Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg in 2011, s_bukley /

Birth Name: Cordozar Broadus

Place of Birth: Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 20, 1971

Ethnicity: African-American

Snoop Dogg is an American rapper, singer, record producer, television personality, entrepreneur, and actor. He is also known as Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop Lion, Bigg Snoop Dogg, Dogg Father, Snoop Rock, DJ Snoopadelic, Snoopzilla, FaZe Snoop, and N—–achi.

Snoop is the son of Beverly (Tate) and Vernell Varnado. His father was a Vietnam veteran, singer, and mail carrier. Snoop was born Cordozar Broadus, after Calvin Cordozar Broadus, who was not his biological father. He was called Calvin at home, and received the nickname “Snoopy” from his parents, after the fictional character. A picture of Snoop with his father can be seen here and a picture of Snoop with his mother can be seen here.

Snoop is married to Shante Taylor. He has four children, including three with Shante.

Snoop is a first cousin of professional wrestler and actress Sasha Banks. He 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.

Snoop’s paternal grandfather was William Varnado (the son of Cornelius Varnado and Annie/Anna Patterson). Snoop’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.

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

Snoop’s maternal grandfather was Jeremiah Tate (the son of John Tate and Maud/Maude Christophers/Christopher). Jeremiah was born in Mississippi. John was the son of Dave Tate and Letha A.

Snoop’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Dean Martin (the daughter of George Martin and Annie Brown). Dorothy was born in Mississippi. George was the son of Gabriel Martin and Rose Gallagher/Galliton.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Lopez Tonight (2010) stated that Snoop’s genetic ancestry is:

*71% Sub-Saharan African
*23% Native American
*6% European

Sources: Genealogies of Snoop Dogg –

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

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


Curious about ethnicity

104 Responses

  1. transemacabre says:

    Are y’all sure that Varnado lineage is correct? Annie’s older children appear to be Powells, she’s living with them and a husband named Welley (Willie?) Powell in Pike co. MS in the 1910 census. In 1920 she appears with her older children (now all going by Varnado), some younger children, but no husband.

    Meanwhile, Irvin Varnado and his wife Annie appear in 1910 in Tangipahoa parish, LA. The only child in their household is 10 year old stepdaughter Olivia Williams. And they’re still in Louisiana in 1920, joined by a 5 year old daughter named Carrie.

    Meanwhile, returning to the Pike co. MS Varnados, Annie’s daughter Alma lists her parents as CORNELIUS Varnado and Anna PATTERSON on her social security application. Cornelius Varnado is on the 1920 census in Pike co., but he’s not living with Annie and her children. He’s listed as married so I guess he and Annie were separated.

    Anyway, Cornelius appears to be the son of Robert Varnado and Tempie of Amite co. MS.

  2. Mr. Postman says:

    Correction: G.W. Martin is listed as “Mulatto” in the 1870 Census only. He is listed as “Black” on the other censuses.

  3. Mr. Postman says:

    Snoop’s third great-grandfather is a different George Washington Martin, not the one previously posted by andrew. This George Washington Martin is listed as “Mulatto” on the 1870, 1880, and 1910 Census. It is believed that his father was a white man named Eli Monroe Martin, who later had another son named George Washington Martin with his white wife, Sarah. That is the G.W. Martin that andrew posted. He iis listed as white on the 1880 Census. The Black G.W. Martin listed his mother as Classie Williams on the 1910 Census.


    Direct line from George Washington Martin to Snoop’s mother:

  4. JayD271 says:

    Lol at White people posting links of his alleged White ancestors cause he causally only came up 6 percent European. Why should European blood be a requirement to be an AFRICAN American?

    • andrew says:

      Yes, because there are no 100% SSA African-Americans.

      • Oaken05 says:

        This is actually not true, though it is certainly not common.

        • andrew says:

          Not even in Haiti people score 100% SSA.

          • Oaken05 says:

            Ugh, I literally have done an ancestry test and match with multiple African American and Afro-Carribbeans who are 100% of African heritage. It’s not common, but it very much does happen. Like, how are you going to tell me?

          • andrew says:

            No, I trust you. You are one of the most coherent users here. But they are probably Liberians or something

          • Oaken05 says:

            Andrew, I’m just about done with this, because I don’t know you. But I wasn’t going to let an ignorant statement slip by that could misinform people.

            Do not say that you “trust” me and in the very next breath continue on essentially saying that I must be mistaken or confused. There are, indeed, people descended entirely of slaves in North America who have 100% African ancestry. And though rare, it’s more common than people like you would think.

          • andrew says:

            Okay, Oaken. I respect you a lot but you went a bit over the top this time (I didnt say you were mistaken or confused). I knew the Gullah people. They are a minority, in fact. This exchange can finish here for me.

          • JayD271 says:

            Show me one credible source that says there NO 100 percent SSA African Americans. At most sources will say it’s rare.

      • JayD271 says:

        It’s out there just rare. A woman on quora stated that she saw 300 DNA results of Black Americans. 1 was regular African American and scored 100 percent SSA and 3 who scored SSA were Gullah.
        Here’s a 99 or 100 percent DNA result of an American descendant of slavery.

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