Kurt Cobain

by ethnic on November 23, 2009

1993 MTV Video Music Awards

Birth Name: Kurt Donald Cobain

Date of Birth: February 20, 1967

Place of Birth: Aberdeen, Washington, U.S.

Date of Death: April 5, 1994

Place of Death: Seattle, Washington

Ethnicity: Irish, English, Dutch, French-Canadian, German, Scottish

Kurt Cobain was an American songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the rock band Nirvana. Other members of Nirvana were Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, as well as Aaron Burckhard and Jason Everman.

Kurt was the son of Wendy Elizabeth (Fradenberg) and Donald Leland Cobain. With his wife, musician Courtney Love, Kurt was the father of visual artist Frances Bean Cobain.

Kurt’s father is of Irish, English, Dutch, French-Canadian, and distant German, descent. Kurt’s mother is of Dutch, Irish, Scottish, English, and German ancestry.

Kurt’s patrilineal ancestry traces back to his great-great-great-grandfather, John James Cobain, who was born in Ireland, c. 1863.

Kurt’s paternal grandfather was Leland Elmer Cobain (the son of John James Arthur Cobain and Grace Almeda Gibson). John was the son of John James Cobain, who was born, c. 1863, in Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and of Anna Minerva van Alstyne/van Alstine. Grace was the daughter of Jasper/Jaspar Gibson and Mary Ann Ford, whose own mother, Mary Elizabeth Moore, was born in Iowa, to Irish parents.

Kurt’s paternal grandmother was Iris Maxine Labrot/LaBrot (the daughter of Clairmont Neil Labrot/LaBrot and Florence Jeanette Tuck). Clairmont was the son of Thomas Labrot/LaBrot and Delia/Adelia Angle Clairmont, and had French-Canadian and Irish ancestry. Florence was the daughter of Benjamin L. Tuck, who was Canadian, and of Eva E.

Kurt’s maternal grandfather was Charles Thomas Fradenburg (the son of Charles Lester Fradenburg and Elizabeth Mary Ultican). Kurt’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of William Henry Fredenburgh and Irene Diamond. Elizabeth was the daughter of James Ultican, who was from New Brunswick, Canada, to Irish parents, and of Bridgett/Bridget Elizabeth Sullivan, whose own parents, John Daniel Sullivan and Catherine Harrington, were also Irish, from County Cork.

Kurt’s maternal grandmother is Margaret Dawson Irving (the daughter of James William Irving and Ada Elizabeth Dawson). James was born in Scotland. Ada was born in Kent, England.

Sources: Genealogies of Kurt Cobain – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Kurt Cobain (through his daughter, Frances Bean Cobain) – http://www.wargs.com

Genealogies of Kurt Cobain (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com

Genealogies of Kurt’s paternal grandparents, Leland Elmer Cobain and Iris Maxine Labrot/LaBrot – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Kurt’s paternal great-grandmother, Grace Almeda Gibson (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://www.ancestry.co.uk

Genealogy of Kurt’s maternal grandfather, Charles Thomas Fradenburg – http://www.ancestry.com

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andrew October 22, 2016 at 4:48 pm
andrew September 14, 2016 at 1:06 pm

The “Fredenburgh” line in not German but Dutch. The surname was originally spelled “Vredenburgh”:

andrew September 14, 2016 at 1:07 pm
andrew September 13, 2016 at 6:19 pm

Full genealogy: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=PED&db=dowfam3&id=I432525
* Anna Minerva van Alstyne had Dutch, Irish (her paternal grandmother was born in Ireland) and distant German ancestry

*Neil Clarmont LaBrot had French Canadian and some Irish ancestry (his maternal grandmother was born in Ireland)

* Benjamin L. Tuck was born in Canada

Another genealogy of his paternal great-grandmother (focusing on her own mother’s side):

Thank you for the corrections

andrew September 13, 2016 at 5:46 pm


Genealogy of his maternal grandfather: http://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/charles-thomas-fradenburg_46102262

* James Ultican was born in New Bunswick, Canada, to Irish parents, Thomas Ultican and Catherine Parle.
* Bridget Elizabeth Sullivan’s parents, John D. Sullivan and Catherine Harrington, were also Irish, from County Cork.

Genealogy of his paternal great-grandmother:

* Mary Ann Ford was the daughter of Sidney S. Ford and Mary Elizabeth Moore, born in Iowa to Irish parents, Robert Moore and Mary Armstrong.

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