Chris Cornell

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Birth Name: Christopher John Boyle

Date of Birth: July 20, 1964

Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Date of Death: May 18, 2017

Place of Death: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Ethnicity: Norwegian, Irish, English, Scottish, Northern Irish, Welsh, German, French, remote Manx and Swiss-German

Chris Cornell was 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.

Chris’s father, Edward F. “Ed” Boyle, is a pharmacist, from Everett, Washington. Chris’s mother, Karen Ruth Cornell, is an accountant, from Seattle, Washington. His ancestry was Norwegian, Irish, English, Scottish, Northern Irish, Welsh, German, French, and remote Manx and Swiss-German.

He was married to publicist Vicky Karayiannis, with whom he has two children. He was previously married to manager Susan Silver, with whom he has a daughter.

Chris converted to the Greek Orthodox religion of his wife Vicky.

In an interview on Howard Stern’s show, c. 2007, Chris appeared to state that his mother is Jewish. This is not accurate.

Chris’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his third great-grandfather, Denis Boyle.

Chris’s paternal grandfather was Edward John Boyle (the son of Dennis Peter Boyle and Anna Louisa “Louise” Zahler). Dennis was born in Renfrew, Renfrewshire, Scotland, to Irish immigrants, Terrence/Terrance Boyle, of County Sligo, and Mary McVey. Louisa was the daughter of German immigrants, Michael Zahler, of Trier, Rhine (now Rhineland-Palatinate), and Ann Katarina/Catherine Stenger, of Dillishausen, Lamerdingen, Bavaria.

Chris’s paternal grandmother was Anona Ruth Olson/Olsen (the daughter of Eivin/Ivan Olaus Olsen, later Olsen, and of Carrie Lorena Jones/McGuire). Eivin was a Norwegian emigrant, from Stavanger, Rogaland, and was the son of Ole Olsen Blaasenberg, later Vaaland, and of Andrine Tønnesdatter Bjuland.

Chris’s maternal grandfather was Ralph Trivett Cornell (the son of Julian Trivett Cornell and Emily Keillor Emmerson). Ralph was born in Rothesay, Nova Scotia, Canada. Julian was the son of Robert/Ralph Filmore Trivett Cornell, whose parents were Irish, and of Anne/Annie Eudora Maxon/Maxim. Emily was the daughter of Henry Robert Emmerson and Emily Charlotte Record. Chris’s great-great-grandfather Henry was a lawyer, businessperson, politician, and philanthropist, who was Premier of New Brunswick, from 1897 to 1900.

Chris’s maternal grandmother was Marion/Marian M. MacNutt (the daughter of James Frederick MacNutt and Clarabell/Claribel Josephine Hubbell). Marion was born in Washington. James was a Canadian emigrant, from Darmley, Prince Edward Island, and was the son of George Beairsto MacNutt and Annie McGougan Rodd. Clarabell was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Fred Keaton Hubbell and Annetta Alta Remer.

Chris’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fourth great-grandmother, Elisabeth Hoffmann, who was born, c. 1821, in Hesse, Germany.

Sources: Genealogies of Chris Cornell – https://www.geni.com
https://www.wikitree.com

Marriage record of Chris’s parents – https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov

Chris’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Chris’s paternal grandfather, Edward John Boyle – https://www.findagrave.com

Chris’s paternal grandfather, Edward John Boyle, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Birth record of Chris’s paternal great-grandfather, Dennis Peter Boyle – https://familysearch.org

Birth record of Chris’s paternal great-grandmother, Anna Louise Zahler – https://familysearch.org

Chris’s paternal grandmother, Anona Ruth Olson/Olsen, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Baptismal record of Chris’s paternal great-grandfather, Eivin Olaus Olsen – https://media.digitalarkivet.no

Marriage record of Chris’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Ole Olsen Vaaland and Andrine Tønnesdatter – https://digitalarkivet.arkivverket.no

Baptismal record of Chris’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Ole Olsen Vaaland – https://media.digitalarkivet.no

Chris’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Chris’s maternal great-grandparents, Julian Trivett Cornell and Emily Keillor Emmerson – https://familysearch.org

Genealogies of Chris’s maternal great-grandmother, Emily Keillor Emmerson – http://brentglad.com
http://records.ancestry.com

Chris’s maternal grandmother, Marion/Marian M. MacNutt, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Birth record of Chris’s maternal great-grandmother, Clarabell/Claribel Josephine Hubbell – https://familysearch.org

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andrew October 27, 2017 at 6:19 pm
andrew August 18, 2017 at 4:04 pm
romanticcelt August 6, 2017 at 4:24 pm

Another Irish person who very much had Iberian features. It’s hard to believe that he had a lot of northern European ancestry on top of that. He doesn’t look even remotely German or Norwegian of all things.

romanticcelt August 6, 2017 at 4:26 pm

He looks like he belonged in Andalusia or something.

follers May 24, 2017 at 12:43 am

Manila, what was Cornell’s fraction of Native American ancestry, and where did it come from on his tree?

ectag May 28, 2017 at 4:59 pm

He had no Native American ancestry. That’s BS and shouldn’t be posted without a credible source to back it up.

follers May 28, 2017 at 7:55 pm

Is it me, or is the Wampanoag Native American ancestor the same one as Elisabeth Shue’s?

madman May 29, 2017 at 10:27 am

Agreed. Especially if the ancestor isn’t mentioned by name in the profile with a genealogy attached should it be removed. Too often it’s just left in the profile as if it’s verified.

