Pharrell Williams

by ethnic on May 31, 2010

5th Annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Pharrell Lanscilo Williams

Place of Birth: Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 5, 1973

Ethnicity: African-American

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, 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 –

Genealogy of Pharrell Williams (focusing on his father’s side) –

Lengthy article about some of Pharrell’s ancestors, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak –
Accompanying video –

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

savanna May 11, 2016 at 4:16 pm

“The Family Tree of Pharrell Williams and Why He Almost Didn’t Exist”:

phaedra April 10, 2016 at 1:43 am

Definitely has Amerindian in him. And a good percentage – say like 30%….

Greyface April 10, 2016 at 2:54 am

johnny depp relation is likely based on these findings

fuzzybear44 May 13, 2016 at 11:52 pm

30%? Well not that you couldn’t be right, but what are you basing that on?

Sage March 8, 2016 at 11:34 am

What is that on his chin?

jstv2015 October 20, 2015 at 5:10 pm

he’s boss

lelo4 September 4, 2015 at 10:01 pm

Looks Zambo

Manila September 4, 2015 at 9:04 pm
hesh123 August 6, 2015 at 12:22 am

Just looks like a black guy

xoxo October 21, 2015 at 3:14 am

No he doesn’t, he looks mixed with Asian or Native American,

asdfkj October 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm

he looks nelson mandela

Blerman August 5, 2015 at 10:47 am

wow I thought he was mixed

M August 5, 2015 at 11:13 pm

Same… I thought he was Blasian or Blaxican.

abbracci June 6, 2015 at 5:54 am

A lot of African Americans are not pure Black anyway. I thought Pharrell was half Asian or Hispanic.

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