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 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). 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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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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