Sammy Hagar

Sammy Hagar at the John Varvatos 13th Annual Stuart House Benefi

Hagar in 2016, photo by Starfrenzy/

Birth Name: Sam Roy Hagar

Place of Birth: Salinas, Monterey, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 13, 1947

*English, Scottish (father)
*Italian/Sicilian (mother)

Sammy Hagar, also known as The Red Rocker, is an American rock vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, musician, and entrepreneur. He is the lead singer of the supergroups Chickenfoot and The Circle. He was previously the lead singer of the rock bands Montrose and Van Halen, among others. Other members of Van Halen include/have included Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, Wolfgang Van Halen.

Sammy is the son of Gladys (Baio) and Robert “Bobby” Hagar. He is married to Kari. He has two children with his former wife Betsy Berardi; and two children with Kari.

His father’s ancestry was English and Scottish. In his book Are We Having Any Fun Yet?: The Cooking & Partying Handbook (2015), Sammy wrote that his maternal grandparents were from Sicily. He has also described himself as “half Italian, half Southern redneck.”

There are many claims on the internet that Sammy is of Lebanese descent. This is not accurate.

Sammy’s paternal grandfather was William Anderson Hagar (the son of William Anderson Hagar and Lucinda/Lucende J./Cardelia Franklin). Sammy’s grandfather William was born in Texas. Lucinda was the daughter of William Anderson Franklin and Narsissus/Narcissa Smith.

Sammy’s paternal grandmother was Hattie Jane McFarland (the daughter of William Stanford McFarland and Mary Ann Carothers). Hattie was born in Kentucky. William was the son of John H. McFarland and Harriet Leaman. Mary Ann was the daughter of Samuel Carothers and Elizabeth S. Hamilton.

Sammy’s maternal grandfather was Sam Baio (the son of Angelo Baio and Adelina/Lena Terinova/Tierranova/Terranova/Perrnoa). Sammy’s grandfather Sam was born in New York, to Italian parents.

Sammy’s maternal grandmother was Catherine Alesse (the daughter of G. Alesse and Cathrina Galdona). Catherine was of Italian origin.

Sources: Genealogy of Sammy’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Marriage record of Sammy’s maternal grandparents, Sam Baio and Catherine Alesse –

Sammy’s maternal grandfather, Sam Baio, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

6 Responses

  1. reef says:

    Sammy Hagar was named after his maternal grandfather who is fully Lebanese. Sammy is an Arabic name as well.

  2. bablah says:

    Sammy’s grandparents’ marriage record

    Sam Baio on a census
    His mother’s name also appears as Adelina Terinova/Tierranova/Terranova.

    This man died in California but I’m not 100% sure it’s the same Angelo Baio

  3. madman says:

    Sam is the son of Gladys (Baio) and Robert “Bobby” Hagar.

    Sam’s paternal grandparents were possibly William Anderson Hagar and Hattie J.

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