Solange Knowles

Knowles in 2011, Helga Esteb /

Birth Name: Solange Piaget Knowles

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 24, 1986

*father – African-American
*mother – Louisiana Creole, including African, French, Acadian/French-Canadian, as well as distant Irish, Spanish, and Breton

Solange Knowles is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and model. She is the daughter of Tina Knowles (born Célestine Ann Beyincé), a fashion designer, and Mathew C. Knowles, a businessperson and talent manager. She is the sister of actress and singer Beyoncé. They are the first sisters to have each had No. 1 albums. Solange is a step-sister of actress Bianca Lawson. Her mother is married to Bianca’s father, actor Richard Lawson. Solange is married to music video director Alan Ferguson. She has a son with her former husband, Daniel Smith.

Solange’s father is African-American. Solange’s maternal grandparents were French-speaking Louisiana Creoles, with roots in New Iberia; their ancestry included African and French (including French ancestors who lived in Canada). Solange is also of approximately 1/32 Irish ancestry, and has distant Spanish and Breton roots on her mother’s side, as well (at least one of her great-great-great-great-great-grandfathers, Juan Tomas Francisco Garrido, was Spanish). A picture of Solange’s maternal grandparents can be seen here.

Solange’s sister Beyoncé has said that she has Nigerian ancestry.

Solange has been described as having Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented. No Cherokee Native American ancestors appear on publicly available family trees of Solange’s mother.

Solange’s paternal grandfather was Matthew/Mathew Knowles (the son of Taylor Knowles and Girlie/Gurlie/Gerlie Mae Inez Miller). Matthew was born in Alabama. Taylor was the son of James Isaac Knowles and Sarah Elizabeth Dixon. Girlie was the daughter of Prophet Miller and Jane Hall.

Solange’s paternal grandmother is Lou Helen Hogue (the daughter of Davis/Dave Hogue and Hester Moore). Lou was born in Alabama. Davis was the son of Jim Hogue and Rosetta Moore. Hester was the daughter of Pinkney Madison Moore and Arenia Goree.

Solange’s maternal grandfather was Lumis Albert Beyincé/Buyincé (the son of Alexandre/Alexon Beyincé/Buyincé and Marie/Mary Amelie Oliver/Olevia Broussard). Lumis was born in Abbeville, Louisiana. Alexandre was the son of Jean Boyancé/Beyincé, who was born in France, and of Angéline Élizabeth Green. Marie Amelie was the daughter of Olivier Despanet Broussard and Alphonsine Boutte.

Solange’s maternal grandmother was Agnès/Agnèz DeRouen/Deréon (the daughter of Eugène-Gustave DeRouen and Odelia Broussard). Agnès was born in Decambre, Louisiana. Eugène-Gustave was the son of Gustave DeRouen and Marie-Estelle Gary, who was of part Spanish descent. Odelia was the daughter of Eloi/Eloy Rosemond/René Broussard and Celestine Josephine Lessee/Lesse/Lesser. A picture of Solange’s great-grandfather Eugène-Gustave can be seen here.

Mathew Knowles and Tina Knowles at the Giorgio Armani Prive Show

Solange’s parents Mathew and Tina, 2007, photo by

Sources: Genealogies of Solange Knowles –

Family history of Solange, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak –

Solange’s paternal grandfather, Matthew/Mathew Knowles, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Solange’s paternal grandmother, Lou Helen Hogue, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Article about Solange’s maternal great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Broussard –

Solange’s maternal grandmother, Agnès/Agnèz DeRouen/Deréon, on 1910 U.S. Census –

Knowles in 2008, photo by shay


Curious about ethnicity

54 Responses

  1. Jarap says:

    Her mom looks 25% white.

  2. bablah says:

    What is the point of having both Cajun and Acadian as tags on the site? Isn’t it one and the same?

    • fuzzybear44 says:


      They’re two different cultures. While Cajun people are descendants from Acadians, They have their own specific culture that is unique to Louisiana. Like African Americans are Descendants of Africans, but we have our own cultures

  3. Kimmel says:

    Mr Knowles doesn’t look all ‘African-American’ (I know they are mixed anyway). He looks part Peruvian or mixed with something significant, because looking at his hair and jawline I can see admixture.

    • midori29 says:

      @Kimmel LOL gimme a break her dad is a basic Black man. I love how this website tried to mix everyone up cause most of the people posting here are mixed themselves.

    • fuzzybear44 says:


      What is (look all ‘African-American’)?

      • andrew says:

        I believe he meant that he does not look much Sub-Saharan African in facial features, and that is true. I guess he has around 80% SSA ancestry like most AA’s though.

        • fuzzybear44 says:

          Quote(I believe he meant that he does not look much Sub-Saharan African in facial features)

          I strongly disagree,I’ve seen his facial features in other West Africans, you have to get more exposure

          Quote(I guess he has around 80% SSA ancestry like most AA’s though.)

          the range is said to be 3-20%, not 20 on the nose. and 23and me and others like it haven’t tested that many African Americans so their gene pool is low, and even they have different results from each other

    • Samiiraa says:

      The Knowles sisters are obviously mixed, they are mulattos but delusionnal self hating black Americans will always deny it.

      • fuzzybear44 says:


        From what I can see, even Solange states she’s black . So exactly what are black Americans supposedly hating about? I don’t think anyone had denied that the Knowles are MGM’s

        • Multiethnicchick says:

          Yeah but there are a lot of people who are mixed race who claim black because black Americans tend to get mad when you’re mixed and don’t claim only black.

          • fuzzybear44 says:

            So you’re saying that those black Americans are no different than you are. You get anger when a FGM doesn’t ID as mixed, while those Black Americans you speak of get anger because those FGM’s don’t ID as black. Both of you are taken away the right to choose. How does the way these FGM’s self Identify affect you or those anger black people you speak of? I’m a black American of my own choice, and I could care less how a FGM wants to ID, if they call themselves black fine with me, if mixed fine. Truthfully , this is the same old William Lynch
            crap that pops up every 30yrs

          • fuzzybear44 says:

            Just being curious, how many black Americans have you actually talk to, that told you they get mad. . Because the black Americans I know, really don’t talk about this stuff. Also, you’ve given black Americans far more power than they actually have. As I stated before, you’re ignoring personal choice. Many of the FGM’s that I’ve seen, have stated themselves that they feel more comfortable seeing themselves as black. I do understand that is a foreign concept to you

  4. savanna says:

    “On her father’s side, Beyoncé is…”

    Should say Solange

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