Vedder was born Edward Louis Severson III in 1964. He spent most of his childhood under the impression that his stepfather (last name Mueller) was his real father. Later he changed his last name from "Mueller" to "Vedder," which is his mother's maiden name.
Arrested and charged with drunkeness and disturbing the peace, November 18, 1993, along with then White Sox pitcher Jack McDowell, after the two scuffled with bar patrons in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Vedder is also a big fan of "The Ramones". In 1996, he traveled incognito with them to Argentina when "The Ramones" said goodbye to the stages there, in the tour "Adiós Ramones".
Supported Green Party candidate Ralph Nader in the 2000 elections.
In fall of 2004, as a member of Pearl Jam, he participated in the Vote for Change concert tour organized to encourage the defeat of George W. Bush in the U.S. presidential election.
Daughters, Olivia, born June 11th 2004, and Harper Moon Margaret, born September 23, 2008. Mother is Jill McCormick.