Kurt Cobain

1993 MTV Video Music Awards

Cobain in 1993, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Kurt Donald Cobain

Date of Birth: February 20, 1967

Place of Birth: Aberdeen, Washington, U.S.

Date of Death: April 5, 1994

Place of Death: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Ethnicity: Irish, English, Dutch, French/French-Canadian, German, Scottish

Kurt Cobain was an American songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of grunge band Nirvana. Other members of Nirvana were Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, as well as Aaron Burckhard, Dale Crover, and Jason Everman.

Kurt was the son of Wendy Elizabeth (Fradenburg) and Donald Leland Cobain. With his wife, musician Courtney Love, Kurt was the father of visual artist Frances Bean Cobain.

Kurt’s father is of Irish, English, Dutch, French/French-Canadian, and distant German, descent. Kurt’s mother is of Dutch, Irish, Scottish, English, and German ancestry.

Kurt’s paternal grandfather was Leland Elmer Cobain (the son of John James Arthur Cobain and Grace Almeda Gibson). Leland was born in Montesano, Grays Harbor, Washington. John was the son of John James Cobain, who was born, c. 1863, in Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and of Anna Minerva van Alstyne/van Alstine. Grace was the daughter of Jasper Gibson and Mary A. Ford, whose own mother, Mary Elizabeth Moore, was born in Iowa, to Irish parents.

Kurt’s paternal grandmother was Iris Maxine LeBrot (the daughter of Neil Clairmont LeBrot and Florence J. Tuck). Iris was born in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington. Neil was the son of Thomas LeBrot, whose mother was born in Canada, and of Delia Clairmont. He had French/French-Canadian and Irish ancestry. Florence was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Tuck and Theodosia Evalene Spangler.

Kurt’s maternal grandfather was Charles Thomas Fradenburg (the son of Charles Lester Fradenburg and Elizabeth/Lizzie M. Ultican). Kurt’s grandfather Charles was born in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington. Kurt’s great-grandfather Charles was born in Nebraska, the son of William H. Fradenburg and Irene Diamond. Kurt’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of James Ultican, who was from New Brunswick, Canada, and was the son of an Irish father; and of Bridget Elizabeth/Lizzie Sullivan, whose own parents, John D. Sullivan and Catherine Harrington, were also Irish, from County Cork.

Kurt’s maternal grandmother was Margaret/Peggy Dawson Irving (the daughter of James William Irving and Ada Elizabeth Dawson). Margaret was born in Washington. James was born in Hawick, Scotland, the son of William Irving and Mary Ann Robertson. Ada was born in Upchurch, Kent, England, the daughter of George Albert Henry Dawson and Elizabeth Lovelock.

Sources: Genealogies of Kurt Cobain – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Kurt Cobain (through his daughter, Frances Bean Cobain) – http://www.wargs.com

Genealogy of Kurt Cobain (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com

Genealogies of Kurt’s paternal grandparents, Leland Elmer Cobain and Iris Maxine LeBrot – http://www.findagrave.com

Kurt’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Thomas LeBrot, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

48 Responses

  1. Aiden says:

    He does look like my cousin who is of French descent

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