Geri Halliwell

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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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22 Responses

  1. alberto.r7 says:

    Beautiful combination of european ethnicities.

  2. madman says:

    “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”.

  3. madman says:

    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.

  4. savanna says:

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

  5. madman says:

    Finland-Swedish would be more specific

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