Jon Bon Jovi

by ethnic on December 25, 2007


Birth Name: John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.

Place of Birth: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 2, 1962

*25% Italian-Sicilian
*25% Slovak
*25% Polish
*25% Swiss-German

Jon Bon Jovi is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and philanthropist. He is a member of the rock band Bon Jovi. The band’s other members include or previously included David Bryan, Richie Sambora, and Tico Torres.

Jon was born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, to Carol (Sharkey) and John Francis Bongiovi. His cousin, Tony Bongiovi, is a record producer. Jon is married to Dorothea Hurley, with whom he has four children.

Jon’s father’s ancestry is half Italian-Sicilian and half Slovak. Jon’s mother’s ancestry is half Polish and half Swiss-German.

Jon was evidently described by Spin magazine as a relative of singer and actor Frank Sinatra. It is not clear, if accurate, what form this relation may take.

Jon’s paternal grandfather was Louis Bongiovi (the son of Giuseppe/Joseph Bongiovi and Lucia/Louise Arcuri). Louis was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents. Giuseppe was born in Cianciana, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy, the son of Louis Bongiovi and Annie. Lucia was born in Cattolica Eraclea, also in Agrigento, the daughter of Emanuele Arcuri and Patti Anna.

Jon’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth M. Benkovsky (the daughter of Jan Benkovsky and Maria). Jon’s grandmother Elizabeth was born in Pennsylvania, to Slovak parents.

Jon’s maternal grandfather was Michael Raymond Sharkey (the son of Paul Sharkey and Anna Reherkowitz/Rehercowicz/Regarkewicz/Rehurciewicz/Regarkevitch). Michael was born in New York, and raised in Pennsylvania. His parents were ethnic Polish immigrants (listed as being from Poland, Russia, or Lithuania, depending on the census). Michael’s surname was also spelled as Shirky. Paul was the son of Charley Sharkey and Sophia.

Jon’s maternal grandmother was Martha Wilhelmina Ludwig (the daughter of Max Ludwig and Helen Evelyn Sohler). Martha was born in New York, and was also raised in Pennsylvania. Max was born in Switzerland, of Swiss-German descent, the son of Otto Ludwig and Sussette Schulthess. Helen was born in New York, and was also of Swiss-German descent; Helen’s father, John Sohler, was born in Switzerland, and Helen’s mother, Sophia Richter, was born in New York.

Sources: Genealogy of Jon Bon Jovi –

Genealogy of Jon Bon Jovi (focusing on his father’s side) –

Jon’s paternal grandfather, Louis Bongiovi, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Jon’s maternal grandfather, Michael Raymond Sharkey, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jon’s maternal grandmother, Martha Wilhelmina Ludwig, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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andrew June 20, 2017 at 2:42 pm

His cousin, Tony Bongiovi, is a record producer.

Jon has stated to Spin magazine to be related to Frank Sinatra. This is evidently not accurate.

andrew February 25, 2017 at 1:02 pm

correction: Giuseppe/Joseph Bongiovi was born in Cianciana. Lucia/Louise Arcuri was born in Cattolica Eraclea; both locations in Province of Agrigento, Sicily, Italy.

neiltennant February 10, 2017 at 11:43 am

Thats what i find funny about ITALIAN AMERICAN people

they consider theirselves as ITALIAN AMERICAN although many of them have other ethnic roots

SLY STALLONE, MADONNA, BON JOVI and many others who are only part ITALIAN always said that they are proud being ITALIAN


but what about her french, spanish, english roots ?

neiltennant February 10, 2017 at 11:41 am

I remember reading in the 90s magazines in which he was quoted as being proud to be an ITALIAN

nothing said about his polish or slovak roots

But this has a meaning !
Psychologists and sociologists suggest that there is a kind of PRIDE, NATIONALISM etc. with ITALIAN AMERICAN people

That means that there are strong bounds within the communities
and compared to other ethnic groups ITALIAN AMERICANS often marry their Italian americans

JON BON JOVI is an exception

andrew June 19, 2016 at 6:44 am

I suggest to link the profiles of Bon Jovi’s members:

Jon Bon Jovi
Richie Sambora
Tico Torres
David Bryan

andrew June 19, 2016 at 6:51 am

Tico does not have a profile atm, add his name anyway.

phaedra April 10, 2016 at 1:23 am

Looks nothing like an Italian.

