Sasha Banks

Banks in 2017, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Justine Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado

Place of Birth: Fairfield, Solano, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 26, 1992

*father – African-American
*mother – German, small amount of Danish

Sasha Banks is an American professional wrestler and actress. She is signed to WWE, where she is part of the SmackDown brand, and played Koska Reeves on The Mandalorian. She is also known as Mercedes KV and Miss Mercedes.

Sasha is the daughter of Judith and Reo Varnado. Her father is African-American. Her mother was born in Iowa, of German, and a small amount of Danish, ancestry. A picture of Sasha with her parents can be seen here. She is a first cousin of rapper, actor, and entrepreneur Snoop Dogg. Their fathers are siblings. Her father has been featured on Snoop’s television show Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Party Challenge. She is also a first cousin of hip hop producer Daz Dillinger, through his mother Allean Varnado; and is said to be a cousin of musicians/actors Brandy Norwood and Ray J, who are siblings.

Sasha is married to professional wrestler and costume designer Sarath Ton, known as Mikaze. Sarath is of Cambodian descent.

Sasha’s paternal grandfather was William Varnado (the son of Cornelius Varnado and Annie/Anna Patterson). Sasha’s grandfather William was born in Mississippi. The surname Varnado in Mississippi originates with a French immigrant named Vernadeau. Cornelius likely was the son of Robert Varnado and Tempie.

Sasha’s paternal grandmother was Minnie Felder (the daughter of Charles/Charlie/Charley Felder and Carrie Owens/Owen). Minnie was born in Mississippi.

Sasha’s maternal grandfather was named Richard Kaestner. Richard was born in Iowa.

Sasha’s maternal grandmother was named Mae Rinderknecht. Mae was born in Iowa. All of Sasha’s maternal third great-grandparents emigrated from Germany to the U.S. in the 1800s. One of Mae’s great-grandfathers, Heinrich/Henry Axelsen, was of Danish descent.


Genealogy of Sasha Banks (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Sasha Banks (focusing on her father’s side) (through Snoop Dogg) –

Obituaries of Sasha’s paternal grandparents, William Varnado and Minnie (Felder) Varnado –

Sasha’s paternal grandfather, William Varnado, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Sasha’s paternal grandfather, William Varnado, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

5 Responses

  1. Mr. Postman says:

    She is married to professional wrestler and costume designer Sarath Ton who is of Cambodian descent.

  2. Akwaba says:

    According to Wikipedia she is also a cousin of Brandy Norwood, Ray J, and Hip Hop producer Daz Dillinger

    • bablah says:

      I think they’re could be related through the Williams line. I found Brandy’s grandmother listed under that last name on a census, as a granddaughter of Elijah Thompson and Delsey/Dolsy Marsalis, but I don’t know who her parents are exactly.

    • bablah says:

      As for Daz Dillinger, his mother Allean Varnado (who also published records under the name Lynn Varnado) was Sasha’s and Snoop’s aunt. So he’s their first cousin.

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