Joel Madden

by ethnic on January 5, 2011

Birth Name: Joel Rueben Combs

Place of Birth: Waldorf, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 11, 1979

Ethnicity: English, along with some Irish, Scottish, and German

Joel Madden is an American musician, record producer, actor, DJ, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He is the lead singer of the band Good Charlotte. Joel is the twin brother of musician Benji Madden. Joel is married to television personality Nicole Richie, with whom he has two children.

Joel has English, and some Irish, Scottish, and German, ancestry.

Joel’s paternal grandfather is Paul Roger Combs (the son of Leslie P. Combs and Nellie Pernicey Strickland). Leslie was the son of James Carraway Combs and Florence Isabella Seymour. Nellie was the daughter of Eddie Miller Strickland and Mary Ginn.

Joel’s paternal grandmother is Jessie Crews (the daughter of William Joseph Cruse and Nattie/Mattie Nance). William was the son of Barney Cruse and Susie Hill.

Joel’s maternal grandmother is Mary Ann Canter (the daughter of Hugh Mitchell Canter and Regina Inez Willett). Hugh, an Assemblies of God minister, was the son of Andrew Mitchell Canter and Ola Rymple Scott. Regina was the daughter of William Washington Willett and Lilla Mae Robey. Joel’s “Canter” line traces back to William Canter, who was born, c. 1655, in England.

A writer for Heeb Magazine has claimed that Joel’s maternal grandmother was born Jewish, and later converted to Christianity. Joel’s brother Josh has also stated that their maternal grandmother is of Jewish heritage. This statement is not accurate. Joel’s maternal grandmother is not of Jewish background.

Sources: Genealogy of Joel Madden (focusing on his father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Joel’s maternal step-grandfather, Leon James Hanback – http://www.tributes.com

Joel’s maternal great-grandparents, Hugh Mitchell Canter and Regina Inez Willett, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Joel’s maternal great-grandmother, Regina Inez Willett – http://records.ancestry.com

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neiltennant August 29, 2016 at 9:15 am

what a shit

the madden brothers both claim and are sure that their grandmother was jewish and her it is not listed

neiltennant July 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm

“Joel” is a Jewish name

and “Madden” is also Jewish

Alice August 11, 2015 at 7:47 pm
Capricious April 12, 2015 at 6:41 am

He also looks Italian

sarahle February 14, 2015 at 3:14 am

its very possible that his maternal grandmother was jewish. canter is a common jewish last name. canter = cantor = singer in synagogue.
why should they lie about their jewish grandmothers jewish background.
both brothers even have jewish/hebrew names, maybe a tribute to their jewish roots.

follers February 14, 2015 at 3:54 am

No, it’s completely impossible.

Didn’t you read this whole section?
“Joel’s maternal grandmother is Mary Ann Canter (the daughter of Hugh Mitchell Canter and Regina Inez Willett). Hugh, an Assemblies of God minister, was the son of Andrew Mitchell Canter and Ola Rymple Scott. Regina was the daughter of William Washington Willett and Lilla Mae Robey. Joel’s “Canter” line traces back to William Canter, who was born, c. 1655, in England.”

P.S., most people with the surname “Canter” are not Jewish (“Cantor”, on the other hand, is much more commonly Jewish).

His great-grandmother Regina Inez Willett’s brother was named William Levi Willett, which is perhaps where Benji’s middle name “Levi” comes from. The name was commonly used among non-Jews in the U.S. at the time (for example, U.S. Vice President Levi P. Morton).

User78 July 26, 2013 at 1:38 am

He is Irish.

User78 July 26, 2013 at 1:37 am

He is definitely Irish.

Lopac Is My Lover March 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I didn’t realize.

How cool! :D

Lopac Is My Lover March 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Joel is Jewish? :O

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