Matt Barnes

Barnes with then-wife Gloria Govan in 2010, Allen Berezovsky /

Birth Name: Matthew Kelly Barnes

Place of Birth: Santa Clara, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 9, 1980

*father – African-American
*mother – Italian/Sicilian, Dutch

Matt Barnes is an American professional basketball player. He played for the Fayetteville Patriots, the Long Beach Jam, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Sacramento Kings, the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Golden State Warriors, the Phoenix Suns, the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6′7″.

His father, Henry M. Barnes, Jr., is African-American. His mother, Ann Catherine (Barrile), has Italian/Sicilian ancestry. His brother is professional football player Jason Barnes, who has been a wide receiver in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Matt has two children with his former wife Gloria Govan.

Matt’s maternal grandfather was Dominic Barrile (the son of Girolamo/James Barrile and Caterina/Catherine Cancilla). Dominic was born in Illinois, to Italian parents. Girolamo was from Agrigento, Sicily. Caterina was the daughter of Tony Cancilla and Maria Rubino or Sanseri.

Matt’s maternal grandmother is Rella M. Waters (the daughter of George H. Waters and Ella Margaret/Margaurite Marie Von De Linde). Rella was born in Minnesota. Ella was the daughter of Jacob Von de Linde and Remtje Mary Alberts Rueter.

Sources: Matt’s maternal grandfather, Dominic Barrile, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Matt’s maternal grandfather, Dominic Barrile –

Death records of Matt’s maternal great-grandparents, Girolamo/James Barrile and Caterina/Catherine Cancilla –

Death record of Matt’s maternal great-grandmother, Caterina/Catherine (Cancilla) Barrile –

Matt’s maternal grandmother, Rella M. Waters, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

13 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    This might be his father’s birth record since I know his name is Henry M. Barnes Jr. and that he was born on June 6th 1955:

    Mother’s birth record:
    Her obituary:

    Matt’s grandfather’s obituary:

    Him on a census:

    His father James/Girolamo was from Agrigento (Sicily).
    His mother’s grave:
    Her death record has her mother’s last name as Sanseri:

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