Solange Knowles

by ethnic on June 9, 2010

Birth Name: Solange Piaget Knowles

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, 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 is married to music video director Alan Ferguson. She has a son with her former husband, Daniel Smith.

Solange’s father is African-American. Solange’s maternal grandparents were French-speaking Louisiana Creoles, with roots in New Iberia; 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). A picture of Solange’s maternal grandparents can be seen here.

Solange’s sister Beyoncé has said that she has Nigerian ancestry.

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

Solange’s paternal grandfather is Matthew Knowles (the son of Taylor Knowles and Girlie/Gurlie Mae Inez Miller). Matthew was born in Alabama. 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 Hogue (the daughter of Davis/Dave Hogue and Hester Moore). Lou was born in Alabama. 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 –

Solange’s paternal grandfather, Matthew Knowles, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Solange’s paternal grandmother, Lou Helen Hogue, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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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bablah November 4, 2017 at 5:41 pm

What is the point of having both Cajun and Acadian as tags on the site? Isn’t it one and the same?

fuzzybear44 November 4, 2017 at 11:28 pm


They’re two different cultures. While Cajun people are descendants from Acadians, They have their own specific culture that is unique to Louisiana. Like African Americans are Descendants of Africans, but we have our own cultures

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.

midori29 June 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

@Kimmel LOL gimme a break her dad is a basic Black man. I love how this website tried to mix everyone up cause most of the people posting here are mixed themselves.

fuzzybear44 June 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm


What is (look all ‘African-American’)?

andrew June 16, 2017 at 3:01 am

I believe he meant that he does not look much Sub-Saharan African in facial features, and that is true. I guess he has around 80% SSA ancestry like most AA’s though.

fuzzybear44 June 23, 2017 at 2:48 pm

Quote(I believe he meant that he does not look much Sub-Saharan African in facial features)

I strongly disagree,I’ve seen his facial features in other West Africans, you have to get more exposure

Quote(I guess he has around 80% SSA ancestry like most AA’s though.)

the range is said to be 3-20%, not 20 on the nose. and 23and me and others like it haven’t tested that many African Americans so their gene pool is low, and even they have different results from each other

andrew June 25, 2017 at 4:43 am

I respect your opinion but my point is that he looks African-American, not West African.

fuzzybear44 June 25, 2017 at 1:36 pm


I will respect your opinion, and know what I know to be true

Samiiraa June 16, 2017 at 9:11 am

The Knowles sisters are obviously mixed, they are mulattos but delusionnal self hating black Americans will always deny it.

fuzzybear44 June 16, 2017 at 11:47 pm


From what I can see, even Solange states she’s black . So exactly what are black Americans supposedly hating about? I don’t think anyone had denied that the Knowles are MGM’s

Multiethnicchick August 21, 2017 at 2:53 pm

Yeah but there are a lot of people who are mixed race who claim black because black Americans tend to get mad when you’re mixed and don’t claim only black.

fuzzybear44 August 22, 2017 at 12:35 am

So you’re saying that those black Americans are no different than you are. You get anger when a FGM doesn’t ID as mixed, while those Black Americans you speak of get anger because those FGM’s don’t ID as black. Both of you are taken away the right to choose. How does the way these FGM’s self Identify affect you or those anger black people you speak of? I’m a black American of my own choice, and I could care less how a FGM wants to ID, if they call themselves black fine with me, if mixed fine. Truthfully , this is the same old William Lynch
crap that pops up every 30yrs

fuzzybear44 November 4, 2017 at 11:47 pm

Just being curious, how many black Americans have you actually talk to, that told you they get mad. . Because the black Americans I know, really don’t talk about this stuff. Also, you’ve given black Americans far more power than they actually have. As I stated before, you’re ignoring personal choice. Many of the FGM’s that I’ve seen, have stated themselves that they feel more comfortable seeing themselves as black. I do understand that is a foreign concept to you

savanna January 10, 2016 at 3:06 pm

“On her father’s side, Beyoncé is…”

Should say Solange

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