Joe Jonas

by ethnic on July 25, 2008

Birth Name: Joseph Adam Jonas

Place of Birth: Casa Grande, Arizona, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 15, 1989

Ethnicity: German, English, Scottish, Irish, Italian/Sicilian, French-Canadian

Joe Jonas is an American singer and actor. He is the lead singer of the band DNCE, and was previously a member of the band The Jonas Brothers. He is the brother of Kevin Jonas and Nick Jonas, who make up the latter band, as well as of actor Frankie Jonas. JinJoo Lee is also a member of DNCE.

Joe’s father, Paul Kevin Jonas, who is from a Southern family, has German, English, and Scottish ancestry. Joe’s mother, Denise (Miller), who is from the New Jersey area, has Irish, Italian/Sicilian, and French-Canadian ancestry.

The Jonas Brothers have also stated that they have Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

Joe is related to congressmen Charles A. Jonas (1876-1955), and Charles’s son, Charles R. Jonas (1904-1988), both of North Carolina. Joe descends from the same Jonas line.

It is not publicly known who Joe’s biological paternal grandfather is.

Joe’s paternal grandmother, now Cecilia Lucas, was born under the name Cecilia Jonas (her parents were Paul Adam Jonas and Nellie May Fox). Paul was the son of Henry Walter Jonas and Nora Lee Campbell. Nellie was the daughter of Nathan or Walter Henry Fox and Elizabeth/Lizzie Mae Hamilton. Through the Jonas line, Joe is descended from German immigrants to the United States in the 1700s.

Joe’s maternal grandfather was named Gerald “Jerry” Miller.

Joe’s maternal grandmother is Frances Madonia (the daughter of Fortunato Angelo “Frank” Madonia and Margaret Anna Berard). Fortunato was born in New York, the son of Angelo Madonia and Maria Chimero, who were of Italian descent, with Maria’s family being from Sicily. Margaret was born in Bennington, Vemont, the daughter of Milton Dewey Berard and Anna Ducharme, who were of French-Canadian ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Joe Jonas –

Information on Joe’s paternal great-grandfather, Paul Adam Jonas –

Genealogy of Joe’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Daniel Jonas (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Obituary of Joe’s paternal great-grandmother, Nellie May (Fox) Jonas –

Family history of Joe’s maternal grandmother, Frances Madonia –

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

savanna November 16, 2017 at 11:20 am

“Possibly other” should be added since 1/4 of his ancestry is unknown.

andrew November 15, 2017 at 4:06 pm
musicfangirl November 25, 2015 at 5:43 pm

he use to be cute what happened

California July 11, 2015 at 10:21 pm

I thought he was part Mexican.

vasinger April 16, 2015 at 8:15 pm

Um, The East Coast runs from Maine to Florida.

theropod April 1, 2015 at 12:18 am

All these ethnicities…

neiltennant July 11, 2015 at 6:49 am

i thought the same

andrew July 11, 2015 at 8:20 am

he’s 1/8 Italian.

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 11:54 pm

Btw he looks like Guy Sebastian (who is Sri Lankan and English).

WTF December 21, 2014 at 10:56 am

Strange, for the longest time I thought he was adopted. He looks very different than his two other brothers. He looks part Mestizo Mexican or Arab… IDK what he is, but he looks off-white…

Capricious April 2, 2015 at 7:14 pm

He looks like the older Jonas for sure, but thinner.

Joe Jonas is the one who looks different. They still all look the same, racially (dark hair, dark eyes).

Check7t August 26, 2014 at 4:06 am

Looks very Mediterranean, can pass in Southern Europe and France.

WTF August 17, 2014 at 5:30 am

he actually looks mexican

ihatemostpeople March 15, 2014 at 1:47 pm

He looks a little Asian.

andrew March 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

not at all

ihatemostpeople March 17, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Well that’s MY opinion. No one asked you what you thought.

roman2886 May 12, 2014 at 7:56 am

He doesn’t look asian at all he has no asian in him he is white native american i have asian in me but i’m not 100% asian i’m half white half asian.

roman2886 February 3, 2014 at 4:29 pm

He has no English Scottish and French Canadian in him he is primarly Irish Italian German and Cherokee.

roman2886 February 3, 2014 at 4:26 pm

He defiantly looks Italian while other brothers look Irish he can totally pass for Spanish and even Portuguese at first glance i thought he was Greek.

roman2886 January 28, 2014 at 3:59 pm

I have a similar ethnic background English Irish Scottish Welsh Austrian German Italian Filipino Spanish Chinese Japanese Indonesian and Malaysian.

The Beautiful Ones December 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm

so, you’ve smoked weed huh Joe? Well, frankly we don’t give a damn.

J.J. September 26, 2013 at 2:01 am

correction; his eyes are hazel (light brown) and his hair is virtually black (noirette) I think it should be listed

andrew January 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm

he has strong Mediterranean features

Hope Moretti September 25, 2012 at 2:32 am

his gay too

delnegro June 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm

There’s the gay one

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