Jimmy Kimmel

by follers on April 26, 2014

LOS ANGELES - MAR 20: Jimmy Kimmel at the 2nd Annual Rebels With

Birth Name: James Christian Kimmel

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

Date of Birth: November 13, 1967

*Irish, German, Welsh (father)
*Italian (mother)

Jimmy Kimmel is an American television and radio personality, actor, writer, producer, comedian, and musician. He has hosted the show Jimmy Kimmel Live! since 2003.

His father, James John Kimmel, is of approximately five eighths Irish, one quarter German, and one eighth Welsh, ancestry. His mother, Joan (Iacono), is of Italian descent. Some of Jimmy’s maternal ancestors lived on Ischia island, located 19 miles from Naples. Jimmy has four children, two with his wife, writer Molly McNearney, and two with his former wife, Gina Maddy.

Jimmy’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Johannes Kümmel, who was born, c. 1608, in Germany.

Jimmy’s paternal grandfather was Charles Jacob Kimmel (the son of Frank Kimmel and Catherine Reynolds). Charles was born in New York. Frank was the son of a German immigrant, Konrad Heinrich Christian Kimmel (originally spelled Kümmel). Catherine was of Irish descent, and was the daughter of Charles A. Reynolds and Catherine “Katie” Miller.

Jimmy’s paternal grandmother was Jane Elizabeth Davies/Davis (the daughter of John William Davies/Davis and Honora/Nora Margaret McTeague/McTigue). Jane was born in Pennsylvania. John was born in England, the son of Ellis Davies, whose parents were Welsh, and of Mariah/Maria Burns, who was of Irish origin. Honora was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of John James Francis McTigue, who was from Mayo, Ireland, and of Mary Ann Meehan, who was born in Staffordshire, England, and was also of Irish origin.

Jimmy’s maternal grandfather was Savino/Sal Jack Iacono (the son of Vincenzo Iacono and Maria Giuseppa Lombardi). Savino was born in New York, to Italian parents. Vincenzo was born in Naples, Campania, the son of Giuseppe Filippo Antonio Stanislao Iacono and Restituta D’Orio. Maria Giuseppa was born, c. 1859, in Casamicciola, Ischia, Campania, the daughter of Luigi Francesco Lombardi and Cecilia Capuano.

Jimmy’s maternal grandmother was Edith Cioffi (the daughter of Pasquale Cioffi and Concetta Guarino). Edith was born in New Hampshire. Pasquale was born in Candida, Avellino, Campania, Italy, the son of Pelligrino Domenico Cioffi and Gaetana Vitagliana. Concetta was born in Manocalzati, Avellino, Campania, Italy, the daughter of Sabino Gaetano Guiseppe Guarino and Carolina Frezza.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) stated that Jimmy’s genetic ancestry is:

*87% European
*11% West Asian
*2% African

The “West Asian” and “African” results evidently refer to North African ancestry through Jimmy’s southern Italian or Sicilian lines.

Sources: Segment on Jimmy’s family history – http://www.youtube.com

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

Jimmy’s paternal great-grandmother, Catherine Reynolds, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jimmy’s paternal grandmother, Jane Elizabeth Davies/Davis, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jimmy’s paternal great-grandparents, John William Davies/Davis and Honora/Nora Margaret McTeague/McTigue, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Information on Jimmy’s Italian ancestry – http://napoli.repubblica.it

Obituary of Jimmy’s maternal grandfather, Savino/Sal Jack Iacono – http://www.lasvegassun.com

Photo by Joe Seer/Bigstock.com

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

madman June 24, 2017 at 11:12 am

Where does Welsh come from? John William Davies was born in England, as was both his parents. Additionally, Honora was born in Pennsylvania, to an Irish father and an English mother. Thus, Kimmel’s father is of three eights Irish, three eights English, and one quarter German, ancestry.


follers June 24, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Updated with more information. Lots of Irish and Welsh people moved to England.

madman June 25, 2017 at 1:42 am

How did you get the names of John’s and Honora’s parents?

follers June 26, 2017 at 2:06 pm
Daron November 20, 2016 at 8:37 pm

He looks half Asian.

savanna January 27, 2016 at 7:28 am

On Finding Your Roots, Gates told Kimmel his North African DNA was from Sicily..?

andrew January 27, 2016 at 4:02 pm

which is his Sicilian ancestor?

savanna January 27, 2016 at 5:13 pm

I don’t know. Henry Louis Gates said he had ancestors from Sicily… it’s possible he meant Southern Italy..?

ashash January 27, 2016 at 10:11 pm

I think Gates meant Southern Italian, as his mother is not Sicilian. When people speak of Southern Italians in the U.S., they think of Sicilians because most Southern Italians who immigrated here were Sicilian, I believe.

Circean January 28, 2016 at 10:41 am

He stated that north African ancestry “can be traced back to the Tunisian Muslim conquerors of Sicily”.

phaedra January 2, 2016 at 9:54 pm

This guy has a strange built…If you were to see him without measuring his height you’d think that he is short, barely over 5’5. Except, that he’s over 180cm tall. Like wtf…he doesn’t look it. And tall/short people usually look it by face and torso value. Strange….

andrew October 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Jimmy’s maternal ancestors were from Ischia island, located 19 miles from Naples.

Jimmy’s maternal grandfather Sal Iacono was born in New York to Vincenzo Iacono and Maria Giuseppa Lombardi. Maria was born c. 1859 in Casamicciola, Ischia, Campania, to Cecilia Capuano and Luigi Francesco Lombardi.


andrew October 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Jimmy talks about his Italian roots at Ischia


visokozen October 4, 2015 at 9:31 am

He’s very smug and arrogant. I don’t know why but i really hate that he’s married to blond who is 11 years younger then him.

neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 2:07 pm

here we have it

and you all criticize me :-(

years ago i had thought that he has something southern european but people laughed at me


but now we see i was right

i had thought that he has some italian

gel August 17, 2015 at 3:43 am

Can’t really understand the dispute – he looks very Italian!

theropod April 1, 2015 at 12:40 am

He doesn’t look Italian, despite his dark features.

I see a bit of Asian or perhaps Native.

California July 24, 2015 at 8:48 pm

He does look kind of Asian.

Nikki May 7, 2014 at 5:38 pm


Jimmy Kimmel is IRish, German, Welsh, ENglish, and Scottish, and Polish. THANKS!

Nikki May 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Are you sure he is Italian?

follers May 6, 2014 at 4:45 pm
Nikki May 7, 2014 at 5:36 pm

He sure doesnt look italian. And none of his anscestry is mentioned as Italian so i doubt he is

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