Definitely more Polish and German.

neiltennant October 15, 2017 at 10:05 am

yes thats true

blond and blue eyed

more polish and slovak than italian

NextHlywdartistpredictedbypastor June 1, 2015 at 3:37 pm

It’s not clear there if he is American by her maternal’s grandmother line. Have they got American descent also (English from America or from England)?, I want to know because I thought he was American. Please and thanks.

Uniscorn August 9, 2014 at 3:12 am

He looks very Polish to me.

Check7t July 31, 2014 at 8:28 am

Ahhhhhh, he doesn’t look Italian, more Swedish looking.

AnonymousPerson December 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm

He needs to lay off the fake tan. He looks orange as hell in this picture.

The Beautiful Ones January 7, 2014 at 11:13 am

don’t hate, he’s hot

The Beautiful Ones December 3, 2013 at 12:27 pm

He’s so fine!

andrew November 4, 2013 at 5:37 am

He’s half Eastern-European

follers November 4, 2013 at 5:51 am

Does he have the head shape?

andrew November 4, 2013 at 6:20 am

wouldn u believe or not, the flat head back is a typical trait in Eastern European men, who use to be uglier than their women.

follers November 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Well, that wasn’t a very nice thing to say.

elina March 26, 2014 at 10:08 am

andrew what are you talking about asshole?the estern europeans are slavs the slavs are the most beautiful race in the planet!!!!!!all the super models comes from the eastern european countries and brazil!i can not say the same think for the aglosaxons for examlple especially the womans who are really ugly not femen looking but verry brutal looking!

andrew April 6, 2014 at 2:38 pm

yeah..slav women are the most beautiful in the doubt at all..that’s what I wrote

Uniscorn August 9, 2014 at 6:12 am

Yeah that’s why 90% of models are Eastern European right? Dumbfuck.

chris91 November 22, 2015 at 2:57 am

I think that flat back head shape you refer to is associated with polish men specifically. I personally only seen it on poles not other eastern europeans. BTW there are no eastern europeans that are pure slavs but they are a mixture of balts,fins, nords, central europeans..

follers October 13, 2013 at 6:37 am

Ah, I finally found all of Jon’s ancestry.

ethnic October 13, 2013 at 8:44 am

Awesome well done Follers

ectag February 8, 2014 at 10:04 am

Ah! Vell done Herr Follers! Ze Fuhrer vill be pleased! Can you get me ze ancestry of more peoples, ya?

follers February 8, 2014 at 11:19 am

You’re criticizing someone for doing genealogical research… on a genealogy website? Do you also criticize the postman for delivering the mail?

ectag February 8, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Yes. You have an unhealthy interest in race and ethnicity.

It’s not normal.

Who cares what race or ethnicity some “celeb” is?

I swear, if the Internet was around in the 1920s, the future Nazis would LOVE this site.

Look. Race and ethnicity are accidents of birth.

People’s appearance is often misleading (there are full blooded Italians who look Irish, full blooded Englishmen who look Spanish, people of ‘mixed race’ who look not mixed, etc.


Who cares?

Answer: Racists.

Anyone so obsessed with race and ethnicity that they feel compelled to look up what race a celeb is, is SICK.

Uniscorn August 9, 2014 at 6:16 am

For one: Geneticists care, historians care, & anthropologists care.

But those are all racists right?

And nobody is looking up race, they want to see what COUNTRY people originate from.
Spoiler: a lot of countries share the same race.

nnnnn April 29, 2013 at 11:41 pm

I haven’t link “arrow” to comments
Programm mistake or my PC is crazy again?

none April 29, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Folks get this straight, my family is from Sicily. my parents were born and raised there. there were no known Slavs of record in Sicily prior to 1980s. Jon Bon Jovi is much older than that so if his father is Sicilian, i cant see him being Slovak. Remember, prior to July 1943, my parents and their relatives and neighbors never knew anyone that was Black, Mixed Race, Hispanic, Jewish, Muslim, Asian etc… Sicily was augustly one of the most Caucasian areas of Europe. whatever small minority of Muslims and Jews that were there from the middle ages were massacred in the middle ages under the rule of King Ferdinand and Isabella, regents of Spain and Sicily.

ashash October 13, 2013 at 10:09 am

Muslims and Jews cannot be Caucasian . . . ? Bosnians and Albanians are not Caucasian?

ectag April 6, 2014 at 6:33 am

ROFLMAO! Sicily is the most mixed place in Europe (though geographically it’s as close to Africa as Europe).

