Gavin Rossdale

2010 American Music Awards - Arrivals

Rossdale in 2010, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Gavin McGregor Rossdale

Place of Birth: St. Marylebone, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 30 October, 1965

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Scottish (mother)

Gavin Rossdale is a British musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of rock band Bush.

Gavin is the son of Barbara and Douglas Rossdale. Gavin’s father was Jewish, of Russian Jewish descent. Gavin’s mother’s family was Scottish. Gavin has a daughter, model Daisy Lowe, with musician and textile designer Pearl Lowe; and three children with his former wife, American musician and actress Gwen Stefani.

He has said:

My father was a lapsed Jew, but my grandfather was practicing, so he used to do the Friday-night thing. I love the culture of it, the tradition, the theatricality, the funny outfits, the buildings, the history. I’m half Jewish, half Scottish…

Gavin’s paternal grandfather was named George Harold Rossdale (the son of James Rossdale). The surname Rossdale was originally Rosentar/Rosenthal.

Gavin’s paternal grandmother was Kate/Katie Alberta Woolf (the daughter of Albert Morris Woolf and Martha Isaacs). Albert was born in San Francisco, California, to Jewish parents from England, Edward Israel Woolf and Annie Myers.


Genealogy of Gavin Rossdale (focusing on his father’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

4 Responses

  1. jackson9 says:

    I love the song Machine Head.

  2. LizzieLana says:

    It was Rosenthal, not Rosentar

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