Eddie Vedder

The 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Presentation with Eddie Vedder

Vedder in 2007, photo by Prphotos.com

Birth Name: Edward Louis Severson III

Place of Birth: Evanston, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 23, 1964

Ethnicity: Norwegian, Swiss-German, Dutch, German, Danish, English

Eddie Vedder is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He is the singer for rock band Pearl Jam. Other members of Pearl Jam include or have included Dave Abruzzese, Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, Matt Chamberlain, Stone Gossard, Dave Krusen, and Mike McCready.

Eddie is the son of Karen Lee Vedder and Edward Louis Severson, Jr. His parents divorced in 1965, when Eddie was an infant. His mother soon remarried, to a man named Peter Mueller. Vedder was raised believing that Peter was his biological father, and he went by the name Edward Mueller for a time.

Eddie is married to model and philanthropist Jill (McCormick) Vedder, with whom he has two children.

Eddie’s maternal Vedder line traces to Harmen Albertse Vedder, who was born, c. 1635, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the son of Albert Vedder.

Eddie’s paternal grandfather was Edward/Edwin Louis Severson (the son of Edward Albert Severson and Lucie Marie Brunner). Eddie’s grandfather Edward was born in Illinois. Eddie’s great-grandfather Edward was Norwegian, the son of Severt Severson and Bertha Holland. Lucie was born in Bern, Switzerland.

Eddie’s paternal grandmother was Claire/Clara Jacobsen (the daughter of Theodore Jacobsen and Ragna Johanna Jacobsen). Claire was born in Illinois, to parents from Farsund, Agder, Norway.

Eddie’s maternal grandfather was Ivan Vernon Vedder (the son of George Ivan Van Vedder and Phoebe J. Mutchler). Eddie’s grandfather Ivan was born in Washington, to parents from New York. Eddie’s great-grandfather Ivan was the son of Horatio K. Vedder and Artha L. Johnson. Phoebe was the daughter of German parents, John Henry Mutchler and Eva Maria Finckbyner/Finkbeiner, from Baden-Württemberg.

Eddie’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Louise Sorenson (the daughter of Anthony Peder Sorenson/Sorensen and Pearl Hazel Howard). Margaret was born in Minnesota. Anthony was Danish, born in Silkeborg, the son of Peter/Peder Anthony Sørensen and Marie Kirstine Christensen. Pearl was born in Iowa, the daughter of Frank Winfield Howard and Nannie/Nancy J. Post/Posh, whose mother was from Vuren, Gelderland, Netherlands.

Sources: Genealogy of Eddie Vedder – http://www.geni.com

Birth record of Eddie’s father – https://www.familysearch.org

Death records of Eddie’s paternal grandmother, Claire/Clara (Jacobsen) Severson – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Eddie Vedder (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.wargs.com

Family history of Eddie Vedder – http://www.vedders.nl

Obituary of Eddie’s father – http://www.findagrave.com

27 Responses

  1. jonasbsjr says:

    some serius nordic genes right here, would say he looks quite norwegian

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