Maynard James Keenan

by Manila on June 7, 2015

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Birth Name: James Herbert Keenan

Place of Birth: Ravenna, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 17, 1964

Ethnicity: German, French, Irish, Swiss-German, English, 1/8th Italian

Maynard James Keenan is an American progressive metal singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor. He is known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning American progressive metal band Tool.

Maynard is the son of Judith Marie (Dougherty) and Michael Loren Keenan. Maynard has a daughter with his wife, lab manager Lei Li, and a son.

Maynard’s paternal grandfather was Herbert Lorraine Keenan (the son of Van Herbert Keenan and Maria Luigia/Margaret Louise Ernesta Marzo/Marzeau). Maria Luigia was the daughter of Bonifacio Spirito Giacinto Marzo, who was born, c. 1873, in Venaus, Italy, and of Maria Clementina Durbiano, who was born, c. 1878, in France, and who was also of Italian origin.

Maynard’s paternal grandmother was Ethyl Doretta Edminister (the daughter of Harry Allen Edminister and Lydia Jane Hamman).

Maynard’s maternal grandfather was William Edwin Dougherty (the son of Hollie Edwin Dougherty and Emma Rose Luethy). Emma’s father, Otto Luethy, was born in Schöftland, Argau, Switzerland.

Maynard’s maternal grandmother was Marjorie Ruth Way (the daughter of Elmer Arthur Way and Marie J. Fretz). Marjorie was born in Ohio. Elmer’s parents were German immigrants. Marie’s parents were like Frederick Fritz and Eleanor, who were ethnic German immigrants.

Sources: Information about Maynard’s Italian ancestry –

Birth record of Maynard’s paternal grandfather, Herbert Lorraine Keenan –

Birth record of Maynard’s paternal grandmother, Ethyl Doretta Edminister –

Birth record of Maynard’s maternal grandfather, William Edwin Dougherty –

Birth record of Maynard’s maternal grandmother, Marjorie Ruth Way –

Maynard’s maternal grandmother, Marjorie Ruth Way, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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madman April 10, 2016 at 11:04 am

He also has English ancestry. Some of his ancestors were not recent immigrants.

Greyface April 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm

omg did you guys know he is an atheist???

his mom was a CHRISTIAN! its like twilight zone

Mark June 23, 2015 at 8:24 pm

Maynard James Keenan has also Italian ancestry. It’s known that he has
spent some of his holiday in a village called “Venaus” in the region
of Piemonte (Italy), which is the village of his Great GrandFather
called Celestino Spirito Marzo. Celestino migrated to the USA at the
end of the 19th century

(sent in by Mark)

andrew October 12, 2016 at 4:36 pm

Yes, Bonifacio Spirito Giacinto Marzo (the son of Pietro Marzo and Clementina) and his wife Maria Clementina Durbiano (the daughter of Giovanni Battista Durbiano and Rosa Marzo). Bonifacio (that’s his first name in official records of Venaus, not Celestino) was born, c. 1873, in Venaus. Maria was born. c. 1878, in France. The couple married in Venaus in 1899, and had 2 daughters: Maria Silvia Ferdinanda Marzo, born c. 1900, and Maria Luigia Ernesta Marzo, born c.1902, both in Venaus. Maria Luigia -> Margaret Louise.

Information at:

Likely Spirito’s record:

andrew October 13, 2016 at 5:44 pm

this makes him 1/8 Italian through Margaret Louise Marzeau/Maria Luigia Marzo.

andrew November 6, 2017 at 2:56 pm

tag “Piedmontese”

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