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 supergroups Chickenfoot and The Circle. He was previously the lead singer of 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, and Wolfgang Van Halen.

Sammy is the son of Gladys 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 –

7 Responses

  1. reef says:

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

    • andrew says:

      How a woman named Catherine Alessi is Lebanese?

      His maternal grandparents were Sicilian (Baio, Terranova, Alessi and Cardona).

      • madman says:

        To claim he is Lebanese is just ridiculous. He’s obviously Russian from his great-grandmother, only Russians have names that end with -ova.

        • FSUDavid5 says:

          Do some research. My brother is VERY close to some members of the Haggar family in Dallas. Joseph Marion (“JM”) Haggar was the founder of the Haggar clothing business. The spelling difference is a mere “Americanization” of that same name. In fact, when my paternal grandfather came to the U. S. from Lebanon (although not officially independent from Syria but was partially already annexed), his official name was George Elias Barber (Many variations of the spelling of “Barber/Barbar/Barbor/Barbour” exist) Malouf (Also recognized as Maloof). Contact the family in Dallas and let me know if they claim to be Lebanese. Sammy Hagar/Haggar, no matter the spelling is indeed at the very least part Lebanese from his paternal father’s side!

  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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