest black sounding girl.

She was even listed on the guiness book of records for records as a blue eyed soul singer

but then 2002 she came out as a mixed celeb when she promoted THROUGH THE RAIN

cwm85 July 20, 2015 at 9:03 am

She is mostly European. Clearly her african ancestry is low.

neiltennant July 23, 2015 at 4:43 am

don’t be ridiculous

there are planty of people who have less black but they look more dark
and african american

malavej45 December 29, 2015 at 7:43 am

Why because she looks more white??? Anyways, she’s more black to us because she has soul. Name one white person that can sing like her? Lol!!! She claims she’s black over being white.

M May 31, 2015 at 6:27 am

There are a lot of Hispanic women that look like her.

SpaniardIam April 10, 2015 at 11:51 pm

Maria seems to me white or Latina but she did a few years ago as an actress playing a role of black slave . I think she may seem what she wants. She can change her hair and a little makeup and she can pass as a white girl or black .

fuzzybear44 April 10, 2015 at 10:45 pm

correction: where you’re at

anniebe April 10, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Its funny to me how Mariah Carey has the guts to say she is black all the time. She looks full white to me. i mean, ariana grande looks more non white than mariah and ariana is white. I remember on the george lopez show he asked her if she wanted to take one of those dna ancestry tests and she said no. Probably cuz she would have turned out to be mostly white. Its just annoying how she was raised by a white mother and looks white herself, and when she first became famous told people she was ‘italian’ and now its all “im black!”, just to expand her fan base.

fuzzybear44 April 10, 2015 at 10:38 pm

@anniebe

(Its funny to me how Mariah Carey has the guts to say she is black all the time. She looks full white to me.)

Has the guts? She has every right to say she’s black if she wants to, It is part of ancestry. She could call herself mixed if she wants to. Also looking full white, and being full white are two different things. I’ve seen plenty of people like her, and have a good many like her in my family.

(I remember on the george lopez show he asked her if she wanted to take one of those dna ancestry tests and she said no. Probably cuz she would have turned out to be mostly white. )

Or she could have been scared to find out she is more black than she thought.

( Its just annoying how she was raised by a white mother and looks white herself, and when she first became famous told people she was ‘italian’ and now its all “im black!”, just to expand her fan base.)

I don’t think expanding her fan base had anything to do with it. She probably just finally made a decision on how she wants to see herself

follers April 10, 2015 at 10:39 pm

When did she say that she’s Italian?

tinasheeeee February 17, 2015 at 12:38 pm

How is she cuban if it says on wiki she is Venezuelan?

follers February 17, 2015 at 12:42 pm

I think almost half of the text on Mariah here addresses the national origin of her paternal grandfather.

fuzzybear44 April 10, 2015 at 10:44 pm

@follers

It’s daytime where you’re right?

Jello February 2, 2015 at 10:09 pm

I think her paternal side had to have some kind of race mixture because she looks more white than black.
Halle Berry and Jessica Alba both have white mothers and non white fathers, but they came out more like their father, as well as Alicia Keys.

midori29 December 29, 2014 at 10:19 am

Big puffy cheeks are a giveaway of African admixtures. Blacks have more fat around the cheeks. Her skin and hair are white but her facial structure is black.

noneofyourbusiness February 3, 2015 at 2:07 am

That’s a lie, anyone can have fat cheeks. I see white people with fat cheeks all the time, and even Asians and Hispanics. “Puffy cheeks” doesn’t mean someone is part black. Mariah gained a lot of weight now that she got older, so that’s why her cheeks look fat. She didn’t have those cheeks when she was younger.

EatEricRoberts December 14, 2014 at 11:16 am

She looks white.

Sully January 20, 2015 at 6:12 pm
noneofyourbusiness December 2, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I thought she was a Mexican woman when she first came out.

noneofyourbusiness December 2, 2014 at 12:35 pm

and I know Mexican isn’t a race, before some asshole starts bitching at that. What I meant is, she looks more like a Mestiza Latina instead of a mulatto.

Betta Franka December 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm

She favors her white side. She looks mixed but it’s hard to tell what she’s mixed with from looking at her. Some mixed people are ambiguous.

hamdi September 22, 2014 at 10:35 am

go watch her in “all I want for christmas” and “up out my face” music video. she looks like a black with light skin and nose job to me. so I can say she got black in her dna.

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