Geri Halliwell

by ethnic on August 31, 2010

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Birth Name: Geraldine Estelle Halliwell

Place of Birth: Watford, Hertfordshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 6 August, 1972

*Finland-Swedish, English, small amount of French (father)
*Spanish (mother)

Geri Halliwell is an English singer, songwriter, actress, fashion designer, and author. She is one of the original members of the female group The Spice Girls, along with Mel B, Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, and Melanie C.

Geri is the daughter of Ana María J. (Hidalgo-Pueyo) and Laurence Francis Halliwell. Her father is of Swedish and English descent. Her mother is Spanish, from Huesco. Geri has also said that her father has some French ancestry. Geri’s father took his own stepfather’s surname, Halliwell. Her father may have also gone under the surnames Sjövik (his father’s) and Ball (his mother’s).

Geri has a son with her husband, race car driver and Team Principal, Christian Horner, and a daughter with her former partner, journalist, screenwriter, and director Sacha Gervasi.

Geri’s paternal grandfather was Mathias “Matt” Karlsson Sjövik (the son of Karl Jonasson Sjövik/Smeds and Anna Greta Josefsdotter Pellfolk). Both of Mattias’ parents were born in Korsnäs, Finland, and were almost certainly of ethnic Swedish descent, from the Swedish ethnic minority in Finland. Geri has stated that her grandfather was Swedish. The vast majority of people living in Korsnäs also speak Swedish.

Geri’s paternal grandmother was likely named Kathleen Ball.

Geri’s maternal grandfather was is Máximo Hidalgo. Máximo was from Huesca, Aragon, Spain.

Source: Genealogy of Geri’s paternal grandfather, Mathias Karlsson Sjövik –

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alberto.r7 September 19, 2017 at 9:04 am

Beautiful combination of european ethnicities.

neiltennant December 9, 2017 at 9:32 am

she was never really beautiful or hot

she lost a lot of weight in 2001 but had the body of a boy then..

madman May 18, 2016 at 6:54 am

“Sjövik” was not Laurence’s maiden name, it was his father’s surname. His mother’s maiden name was likely “Ball”.

It should also be mentioned that Geri’s paternal grandmother possibly was Kathleen Ball, and that Geri’s father’s took his stepfather’s surname, “Halliwell”.

crunty May 18, 2016 at 12:10 pm

An imposter purporting to be English. Millions of them in England.

madman May 17, 2016 at 6:36 am

Ana María (Hidalgo) —> Ana María J. (Hidalgo-Pueyo)

According to this short genealogy, it was Ana-Maria’s father who was named Maximo Hidalgo.

Geri’s father, Laurence Francis Halliwell, is said to have been born with his father’s surname, Sjövik, but took his stepfather’s name once his mother remarried. Laurence was born on August 12, 1922, but there was no people born in 1922 in Britain (it is unlikely that Laurence was born outside of Britain) named Laurence Sjövik, or Laurence Halliwell. However, there is two sets of marriage registration records for Geri’s parents, one where her father’s surname is “Ball”.

By looking up people born in 1922 named Laurence Ball, you’ll find two people name Laurence F. Ball, of which only one has “Ball” listed as his mother’s maiden (the other one’s middle name was also apparently Fred).

The birth place also matches the one in the genealogy linked above (assuming it is correct), both says that Francis was born in Liverpool. I strongly suspect that this is Geri’s father.

Out of the couples where the man is named “Halliwell” and the woman is named “Ball” that was married in England or Wales, one couple was married in 1923, just a year after Geri’s father was born. They were Kathleen Ball and Alexander E. Halliwell. It seems probable that Kathleen Ball is Geri’s paternal grandmother.

madman May 17, 2016 at 6:37 am
madman May 17, 2016 at 6:47 am

*both says that Laurence was born in Liverpool.

savanna April 19, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Geri has claimed to have a bit of French on her dad’s side (@ 0:40):

madman January 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm

Finland-Swedish would be more specific

andrew January 11, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Geri’s maternal grandmother is Máxima Hidalgo, from Huesca, Aragon, Spain.

madman January 11, 2016 at 12:37 pm

In an interview on the Norwegian-Swedish show Skavlan, Geri said (01:50):
“I’m a complete cocktail, my grandfather was Swedish.”

Both of Mattias’ parents were born in Korsnäs, Finland ( However, their, and their ancestors, names strongly indicate Swedish ancestry ( The vast majority of people living in Korsnäs also speak Swedish. Given this, and the fact that Geri herself refered to her grandfather as Swedish, indicates that he likely was Finland-Swedish, which refers to the Swedish ethnic minority in Finland.

Manila October 1, 2015 at 6:39 pm

Are you sure that Geri is of Swedish descent? I saw on her genealogy that her ancestors were born in Finland and Finnish names can be translated into Swedish.

savanna May 15, 2015 at 11:32 am

Additional Info:
Halliwell was born to Laurence Francis Halliwell who was of English and Swedish descent, and his Spanish wife Ana María (née Hidalgo), who is a native of Huesca.

Eduardo McGhaney March 24, 2013 at 7:32 pm

She is a White Hispanic.

andrew March 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

she’s European. In Europe the term “Hispanic” is not used, just American bullshit

smiley August 18, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Wikipedia dosen’t say Irish it just says Spanish, Swedish and English.
Also you should probably check the link(s) that wiki provides and use them as your source.

sadie March 18, 2012 at 1:59 am

People HELLO! you do know that maybe she colors her hair and how crude some of your replys are to her ancestry. Shame on you! I think people that have different ethnic mixtures are so beautiful.

Angel Syrene March 17, 2012 at 11:55 pm

She is pretty some the spanish people <3

Viva espagna!

Natasha April 26, 2011 at 11:48 am

I guess her ginger hair is Irish.

Paul. April 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Spanish people can be red-haired, as can Swedish people, and Celtic English people.

It’s not just an Irish thing.

wtf April 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Well the people in ireland weren’t always in ireland,they did come from somewhere else.Plus it’s just genes,black and asian people also have red hair naturally

liz November 1, 2010 at 9:51 pm


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