Eddie Vedder

by andrew on August 14, 2014

The 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Presentation with Eddie Vedder

Birth Name: Edward Louis Severson III

Place of Birth: Evanston, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 23, 1964

Ethnicity: Norwegian, Swiss-German, Dutch, German, Danish, English

Eddie Vedder is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He is the singer for alternative rock band Pearl Jam. Other members of Pearl Jam include or have included Dave Abbruzzese, Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, and Mike McCready.

Eddie is the son of Karen Lee Vedder and Edward Louis Severson, Jr. His parents divorced in 1965, when Vedder was an infant. His mother soon remarried, to a man named Peter Mueller. Vedder was raised believing that Mueller was his biological father, and he went by the name Edward Mueller for a time.

Eddie is married to model Jill McCormick, with whom he has two children.

Eddie’s paternal grandfather was Edward Louis Severson, Sr. (the son of Edward Albert Severson and Lucie Marie Brunner). Eddie’s great-grandfather Edward was Norwegian, the son of Severt Severson and Bertha Holland. Lucie was born in Bern, Switzerland.

Eddie’s maternal grandfather was Ivan Vernon Vedder (the son of George Ivan Van Vedder and Phoebe J. Mutchler). Eddie’s great-grandfather George Ivan was the son of Horatio K. Vedder and Artha L. Johnson. Phoebe was born in New York, the daughter of German parents, John Mutchler and Eva M. Finckbyner.

Eddie’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Louise Sorenson (the daughter of Anthony Sorenson/Sorensen and Pearl Hazel Howard). Anthony was Danish, the son of Peter Anthony Sorensen and Greta Larsen. Pearl was born in Iowa, the daughter of Frank Winfield Howard and Nannie J. Post/Posh.

Eddie’s maternal “Vedder” line traces back to a Harmen Albertse Vedder (the son of Albert Vedder), who was born, c. 1635, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Sources: Genealogies of Eddie Vedder – http://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Eddie Vedder (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.wargs.com

Family history of Eddie Vedder – http://www.vedders.nl

Obituary of Eddie’s father – http://www.findagrave.com

Photo by Prphotos.com

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew September 16, 2017 at 10:21 am

Link together the founding members of PJ:

Ed Vedder
Jeff Ament
Stone Gossard
Mike McCready (not on the site)
Dave Abbruzzese


andrew August 18, 2017 at 3:57 pm
visokozen September 19, 2016 at 10:47 am


andrew June 25, 2016 at 6:17 pm
andrew November 14, 2015 at 1:09 pm

could you please divide his ancestry in:

*Norwegian, Swiss-German (father)
*German, Danish, English, Dutch (mother)

or something like that

follers November 14, 2015 at 1:54 pm

But there’s nothing on Vedder’s paternal grandmother.

andrew March 16, 2016 at 5:20 pm
andrew March 16, 2016 at 5:53 pm
follers March 16, 2016 at 9:38 pm

Lorraine was a stepmother. And the people in your familysearch links have no connection to this family at all.

andrew March 17, 2016 at 10:55 am

I did my best. How do you know Lorraine was a stepmother?

follers March 17, 2016 at 4:23 pm
andrew March 17, 2016 at 4:29 pm


andrew March 18, 2016 at 4:01 am
follers March 18, 2016 at 8:28 am

It might be. Family trees on ancestry.com list those grandparents, not the grandfather on geni.com. I don’t know which is right. Maybe ancestry.com.

andrew May 19, 2017 at 4:54 am

Hi bablah, could you check this? Thank you

bablah May 19, 2017 at 12:52 pm

sorry, I couldn’t find anything.

andrew May 20, 2017 at 5:37 am

Thank you anyway. I would also be curious about the background of actor David Morse. I did not find anything about him.

andrew May 24, 2015 at 6:04 am

His matrilineal “Vedder” line traces back to a Harmen Albertse Vedder (the son of Albert Vedder) born in 1635 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ivan Vedder genealogy



Vedder family history


His patrilineal “Severson” line traces back to Severt Severson, born in Norway, 1846


andrew August 15, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Severson is Swedish

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