Matt Damon

by ethnic on June 12, 2014

Birth Name: Matthew Paige Damon

Place of Birth: Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 8, 1970

Ethnicity:
*English, Scottish, distant Welsh (father)
*Finnish, Swedish, distant Norwegian (mother)

Matt Damon is an American actor, writer, producer, filmmaker, and philanthropist. He is known for his roles in the films Saving Private Ryan and The Bourne Identity. Matt was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2007. He is thus far the only man of Finnish heritage to have been given this title by the magazine.

Matt is the son of Nancy Carlsson-Paige and Kent Telfer Damon. He is married to Luciana Bozán Barroso, an Argentinian-born former bartender.

His father is of approximately one quarter Scottish and three quarters English ancestry, along with distant Welsh roots; many of Matt’s patrilineal lines have been in the United States for many generations, back to Massachusetts in the 1600s.

Matt’s maternal grandfather was the son of Finnish immigrants, while Matt’s maternal grandmother was of Swedish and Finnish descent. On his mother’s side, Matt also has distant Norwegian ancestry.

Matt is a tenth cousin, once removed, of his friend, actor and filmmaker Ben Affleck. Matt’s paternal ten times great-grandparents, Elizabeth and William Knowlton, of England, were also Ben’s nine times great-grandparents. It appears that, until 2014, Matt and Ben were not aware of this genealogical relationship (common for two people of New England, English, ancestry).

Matt’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Thomas Damon, who was born, c. 1627, in Faversham, Kent, England.

Matt’s paternal grandfather was Albert Howe Damon, Jr. (the son of Albert Howe Damon and Grace Henrietta Telfer). Matt’s great-grandfather Albert was the son of The Rev. Albert Nelson Damon and Hattie Salisbury. Grace was the daughter of Andrew Taylor Telfer and Anna Marie Turnbull, who were born in Scotland, with Andrew being from Jedburgh, Roxburgh.

Matt’s paternal grandmother was Roberta May Fay (the daughter of Clarence Farwell Fay and Maybelle Eleanor Kent). Clarence was the son of Adoniram Judson Fay and Altemirah A. Smith. Maybelle was the daughter of Charles Alvin Kent and Evelyn M. Hammond.

Matt’s maternal grandfather was John Walter Paige (originally Nils Johan Pajari; the son of John Pajari, originally Nils Johan Olafsson Pajari, and of Impi Neimenen/Nieminen). Matt’s grandfather John was born in Minnesota, to parents who were both Finnish immigrants; John’s surname was changed from “Pajari” to “Page”. Matt’s great-grandfather John was the son of Olli/Olaf Johansson Pajari/Bajar and Kaisa-Greta Kreeta Vanhakartano.

Matt’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Johnson (the daughter of Carl Emil Johnson and Cecelia/Cecilia A. Carlson). Carl’s parents, August Johnson and Ida, were Swedish. Cecelia was the daughter of Charles Carlsson, who was Swedish, and of Catherine, who was Finnish.

Sources: Genealogies of Matt Damon – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com
http://www.geni.com
http://famouskin.com
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Picture and genealogy of some of Matt’s father’s family – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogies of Matt Damon (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com
http://nagelhistory.com

Matt’s maternal grandfather, Nils Johan Pajari (later John Walter Paige), on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew February 19, 2017 at 3:33 pm
andrew November 12, 2016 at 6:47 pm

genealogy of Matt’s “Damon” line: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Damon-Family-Tree-369

Matt’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Thomas Damon Sr., born c. 1627, in Faversham, Kent, England.

Kimmel August 1, 2016 at 9:48 am

So that’s what his ethnic features amount to: Finnish. I was always on the cusp of identifying it.

andrew July 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm
cwm85 October 3, 2015 at 2:05 pm

I thought he was of german ancestry. The finnish surprises me. To me he looks sorta german.

visokozen September 29, 2015 at 4:40 am

I can’t understand why he can’t keep his mouth straight. It’s probably some mastrobatory tick.

California July 12, 2015 at 8:29 am

He almost looks like an Albino Black person.

crunty May 13, 2016 at 12:44 pm
Capricious April 8, 2015 at 1:54 am

Very European looking. Very Slavic for me though.

Check7t October 24, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Faelid + Baltid; Finnish ancestry is definitely evident.

crunty May 13, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Lol. Hrogar of the Elfin Jutemen would heartily agree with thee.

Liljaoch November 1, 2013 at 1:10 am

Sami people we have in the north not inuit. And he doesn’t look like one. Swedes are mixed. A Brown haired swede can be more nordic then a blonde one. I am swedish and not blonde but i am swedish in lots of generations i have roots in norrland. O. My fathers side in south dalarna he is black haired. Finns don’t take in immigrants

nnnnn May 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

“North European: North Germany, Netherlands, Scandinavia,
Great Britain. And Finnland”. Geografical correct. My job is
technic, but even I know, there are 4 different ethnical
groups: germanic, related scandinavic, celtic and finn (Ural).
If some “antropologist” put them together as the same
ethnic group, he should lose his Diplom

nnnnn May 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm

If you ment, finns
and jews don’t belong to negroid race, you are right

nnnnn May 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Follers, I wonder, that you, hobby (or professional?)ethnicy searcher know less as me about a subject.White race isn’t only indo-european.

