Nona Gaye

Nona Gaye

Gaye in 2004, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Nona Aisha Gaye

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

Date of Birth: September 4, 1974

Ethnicity: African-American, as well as evidently one eighth Ashkenazi Jewish

Nona Gaye is an American singer, model, and actress.

She is the daughter of Janis (Hunter) and legendary soul singer, songwriter, and musician Marvin Gaye. She has a son.

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 Alberta Williams Cooper (the daughter of Sam/John Cooper and Ruth/Lucy Smith). Alberta was born in North Carolina. Sam was the son of Sally Cooper.

Nona’s maternal grandfather was Slim Gaillard, a jazz singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and vibraphonist (born Bulee Gaillard, the son of Theopolis/Theophilus “Fess” Rothschild and Mary Elizabeth Gaillard/Gillard). Slim was born in Michigan. Slim’s father Theopolis was said to be a white man, of German Jewish heritage, the son of Simon Rothschild and Catherine Adams. Nona’s great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth was African-American, from Alabama, the daughter of James B. Gaillard and Sarah Scott.

Nona’s maternal grandmother was named Barbara Hunter.

Sources: Genealogies of Nona Gaye –

Genealogy of Nona’s father –


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9 Responses

  1. walkabout123 says:

    Why does it say she “was” an American singer, model, and actress? She’s still alive.

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