Gwen Stefani

Stefani in 2011, s_bukley /

Birth Name: Gwen Renée Stefani

Place of Birth: Fullerton, Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 3, 1969

*father – Italian
*mother – Irish, Scottish, English, Norwegian, German

Gwen Stefani is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and actress. She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band No Doubt. Other members of the band include Tom Dumont and Tony Kanal.

Gwen’s mother, Patti (Flynn), has Irish, English, Scottish, Norwegian, and German ancestry. Gwen’s father, Dennis Stefani, is of Italian descent. Gwen has three children with her former husband, singer and actor Gavin Rossdale.

During the 1990s, Gwen’s image was influenced by Indian culture. She would often wear a Bindi, as infuenced by her ex-boyfriend Tony Kanal, who is of Indian heritage.

Gwen’s paternal grandfather was Vincenzo James Stefani (the son of Antonio Angelo Stefani and Elvira Olivieri). Vincenzo was born in Italy, to a family from Vignanello, Lazio. Elvira was the daughter of Salvatore Olivieri.

Gwen’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Delores DiPaola (the daughter of Francesco “Frank” Di Paola and Libera/Lillie Antonia Marino). Margaret was born in Michigan. Francesco, a peasant, was born, c. 1885, in Colle Sannita, Province of Benevento, Campania, Italy, and was the son of Rocco Di Paola and Maria. Libera was the daughter of George Marino and Mary.

Gwen’s maternal grandfather was William Patrick Flynn (the son of Roger/Robert Patrick Flynn and Gertrude Lucille Waugh). William was born in Texas. Gertrude was the daughter of William H. Waugh and Sarah Abraham.

Gwen’s maternal grandmother was Anna/Ann Lorraine Hamilton (the daughter of Raymond George Hamilton and Gladys Adeline/Adleon Colbert). Anna was born in Wisconsin. Raymond was the son of Charles Sumner Hamilton and Mariam Mae Smith. Gladys was the daughter of Fred George Colbert and Anna Sophia Gilseth, whose own parents were Norwegian.

Stefani in 2007, Creative Commons License photo credit: Enzo Molinari

Sources: Genealogies of Gwen Stefani –

Genealogy of Gwen’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Information on some of Gwen’s father’s ancestry –

Genealogy of Gwen Stefani (focusing on her mother’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

143 Responses

  1. Black Mon says:

    She had a black great grandmother know your facts ,shes my cousin

  2. Laura says:

    Comment by Paul.
    January 4th, 2010
    If she had darker hair, she’d look more Italian. She looks quite Irish/Scottish in that pic. :o

    It’s called bleaching and toning, ever heard of any of that?

    God people are stupid.

  3. Laura says:

    wow some of you are morons. Since when do northern europeans have light eyes and not dark brown eyes? Are you stupid?

  4. harajukulovergirl says:

    gwen stefani is awesome!!!! i ♥ her harajuku lovers fragrance!!!!!!!!!!!!!! her music rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Paul. says:

    So, Irish or Scottish people can’t have dark eyes? xP

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