Gwen Stefani

Stefani in 2011, s_bukley /

Birth Name: Gwen Renée Stefani

Place of Birth: Fullerton, Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 3, 1969

*father – Italian
*mother – Irish, Scottish, English, Norwegian, German, distant Welsh, French Huguenot

Gwen Stefani is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and actress. She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of rock band No Doubt. Other members of the band include Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, and Adrian Young. She is known as a solo artist as well. She has also been credited as Gwen Rossdale and Gwen Shelton.

Gwen is the daughter of Patti (Flynn) and Dennis Stefani. Gwen is married to country singer, songwriter, actor, and television personality Blake Shelton. She has three children with her former husband, singer and actor Gavin Rossdale.

During the 1990s, Gwen’s image paid tribute to Indian culture. She would often wear a Bindi, as infuenced by her ex-boyfriend Tony Kanal, who is of Indian heritage.

Gwen’s paternal grandfather was Vincenzo James Stefani (the son of Antonio Angelo Stefani and Elvira Olivieri). Vincenzo was born in Italy, to a family from Vignanello, Lazio. Elvira was the daughter of Salvatore Olivieri.

Gwen’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Delores DiPaola (the daughter of Francesco “Frank” Di Paola/Dipaola and Libera/Lillie Antonia Marino). Margaret was born in Michigan, to Italian parents. Francesco, a peasant, was born, c. 1885, in Colle Sannita, Province of Benevento, Campania, and was the son of Rocco Di Paola and Maria. Libera was the daughter of George Marino and Mary.

Gwen’s maternal grandfather was William Patrick Flynn (the son of Roger/Robert Patrick Flynn and Gertrude Lucille Waugh). William was born in Texas. Roger was the son of John Aloysius Flynn, who was born in Flintshire, Wales, of Irish descent, with roots in County Mayo; and of Catherine E. Burke, who was also of Irish ancestry. Gertrude was the daughter of William H. Waugh and Sarah/Sallie Corneilla/Cornelia Abraham.

Gwen’s maternal grandmother was Anna/Ann Lorraine Hamilton (the daughter of Raymond George Hamilton and Gladys Adeline/Adleon Colbert). Anna was born in Wisconsin. Raymond was the son of Charles Sumner Hamilton and Mariam Mae Smith. Gladys was the daughter of Fred George Colbert, whose father was English, from Haslingden, Lancashire; and of Anna Sophia Gilseth, whose own parents were Norwegian, from Gilset farm and Bordal farm, both in Storen, Sør-Trøndelag, respectively.

Stefani in 2007, photo credit: Enzo Molinari

Sources: Genealogies of Gwen Stefani –

Information on some of Gwen’s father’s ancestry –


Curious about ethnicity

141 Responses

  1. ethnogenesis says:

    She denied having Armenian ancestry on one of her grandparents, but Stefani is a long accused person of “cultural appropriation” in her 3 decade career, then you have her defenders like her ex-husband Tony Kanal who is Indian American and the Japanese government loved her Harajuku girl performances to a point Gwen said “I am Japanese” though she was typically American: indirect figure of speech.

  2. peekaboo mewmew-ricans mutts with no race says:

    Me as a native Italian from Italy living here I say she looks Albanian her face is typically of the Albanian women my country is plenty of them if you foreigners see them here you’re sure to see the common Italians but they’re not.

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