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 known as Beyoncé Knowles, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, B, Third Ward Trill, and Sasha Fierce, 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 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.

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

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

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 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 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.

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. Eugène-Gustave likely was the son of Eloi Jacques DeRouen. Odelia was the daughter of Éloi/Éloy-René Broussard, who appears to have been white, and of Joséphine Lessee/Lesse/Lesser/Lacy, who was black. A picture of Beyoncé’s great-grandfather Eugène-Gustave can be seen here.

Mathew Knowles and Tina Knowles at the Giorgio Armani Prive Show

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

Sources: Genealogies of Beyoncé –

Family history of Beyoncé –

Family history of Beyoncé, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak –

Beyoncé’s paternal grandfather, Matthew/Mathew 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

1,159 Responses

  1. sanchez234 says:

    I think some of this information is wrong, particularly pertaining to her having Spanish ancestry. You state that her maternal great-grandfather Eugène-Gustave “was the son of Gustave DeRouen and Marie-Estelle Gary, who was of part Spanish descent”. However, this is impossible:

    Marie-Estelle Gary was born on 13 November 1851, and Eugène-Gustave was born circa 1860, making it impossible that she was his mother. She married someone by the name of Gustave DeRouen (born 1848) whose grandfather (Jacques DeRouen) was the brother of an Eloi Jacques DeRouen (born 1807): Eugène-Gustave’s likely father.

    It is much more likely that Eugène-Gustave’s mother was an unknown slave of his father Eloi’s, meaning Beyoncé does not have any Spanish ancestry. More evidence of this is the fact that Eugène-Gustave was clearly of mixed race, whereas Gustave DeRouen and Marie Estelle Gary were both of European descent.


  2. Samiiraa says:

    I don’t know why people hav a problem with her being mixed. She used to say she was mixed and people called her a self hater.

    • midori29 says:

      @Samiiraa Beyonce is African American period she has the same dna makeup as most other African Americans its not about skin tone. Non black people incorrectly assume that black or African American means the color black, no. “Black” was a label created for darker than white skin by slave owners,etc. Not all 100 percent subsaharan Africans have the same skin tone many are light skinned. Here is a link to a 100 percent dna test subsaharan African woman lighter skin toned than Beyonce

  3. jojo157 says:

    Beyonce is visibly African and some of you are disrespectful diminishing her african blood just because Tina is slightly mixed with european and native american. Tina is part African so that still makes Beyonce 75% Black. That is black enough for me.

    • Samiiraa says:

      I don’t think she is 75% SSA, that’s the average Black American and she is lighter than the average Black American. She is probably 60% Subsaharan African and 40% European mixed with a little Native American.

      • midori29 says:

        @samiriraa you must not live in America because Beyonce is not that light for an African American alot of African Americans are Beyonces skin tone. Plus skin tone is not indicative of admixture as there are many 100 percent black Africans lighter than Beyonce and super dark East Indians in Asia darker than Africans. Personally I do not consider Beyonce light skinned at all , she is medium golden brown toned to me. I have black peoplel in my family lighter than Beyonce. Also I believe she bleached her skin as well and had a nose job. Anyway Beyonces dna is no different to the majority of black Americans. Therefore I dont consider her mixed.

    • midori29 says:

      @jojo157 Very true. Good post. Creoles are African Americans too with a different title. Beyonces moms French and Irish is over one hundred years old ancestry. Beyonces just uses that fake exoticalness to market herself globally with her fake Caucasian hair weaves and nose job. Beyonce is just a African American no different than any other African American with slavery admixture over 100 years ago. She is not mixed like Mariah Carey but tries to act that way.

      • andrew says:

        Nobody buys what you said. I remember a random conversation with a friend of mine in mid/late 2000s when she was at her peak, and he said she is not black. She has definitely not a full natural look like anybody in showbiz on any kind, but mind her mother is not even a mulatta.

        • ashash says:

          Yet Beyonce says she is black.

          She is obviously not a 100% African or anywhere near that, as is the case with many African-Americans and especially Creole celebrities. We have eyes. She’s probably blacker than Vanessa Williams (who isn’t Creole) but less black than Blair Underwood who is 74%.

          These discussions are getting boring.

      • sanchez234 says:

        Both of her mother’s parents have French last names and pretty immediate Acadian ancestry. Yes Beyoncé is black but you shouldn’t diminish her significant Acadian ancestry, she is a direct descendant of many important Acadians like Joseph Broussard and Jean-Vincent d’Abbadie de Saint-Castin.

  4. is berry says:

    Beyoncé is very beautiful, I love it when she wears blonde hair they go great together

  5. Ten52 says:

    So she is mainly Black and French.
    Her mother must be at least 50% white . Even beyoncé’s dad said he thought Tina was a white woman and Tina’s relatives were french people that lived right outside of Paris.

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