Jane Krakowski

by follers on July 10, 2014

"Orphans" Broadway Opening Night -  Arrivals

Place of Birth: Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 11, 1968

*75% Polish
*12.5% French-Canadian
*12.5% Scottish

Jane Krakowski is an American actress and singer. Her father is of Polish descent. Her maternal grandfather was of half French-Canadian and half Scottish ancestry, while her maternal grandmother’s parents were also Polish.

Jane’s paternal grandfather was Edward Alexander Krajkowski (the son of Ignatz/Ignacy Wojciech/Dynatius Krajkowski and Bronislawa “Blanch” Rutkowski). Edward was born in New York, to Polish parents.

Jane’s paternal grandmother was Emily Jamroz (the daughter of Adam Jamroz and Eve/Eva Byczek). Emily was born in New York, to Polish parents. Adam was the son of John Jamroz and Anna Rzesjus. Eve was the daughter of Adam Byczek and Anna Matejet.

Jane’s maternal grandfather was Triffle Benoit (the son of Harmisdas F. Benoit and Mary Dugan). Triffle was born in New York, to a French-Canadian father and a Scottish mother. Harmisdas was the son of Treffle Benoit and Philomene Bernard.

Jane’s maternal grandmother was Gladys Orlowski (the daughter of Constantine/Constancy Orlowski and Cornelia Meller). Gladys was born in Ohio, to Polish parents. Constantine was the son of Frank Orlowski and Catherine. Cornelia was the daughter of Joseph Meller and Mary.

Sources: Genealogy of Jane Krakowski – http://www.geni.com

Jane’s maternal grandfather, Triffle Benoit, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jane’s maternal grandmother, Gladys Orlowski, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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savanna April 18, 2016 at 8:26 am

She plays a Native American woman named “Jackie Lynn (White) Voorhees” on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt who hates her Native American heritage. She whitewashes herself by dying her hair blonde and wearing blue eye contacts.

She says a line on the show and it made me link of ethnicelebs. “Ms. White. That’s my Sioux family name. It was given to us in the 1920s by a sarcastic census taker.” lol

Freerk November 16, 2014 at 10:11 pm

@ follers: Are you sure her Polish great-grandfather wasn’t Jewish? At least in Germany “Igna(t)z” is regarded as a typical Jewish name (though it’s a name of Roman/Latin origin). If it is the same in Poland, than I don’t think any Polish who isn’t Jewish would call his son “Ignatz” – the Polish society in general was always very anti-Semitic, so his parents wouldn’t have done him a favour.

follers November 16, 2014 at 11:48 pm

I don’t think “Ignatz” is a distinctly Jewish name. Aside from there being many non-Jewish people named “Ignatz”, in this case I think it’s possibly an American-influenced way of spelling “Ignacy”, a very common name among non-Jewish Polish people (and both “Ignatz” and “Ignacy” would have been rare among unassimilated Polish Jews of the 19th century).

Aside from that, there were very few immigrant couples from Poland at the time who were interfaith Jewish-Catholic. They were usually one or the other.

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