Jimmy Fallon

by ethnic on March 3, 2010

Birth Name: James Thomas Fallon

Place of Birth: Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 19, 1974

*62.5% Irish
*25% German
*12.5% Norwegian

Jimmy Fallon is an American comedian, television host, actor, singer, writer, and producer. He has hosted The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since 2014. He previously hosted the show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014.

His father is of half Irish and half German descent. His mother is of three quarters Irish and one quarter Norwegian ancestry.

Jimmy is married to producer Nancy Juvonen, with whom he has two children.

Jimmy’s patrilineal ancestry originates with his great-great-grandparents, Thomas Fallon, who was from County Galway, Ireland, and Louisa Stickever (whose parents were Henry Stickever, who was born in France, of Irish descent, and Mary O’Brien, who was Irish).

Jimmy’s paternal grandfather was James William Fallon (the son of William John Fallon and Mary Ann Monahan). Jimmy’s grandfather James was born in New York, of Irish descent. Jimmy’s great-grandfather William was the son of Thomas Fallon and Louisa Stickevers/Stickever. Jimmy’s great-grandmother Mary was born in New York, the daughter of James P./Henry Monahan and Mary Martha Worth; Martha was born in Spain, though of Irish descent.

Jimmy’s paternal grandmother was Luise/Louise Schalla (the daughter of Karl/Charles Friedrich August Schalla and Luise “Lizzie”/Elizabeth Ganz). Jimmy’s grandmother Luise was German, born in Osterholz-Scharmbeck, to a father from Gdańsk, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland, and a mother from Osterholz-Scharmbeck.

Jimmy’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Francis “Tom” Feeley (the son of Thomas Feehily/Feeley, Jr. and Mary Jane O’Neill). Jimmy’s grandfather Thomas was born in New York. Jimmy’s great-grandfather Thomas was from Drumlish, County Longford, Ireland, the son of Thomas Feehily and Mary Kenny. Jimmy’s great-grandmother Mary Jane was from Killoe, also in County Longford, Ireland, and was the daughter of Bernard O’Neill and Teresa.

Jimmy’s maternal grandmother was Gloria Rose Hovelsen/Hovelson (the daughter of Hans Julius Hovelsen and Mary Frances “May” Driscoll). Gloria was born in New York. Hans was Norwegian, born in Fredrikstad, Norway, the son of Johan Severin Hovelsen and Bolette/Bollette Jacobsdatter/Jakobsen. Jimmy’s great-grandmother Mary was born in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland, to Joseph Driscoll and Margaret Daly.

Sources: Family history of Jimmy Fallon, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, for Irish America Magazine – http://irishamerica.com

Genealogies of Jimmy Fallon – http://www.geni.com

Obituary of Jimmy’s paternal grandmother, Luise/Louise (Schalla) Fallon – http://www.americanmemorials.com

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alberto.r7 November 30, 2017 at 4:59 am

He looks like he has at least 15 or 20% of non european blood, probably asian.
Maybe he has sami blood by her norweigan ancestry.

neiltennant June 28, 2018 at 3:41 pm


the amount of sami in norwegian is not so much like you do

he looks a bit asian

But on the other hand he is a darker type of JIM PARSONS
however that guy has blue eyes and pale skin

chris91 February 9, 2017 at 9:07 am

He looks hispanic not even typical south euro. If it’s not native it must be due to one of those finno ugric, north asiatic indigenous ethnicities. The thing is they usually dont have such tan olive skin like latins or mideasterners especially the mixed ones.

TheHelper October 16, 2017 at 8:53 am

@chris91 He tans to make his skin darker.

neiltennant June 28, 2018 at 3:41 pm

so he tans his skin everyday and he tans also his eyes?

alberto.r7 November 30, 2017 at 5:05 am

I suppose that by hispanic(real hispanics are white europeans) you means mestizo. I think his skin would perfectly fit in Ireland or Germany but he has another features like his eyes that seem to be mongoloid as you have said.

