Birth Name: Ariana Nicole DeBose
Place of Birth: New Hanover, North Carolina, U.S.
Date of Birth: January 25, 1991
*father – Puerto Rican, African-American, Italian
*mother – English, Scottish, French
Ariana DeBose is an American actress, singer, and dancer.
She has said:
…my mother is white, my father was Puerto Rican, so I don’t identify with any specific ethnicity… When I walk down the street, I present as black and I do have African-American lineage, but I’m also part-Italian… If I choose a term it’s ‘human’ because I believe humans should be allowed to love who they choose regardless of gender.
DeBose is her mother’s name.
Ariana’s maternal grandfather is Larry Thomas DeBose (the son of Lewis Thomas DeBose and Grace Horrell). Larry was born in North Carolina. Lewis was the son of James Lee DeBose and Etha Gertrude Woodcock. Grace was the daughter of Charles McLean/McLain Horrell and Jesse James.
Ariana’s maternal grandmother is Mary Virginia Henry (the daughter of James Tate Henry and Lorena Wheeler). Mary was born in North Carolina. James was the son of Robert Tate Henry and Sudie Lenora Johnson. Lorena was the daughter of John Atlas Wheeler and Lucinda Eason.
Sources: Genealogy of Ariana’s maternal great-grandfather, Lewis Thomas DeBose (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.findagrave.com
Death record of Ariana’s maternal great-grandfather, James Tate Henry – https://www.familysearch.org