Beyoncé in 2010, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles

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

Date of Birth: September 4, 1981

*father – African-American
*mother – Louisiana Creole, including African, French, Acadian/French-Canadian, as well as distant Irish and Breton, remote Penobscot First Nations

Beyoncé, also credited as Harmonies by The Hive, Queen B, Third Ward Trill, Sasha Fierce, and Beyoncé Knowles, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was a member of the top-selling American R&B girl group Destiny’s Child, along with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, and also originally LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson. Beyoncé has starred in the films Austin Powers in Goldmember, Dreamgirls, and Cadillac Records, among others.

Beyoncé is the daughter of Tina Knowles (born Célestine Ann Beyincé), a fashion designer, and Mathew C. Knowles, a businessperson and talent manager. Her sister is singer and actress Solange Knowles. They are the first sisters to have each had No. 1 albums. She is married to rapper and music producer Jay-Z, with whom she has three children. The two are in a band together, The Carters. Beyoncé is a step-sister of actress Bianca Lawson. Her mother is married to Bianca’s father, actor Richard Lawson.

Beyoncé’s father is African-American. Beyoncé’s maternal grandparents were French-speaking Louisiana Creoles, with roots in New Iberia; their ancestry was mostly African and French (including French ancestors who lived in Canada). Through her mother’s line, Beyoncé is a great-great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Acadian leader Joseph Broussard, and a descendant of Jean-Vincent d’Abbadie de Saint-Castin (born c. 1652), and of his wife, Marie Mathilde Pidianske/Penobscot (born c. 1658), who was the daughter of Madockawando Abenaki, a chief of the Penobscot (Panawahpskek) people. Through Marie Mathilde, Beyoncé is of 1/1024 Indigenous descent. Beyoncé is also of approximately 1/32 Irish ancestry, and has distant Breton roots on her mother’s side, as well. Her name, Beyoncé, is a tribute to her mother’s maiden name, Beyincé. Through her Broussard line, she is a third cousin of gospel singer and graphic artist Karen Showell.

Beyoncé has said that she has Nigerian ancestry. She may have discovered this through a DNA test.

Mathew Knowles and Tina Knowles at the Giorgio Armani Prive Show

Beyoncé’s parents Mathew and Tina, 2007, photo by

Beyoncé’s mother has also been described as having Cherokee and/or Choctaw 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 Beyoncé’s mother. One book biography, Crazy in Love: The Beyoncé Knowles Biography, from 2000, also refers to Beyoncé’s mother having Spanish, Jewish, Chinese, and Indonesian ancestry. It is also not clear if this is accurate.

Beyoncé does not speak French or Spanish, but she has sung in Spanish before.

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

Beyoncé’s paternal grandfather was Matthew/Mathew Q. Knowles (the son of Taylor Knowles and Girlie/Gurlie/Gerlie Mae 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.

Beyoncé’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.

Beyoncé’s maternal grandfather was Lumis Albert Beyincé/Buyincé (the son of Alexandre/Alexon Beyincé/Buyincé and Marie/Mary Amelie Oliver/Olevia/Olivier Broussard). Lumis was born in Delcambre, Vermilion, 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.

Beyoncé’s maternal grandmother was Agnès/Agnèz DeRouen/Deréon (the daughter of Eugène-Gustave DeRouen/Deréon/Derezen and Odelia Broussard). Agnès was born in Decambre, Louisiana, and was a prominent seamstress. Eugène-Gustave likely was the son of Eloi Jacques DeRouen. Odelia was the daughter of Éloi/Éloy-René Rosemond Broussard, who was white, of French descent, and of Celestine Joséphine Lessee/Lesse/Lesser/Lacy/Lacey, who was black/mixed-race black, and the daughter of a slave mother. Éloi and Joséphine had many children together, and possibly married. A picture of Beyoncé’s great-grandfather Eugène-Gustave can be seen here.

LOS ANGELES – FEB 10: Beyoncé arrives to the Grammy Awards on February 10, 2013 in Hollywood, CA photo by DFree/

Sources: Genealogies of Beyoncé –

Family history of Beyoncé –

Family history of Beyoncé, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak –

Beyoncé’s paternal grandfather, Matthew/Mathew Q. Knowles, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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

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

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


Curious about ethnicity

1,172 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Eugène-Gustave DeRouen’s mother had Spanish ancestry, according to this:

    • follers says:

      Yes, she was of Spanish ancestry, before giving birth at nine years old. These familysearch trees are truly atrocious. Out with them.

      • charicew says:

        and does it matter? white people see her as black. she is black. no one think of her as biracial or white. her mom is light skin and her daddy dark skin. periodt.

        • stuckinfoopid says:

          These ——– —— get really disturbed with themselves when they see a Black woman they find attractive and jump through all kinds of mental hoops to convince themselves it’s OK because she’s, “Not THAT Black.” When it comes to African Americans, they know if they look they’ll likely find something so they feel entitled to push mixed identities on them.

          • Oaken05 says:

            Y’all are weird, especially Charice, who feels the need to post this sh%t on EVERY profile she finds of a black person.

            This is a website which discuses and researchs the full ethnic backgrounds of celebrities. If that doesn’t interest you, then just move along. No one is keeping you hear, or interested in why you don’t care about the literal subject matter of this site.

          • NOTREALLY says:


            What you just said would make any sense if it was one of those people who are entirely (or predominantly) black, with some spice of Euro ancestry, but in Beyoncé’s case, she has a substantial amount of Euro ancestry, her dad strikes as black because he is, her mom doesn’t, both her and her daughter could easily pass as Colombian mestizas for instance (Afro&White) with perhaps slightly more black ancestry than anything else.
            It might sometimes happen, but I can assure you, more often than not it’s actually black Americans who have an issue accepting someone they identify as black has rather recent European ancestry.
            And ultimately there’s no need to “whitewash” anyone, look at Lupita Nyong’o, she’s a black woman and she’s stunning.

          • stuckinfoopid says:

            NOTREALLY is an outsider to this person’s culture acting as though they are entitled to pass themselves as an authority on and being possessive of the identity of people who have literally nothing to do with them. Apparently Columbians are supposed to look to find their ethnic identity in Americans thousands of miles away who share none of their culture or history. It’s mental illness.

        • andrew says:


          I am not American and I don’t see her as black. I call her mulatta because this is how has alwais been used all over the centuries to call mixed-race people, though now mulatto/a seems not politically correct anymore according to some.

      • andrew says:


        My bad, not my custom to check dates. Btw also lists the same (Spanish) child mom lol:

        So, though they may have messed up the dates, a Spanish connection is not unlikely since Spanish families are documented as living in the area. The essay below suggest “Eugène’s parents are still unknown, but he almost certainly is a son of Éloi Derouen and one of his many slaves”.

        Also Célestine Joséphine Lesse/Lacy/Lacey, “who was black” (…), was actually the daughter of Joseph Lacey, a white American merchant living in the area, and of Rosalie Jean-Louis, a slave. She is either described as Creole or mulâtresse slave. As Élisabeth Green.

        The story is also reported by Daily Mail and other websites:

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