Joan Jett

by madman on January 4, 2016

iHeartRadio Music Festival Las Vegas 2013 - Day 2

Birth Name: Joan Marie Larkin

Place of Birth: Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 22, 1958

Ethnicity: Irish, as well as English and Scottish

Joan Jett is an American rock singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer, and actress. She is a member of the rock group Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and was a founding member of the rock group The Runaways.

Joan is the daughter of Dorothy M. (Jett) and James Francis Larkin. Joan has stated:

My father was Irish, and I believe he came from County Mayo. [I] Want to explore that a little bit more when I have the time…

Joan stated that she also has Scottish and English ancestry.

The surname Jett is Joan’s mother’s maiden name, which she began using after her parents divorced.

In an article in The Irish Times, Joan was compared to the concept of “black Irish” (Irish people with dark hair). Her friend, Kenny Laguna, stated in the same article that there are a “ton of Duffys in her family.”

Joan’s paternal grandparents were Michael J. Larkin and Helen V. Duffy. Michael and Helen were from County Mayo, Ireland, with Helen being from Kilkenny.

Sources: Information about Joan’s roots – http://joanjettbadrep.com

Joan’s grandparents – http://www.oasisblues.com

Joan’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Joan’s paternal grandparents, Michael J. Larkin and Helen V. Duffy, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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bablah February 13, 2017 at 1:19 pm

Could this be her aunt?
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mcall/obituary.aspx?n=Mary-H-Larkin&pid=125232244
Her parents are Duffy and Larkin and she has a niece Joan

madman February 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Yes, that is most likely correct, since Joan’s siblings are named Anne and James. Good find!

So her paternal grandparents were Michael J. Larkin and Helen V. Duffy, and they were both from County Mayo, Ireland.

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH4V-SMM
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQJN-MBM

madman February 13, 2017 at 2:09 pm

More specifically, Helen Duffy was born in Kilkenny, County Mayo, Ireland.

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV5H-H2YD

madman February 13, 2017 at 2:31 pm

Joan is the daughter of Dorothy M. Jett and James Francis Larkin.

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