Manila May 18, 2017 at 8:47 pm

Chris’ patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his third great-grandfather, Denis Boyle.

Chris’ paternal grandfather was Edward John Boyle (the son of Dennis Peter Boyle and Anna Louisa “Louise” Zahler). Dennis was born in Renfrew, Renfrewshire, Scotland, to Irish immigrants, Terrence Boyle, of County Sligo, and of Mary McVey. Louisa was the daughter of German immigrants Michael Zahler, of Trier, Rhine (now Rhineland-Palatinate), and of Ann Catherine Stenger, of Dillishausen, Lamerdingen, Bavaria.

Chris’ paternal grandmother was Anona Ruth Olson (the daughter of Elvin Olsen and Lorena C. McGuire). Elvin was a Norwegian immigrant.

Chris also had Norwegian, Welsh, as well as remote Manx, Swiss-German, and Wampanoag Native American ancestries. I can’t trace Elvin and Lorena’s ancestries so far.

Chris’ father on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9S6-ZYM

Chris’ paternal grandfather, Edward John Boyle, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MGVW-J79

Chris’ paternal grandmother, Anona Ruth Olson, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHJC-4VG

Birth record of Chris’ paternal great-grandfather, Dennis Peter Boyle – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FQXY-CSM

Birth record of Chris’ paternal great-grandmother, Anna Louise Zahler – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FDWN-FY3

Manila May 18, 2017 at 10:06 pm

Eivin Olaus Olsen, later Olsen

Eivin was a Norwegian immigrant, from Stavanger, Rogaland, and was the son of Ole Olsen Blaasenberg, later Vaaland, and of Andrine Tønnesdatter Bjuland.

Lorena’s full name is Carrie Lorena Jones/McGuire. I am not sure of this because her son Ivan’s birth record listed her maiden surname as McGuire while Ivan’s marriage record listed her maiden surname as Jones. I don’t know if she was adopted.

Baptismal record of Chris’ paternal great-grandfather, Eivin Olaus Olsen – https://media.digitalarkivet.no/en/view/6345/74

Marriage record of Chris’ paternal great-great-grandparents, Ole Olsen Vaaland and Andrine Tønnesdatter – https://digitalarkivet.arkivverket.no/en-gb/gen/vis/327/pv00000001351150

Baptismal record of Chris’ paternal great-grandfather, Ole Olsen Vaaland – https://media.digitalarkivet.no/en/view/1669/156

Manila May 18, 2017 at 10:07 pm

*paternal great-great-grandfather, Ole Olsen Vaaland

madman May 20, 2017 at 4:52 pm

If Native American should be mentioned there should be genealogical evidence mentioned in the sources. Who was his Native ancestor? What’s the fraction?

Many celebrities, I’ve noticed, have been listed as Native American (especially Wampanoag) despite the lack of evidence in the sources.

madman May 23, 2017 at 4:20 pm

Remove Native American.

Manila May 18, 2017 at 5:27 pm

James was a Canadian immigrant, from Darmley, Prince Edward Island, and was the son of George Beairsto MacNutt and Annie McGougan Rodd.

Correction for Marian’s mother: Her full name was Clarabell Josephine Hubbell. Clarabell was the daughter of Fred Keaton Hubbell and Annetta Alta Remer.

Chris’ matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fourth great-grandmother, Elisabeth Hoffmann (born c. 1821, Hesse, Germany)

This means that Chris had French and German ancestries as well.

Birth record of Chris’ maternal great-grandmother, Clarabell Josephine Hubbell – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XRKP-6M4

I am still working on Chris’ paternal ancestry. Just wait for a while.

Manila May 18, 2017 at 9:14 am

Marian’s full name is Marian Slagle MacNutt.

Manila May 18, 2017 at 9:18 am

CORRECTION: Marian’s middle initial is still M because “Slagle” was her stepfather.

Manila May 18, 2017 at 9:09 am

Chris’ stage surname derived from his mother, Karen Ruth Cornell, who is an accountant, from Seattle, Washington. His father, Edward F. “Ed” Boyle, is a pharmacist, from Everett, Washington. He was married to manager Susan Silver and publicist Vicky Karayiannis.

Julian was the son of Robert Trivett Cornell and Anne Eudora Maxon. Emily was the daughter of Henry Robert Emmerson and Emily Charlotte Record.

Marriage record of Chris’ parents – https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Record/View/8937AA897DF317577EA17EAE93CE488F

Chris’ mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9S1-BZC

Marriage record of Chris’ paternal great-grandparents, Julian Trivett Cornell and Emily Keillor Emmerson – https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVBF-Z1J1

Manila May 18, 2017 at 9:11 am

Robert’s parents were Irish immigrants.

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.

TheHelper August 3, 2017 at 8:46 am

@yo Jewish isn’t a race, it’s a religion.

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.

TheHelper August 3, 2017 at 8:48 am

@A…. No, it’s not. It’s a religion.

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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