Courtney Love

by follers on April 10, 2014

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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 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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Manila February 15, 2018 at 12:19 am

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

Jello February 2, 2015 at 11:03 pm

Isn’t she Jewish?

follers February 3, 2015 at 6:51 am

No. Three of her grandparents Jewish weren’t for sure, and she’s never claimed that her biological maternal grandfather was Jewish, as far as I know.

passingtime85 February 3, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Paul Hervey Fox was Douglas Fairbanks(born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman) Sr.’s first cousin. The Ullman’s were Jewish. My question is, because I couldn’t find the link, were Fox and Fairbanks related through the Ullmans or the Marsh family, Douglas’s mother’s family? I figured it’s be the Ullman family because he had 5 uncles and 4 aunts, but I couldn’t find anything conclusive.

follers February 3, 2015 at 4:18 pm

According to Paula Fox (Courtney’s grandmother)’s autobiography, Paula is related to Douglas through Douglas’s non-Jewish mother.

P.S., Courtney has said several times that Paula Fox is Jewish, even though that is blatantly incorrect.,+Douglas+Fairbanks.%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=A2XRVOCgJcuvyASZtoHACw&ved=0CBMQ6AEwAA

passingtime85 February 3, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Wait…maybe Paula’s mistaken about what her father told her or maybe her own father was mistaken. Douglas’s mother wasn’t a Finch, she was a Marsh…hmm.

follers February 3, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Yes, I’ve never confirmed this relation is actually true. I couldn’t find the maternal grandparents of Douglas Fairbanks, although I did find the entire lineage of the mother of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

passingtime85 February 3, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Well someone on a genealogy forum claims that Ella Adelaide Marsh was named Ella Adelaide Weeks Marsh, and that her mother had remarried later in life so no confirmation on whether Ella’s birth surname was Weeks or Marsh, but the person claimed Ella’s mother’s birth surname was Finch. If that’s true that means Fairbanks and Fox were not first cousins, they were first cousin’s once removed.

person July 27, 2014 at 2:48 pm

she’s white.

ashash July 20, 2014 at 7:05 pm

She’s Cuban!

lisa78419 May 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

actually this simply means from Cuba but of Spanish descent. it is,though, inaccurate to include Cuba or Mexico etc. because they are New-World countries so it’s right that there is “no such thing” but it indicates your relatives are from that country.

strawberry20 April 12, 2014 at 9:10 pm

there’s no such a thing as spanish-cuban, mexican-spanish and so on this is some made up bullshit

person July 27, 2014 at 2:48 pm

what do you mean?

Jello February 2, 2015 at 11:06 pm

They should say Mexican of European descent. It could be anywhere in Europe not just Spain. Many Europeans have moved to the Americas for centuries.

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