Frances Bean Cobain

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Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 18, 1992

Ethnicity: Irish, English, Dutch, French/French-Canadian, German, Scottish, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish, Welsh, one eighth Ashkenazi Jewish, 1/16th Cuban [including Andalusian and Asturian Spanish, and Basque]

Frances Bean Cobain is an American visual artist and model. She is the only child of Nirvana frontman, late Kurt Cobain, and Hole frontwoman Courtney Love.

Frances was born at 7:48 a.m. on August 18, 1992 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. She was named after Frances McKee, the guitarist for Scottish indie pop duo The Vaselines. Her middle name Bean was chosen because Kurt Cobain thought she looked like a kidney bean on the ultrasound. Her godfather is R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, and actress Drew Barrymore is her godmother. She is also known as thespacewitch and Fiddle Tim.

Frances is married to professional skateboarder Riley Hawk. Riley is the son of skateboarder and entrepreneur Tony Hawk.

The name Cobain originates in Ireland, and was spelled Cobane, tracing to Inishatieve, a townland in Carrickmore, County Tyrone.

Frances’s paternal grandfather is Donald Leland Cobain (the son of Leland Elmer Cobain and Iris Maxine LeBrot). Donald was born in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington. Frances’s great-grandfather Leland was the son of John James Arthur Cobain, whose father was born in Tyrone, Ireland, and of Grace Almeda Gibson. Iris was the daughter of Neil Clairmont LeBrot, who had French/French-Canadian and Irish ancestry, and of Florence J. Tuck.

Frances’s paternal grandmother is Wendy Elizabeth Fradenburg (the daughter of Charles Thomas Fradenburg and Margaret/Peggy Dawson Irving). Wendy was born in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington. Charles was the son of Charles Lester Fradenburg and Elizabeth/Lizzie M. Ultican, whose father was born in New Brunswick, Canada, of Irish descent, and whose own mother was also of Irish origin; Elizabeth had roots in Cavan, Wexford, and Cork. Frances’s great-grandmother Margaret was the daughter of James William Irving, who was born in Hawick, Scotland, and of Ada Elizabeth Dawson, who was born in Upchurch, Kent, England.

Frances’s maternal grandfather is Hank Harrison (the son of George Harry Harrison, Jr. and Edith Velma Cooke). George was the son of George Harry Harrison, who was of Welsh origin, and of Mazie M. McGlumphy. Edith was the daughter of Harry Daniel Cooke and Laura L. Lohr.

Frances’s maternal grandmother is named Linda Risi. Linda was adopted by the Risi family, who were Italian-American. Linda’s biological mother was Paula Fox. Paula, an author, was the daughter of Paul Hervey Fox, who had English ancestry, and of Elsie de Sola de Carvajal, who 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, Frances’s great-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.

A DNA test taken by Frances’s mother Courtney stated that Courtney’s genetic ancestry includes:

24.7% Ashkenazi Jewish

This result indicates that Courtney’s biological maternal grandfather, whose identity is (publicly) unknown, was Ashkenazi Jewish.

Sources: Genealogies of Frances Bean Cobain –

Genealogy of Frances Bean Cobain (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogies of Frances’s father –

Genealogies of Frances’s paternal great-grandparents, Leland Elmer Cobain and Iris Maxine LeBrot –

Frances’s paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Thomas LeBrot, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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