Alanis Morissette

by ethnic on October 8, 2010

Birth Name: Alanis Nadine Morissette

Place of Birth: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: June 1, 1974

Ethnicity:
*French-Canadian, one quarter Irish (father)
*Hungarian, likely other (mother)

Alanis Morissette is a Canadian alternative rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, musician, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, and actress. She is also an American citizen.

Her father, Alan Richard Morissette, is of approximately three quarters French-Canadian and one quarter Irish ancestry. Her mother, Georgia Mary Anne (Feuerstein), is Hungarian.

Alanis’s parents are both Catholic and Alanis was raised a Catholic.

Alanis’s mother’s maiden name, “Feuerstein”, can be of Ashkenazi Jewish or (non-Jewish) German origin. Alanis’s maternal grandmother was of non-Jewish Hungarian ancestry. It is not clear if Alanis’s maternal grandfather was Jewish and/or had Jewish ancestry.

Alanis’s paternal grandfather is Alan Joseph Morissette (the son of Joseph Hillaire/Helaire Morissette and Noella Gertrude McConnell). Alanis’s great-grandfather Joseph was the son of Joseph Morissette and Marie Mercier. Noella was the daughter of Eric McArthur McConnell and Elizabeth Armstrong.

Alanis’s paternal grandmother is Lucille Hunault (the daughter of Alexandre Hunault and Albina Paquet). Alexandre was the son of Gilbert Hunault and Marceline Poitevin. Albina was the daughter of Pierre Paquet and Alexina Tessier.

Alanis’s maternal grandparents were Imre Feuerstein and Nadinia Gulyás (the daughter of Mihály Gulyás and Katalin Lauscher). Mihály was born in Debrecen, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary, the son of György Gulyás and Liza Treba. Katalin was the daughter of Nándor Lauscher and Anna Nagy.

Sources: Genealogy of Alanis Morissette – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Alanis Morissette (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Alanis’s maternal grandmother, Nadinia (Gulyás) Feuerstein McCully – http://www.legacy.com

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

madman June 7, 2016 at 2:03 pm

What is certain is that Feuerstein is not a Hungarian surname. I would write something like:
*Hungarian, other (mother)
*Hungarian, either German or Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

neiltennant October 18, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Her mother jewish

because the surname FEUERSTEIN have only jews!!

i do live in germany and i know 5 families with this surname and all 5 are jewish households !

some names like BERG, ROSENBERG etc, are names which also christian germans do habe

but other names like STONE and STEIN etc. are only jewish surnames !

follers October 18, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Alanis’s maternal grandfather may have been of Jewish heritage, but there are some people named “Feuerstein” who are of non-Jewish origin.

andrew February 21, 2016 at 5:49 pm

Mark Feuerstein is Jewish.

Christian March 23, 2012 at 11:39 am

hmm no wonder she looks a little bit like paula abdul

I love you, Roger Scientist March 9, 2012 at 10:53 am

Yay! Another Jew! ^_^

I like her music. I have some of her songs from iTunes.

BAN VIKING! March 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I love her music, too.

dee March 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

How do we know that her mother is Jewish? That’s not a very good ref. Her mother may have Jewish ancestry but she is Catholic.

Petrarca May 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Her mother is Georgia Mary Ann (née Feuerstein).

Wikipedia states that she is “Hungarian,” but the only people from Hungary with surnames like that are Jews.

She may be a practicing Catholic, but she’s a Jew. And I think that makes Alanis all the more awesome.

neiltennant March 18, 2017 at 3:16 pm

FEUERSTEIN is a jewish name

only jewish

Lil Vacha July 17, 2011 at 11:45 am

EDIT/CORRECTION

She’s actually French, and Hungarian Jewish…. Her mother is a Hungarian Jew…

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