Birth Name: Eva Marcille Pigford
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: October 30, 1984
Ethnicity: African-American, as well as at least one eighth English
Eva Marcille is an American actress, model, and television personality. She was previously credited under her birth name Eva Pigford. Eva was the winner of the third cycle of America’s Next Top Model. She was the first African-American contestant to win the program.
She is the daughter of Michelle Yvette and Evan Anthony Pigford. Her middle name, Marcille, is a combination of the names of her grandmothers, Marjorie and Lucille.
Eva is sometimes described as having Puerto Rican ancestry. It appears that this is not accurate. One of her grandmothers lived in Puerto Rico for a time.
Eva is married to attorney Michael Sterling. She has a daughter with her former partner, rapper, musician, actor, and record producer Kevin McCall; and a son with Michael.
Eva’s paternal grandfather was named Major Lincoln Pigford (the son of Abraham Lincoln Pigford and Clara Belle Johnson/Smith). Major was born in Seattle, Washington, to parents from Texas. He was African-American. Abraham was the son of Wright Pigford and Lucy/Lula Harrison.
Eva’s paternal grandmother was Marjorie Florence Rolls (the daughter of Percy Joseph Rolls and Marjorie Florence Pells). Eva’s grandmother Marjorie was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Percy was born in West Virginia, to African-American parents, Marshall Rolls and Margurette Black. Eva’s great-grandmother Marjorie was born in London, United Kingdom, to English parents, John Pells and Florence Swarder.
Eva’s maternal grandfather is named Lester Smith.
Eva’s maternal grandmother is named Lucille Tomlin (the daughter of Riley T. Tomlin). Riley was born in Texas, the son of William H. Tomlin and Lina Evans.
Sources: Information about the Tomlin family – http://www.tomlinfamilyreunion.org
Marriage record of Eva’s parents – https://familysearch.org
Naturalization record of Eva’s paternal grandmother, Marjorie Florence Pigford – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Eva’s paternal great-grandfather, Percy Joseph Rolls – https://www.newspapers.com
Obituary of Eva’s paternal great-grandmother, Marjorie Florence (Pells) Rolls –