Eva Marcille

Marcille in 2009, Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

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 founded CBD oil company cEVAd.

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 has a daughter with her former partner, rapper, musician, actor, and record producer Kevin McCall; and two children with her former husband, attorney Michael Sterling.

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

Eva’s paternal grandfather, Major Lincoln Pigford, on the 1930 U.S. Censuses – https://www.familysearch.org
Major Lincoln Pigford on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.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 –


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68 Responses

  1. stlucas says:

    Eva’s maternal grandfather is named Lester Smith.

    Eva’s maternal grandmother is Lucille Tomlin (the daughter of Riley T. Tomlin). Riley was born in Texas, the son of William H. Tomlin and Lina Evans.

    Information about the Tomlin family – http://www.tomlinfamilyreunion.org/william-h-tomlin

  2. Multiethnicchick says:

    Why does her wikipedia say that both her parents are African American? And how she the first African American we she’s also Puerto Rican. So sick of America’s racism in not recognizing mixed multi-ethnic/multiracial people.

  3. midori29 says:

    @ysla East Africans ARE NOT CAUCASIAN. That was a racist theory that has been disproved years ago. The fossils in Ethiopia are the oldest on earth they have the same bone structure and they came before caucasians.

    • Multiethnicchick says:

      They have Caucasian DNA. And that has been proven. There still East Africans who look West African but there are also the mixed east Africans. All you have to do is look up history. Jewish and Arab people mixed with many east Africans over 1000 years ago.

  4. ysla says:

    in world caucasian is not race because there are black caucasian(like east african people),asian caucasian(indian,pakistanese) and european caucasian but i know in USA this word is use for white people only!!!

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