Ardor February 8, 2017 at 6:31 pm

His Norwegian portion must be the native Asiatic folks similar to Samis and Inuits, indigenous to the Northern Europe. His eyes shape and skin tone do indicate that.

madman February 9, 2017 at 2:28 am

Sami people are the only indigenous people in Northern Europe. Inuits are from Canada and Greenland, not Scandinavia. And Jimmy’s Norwegian ancestor was not of Sami ancestry (even if he had some, it would be to small of an amount to actually affect Jimmy’s appearance anyway).

bablah February 9, 2017 at 6:39 am

>Sami people are the only indigenous people in Northern Europe

I’d argue that Swedes, Norwegians and Finns are also indigenous to Northern Europe.

madman February 9, 2017 at 7:56 am

Yes, if you go by the entire countries. But the northern parts of Scandinavia were settled by non-Sami peoples late, I think largely in the beginning of the 1600’s.

andrew February 9, 2017 at 1:23 pm

For what it’s worth, Jimmy’s wife is of Finnish descent.

TheHelper November 14, 2017 at 2:04 am

@madman Not true.

madman November 14, 2017 at 5:23 am

Yes, what I wrote is true. A “Not true” isn’t going to convince me, you’re going to have to provide a little bit more than that.

TheHelper November 14, 2017 at 2:04 am

@Ardor Asians aren’t indigenous to Northern Europe. They invaded thousands of years ago

madman November 14, 2017 at 6:04 am

If you by Asians mean Samis, then yes, they are. By any reasonable definition, Samis are indigenous to Northern Europe. I don’t know how “Asian” they can be considered though. Their origin is disputed (although an Eastern origin seems most likely), and if it is in fact Asian, they are as Asian as Finns.

Is “invaded” really the word you want to use in association with the Samis? Do you know anything about their traditional lifestyle?

neiltennant June 28, 2016 at 7:49 am

that look is not uncommon in BRITAIN

look at NIGEL FARAGE who is also of british but also huguenot descent

therefore discussions about his ”exotic look” are s–t

phaedra April 20, 2016 at 9:54 pm

Looks like has native in him (eye shape).

Alice January 1, 2016 at 4:52 am

Anyway gel we might leave this discussion for another time. Sláinte and all the best for the New Year.

Alice January 1, 2016 at 4:31 am

Goodness I don’t just have my head in books and all of Northern Europe has high percentages of blue eyes. Even here in Australia there are a whole load of people with blue eyes.

gel January 1, 2016 at 4:43 am

Yes, they are – because most of them are of Irish descent!

Oh, you’re in Australia – that explains everything!

Alice January 1, 2016 at 4:49 am

Born in Ireland though gel and have spent plenty of time there so I’ve been to quite a few countries and I’m speaking from personal knowledge. I try to use scientific links to back up what I say which is more than some people do. :)

gel January 1, 2016 at 4:22 am

Here, this is why I startled the woman in Brighton!:


I looked similar to that! – the Irish look.

(By the way, I notice most in Northen Ireland have similar looks – so they are pretty Irish!)

gel January 1, 2016 at 3:52 am

I was pulled up for my blue eyes in England, so they must be unusual.
Any blue eyes in Britain often come from being of Irish descent – that has usually been the case, whenever I’ve checked.
In Ireland, the people are so blue-eyed its taken for granted. In England, brown eyes are taken for granted. That is the situation.

Alice January 1, 2016 at 3:57 am

Where did you go London? And are you talking about Native Brits? English people that have ancestry from Britain and Ireland are usually blue eyed. There are a minority Irish and British with brown eyes. (I’m of course talking about people with deep roots in Britain and Ireland and not people with ancestry from outside this area e.g. relatively recent immigrants). The UK now has a very large immigrant population but I’m sure you know the difference. People in the more southern counties of England are more likely to be brown eyed.

Alice January 1, 2016 at 4:04 am

Here is a map of blue eyes in Britain and Ireland. This was done by Britainsdna. It is also using very strict criteria of blue eyes in that it is pure blue not blue green or someone with central heterochromia. It is not the same as light eyes which would also include grey eyes, blue-green, green eyes etc. If light eyes the percentages in both Britain and Ireland would be much higher.

Alice January 1, 2016 at 4:05 am
gel January 1, 2016 at 4:13 am

Its more like 80% for the Irish, as your previous map showed, for a start.

Alice January 1, 2016 at 4:25 am

If it was light eyes Ireland would be 80% and over but as I explained the study done by Britainsdna was on “pure blue eyes”. Many people have light eyes but not just blue eyes. That study is not hog wash.

gel January 1, 2016 at 4:07 am

NO THEY DONT – you must travel around England and observe. Nothing to do with immigrants.

