Chris Cornell

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Birth Name: Christopher John Boyle

Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, USA

Date of Birth: July 20, 1964

*Irish (father)
*English, Scottish, Northern Irish (mother)

Chris Cornell is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for rock bands Soundgarden (1984–1997) and Audioslave (2001–2007). Other members of Soundgarden include or included Matt Cameron, Kim Thayil, and Hiro Yamamoto. The other members of Audioslave were Tim Commerford, Tom Morello, and Brad Wilk.

His father had Irish ancestry. His mother has English, Scottish, and Northern Irish ancestry.

Chris’s maternal grandparents were Ralph Trivett Cornell (the son of Julian Trivett Cornell and Emily Keillor Emmerson) and Marion/Marian M. MacNutt (the daughter of James Frederick MacNutt and Clarabell J. Hubbell). Ralph was born in Rothesay, Nova Scotia, Canada. Marion was born in Washington state, to a Canadian-born father and a Wisconsin-born mother.

Sources: Genealogies of Chris’s maternal great-grandmother, Emily Keillor Emmerson –

Chris’s maternal grandmother, Marion/Marian M. Macnutt, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Chris’s maternal great-grandfather, James Frederick MacNutt –


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andrew July 22, 2016 at 1:54 pm

Soundgarden also include or included Kim Thayil, Hiro Yamamoto (both profiles on ethnicelebs) and Matt Cameron.

follers March 15, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Chris Cornell isn’t of Jewish ancestry, as it turns out, so this discussion is misplaced.

andrew November 4, 2015 at 5:35 am

his former wife is Jewish

andrew November 4, 2015 at 5:38 am

and now Chris has converted to the Greek Orthodox Church because of his 2nd wife

yo September 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

The Jews are a “people”, hence the Jewish people, or Am Israel, the People of Israel. You can be Jewish with respect to your religion (by birth or by choice—either way), or you can be Jewish ethnically (descendant of a Jew—either a born Jew or converted Jew). The descent is usually based on matrilineality, but can also be based upon patrilineality for some non-Orthodox Jews. Besides this, there are many non-sectarian Jews who could care less what some rabbi says about the validity of his/her Jewish heritage. Who died and made them God anyways.

jen August 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm

The borders for countries in the area were always changing, and there aren’t many better ways of tracing origin in those areas, since so many records were destroyed during WWII.

ben February 10, 2010 at 3:52 am

Jewish is a religion.

A.... May 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Jewish is as ethnicity, because Jews are people who were born to Jewish family or have some Jewish background or lineage.

cooper April 25, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Yes, it is. Jewish is the only religion that is also an ethnicity. It is the only religion you are born into. Christians are baptized, to become a Muslim you have to pronounce the Shahaadatayn, to be Buddhist you must practice the philosophy…and so on.

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