Courtney Love

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Birth Name: Courtney Michelle Harrison

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 9, 1964

Ethnicity: Spanish-Cuban (great-grandmother), Welsh, Irish, German, English, possibly other

Courtney Love is an American alternative rock singer, songwriter, musician, actress, and visual artist. She was a member of the band Hole, whose members also included Melissa Auf der Maur.

Courtney is the daughter of Hank Harrison and Linda Risi. With her late husband, musician Kurt Cobain, she is the mother of visual artist Frances Bean Cobain.

Her father has Welsh, Irish, German, and English ancestry. Her maternal grandmother was of approximately half English and half Spanish-Cuban origin.

Courtney’s paternal grandfather was George Harry Harrison, Jr. (the son of George Harry Harrison and Mazie M. McGlumphy). Courtney’s grandfather George was born in Pennsylvania. Courtney’s great-grandfather George was the son of Welsh parents, George Harry Harrison and Helen Williams. Mazie was the daughter of Andrew Jackson McGlumphy and Annie Collins.

Courtney’s paternal grandmother was Edith Velma Cooke (the daughter of Harry Daniel Cooke and Laura L. Lohr). Edith was born in Pennsylvania. Laura was the daughter of Jared James Lohr and Emma Dora Wise.

Courtney’s mother was adopted by the Risi family. Courtney’s biological maternal grandmother was author Paula Fox (the daughter of Paul Hervey Fox and Elsie de Sola de Carvajal). Paula was born in New York. Paul was the son of Winfield Douglas Fox and Mary Letitia/S. Finch, and had English ancestry. Elsie was born in Mantanzas, Cuba, of Spanish descent, the daughter of Fermin de Sola and Candelaria de Carvajal.

Courtney has often described herself as having Jewish ancestry, as being “half Jewish”, or, once, as being “five eighths Jewish”. None of these statements appear to be accurate. Courtney’s father is not of Jewish heritage, nor is Courtney’s maternal grandmother. The identity of Courtney’s biological maternal grandfather does not appear to be publicly known, but it is not clear if Courtney is referring to him being Jewish in her statements (she has said that her maternal grandmother, Paula Fox, is Jewish, which is not accurate).

Sources: Genealogies of Courtney Love –

Genealogy of Courtney Love (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Courtney Love (through her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain) (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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  1. Manila says:

    Reverse Elsie’s family names in accordance to Spanish naming standards.

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