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. alexgxo says:

    Well, as suspected, she recently stated that 10 years ago, she found out that she was 1/4th Jewish in this podcast interview (at the 13:07 mark).

  2. andrew says:

    Another interesting thing is that her maternal great-grandmother carried the surname Lauscher that is very Jewish and not Hungarian at all.

    • alexgxo says:

      She recently stated in a podcast interview that she found out that she was “1/4th Jewish” about a decade ago. So that solves that.

    • G177S says:

      Lauscher is a German surname, not a Jewish one. Please educate yourself.

      • passingtime85 says:

        Surnames weren’t that common for the vast majority of Jewish history. Many of their current surnames come from German origins.

      • andrew says:


        Lauscher is either Jewish or German

        So her maternal grandmother was not fully Hungarian then.

        • G177S says:

          I don’t think it matters what her maternal grandmother was. The point is that she is not even half Jewish, but less than a quarter. It’s not uncommon at all for Non-Jewish Germans/French and Hungarian people to have her phenotype.

          • andrew says:

            I dont exactly get what you meant tbh. I referred to her family genealogy, not the her phenotype. There are many Hungarian Jews who look like the Catholic ones anyway (George Soros, Arthur Koestler etc). Harvey Keitel can pass too.

  3. andrew says:

    Alanis’ paternal 5th great-grandparents, Amable Sigouin and Marie-Élisabeth Paquet, were also Mark Wahlberg’s maternal 5th great-grandparents!

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