Maynard James Keenan

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Keenan in 2010, photo by prphotos

Birth Name: James Herbert Keenan

Place of Birth: Ravenna, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 17, 1964

Ethnicity: German, Irish, Polish, English, one eighth Italian, Swiss-German, distant French

Maynard James Keenan is an American progressive metal singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor. He is the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool.

Maynard is the son of Judith and Michael Keenan. He has a daughter with his wife, lab manager Lei Li, and a son.

Maynard’s paternal grandfather was Herbert Lorraine Keenan (the son of Van Herbert Keenan and Maria Luigia/Margaret Louise Ernesta Marzo/Marzeau). Maynard’s grandfather Herbert was born in Ohio. Van was born in West Virginia, the son of Anthony McClelland Keenan and Mary Louella Koontz. Maynard’s great-grandmother Maria Luigia was born in France, the daughter of Bonifacio Spirito Giacinto Marzo/Marzeau, who was born, c. 1873, in Venaus, Italy, and of Maria Clementina Durbiano/Durbian, who was born, c. 1878, in France, and who was also of Italian origin.

Maynard’s paternal grandmother was Ethyl Doretta Edminister (the daughter of Harry Allen Edminister and Lydia Jane Hamman/Hammond). Ethyl was born in Ohio. Harry was born in Massachusetts, the son of Joseph Allen Edminister and Hannah O’Conner, who was Irish. Lydia was the daughter of Clinton Thurman Hamman and Eldora Rickett.

Maynard’s maternal grandfather was William Edwin Dougherty (the son of Hollie Edwin Dougherty and Emma Rose Luethy). William was born in Ohio. Hollie was born in West Virginia, the son of Frank Henry Dougherty and Nannie Swaar. Emma was the daughter of Otto Luethy, who was born in Schöftland, Argau, Switzerland, and of Rosa Anna Kerrick, who was born in Kentucky.

Maynard’s maternal grandmother was Marjorie Ruth Way (the daughter of Elmer Arthur Way and Marie Judith Fretz). Marjorie was born in Ohio. Elmer was the son of Karl Ferdinand Way/Woyciechowski and Wilhelmina Tiechorowski, who were immigrants, with Polish ancestry. Marie was the daughter of William Fretz/Fritz and Rose, who were emigrants, from Galicia.

Sources: Information about Maynard’s Italian ancestry –

Genealogy of Maynard James Keenan –

Maynard’s paternal grandfather, Herbert Lorraine Keenan, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Maynard’s paternal grandmother, Ethyl Doretta Edminister, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Maynard’s maternal grandmother, Marjorie Ruth Way, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

8 Responses

  1. drzaius21 says:

    His family tree seems like he is mainly of Germanic and British Isles descent. Like a lot of Americans.

  2. madman says:

    He also has English ancestry. Some of his ancestors were not recent immigrants.

  3. Greyface says:

    omg did you guys know he is an atheist???

    his mom was a CHRISTIAN! its like twilight zone

  4. Mark says:

    Maynard James Keenan has also Italian ancestry. It’s known that he has
    spent some of his holiday in a village called “Venaus” in the region
    of Piemonte (Italy), which is the village of his Great GrandFather
    called Celestino Spirito Marzo. Celestino migrated to the USA at the
    end of the 19th century

    (sent in by Mark)

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