Solange Knowles

by ethnic on June 9, 2010

Birth Name: Solange Piaget Knowles

Place of Birth: Houston, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 24, 1986

*African-American (father)
*Louisiana Creole, including African, French, Acadian/French-Canadian, as well as distant Irish and Spanish (mother)

Solange Knowles is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and model. She is the daughter of Tina Knowles (born Célestine Ann Beyincé), a fashion designer, and Mathew C. Knowles, a businessperson and talent manager. She is the sister of actress and singer Beyoncé. Solange is a step-sister of actress Bianca Lawson. Her mother is married to Bianca’s father, actor Richard Lawson.

Solange’s father is African-American. Solange’s maternal grandparents were French-speaking Louisiana Creoles; their ancestry included African and French (including French ancestors who lived in Canada). Solange is also of approximately 1/32 Irish ancestry, and has distant Spanish roots on her mother’s side, as well (at least one of her great-great-great-great-great-grandfathers, Juan Tomas Francisco Garrido, was Spanish).

Solange has been described as having Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been documented/verified. No Cherokee Native American ancestors appear on publicly available family trees of Solange’s mother.

A picture of Solange’s maternal grandparents can be seen here.

Solange’s paternal grandfather is Matthew Knowles (the son of Taylor Knowles and Girlie/Gurlie Mae Inez Miller). Taylor was the son of James Isaac Knowles and Sarah Elizabeth Dixon. Girlie was the daughter of Prophet Miller and Jane Hall.

Solange’s paternal grandmother is Lou Helen Pogue (the daughter of Davis Hogue and Hester Moore). Davis was the son of Jim Hogue and Rosetta Moore. Hester was the daughter of Pinkney Madison Moore and Arenia Goree.

Solange’s maternal grandfather was Lumis Albert Beyincé (the son of Alexandre Beyincé and Marie Amelie Oliver Broussard). Lumis was born in Abbeville, Louisiana. Alexandre was the son of Jean Boyancé/Beyincé, who was born in France, and of Angéline Élizabeth Green. Marie Amelie was the daughter of Olivier Despanet Broussard and Alphonsine Boutte.

Solange’s maternal grandmother was Agnès/Agnèz DeRouen/Deréon (the daughter of Eugène-Gustave DeRouen and Odelia Broussard). Agnès was born in Decambre, Louisiana. Eugène-Gustave was the son of Gustave DeRouen and Marie-Estelle Gary, who was of part Spanish descent. Odelia was the daughter of Eloi Rosemond Broussard and Celestine Josephine Lessee/Lesse/Lesser. A picture of Solange’s great-grandfather Eugène-Gustave can be seen here.

Mathew Knowles and Tina Knowles at the Giorgio Armani Prive ShowSolange’s parents (photo by Prphotos)

Sources: Genealogies of Solange Knowles –

Family history of Solange, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak –

Article about Solange’s maternal great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Broussard –

Solange’s maternal grandmother, Agnès/Agnèz DeRouen/Deréon, on 1910 U.S. Census –

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Kimmel May 28, 2016 at 11:32 pm

Mr Knowles doesn’t look all ‘African-American’ (I know they are mixed anyway). He looks part Peruvian or mixed with something significant, because looking at his hair and jawline I can see admixture.

savanna January 10, 2016 at 3:06 pm

“On her father’s side, Beyoncé is…”

Should say Solange

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