Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda

Fonda in 2014, photo by prphotos

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, smalls amount of German and Belgian [Flemish], and remote Norwegian and Cornish

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, Leeds, 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 was 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, smalls amount of German and Belgian [Flemish], and remote Norwegian and Cornish, 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, from Vicenza, Veneto, 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/Harrite/Hattie/Hettie McNeill/McNeil). William was born in Nebraska. Ten Eyck was the son of Garret/Garrett Tunis/Teunis Breese Fonda and Rachel/Emeline Polhemus. Harriet was the daughter of James Amos McNeil and Eliza Ann Parish.

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 Allan/Allen 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 C. 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/Capel and Eliza Monro/Munro.

Sources: Genealogies of Jane Fonda – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Jane’s parents – http://www.findagrave.com

Jane’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Jane’s maternal grandfather, Eugene Ford Seymour – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Jane’s maternal grandfather, Eugene Ford Seymour, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

3 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    she has some French/French-Canadian ancestry from her great-great-grandmother Sophia Marie Lefebre/Lefebvre De Villers

  2. athelya says:

    i thought she had more norwegian in her.. young fonda looks almost exactly like my norwegian grandmother when she was younger

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