Jon Gosselin

by ethnic on May 1, 2009

Jon Gosselin Hosts an Afternoon Pool Event at Wet Republic in Las Vegas on August 29, 2009

Birth Name: Jonathan Keith Gosselin

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

Date of Birth: April 1, 1977

*French-Canadian, Irish, Welsh, 1/1024 Portuguese (father)
*Korean (mother)

Jon Gosselin is an American television personality. He starred in the reality television series Jon & Kate Plus 8, alongside his then-wife, Kate Gosselin, and their eight children.

Jon’s father’s ancestry is French-Canadian, Irish, Welsh, and 1/1024 Portuguese. Jon’s mother was born and raised in Hawaii, of Korean descent. This was stated in the Korean American Journal.

Jon and Kate’s children have also inherited Jon’s Korean looks. When asked to comment about this, Jon’s mother stated that the “Korean gene is very strong.” Kate said that she wanted her kids to look like Jon and that she always wanted little “China dolls.”

Jon’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Gosselin (the son of Frank Louis Gosselin and Kathleen/Catherine Lang/Long). Joseph was born in Massachusetts. Kathleen was born in Madawaska, New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of François-Xavier Long and Adèle Ouellette.

Jon’s paternal grandmother was named Elizabeth Thomas.

Jon’s father distant ancestor, Françoise Grenier/Garnier, may have been an Indigenous Canadian.

Sources: Genealogy of Jon Gosselin (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Jon’s paternal great-grandmother, Kathleen/Catherine Lang/Long –

Genealogy of Jon’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Adèle Ouellette –

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madman August 26, 2016 at 4:02 am

Jon’s great-great-great-great-grandfather was Philip Long. He is said to be either Scottish or American. He was at least not French-Canadian.

Genealogy of Jon’s great-grandmother, Kathleen/Catherine Lang/Long –

Genealogy of Jon’s great-great-grandmother, Adèle Ouellette –

Jon’s father is 1/1024 Portuguese, from this ancestor:

He is also descended from Françoise Grenier/Garnier several times. According to, she was a Native Canadian woman, but pretty much all other genealogy sites states that she was a French immigrant. If she was a Native Canadian, it would make Jon’s father of somewhere between 1/256 and 1/512 Native Canadian descent, but it does not seem to be completely clear what her ancestry was.

phaedra April 14, 2016 at 11:33 pm

Asiatic eyes ruin potentially good looking men.

Hill May 20, 2017 at 4:30 pm

So literally racist? Even though you’re like Pakistani or something?

Oliver Hill June 6, 2014 at 12:58 pm

I wonder where his Korean mom got this eye gene from

Hate Me January 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

He is hideous.

Sims January 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I knew for a fact he was half Asian the first time I saw him… but he goes more towards his White side in terms of how he acts.

mids September 30, 2012 at 10:44 am

What are Asians supposed to act like? And for that matter I know white British people act different from shite American Southerners, so is he acting British white, southern Smerican white or Canadian white even?

Island Girl July 31, 2011 at 9:37 pm

People who are mixed with black and other races are always considered beautiful, but what have notice if the person is mixed race but do not have black in them considered to be less so, by both black and white people. My Italian boyfriend has said to me on many occasions that if we had a child together it would be beautiful.

Delnegro August 1, 2011 at 2:05 am

Haha wow who the hell cares

rafael August 1, 2011 at 6:17 am

delghetto,you take the time to reply,so you care,or maybe your just looking for some big mandingo to tear you a new one.

Island Girl July 31, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I do believe that the asian genes are very dominant. Myleene Klass and Gok Wan are half white but they look full asian. Myleen Kass little girl’s father is white but the child still looks full asian, yet in they are said to be genitcally closer to whites than blacks yet the children always look pure asian. I have never seen a chinese or Japanese mix race child with blond hair blue or green eyes, but this happens a lot when a child is part black or white or part east Indian and white.

kathleen April 29, 2011 at 9:15 am

he has the cutest children

jon April 8, 2011 at 8:26 am

Jons kids got most of their looks from his mother’s side, and not as much from his father’s side. even though its not really well known, we dont receive a even 25/25/25/25% split from each of our grandparents. You can easily receive 40% of your genes from your grandmother and only 10% from your grandfather and vice versa…This is why Siblings dont always look alike, and is also why some people resemble a single grandparent so strongly.

Of course the mother is White to, its hard to say why her side isnt more dominant considering john does have caucasian ancestry to. But their kids looking asian despite being 1/4th isnt unheard of. If she had more than 2 pregnancies im sure they would have had some caucasian looking children since its all a dice roll as far as what genes are selected for looks. in their case they had 2 dice rolls [pregancies] and both selected the asian grandmother’s genes for looks. personality and iq may be from jons grandfather though who knows.

ama February 6, 2011 at 6:51 am

My son’s father is also half Korean, making our son one quarter. I had hoped our son would get a little more of the Asian-look to his appearance, but instead, he’s blue-eyed, has brownish-red hair, and very fair skin. I’m blonde with green eyes, and his dad (obviously) is dark brunette with piercing brown eyes… Genetics are a mystery!