Follers and Andrew: if you want to go at barricade
and claim desperate, that Finns and especially
1/4 part of Matt’s genetic is indo-european, you
should bring the petition to UNO or direct to Lord
God. They concidered as some “Ural ethnic family”. I didn’t invented that fact and can’t change it. O’k?

eve August 4, 2014 at 10:27 am

@nnnnn lol what on earth are you going on about? As Amaya said, you are confusing linguistic families with ethnic groups.

The whole “Finns are mongoloid” theory is ooooold as hell and no one believes it anymore. True, a percentage of Finns have showed some remote “eastern” (probs Siberia) gene in genetic research but in general we are shown to be genetically closest to the Swedish and the Dutch.

The term indo-european has got nothing to do with ethnicity, it is a language family. Yes, the Finnish language is not indo-european, but part of the uralic language family (specifically finno-ugric).

The theory about the origin of Finns that is currently the most popular/most believable is that there was originally a small population of Finnish speakers (or proto-finnish) who came from somewhere in Siberia probably and settled the present day Finnish area. Then the area now known as Finland gradually saw a huge migration of peoples from elsewhere in Europe (west and south of Finland), who spoke indo-european languages. They adjusted to the environment by adopting the local language, Finnish. That is why present day Finns are mostly of indo-european descent, while speaking a uralic language.

I would know. I am from Finland.

fuzzybear44 May 28, 2013 at 1:36 am

@nnnnn

You actually still go along with this( race) stuff?

Amaya July 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm

There is no such thing as an “ural ethnic family”. You are confusing linguistical families with ethnic groups.

nnnnn May 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

BTW, if you read my comment (which began that great disput):
I didn’t claim,all finns are smth like chineses. I wrote explizite, one can explain Matt’s small eyes and straight dark hair with 1/4
inuit blood

andrew May 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm

small eyes are common in North Europeans and he doesn’t have dark hair at all, he’s actually a light-haired guy

http://mit.zenfs.com/237/2012/12/Matt-Damon28122012.jpg

nnnnn May 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm

O’k, he’s not light-haired, but brown-haired and curly.
Not “inuit” hair

nnnnn May 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

What’s “North european”? Greenland, too?

nnnnn May 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm

One can’t speak about “North european” as an
ethnic group, since they have different background.

andrew May 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm

curly?? For North European I mean Nordic ppl, North Germany, Netherlands, Scandinavia, parts of England, ppl tend to have smaller eyes compared to other parts of Europe, this is anthropology
Matt could pass in these countries. Not in Korea (being part Asian according to you)

nnnnn May 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Lapland (and I wrote “Lapland”) is in Korea “according to you”?

andrew May 27, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Follers. do u know David Lynch and Pamela Anderson have Finnish ancestry?

andrew May 27, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I’ve read according to some scholars Uralic languages could share a common origin with Indo-European ones. Finns speak a non Indo-European Language, to not consider them as non-European but somewhat Asian is ridiculous

nnnnn November 21, 2012 at 1:29 am

finish people are not european. some of them have even
escimo blood. he looks a bit escimo

nnnnn May 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Google, please. If you find out, that they are indo-europeans, you may post 3 big, fat “lols”
(It’s a very small ethnic group).

If some “black-white”-obsessed biggots think, that it’s a mean to insult him, so, it’s their problem

nnnnn May 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Oh, sh.. the word “f a t” is vorbidden, too. One more:
sadly, I’m not a psychologist.

BTW, follers, you mean, you don’t know ethnic.
How can you read unvisible comments?

nnnnn May 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Can you some other things, too? Make dead (f.e
dead files) alive?

nnnnn May 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Vorget it.

karro Jansson April 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

It wouldnt be so weird if he had swedish ancestry,sweden and finland
have been very close.
His ancestors in sweden,is probably in Dalarna or maybe more up.
It was 70.000. finns who came to Dalarna for a long time agoo.
that much finns is very much for sweden,who only is the size of
california.
And this was in Dalarna.

Jasmine March 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Matt Damon’s Scottish? LOVE HIM EVEN MORE. He does look very Scottish/Finnish/Swedish.

angelaaps February 6, 2010 at 11:10 pm
Maria November 17, 2008 at 11:54 am

He really is of Finnish, Scottish, and English ancestry. referencesa at: wikipedia.org

nnnnn May 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Ower PC is a bit crazy late weeks. Of course, it’s not
a PC for works and personal mails and dates.

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