Courtney Love

Givenchy Celebrates Marina Abramovic's "The Artist is Present" Closing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on June 1, 2010

Love in 2010, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Courtney Michelle Harrison

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 9, 1964

Ethnicity: Welsh, Irish, German, English, one eighth Cuban [including Andalusian and Asturian Spanish, and Basque], 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 Cuban [including Andalusian and Asturian Spanish, and Basque] 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. Elsie’s father was Fermín de Sola e Iradi, whose own father was from Mondragón, Gipuzkoa, Spain, and whose own mother was born in Curaçao, to a Basque father, from San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, and to a mother from Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Elsie’s mother, Courtney’s great-great-grandmother, was Candelaria Martínez de Carvajal y del Camino, whose parents were Spanish, her father from Almería, Almería and her mother from Gijón, Asturias, respectively.

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) –

17 Responses

  1. Manila says:

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

    • Manila says:

      Correct Fermín’s name to Fermín de Sola e Iradi. Include Basque as part of her Cuban ancestry. I’m now looking for Candelaria’s census records in Granada, Spain. If found, then I might find her maternal family name as well.

    • Manila says:

      Candelaria’s complete family names are Martínez de Carvajal y del Camino. She and Fermín might have other given names if their baptismal certificates are found.

    • Manila says:

      We’re now clear that Fermín’s father and Candelaria’s parents were from Spain, respectively in Mondragón, Gipuzkoa; Almería, Almería: and Gijón, Asturias. Thus, add Andalusian and Asturian as parts of her Spanish ancestry. Meanwhile, Fermín’s mother was from Curaçao, whose own father was Basque, from San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, and mother from Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Unfortunately, Catholic church records in Saint Thomas are restricted. So, it’s a dead end.

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