Alexa Ray Joel

NEW YORK-FEB 12: Alexa Ray Joel wears Tamara Mellon at Go Red fo

Joel in 2015, photo by Debby Wong/

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 29, 1985

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – German, Irish, English, Scottish

Alexa Ray Joel is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She is the daughter of singer and songwriter Billy Joel and model and actress Christie Brinkley.

Alexa Ray’s paternal grandfather was Helmuth Julius Joel (son of Karl Amson Joel and Meta Fleischmann). Helmuth was a Jewish emigrant from Germany, and was born in Nuremberg, Middle Franconia, Bavaria. Karl was the son of Julius Joel and Sara Schwab. Meta was the daughter of Elias Fleischmann and Elise Wertheimer; Elise was killed in the Holocaust, in 1943.

Alexa Ray’s paternal grandmother was Rosalind Nyman (the daughter of Philip Nyman and Rebecca Gershon). Rosalind was born in New York, to English Jewish parents. Philip was born in London, to parents from Kiev, Ukraine, Jacob Nyman and Leah Mitinkovsky. Rebecca was born in London, to parents from Bialystok, Poland, Harris Gershon and Sarah.

Alexa Ray’s maternal grandfather was Herbert Hudson (the son of Herbert A. Hudson and Isabelle E. Gessner). Alexa Ray’s grandfather Herbert was born in Michigan. Alexa Ray’s great-grandfather Herbert was the son of Harrison C. Hudson and Anna Elizabeth McFernon/McLernon, who was Irish. Isabelle was the daughter of Joseph Michael Gessner, who was born in Michigan, to German parents, and of Elizabeth Wesenbeck/Weisbeck, who was also born in Michigan, also to German parents.

Alexa Ray’s maternal grandmother was Marjorie Marie Bowling (the daughter of William Harrison Bowling and Ida “Mamie” Henson). Marjorie was born in Michigan. William was the son of Anderson R. Bowling and Armilda Jane Hacker. Ida was the daughter of James Henry Henson and Lucy Catherine Abner.

Sources: Genealogy of Alexa Ray Joel –

Alexa Ray’s maternal grandfather, Herbert Hudson, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Alexa Ray’s maternal great-grandfather, Herbert A. Hudson, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Alexa Ray’s maternal great-grandmother, Isabelle E. Gessner, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Alexa Ray’s maternal great-grandparents, William Harrison Bowling and Ida “Mamie” Henson, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

2 Responses

  1. fuzzybear44 says:

    Takes after her father in looks

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