Jane Fonda

by follers on May 24, 2015

Jane Fonda

Birth Name: Lady 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 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 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 1500s. It is not clear if this information has been genealogically verified. Jane’s patrilineal ancestor, 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). 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 L. Lampher/Lamphear/Lanphere). Henry was the son of Henry Clinton Jaynes and Almira A./L. Jacobs. 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). 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.

Sources: Genealogies of Jane Fonda – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
https://www.geni.com
http://www.wikitree.com
http://famouskin.com

Genealogy 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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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew August 11, 2016 at 5:48 pm

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

andrew August 11, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Btw I just saw she’s already listed as French

athelya December 11, 2015 at 2:15 pm

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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