Birth Name: Jayne Seymour Fonda
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: December 21, 1937
Ethnicity: Dutch, English, Scottish, French-Canadian, around 1/64th Italian, small amount of German, and remote Norwegian
Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer, fitness guru, model, and political activist. She has twice won the Academy Award for Best Actress, for Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1978).
She is the daughter of socialite Frances Ford (Seymour), who was born in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, and actor Henry Fonda (Henry Jaynes Fonda). She has a daughter with her former husband, French director Roger Vadim; and two children, including actor Troy Garity, with her former husband, political activist Tom Hayden. Her brother is actor Peter Fonda (Peter Henry Fonda), and her niece is actress Bridget Fonda.
Jane is of Dutch, English, Scottish, French-Canadian, around 1/64th Italian, a small amount of German, and remote Norwegian, descent.
The Fonda surname is said to originate with an Italian who moved to the Netherlands in the 1400s or 1500s. It is not clear if this has been genealogically verified. One of Jane’s last traceable patrilineal ancestors, Jacob Harmense Fonda, was born in the Netherlands, c. 1515. However, one of Jane’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfathers, Giovanni Gualdo, was Italian, making Jane of 1/64th Italian ancestry.
Jane’s paternal grandfather was William Brace Fonda (the son of Ten Eyck/TenEyck Hilton Fonda and Harriet/Harriett M. McNeill/McNeil). William was born in Nebraska. Ten Eyck was the son of Garret/Garrett Tunis Breese Fonda and Rachel/Emeline Polhemus. Harriet was the daughter of James Amos McNeil and Eliza Ann Paris.
Jane’s paternal grandmother was Elma Herbetja/Herberta Krueger Jaynes (the daughter of Henry Silas Jaynes and Elma Louise Lampher/Lamphear/Lanphere). Jane’s grandmother Elma was born in Wisconsin. Henry was the son of Henry Clinton Jaynes and Almira A./L. Jacobs. Jane’s great-grandmother Elma was the daughter of Allan Lanphere and Marie Louise Mitchell.
Jane’s maternal grandfather was Eugene Ford Seymour (the son of George DeVillers Seymour and Frances Gabriella Ford). Eugene was born in New York. George was the son of George Nichols Seymour and Sophia Marie/Mary Lefebre De Villers/DeVilliers. Frances was the daughter of Henry Augustus Ford and Jane Hosack Millen.
Jane’s maternal grandmother was Mildred Sophie Bower (the daughter of Harvey Bower and Frances Marcella Capel). Mildred was born in Kemptville, Ontario, Canada. Harvey was the son of Joseph Bower and Mary Ann Huntington. Frances was the daughter of John Capell and Eliza Monro.
Genealogies of Jane’s parents – http://www.findagrave.com
Genealogy of Jane’s maternal grandfather, Eugene Ford Seymour – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
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