They might have more blue eyes in the North of England. Viking influence, I think.

Alice January 1, 2016 at 4:22 am

Viking influence is not the reason people are blue eyed. Vikings are only a minority influence on genetics in Britain and Ireland. You appear to be trying to make Britain out to be darker than it is. My ancestry is all Irish but I try to have balanced views and also think that genetic data can be useful because it is scientific. Many people have agendas and don’t always give accurate information. There is no reason for the English to be mostly brown eyed and they aren’t.

Have you read info on the PoBI study done? This is the most in-depth and most recent genetic study done on the UK.


gel January 1, 2016 at 4:27 am

Get your head out of your books and observe.
Blue eyes are recessive, that is they can soon lose out to brown eyes if there is less than a critical mass of population possessing them.

Alice January 1, 2016 at 4:31 am

Goodness I don’t just have my head in books and all of Northern Europe has high percentages of blue eyes. Even here in Australia there are a whole load of people with blue eyes.

gel January 1, 2016 at 4:11 am

I was pulled up for blue eyes in Brighton!

Alice January 1, 2016 at 4:28 am

Blue eyes are not that unusual. Let’s not exaggerate. :)

gel January 1, 2016 at 4:45 am

In Australia they aren’t! – but in England and much of Europe they are.

chris91 February 9, 2017 at 8:23 am

Whats even with that discussion? Brits are majorly composed of ancient southern european ethnicities it goes way back to when Basques and Iberians travelled and settled in todays Britain. Brits are basically the spaniards of the north minus the ones that have more Anglo-Saxon and scandinavian heritage of course but they seem in the minority.

neiltennant August 2, 2015 at 3:56 am

i m sure and that for years that JIMMY FELLON has more roots than those mentioned here

those eyes are totally uncommon in norway in germany and even in ireland and britain

and adding those three ethnicities does not make it possible that he is only of these 3 ethnicities

and I’m sure one day it will be written here something else

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 6:35 am

You mean the eye shape or the colour?

Yes, their shape are a bit “Asiatic”, think Native American or Asian-Russian.

Dark eyes are not unheard of among Germans and especially the Irish (who have darker folks).

Alice November 30, 2015 at 9:35 pm

“Dark eyes are not unheard of among Germans and especially the Irish (who have darker folks).”

Where do you get that information from Capricious? There are dark eyed and haired people in both countries but the Irish don’t have darker complected people than the Germans. Also there is a higher percentage of blue eyes in the Irish than the Germans. I think people just rely too much on stereotypes without at least trying to check for some information on the subject.

I know it comes across as a bit pendantic but your statement is inaccurate. I know some of these maps are a bit dubious but it gives an idea.


gel December 31, 2015 at 1:48 pm

Funny chart! – the Welsh have more blue eyes than the English.

English might have 30% blue eyes, tops. Scots not much more.

Alice January 1, 2016 at 2:31 am

Scots are similar to the Irish and the English have slightly more brown eyes but Britain and Ireland are both majority blue eyed.

gel January 1, 2016 at 2:36 am

Alice, you make these statements, but its not my experience. What makes you say the English are majority blue-eyed?

Alice January 1, 2016 at 2:57 am

I’ve seen loads of English and have been there. There is also studies done. I’m especially aware of genetic studies and read a lot of info on the subject. A bit OT but I’ve had 3 dna tests done on myself and also have had 3 family members done. This is why some of the things said here & elsewhere about British and Irish people is very inaccurate.

I gather you are Irish Gel? You do know that the English are very similar to the Irish genetically? In fact all of northern Europeans are close genetically. Anyway I don’t want to get too OT but some of your comments give that impression.

Just waiting now for the Stormfronters to come on about how the English are Anglo-Saxons and how Germanic populations are. “rolls eyes”.

gel January 1, 2016 at 2:01 am

The Germans look darker than the Irish – I mean, if they look dark, they are dark!: Witness Joachim Low, German soccer boss


Alice May 26, 2015 at 6:31 am

Jimmy Fallon’s family tree as researched by a genealogist.


follers May 26, 2015 at 11:24 am

It’s already linked?

noneofyourbusiness February 2, 2015 at 6:02 am

He must have some Amerindian or Asian genes.

theropod April 1, 2015 at 12:14 am

I agree. He has an Amerindian look. His ethnicity would be legit if it were 60% Irish, 25% Native and 15% (insert European ethnicity)…..

