Andrew Cockburn is of British, Jewish and Irish descent.
Andrew Cockburn was born on January 7, 1947, in London, United Kingdom. He is a son of Claud Cockburn, a journalist and Communist author, and Patricia Cockburn, an Irish writer, traveller, conchologist and artist, as well as the granddaughter of British colonial administrator Henry Arthur Blake and British politician George Arbuthnot.
Andrew is a brother of Alexander Cockburn and Patrick Cockburn, also journalists, and a half-brother - Sarah Cockburn, a mystery writer, best-known as Sarah Caudwell, and Claudia Cockburn, who was a disability activist.
The Cockburns family is also related to Sir George Cockburn, 10th Baronet, who ordered the Burning of Washington in 1814.