The Muslim/Arab/North African influence in Sicily is so significant the Sicilian dialect is loaded with Arabic words (the most famous example being “mafia”).

Sicily is politically part of Italy but they’re ethnically distinct from mainland Italians. Ethnically they are a mix of Italian, Greek, Berber (North African), Arab, and Teutonic (what they call “Normana”).

andrew April 6, 2014 at 2:42 pm

you do love the world “mafia”, we already spoke about that, Arabic words in Sicilian language are just a few of whole vocabulary that is variation of Latin, also Sicilians are Catholic and you can’t really distinguish an Italian from a Sicilian.

andrew April 6, 2014 at 2:47 pm

example this is a Sicilian family, are u saying they’re Arab? dont make me laugh

Dan2349 April 8, 2014 at 12:07 am


You’re correct about some of them being a mix of Italian (Italic), Greek, and Norman (French). But, the Berbers were a mix of Spanish/French, and the “Arab” reference doesn’t have anything to do with ethnicity. When people hear the word “Arab,” they think of modern day Iraqi’s, Iranians, Jordanians, and other people of the Middle East. The “Arabs” of what we’re speaking of were mostly Spaniards who practiced the Muslim faith. In essence, this is the reason why they are referred to as “Arab,” because the majority of today’s Middle Eastern people practice the Muslim faith. It doesn’t , however, have anything to do with ethnicity. The Spaniards moved around quite a bit in those times, and they had many settlements in North Africa, and surrounding lands, and also practiced different faiths. In Sicily, however, the overwhelming majority of people are a mixture of Italian (Italic), and Greek.

andrew April 9, 2014 at 8:43 am

the Berbers weren’t a mix of Spanish/French,they’re the indigenous inhabitants of North Africa. Right, the “Arabs” of what we’re speaking of were mostly Spaniards who practiced the Muslim faith, so called Moors

fuzzybear44 April 11, 2014 at 4:36 am

They were not mostly Spaniards.Also moors were around long before Spain even came into the picture.The Muslim faith came out of Africa into spain,not the reverse

andrew April 11, 2014 at 5:49 am

stick to Carly Simon profile. Most of Muslisms in Moorish Spain were actually Spaniards converts and not North Africans

fuzzybear44 April 11, 2014 at 7:08 am

(Most of Muslisms in Moorish Spain were actually Spaniards converts and not North Africans)

Ok this i actually agree with,the way you wrote it before was easy to misinterpret .I don’t have time to look at whatever you want me to see in Carly,will do it later.

gottlob February 19, 2013 at 5:29 pm

I thought he was Jewish.

ectag April 6, 2014 at 6:20 am

You thought a guy with an Italian last name was Jewish? Genius.

Benjamin Ferruzza July 23, 2011 at 11:20 am

I am second generation Sicilian, full blooded!! I know that my family refers to ourselves Sicilians not Italians.

ectag April 6, 2014 at 6:35 am

“Italian” is more of a political designation whereas “Sicilian” is ethnic.

Magyar May 2, 2011 at 7:46 am

If his father was born in Italia, his father cannot be half Slovakian too. There arent Slovakians in Sicily !!! Maybe some Slovak said that but if his father was really born in Sicily thats IMPOSSIBLE that he has Slovakian from fathers side !!!!!!!!

411 May 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm


you say slovak can’t be there,why is there a force field keeping them out?Are you on border patrol,that you know who or who didn’t come into the country.I’m not trying to be mean,I’m just asking a question

kay May 3, 2011 at 4:04 am
levangelista36 June 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Haha. This comment made me laugh.

nnnnn February 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Of course, there were no “marriage agencies”, where
poor young east european women look for west european
men. But I wouldn’t claim, “it’s impossible”. Before communist invasion Chechoslovakia was a normal european country, a part of former Austria, they were
catholic and not worse as sicilian.
John doesn’t look a half-italian

nnnnn February 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm

What confused me, a statement, that his mother is
“russian and german”. “russian and german” like
mrs. Holmes, or have smb. serious sources?

Alex_66 February 26, 2013 at 12:47 am

Are you an idiot?! We are talking about ancestry – this doesn´t mean the location of birth, but genes of the parents! Of course there are Slovaks all over Italy and Sicilly, too, due to labour migration in Europe. Learn some history and then bawl out your opinions.

ectag April 6, 2014 at 6:36 am

Magyar is retarded. What, you think they periodically round up and deport Slovaks from Sicily?

danaeSUCKS February 23, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Sharkey, his mom’s last name, is such a beautiful surname! haha, but is it german or russian or what? doesn’t sound either!

