Birth Name: Leonard Norman Cohen
Date of Birth: 21 September, 1934
Place of Birth: Westmount, Québec, Canada
Date of Death: 7 November, 2016
Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Leonard Cohen was a Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, poet, and writer.
He was born in Westmount, an English-speaking area of Montréal, Québec, into a middle-class Jewish family. He was the son of Masha/Marsha (Klonitsky) and Nathan Bernard Cohen. His mother was born in Kaunas, Lithuania.
It appears that Leonard was a fourth cousin of Canadian actor William Shatner, through their shared Garmaise line.
Leonard’s paternal grandfather was Lyon Cohen (the son of Lazarus Cohen and Fraidie/Fanny Garmaise). Lyon was founding president of the Canadian Jewish Congress, and was born in Budwitcher, Poland. Lazarus was born in Verballen, the son of Chaim/Haim Cohen and Sara. Fraidie was the daughter of Beryl Garmaise, who was born in Vilkevishk, Lithuania, and of Rivke.
Leonard’s paternal grandmother was Rachel Friedman (the daughter of Noah Friedman and Sarah Treina Kellert). Sarah was the daughter of Julius Judah Judel Sam Kellert and Lea.
Leonard’s maternal grandfather was Rabbi Solomon Shlomo Zalman Klonitsky-Kline (the son of Yaakov Klonitsky and Hudie Klonizki). Rabbi Solomon was a Talmudic writer, who was born in Lithuania. Yaakov was the son of Zalman Arye Klonizki.
Leonard’s maternal grandmother was Esther Marie Charnason (the daughter of Alex “Elijah” Charnas/Charnason and Chassa).