Anonymous March 19, 2011 at 10:59 am

there are half East Asian people that are blonde/red hair and blue/green eyes. This is not usually the case because these are recessive traits. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with having unique physical traits, traits that the majority of the population doesn’t have. The vast majority of the Earth’s human population has dark hair and eyes, with representatives in nearly every ethnic group. What you were hoping for was no more “Asian looking” than “Mediterranean looking.” The unique trait from East Asian descent would be in the shape of the eyes.

Anonymous August 11, 2010 at 4:26 pm

His Wikipedia also mentions that his father also has Irish ancestry.

Anonymous. July 18, 2010 at 5:02 am

Those Korean genes are sooo strong. His kids looks full korean.

Jana July 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm

If Jon was a girl he’d be stunning….i mean he is a handsome guy but….anyway whoever said he loves him some white women, hate to agree with you but I do. His girlfriends are all unattractive but blonde! His kids are really beautiful though.

Loire June 6, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Despite the French and so called Welsh in him the man sure turned up butt ugly. And he topped it off by marrying someone just as ugly. They both claim they are in their 30s, but I believe that just as much as I that Jenna Jameson is a virgin.

Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 5:52 am

you sure are a mean bi*#h. karma is one as well!

ethnic June 18, 2010 at 7:00 am

Loire comment is quite fucked.

fuzzybear June 18, 2010 at 7:20 am

To ethnic

Such language,bad day?

ethnic June 18, 2010 at 7:31 am

nah I just noticed how offensive that comment was. :)

guyinsf September 1, 2018 at 9:45 pm

Don’t even know where to begin with your statement. WOW!

Cindy February 5, 2010 at 9:25 pm

This man is the asian version of Tiger Woods. He love himself some white women.

drexxx June 7, 2010 at 3:22 am

lol tiger woods is also asian.

fuzzybear June 7, 2010 at 5:08 am

To Drexxx

Don’t I know you?Oh wait it B.A.B.Y.GIRL,how you doing?

ethnic February 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm
Anonymous February 2, 2010 at 9:11 am

dosent he have blue eyes

HarajukuBarbie October 31, 2009 at 2:45 pm

He has very light coloured eyes so i guess he didn’t got that from his mother.

carol October 31, 2009 at 7:59 am

I, too, have been wondering what Jon Gosselin’s ancestry was as he did not look like any particular race I could think of. His features are very unusual, and I hate to say, not attractive at all.

ethnic October 8, 2009 at 12:41 am

Z, thanks for the comment. It is curiosity nothing more or less.


Z October 7, 2009 at 12:01 pm

It’s just human curiosity and I am glad this website exists. Thank you.

Sherri July 27, 2009 at 1:21 am

I agree with Anana, I’ve been so curious too (and shame on me too) on Jon’s ethiniticy and wasn’t aware since I don’t watch the show — just the gossip about the family on the news and/or net (especially living in eastern PA). I don’t judge people (or try not to) on race/ethniticity in a negative, but it does intrigue me, especially when someone has a unique and exotic look. I, too, have a beautiful bi-racial angel (puerto rican/german) who is 13 and proud of her heritiage. I used to think like Anana, that I wanted everyone to be tan or mixed or whatever so everyone could just get along — but really if everyone was alike that would be soooo boring! Although, I do still wish that everyone could just get along!! I love all ethnicities as long as they are nice people!

ethnic July 25, 2009 at 12:20 am

Paula, thanks for the kind words about the site. Ive been making this site for a while now I love finding out people’s background. However I dont really see the African American in Jon.

Anana, Its good to hear you have a wonderful biracial child. I agree that race shouldnt be an important factor when dealing with people but I think we should be aware of our heritage as i makes us look the way we look and to a lesser extent act the way we act. I think if we were to forget about our ethnic background we would forget the rich history of our ancestors.

Anana July 24, 2009 at 3:29 pm

I was so curious; shame on me. I try to keep race and ethnicity out of my daily world, but I just had to know. What an interesting combo – can’t wait until we’re all “mixed” … beige.

-african american mom of a biracial angel

Paula June 7, 2009 at 12:38 am

Oh, the power of the Internet! I had never heard of Jon and Kate until I started hearing all the tabloid stuff. Then I started following (well, kind of) their developing story and the plus 8. Jon obviously has strong genes as they kids look like him (but Kate sort of favors him, too). I wondered what his ethnicity was. Thank goodness for your website as I was able to Google and find the answer right away! I actually thought he had some African-American blood, as well. Thanks again!

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