Dave June 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm
Who knows?? June 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Hmm…Practically everywhere else mentions Carol Sharkey as Irish Italian.

Dave June 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I’ve never seen a good source for Irish. Just copies of IMDB or similar websites. In fact, Bon Jovi gave an interview to an Irish paper and said he WISHED he was Irish (and the rest of the interview says he’s Italian, German and Russian – doesn’t mention that his father is part Slovak, like the other paper, but I’m sure that’s true).

ethnic June 16, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Great research thanks Dave.

Dirk June 17, 2010 at 3:22 am

If that’s the case the Sharkey’s must have been called something else originally as Sharkey is an Irish name.

Amber June 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Wow lol i got itallian too but i dont study it althouh maybe i should seeing tht there is confusion on here by the way john francis bongiovi jr ROCKS!!!! :)

Hooray May 29, 2010 at 6:11 am

Yet another Italian Irish mix. It’s all good. :)

spjudy May 25, 2010 at 4:38 am

stephanie who lives in italy then my grandfother is italin and siccilan if hes is both and both his parents are italin what does that tell you it tells that you are both because there connected siccily is an island around italy italian and siccilan people live ther they are all connected

spjudy May 25, 2010 at 4:34 am

first of all i should know i learn about it in school and proud to be ond siccily is not attachedto itly although your italin if siccilan my grandfother God rest his soul even told me hes from ther and every one ele in my family is and its a damn shame that you you sit there and not even looking it up can say what you dont even know so go study and read som bookb because im 100 percent italin sacillin included so look thath up

Richie April 12, 2010 at 6:24 am

Sicilians are Italians.Sicily is part of Italy.I am 3rd generation American born and raised. My ancestors came from. My heritage is Sicilian,Calabrese,Neopolitan.Sicily may not be connected to Italy but they are still part of it.Sicily is not a country.Also,the myth that is so stereotype where all Sicilians are dark skin or have olive looking complexions is false and racist.My great grandmother was born in Sicily.She had extremely light natural blonde hair and green eyes. Not all Sicilians are dark skinned.Sicilians are Italians,speak Italian,food culture is Italian.I consider myself American-Italian.My heritage is 100 percent Italian and damn proud of it,and Sicilian is part of that.To the ignorant people out there.Since Sicily is not a country then what is it?Know your history before you speak.Sicily is part of Italy.Oh yeah, even though I love my American food,Italian food is of course just as great.I know so many non-Italians that love Italian food,they can’t get enough of it.

23423423 June 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm

you seem a little to proud, italians rule thr tri state area that is it.

irish bro June 2, 2010 at 2:21 pm

everybody loves italian, us irish people give half of our paychecks to you every friday and saturday night when we go out to eat, nobody hates sicilians and sicilians should not hate anybody also. you got the usa eating out of your hand. the state i live in most people are half or whole italian.

LiL V4CH4 April 3, 2010 at 1:42 am

Sharkey IS an Irish last name.

SCSASF January 22, 2010 at 9:42 am

stephanie is right Sicilian is not Italian and will never be Italian

stephanie January 6, 2010 at 12:04 am

Italians and Sicilians are not the same.. if his father was born in Sicily, he is sicilian and it is a completely different culture and the island is not even connected to Italy

Anonymous June 6, 2010 at 1:47 am

actually Sicily is part of Italy, Sicilians are Italians too.

Lesley Puntrello July 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Sicily is part of Italy, but its only geographic and governed by. They have their own language, culture and pride. And as far as I know Jon Bon Jovi still has family living in Sciacca, Sicily on his fathers side. And the blonde, green eyes come from the Albanese quarter in Palermo. In other words they are immigrants to Sicily as are many others as Sicily was on the mediterraen trade route for many centuries and has also been invaded by many different cultures too, all are reflected in their architecture and food. It is also a beautiful country in its own right and the Sicilians should be proud to say, I am sicilian when asked.

eriegrrl December 28, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Jon is Italian and Polish. His Mom’s last name is Sharkey.

ethnic June 17, 2010 at 7:21 am

that could be possible Dirk. I wanna find that

ethnic June 17, 2010 at 7:21 am

that could be possible Dirk. I wanna find that out

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