Alanis Morissette

Morissette in 2011, Helga Esteb /

Birth Name: Alanis Nadine Morissette

Place of Birth: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: June 1, 1974

*father – French-Canadian, one quarter Irish
*mother – half Ashkenazi Jewish, half Hungarian

Alanis Morissette is a Canadian alternative rock singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She is also an American citizen.

Her father, Alan Richard Morissette, is of approximately three quarters French-Canadian and one quarter Irish ancestry. Her mother, Georgia Mary Anne (Feuerstein), is Hungarian, and appears to be of half Ashkenazi Jewish and half Hungarian descent. Her brother is kirtan and indie pop-rock musician, yoga instructor, therapist, and author Wade Morissette.

Alanis’s parents are both Catholic. Alanis was raised a Catholic.

Alanis is married to American rapper Souleye (Mario Treadway), with whom she has three children.

Alanis’s paternal grandfather is Alan Joseph Morissette (the son of Joseph Hillaire/Hilaire/Helaire Morissette and Noella Gertrude McConnell). Alanis’s grandfather Alan was born in Timmins, Cochrane District, Ontario, Canada. Alanis’s great-grandfather Joseph was the son of Joseph Morissette and Marie Anne Mercier. Noella was the daughter of Eric McArthur McConnell and Elizabeth/Isabella Armstrong.

Alanis’s paternal grandmother is Lucille Hunault/Huneau (the daughter of Alexandre Hunault/Huneau and Albina Paquet). Alexandre was the son of Gilbert Hunault and Marceline Poitevin. Albina was the daughter of Pierre Paquet and Alexina Tessier.

Alanis’s maternal grandfather was named Imre Feuerstein. Imre had a Catholic funeral. Alanis has stated (at 13:07) that she is of one quarter Jewish ancestry, which means that Imre likely was born Jewish.

Alanis’s maternal grandmother was Nadinia Gulyás (the daughter of Mihály Gulyás and Katalin Lauscher). Mihály was born in Debrecen, Hajdú-Bihar, Hungary, the son of György Gulyás and Liza Treba. Katalin was the daughter of Nándor Lauscher and Anna Nagy.

Sources: Genealogy of Alanis Morissette –

Genealogy of Alanis Morissette (focusing on her father’s side) –

Obituary of Alanis’s maternal grandmother, Nadinia (Gulyás) Feuerstein McCully –


Curious about ethnicity

19 Responses

  1. madman says:

    What is certain is that Feuerstein is not a Hungarian surname. I would write something like:
    *Hungarian, other (mother)
    *Hungarian, either German or Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

  2. follers says:

    Alanis’s maternal grandfather may have been of Jewish heritage, but there are some people named “Feuerstein” who are of non-Jewish origin.

  3. I love you, Roger Scientist says:

    Yay! Another Jew! ^_^

    I like her music. I have some of her songs from iTunes.

  4. dee says:

    How do we know that her mother is Jewish? That’s not a very good ref. Her mother may have Jewish ancestry but she is Catholic.

    • Petrarca says:

      Her mother is Georgia Mary Ann (née Feuerstein).

      Wikipedia states that she is “Hungarian,” but the only people from Hungary with surnames like that are Jews.

      She may be a practicing Catholic, but she’s a Jew. And I think that makes Alanis all the more awesome.

      • G177S says:

        “The only people from Hungary with surnames like that are Jews.”

        Actually, there are also thousands of Non-Jewish people with that surname too and they often have Austrian and German heritage.

  5. Lil Vacha says:


    She’s actually French, and Hungarian Jewish…. Her mother is a Hungarian Jew…

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