by ethnic on August 5, 2009


Birth Name: Jewel Kilcher

Place of Birth: Payson, Utah, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 23, 1974

*Swiss-German (father)
*English, German, Scottish (mother)

Jewel, born Jewel Kilcher, is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, actress, writer, poet, and producer. She is the daughter of Lenedra “Nedra” J. (Carroll) and Atz Kilcher.

Jewel’s paternal grandparents were Swiss, of Swiss-German descent. Jewel’s mother has English, German, and Scottish ancestry. Jewel is a first cousin, once removed, of actress, singer, and activist Q’orianka Kilcher. Jewel’s paternal grandparents were also Q’orianka’s maternal great-grandparents.

Jewel grew up in Homer, Alaska, on a homestead which was founded by her Swiss grandfather. With not much to do in Homer, Jewel learned to entertain herself by singing and reading books. She has stated that she would sometimes wear lederhosen and yodel during performances, because of her Swiss roots.

Jewel’s paternal grandfather was Yule Julius Jacob Kilcher (the son of Edwin Otto Kilcher and Lina Alter). Yule was born in Laufen, Canten of Basel, Switzerland, of Swiss-German descent. Yule was a state legislator and delegate to the Alaskan Constitutional Convention.

Jewel’s paternal grandmother was named Ruth Helen Weber. Ruth was born in Pretteln, Basel Country, Liestal, Switzerland, and was also of Swiss-German descent.

Jewel’s maternal grandparents were Jay Cee Carroll (the son of John William Carroll and Minnie Lee Goforth) and Arva Barton (the daughter of Alma Ross Barton and Wilhelmina Alice Cannon). Jewel’s mother has English, German, and Scottish ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Jewel –

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

Genealogy of Jewel’s maternal grandfather, Jay Cee Carroll (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Obituary of Jewel’s maternal grandmother, Arva Barton –

The Guardian interview with Jewel, which mentions her Swiss roots –

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

e December 4, 2013 at 8:57 am

She and Jennifer lawrence have the same facial bone structure. Definitely the Swiss-German side.

Christian March 23, 2012 at 3:01 pm

maybe 20 percent of all german women look like her :-)

rose August 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm

she looks sorta like Irish and German

Marc B August 25, 2010 at 2:03 pm

She looks like 100% Swiss Miss.

Natasha June 26, 2010 at 10:11 am

She is pretty.

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