Birth Name: Pharrell Lanscilo Williams
Place of Birth: Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
Date of Birth: April 5, 1973
Pharrell Williams is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, fashion designer, and producer. He is a member of the music duo The Neptunes, with Chad Hugo, and the rock band N.E.R.D, which also includes Chad.
His parents, Carolyn L. (Hoggard) and Pharaoh Williams, Jr., are both African-American. Pharrell is married to model Helen Lasichanh, with whom he has a son, Rocket Ayers Williams.
An article published at “Diary of a Hollywood Street King” claimed that Pharrell’s mother is Filipino. This information is not accurate. Pharrell’s mother is African-American, and is pictured at the bottom right of this page. Also, for whatever reason, Ebony.com stated that Pharrell is of part Laotian descent. They may have confused Pharrell’s mother with Pharrell’s wife, Helen Lasichanh, who is of part Laotian descent.
Pharrell’s paternal grandfather was Pharoah Williams, Sr. (the son of Cato Williams and Ora Cooper).
Pharrell’s paternal grandmother was Carrie Lee Sills (the daughter of Mark Stamp Sills and Rebecca O’Niel/O’Neal). Mark was the son of Ed Sills and Lucy Stamp. Rebecca was the daughter of Rufus O’Niel and Joanna Allen.
Pharrell’s maternal grandparents are Cleon Dorson Hoggard, Sr. (the son of James Edward Hoggard and Emma Edwards) and Lucille Sarah Johnson (the daughter of Lee Edward Johnson and Sarah F. Lamb/Lambe).
Sources: Diary of a Hollywood Street King article that makes the incorrect claim that Pharrell’s mother is Filipino – http://diaryofahollywoodstreetking.com
Genealogy of Pharrell Williams (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.geni.com
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