Alice May 26, 2015 at 6:32 am

Nope he has no native only Irish, German and Norwegian.

M-oneill-14 October 26, 2014 at 1:09 pm

p.s. this site is confusing as hell, that’s with the percentage, you do realise that most Irish also have Norway ancestors from way back in Viking times. You are over simplifying things with the percentages.

M-oneill-14 October 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm

He looks quite exotic for an O’Neill clan member, we are as pale as milk in Ireland

Check7t October 26, 2014 at 3:38 pm

He looks like British Actor Ed Westwick.

neiltennant August 4, 2015 at 3:03 pm

true and ED WESTWICK looks like TED MOSBY

Your Mom August 9, 2014 at 7:09 pm

He Is Very Strange Looking. Miranda Cosgrove And Him Look Like They Could Be Related. Both Look Sort Of Asian.

ShawntheGod July 27, 2014 at 9:02 pm

He looks kinda part Asian.

WTF January 29, 2015 at 4:59 am

I thought the same thing. He definitely is not 100% white.

Freerk July 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm

He looks very nNorwegian and a bit German on this pic. With Irish, German and Norwegian ancestry, I wonder where his brown eyes come from. Looks somehow strange in this face.

Marseille April 24, 2014 at 5:54 am

He looks exactly like Ed Westwick, whom both give off a pseudo-Mongoloid look.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Jimmy has Native ancestry though.

Princess June 14, 2014 at 1:39 am

Ed and Jimmy look completely different. Ed DOES look part Asian, Jimmy does not.

Check7t February 21, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Him and Jimmy Kimmel both look part Asian.

Princess June 14, 2014 at 1:38 am

They do not look Asian at all. You must be high.

Check7t February 21, 2014 at 12:18 pm

He clearly has distant Asian ancestry, looks part Mongoloid.

Must have came from distant Native ancestry.

Check7t February 21, 2014 at 12:17 pm

He looks like Ed Westwick who both look part Asian, must have distant Native ancestry and Ed must have distant Asian.

neiltennant February 2, 2014 at 3:38 am

he looks a little bit like jim parson, despite his brown eyes (parson has blue)

J.J. January 23, 2014 at 5:32 pm

correction; his eyes are hazel (light brown) and his hair is dark brown (brunet) I think it should be listed

jo9e December 27, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I think that he is part mexican LOL

ihatemostpeople February 16, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Actually now that you mentioned it, he does look Mexican.

sadie March 15, 2012 at 1:52 am

Elena is so wrong about whites. Have you ever seen French or Italians they come in darker skin tones. Leave Jimmy alone he is fine the way he is.

Jane February 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Spanish galleons sank off the shore of Ireland. The Spaniards that made it to shore, “mingled” with/possible married… the Irish lasses. The offspring were often referred to to as “black Irish” because of darker skin. Some of them made it to America. My great grandfather’s surname was Kirkpatrick and he had very dark skin, black hair and eyes. He produced blue eyed, blonde haired children. Evolution, you know!

John February 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm

The whole “Black Irish” thing is a legend and totally unsubstantiated with facts. Some Irish are darker than others, its the same with Welsh people. Celtic people have a variety of different looks, it doesn’t mean that they’re “part Spanish” or something.

Alice January 25, 2012 at 7:19 pm

James Thomas Fallon Jr is of full blooded Irish descent.

Read more: http://www.irishcentral.com/people/Jimmy+Fallon#ixzz1kWyHScE1

Alice January 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

There are a variety of looks in Ireland (and the British Isles). People range from blond, blue eyed & fair skinned to dark hair, brown eyes and olive skin like Jimmy. They all have the same ancestry.

follers January 23, 2014 at 7:26 am

He isn’t, Alice.

I was surprised, but he has actually mentioned his full background himself before.

Alice January 23, 2014 at 7:50 am

Well there you go. That’s a very good find.

follers January 23, 2014 at 8:00 am

I think the most surprised I was by somebody turning out to not be fully Irish was Bonnie Hunt. She was always mentioned as being the daughter of Irish Catholic parents in Chicago.

