Hayden Panettiere

by ethnic on July 23, 2008

Birth Name: Hayden Leslie Panettiere

Place of Birth: Palisades, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 21, 1989

Ethnicity: Italian (one half), as well as German and English

Hayden Panettiere is an American actress, singer, model, and activist. She is known for starring in the series Heroes as Claire Bennet.

She is the daughter of Alan Panettiere and Lesley R. Vogel, an actress. Her brother is actor Jansen Panettiere. She has a daughter with her fiancé, Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko.

Both of Hayden’s parents are of half Italian descent (her father’s father and her mother’s mother). Her other roots include German and English. Her surname, Panettiere, is pronounced Pan-Uh-Tee-Air-Ee, and means “baker” in Italian. She has a tattoo of the Italian words Vivere senza rimipianti on her left flank. It means “To live without regrets”, although the third word should be spelled rimpianti.

Hayden has said:

My mom is from Kentucky and my [paternal] grandmother is from Corpus Christi, so I had a better understanding of the South than the average person moving from New York. At my core, this is the kind of person I am and want to be. I like being in a place where people appreciate the little things and don’t need a lot of stuff to be happy. You can put a group of Southerners in any scenario and they’ll have a good time.

Hayden’s paternal grandfather is Dominick N. Panettiere (the son of Donato/Daniel Panettieri/Panettiere and Jacomina/Jaicomina Signorile). Dominick was born in New York, to Italian parents. Donato was born in Altamura, Bari, the son of Carlo Panettieri and Leonarda Oliva.

Hayden’s paternal grandmother is Nann Nix Boland (the daughter of Joseph Edmond Boland and Elva Irene Cavnor/Cavnar). Joseph was the son of David Edmond Boland and Margaret May/Mae/Maye “Maggie” Fondren.

Hayden’s maternal grandfather is John Leslie Vogel (the son of John Raymond Vogel and Elizabeth Francis Long). Hayden’s great-grandfather John was the son of John J. Vogel and Anna F. Miller, who were both the children of German parents. Hayden’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of Leslie Preston Long and Hulda Frances Bessie Wilson, who had English ancestry.

Hayden’s maternal grandmother is Eunice “Tam” B. Latty (the daughter of Salvino/Salvin Frank Latty and Rose/Rosyln L. Shaw). Eunice was born in Maine, to Italian parents. Rose was the daughter of Joseph Shaw and Maria/Mary Pagoni.

Sources: Hayden’s paternal grandfather, Dominick N. Panettiere, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Hayden’s paternal great-grandfather, Donato/Daniel Panettieri/Panettiere – https://www.familysearch.org

Hayden’s paternal grandmother, Nann Nix Boland, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Hayden’s paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Edmond Boland (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Hayden’s paternal great-grandmother, Elva Irene Cavnor/Cavnar, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Hayden’s maternal grandfather, John Leslie Vogel, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Hayden’s maternal grandmother, Eunice “Tam” B. Latty, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Hayden’s maternal great-grandmother, Rose/Rosyln L. Shaw, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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bablah August 20, 2017 at 5:07 pm

Her grandfather on a census

His parents were Donato/Daniel Panettieri and Jiacomina.
Donato was from Altamura, Italy.
His birth record

One family tree has her grandmother as Nann Nix Boland, daughter of Joseph E. Boland and Elva I. Cavnar

follers August 21, 2017 at 8:42 am
phaedra April 11, 2016 at 3:44 am

She has an Italian “shape” to her face (which I cannot put a finger on), but looks overall German/Celtic.

Kimmel February 13, 2016 at 6:07 pm

She must have some Sicilian blood in her, because she looked ‘Black’ as a child. Just look at the pictures of her on Ally Mcbeal in the 90’s.

Greyface April 11, 2016 at 2:19 pm

nonsensical comment, Sicilian is not black

fuzzybear44 April 11, 2016 at 11:47 pm


Quote(Sicilian is not black)

Well it’s true their not black in color. However going by their Dna results that they have put on line, there are a number on them who have (North African, East African as well as Sub-Saharan African) ancestry all within the last 200 years

Greyface April 12, 2016 at 3:23 am

she is a rapper and is related to obama I know that pizza is actually soul food and berbers love basketball berbers are jive brothers
all white people are black

neiltennant July 26, 2017 at 8:36 am

indeed nonsense comment

i looked at old child photos of her and she was blonde blue eyed girl with pale skin

why the hell people see black in those pics ?

