Nona Gaye

Nona Gaye

Gaye in 2004, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Nona Marvisa Gaye

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: September 4, 1974

Ethnicity: African-American

Nona Gaye was an American singer, model, and actress. She is the daughter of Janis (Hunter) and legendary soul singer, songwriter, and musician Marvin Gaye.

Nona’s paternal grandfather was Marvin Pentz Gay (the son of George Gay and Marnie/Mamie Mae Watkins). Marvin was born in Kentucky. George was the son of Strawden Gay and Rebecca Hardin or Susan Fuller. Marnie was the daughter of Dan/Daniel Watkins and Charlotte Smith.

Nona’s paternal grandmother was named Alberta Williams Cooper (the daughter of Sam or John Cooper and Ruth or Lucy Smith). Alberta was born in North Carolina. Sam was the son of Sally Cooper.

Nona’s maternal grandfather was Slim Gaillard (born Bulee Gaillard), a jazz singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and vibraphonist. Slim was born in Michigan.

Nona’s maternal grandmother was named Barbara Hunter.

Sources: Genealogies of Nona Gaye –

Genealogies of Nona’s father –


Curious about ethnicity

8 Responses

  1. Adamina says:

    Gaye is a popular surname in Senegal. I’m NOT saying she got her last name from there!!! Just wanted to share.
    She is lovely!

  2. Love Yourself says:

    “You cannot help who you fall in love with….”
    – Nona Marvisa Gaye (Esquire Magazine)

  3. Anonymous says:

    shes black. it said black stop trying to make her something else

    • Anonymous says:

      Relax,her grand whoever having some white blood doesn’t stop her from being a black woman,which is clear to see.All it means is that they have that heritage.Same for white people,having black blood doesn’t change you,all it says is that you have that recent heritage.I don’t know why people trip out so much

  4. Anonymous says:

    It said she was also mixed with Irish.

  5. total23 says:

    Her Maternal Grandfather Was Bulee “Slim” Gaillard. His Ethnicity Is Unknown Because It Once Said That He Was Half Greek Half Afro-cuban. Then Other Sites Says He Was Half German Half African American. So I Guess It Safe Too Say That He Was Half White Half Black (Mulatto).

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