Alice January 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm

It is probably unlikely to find someone of just one ethnicity in the US if people have been here for a few generations. It is the same here in Australia except the US seems to have a greater variety of different nationalities.

follers January 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm
Alice January 23, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Rosie O’Donnell is a 3rd cousin of Bridget Moynahan. I just read that the other day.

Arlene December 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Do any of you bigots realize that we are all descended from the same people, and life began in Africa. Divisions came later. Most Christians originated in the Middle East, Israel to be exact. Anyone remember Jesus was Jewish?

moe May 23, 2012 at 1:36 am

you mean *Palestine

sarahle January 23, 2014 at 9:57 am

Ancient Palestine, today Israel!

Melissa November 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I always thought he was part Italian.

Gemma May 24, 2011 at 2:27 am

Correction irish is white,white means of irish,scottish,english,german,french,italian,dutch and/or swedish,swiss,etc

dana November 10, 2011 at 8:54 am

white is anything of northern european origination. those with germanic genes in say italian from incursion by northerners many many many years ago and were subsequently rulers have either lighter or white skin or the skull shape of northerners. even the king of spain, another place where northerners moved to and then ruled has the height and skull shape of a northerner. all of the grops mentioned above are germanic except italian, which as stated above can have germanic genes infused therein

francescorivi May 23, 2012 at 2:46 am

i love how people like you have a twisted knowledge of history of genes. i wonder if you read that somewhere, or if you invented it all by yourself. let me explain you a couple things i studied in history classes.
in the Ancient times Northern Italians were Celtic, Center Italians were Etruscans, Southern italians were Greeks. the only dark features were found in the Etruscan people. its believed they came from Middle East but they fastly mixed with the native peoples. and according to recent studies on genes, even though we had many other dominations through the centuries, those are the strongest ethnicities in Italians’ blood. so that makes us 100% white. Having white skin but brown hair and eyes, or getting used to be tanned cause of the sunny weather its a totally different thing.
the dark italian features you heard about in the typical American and Northern European stereotypes aren’t actually false. most of italian immigrants came from Sicily and deep Southern areas of the country: Arabs ruled Sicily for long times and settled on the Tyrrenian coasts of the southern paeninsula but they haven’t left any strong sign in people of Campania, Lucania, Calabria and Apulia coasts like they had in Sicily. so thats where those dark features come from. but its a very singular fact that in Sicily you can find the fairest features of Southern Italy too cause they were ruled by Normans as well. that’s probably one of the most interesting things of Sicily. so if you travel to Sicily you’ll find people with very dark features, but people with Scandinavian features as well.
about Germans they invaded all Italy but mostly settled in the Northern-Center areas mixing with the native italo-celtic populations. they settled in the intern zones of South too (Campania/Lucania) in particular the Longobards, of Scandinavian origin but lived for many centuries in the current Hungary.
being italian is a nationality, ’cause if you see it from a genetic point of view you can see that every zone has its own mix of ethnies.
i hope next time you’re going to say something about italians being not white you’ll think twice. ciao.

Me. March 17, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Uhm…my family is Irish, but I am African-American.

dana November 10, 2011 at 8:56 am

the only way you could be irish is if an irish family moved to africa and then moved to the usa. blacks would not be irish. they are african. many many blacks have irish surnames, but that is because they did not keep their african names, but took the names of their owners.

Robert February 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Adoption, that is how a person could be one thing while their family is something else.

Also, the names would have been forced on non free individuals from Africa (just as everything else was during that tragic period of history.)

anonymous January 26, 2011 at 10:20 am

a lot of irish people have dark hair and dark eyes just not dark or olive skin tones . my dad has been to ireland and he said that red hair isnt really common there. he said most people had dark or brown hair. blue eyes eyes are really common there. since jimmy skin tone is darker he probably is mixed with another ethnicity but just identifies with his irish side. his last name is definatly irish though .

kira June 19, 2010 at 4:13 am
Elena McGinty May 24, 2011 at 2:32 am

Irish is white,white means of irish,scottish,english,german,french,italian and/or swiss,swedish decent

Malika June 19, 2010 at 12:10 am

Jimmy Fallon always looked mixed with something other than white. He looks yellowly-olive to me.

ihatemostpeople February 20, 2014 at 4:57 pm

He looks half Mexican or any other type of Hispanic.

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