J420 April 28, 2016 at 9:01 pm

I swear this site is full of trolls and simple minded idiots. She never looked Black, not even as a child.

neiltennant October 12, 2015 at 10:10 am

hmm i think some can recognize those half italian half german half british people

like megyn kelly and kaley cuoko

Freerk September 28, 2015 at 4:54 pm

Surely because she is blond … the first (and sometimes the only) thing that people see. But her face is definitely Italian, and there are also many blond Italians, especially in the north of Italy. (The Germanic Ostrogoths and Langobards once settled there.)

ashash September 27, 2015 at 3:19 am

Don’t understand why people say she looks German. She is 3/4 Italian.

labird August 30, 2015 at 8:44 am

But Latty and Shaw are English surnames

andrew August 30, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Bob Dylan and Woody Allen too. Census says they were born in Italy. Some anglicisation happened.

black plague September 1, 2014 at 8:31 pm

I read somewhere that she gave a speech in the
middle of the Ucranian Revolution,is it true?I’d
like to know what she said.Nothing against Putin
I hope.He’s a dangerous man,even Obama is very
very very afraid of him.

black plague September 1, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Beautiful woman

ihatemostpeople June 15, 2014 at 3:36 am

She looks like a White version of Kat Graham.

Gurrl February 5, 2014 at 10:18 am

I’m trying to see the German but she looks just Italian to me, but then again that’s what she is mostly. Ignore her colouring people, she looks more Italiano than anything.

roman2886 February 3, 2014 at 4:49 pm

She is the same mix as Leonardo Dicaprio he is Italian German and Russian but like her he looks very German he doesn’t have the big nose like Italian she defiantly looks very German she doesn’t look Italian she doesn’t have the big nose like the Italians i thought she would have looked more Italian than German since the Italians have stronger genes Germans have weak genes.

andrew February 3, 2014 at 5:50 pm

wtf is the “Italian big nose” stuff i cant get it

andrew February 3, 2014 at 5:55 pm
Lateralus June 23, 2015 at 5:50 am

“big nose like italian”…WTF? I’m italian and I don’t have a big nose. It’s like saying every american has a big belly

Sarsari87 September 24, 2015 at 4:00 am

If you think all italians have big or long noses you’re an idiot and ignorant too.

hesh123 September 24, 2015 at 10:57 am

Wtf is he “ignoring” Italians DO have big noses, I should know as I am Italian myself and I have a big nose, my mother has a big nose and my brother has a big nose.

andrew September 25, 2015 at 5:50 am

a lot of US Presidents had huge noses too. Example


mony May 5, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Not cause all your family has ugly big noses means all italians have big noses!!!! You stupid!

Brigzzz98 January 19, 2014 at 6:13 am

Her blonde hair makes her look more german she doesn’t have the roman nose tho

andrew January 19, 2014 at 7:54 am

German women are taller, more robust, have wide jaws. Whats “roman nose” btw?

AnonymousPerson December 23, 2013 at 2:12 am

When she was younger she looked like she was part Black.

eldiablo1313 January 9, 2014 at 6:14 pm

No, it was just her hair that made her look sort of biracial (e.g. Remember the Titans) She looks both Italian and German to me. Only her brother came out more Italian than her.

andrew August 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm
beautifulsols July 4, 2013 at 12:18 am


neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

only her name is italian

reminds me of Kaley cuoko the actor of big bang theory
who also has italian roots

BellaTrainer December 20, 2012 at 11:52 pm

She has the look of an Italian American but with German coloring.

nnnnn December 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Bella Trainer and mariian: “colouring”, “blond hair”
Have you no idea, that most blond women have coloured

mariian93 November 22, 2012 at 11:51 am

Her race is WHITE so she looks WHITE, because WHITE people aren’t just those who has blue eyes and blond hair, it’s just a term which refer people from all european countrys and ex-soviet union. Despite of the typical facial traits of every european country they are all white and in all european countrys you can find people from black hair and brown eyes to blond almost white hair and blue eyes, in north and east europe is more common but they are ALL white.

rickyflo March 11, 2013 at 6:01 pm

yep some of the race caucasian theory proves this, but do mind that some of europe is not always white white, yet other things. the majority is white in europe and that is correct but there are other races in Europe…

DK1x March 24, 2013 at 11:31 am

That’s because.

myarmyrulesyours August 23, 2013 at 10:08 am
anisamae November 22, 2012 at 1:39 am

Can’t believe I only found out recently that she was Italian. I’d always thought that she was Anglo-American! I’m so silly as I’ve been ignoring the fact that her last name is PANETTIERE for so long. However, her brother Jansen is extremely Italian looking! It’ so amazing how they look very alike but look like a different race from another (my opinion)

rickyflo March 11, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Dude you are stupid and I rarely say those words, but yeah you are stupid. Italian versus German are not races, yet they are heritages and ethnicities. We mix up the word all the time for the German race and the Italian race for German Heritage, Italian Heritage. Caucasian is a race, and there is a theory, not a hypothesis that proves that such. Yeah they are both different but by culture and A german first proved the factor of race by looking at skulls of similar measurements. Even genetics came later and proved such. However, who cares if she is anglo or not. We should and would love the human race to bring creativity and ideas.

mony May 5, 2016 at 1:27 pm

Italians and germans belong to the same race!!! How many ignorant people in this site!!!

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