Nick Jonas

by ethnic on July 25, 2008

Birth Name: Nicholas Jerry Jonas

Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 16, 1992

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

Nick Jonas is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and producer. He is a member of the band The Jonas Brothers. He is the brother of Kevin Jonas and Joe Jonas, who make up the band, as well as of actor Frankie Jonas.

Nick’s father, Paul Kevin Jonas, who is from a Southern family, has German, English, and Scottish ancestry. Nick’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.

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

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

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

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

Nick’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 Mary/Rose Ducharme, who were of French-Canadian ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Nick Jonas –

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

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

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

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

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MadBadDog December 19, 2016 at 2:28 pm

He kinda reminds me of Nolan Gould (the kid from Modern Family).

savanna December 2, 2016 at 9:13 am

The ethnicity should note “unclear biological paternal grandfather”.

follers December 3, 2016 at 1:31 am

There are many people who have a grandparent (or parent) whose background I don’t know anything about.

Presumably, the Jonas Brothers do know, and were comprehensive when they listed off their various ancestry groups.

savanna December 3, 2016 at 11:10 pm

the article doesn’t even mention that one of their grandparents is completely unknown. their father doesn’t even have his biological father’s last name.
how do we know if the Jonas Brothers didn’t ignore that part (25%) of their ancestry?

follers December 4, 2016 at 12:05 am

I made a note about their paternal grandfather. You’re right that it’s relevant to mention, though not in the bolded summary.

For the record, I don’t know anything about the genealogy of the Jonas brothers’ maternal grandfather, either.

savanna December 4, 2016 at 10:43 am

Thank you

phaedra May 12, 2016 at 5:59 pm

He looks much better with hair and he can easily pass as full Italian.

savanna March 8, 2016 at 5:28 pm

I’m now really curious about who the Jonas Brothers’ biological paternal grandfather is. Their dad looks like he has more than German, Scottish and English ancestry (from pics I’ve seen of him anyway).

savanna February 29, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Their parents are Paul Kevin Jonas Sr. and Denise Miller

follers February 10, 2016 at 12:17 am

I would remove it, but I left it on since I don’t know the identity of his paternal grandfather. Usually when I don’t include possible Native American, it’s because the person’s entire recent genealogy is known.

savanna February 9, 2016 at 8:26 pm

wait.. who is his paternal grandfather?

follers February 9, 2016 at 10:21 pm

His father uses his own mother’s maiden name, “Jonas”.

I’m not sure who his grandfather was.

So, it’s like Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who, despite all his research, doesn’t know who Harry Connick, Jr., Bill Maher, and Patricia Arquette’s mothers were or what their ethnic lineage may have been.

bakchoyhurl February 6, 2016 at 10:56 am

I always thought they were half native.

slowdive February 5, 2016 at 10:41 pm
bleachsoda December 1, 2015 at 8:18 pm

him and his brothers actually look part native american

xoxo November 19, 2015 at 1:46 pm

But he does look part Native American. I thought the Jonas Brothers were Latinos when they first came out, they don’t look white to me. They look Latino……………….

marjanel November 24, 2015 at 10:39 pm

But there is not something like looking latino.And if it existes it would be European not indigenous.Saying that latino is looking indigenous is thinking that Pocahontas looks Anglo

athelya November 17, 2015 at 11:36 am

i thought being as white as possible was the cool think in the us

legez August 29, 2015 at 8:30 am

he looks like a mouse

Wolfman August 29, 2015 at 8:32 am

I wonder what you look like then? Don’t be a jealous idiot I bet your a ugly fat geek?

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 9:20 pm

Oh shut up. This is the internet. You won’t help changing his opinion.

I think he’s rather unattractive looking too. It’s like his features stopped developing at 12. No matter how muscular and bearded he makes himself he’ll still have that baby face.

neiltennant July 31, 2015 at 6:25 am

believe me they all look too ethnic for every european country !

even they cannot pass for italians and spanish

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 10:39 pm

He’s probably the most decent looking Jonas brother.

midori29 July 13, 2015 at 1:24 pm

They look very native American influenced to me, even as much as half. Look at their eyes and hair, they look super ethnic, even typically hispanics.

Sully January 20, 2015 at 5:30 pm

I just assumed all the Jonas Brothers were Italian, haha xD

Check7t August 25, 2014 at 1:11 am

He apparently wow’d the ladies recently with his looks:

Check7t August 25, 2014 at 1:05 am

Maybe some Native ancestry visible in his face.

Check7t August 25, 2014 at 1:04 am

good looking guy

scott December 27, 2013 at 10:39 pm

He looks very German or Southern European

roman2886 February 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm

He doesn’t look German not even close German has no impact Germans are people whith Blonde hair and eyes he defiantly looks Irish a lot of them look like him he defiantly pass for Welsh there is plenty of people in Wales that look him at first glance i thought he was Scottish he can even pass for Scottish Ray Liota is of Scottish descent you can see the Scottish in him he is pretty much inbred Scottish i imagine there is plenty of Scottish people that look like Ray Liota and Nick Jonas.

Alice February 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm

He doesn’t look Irish, Scottish etc. He looks like a person of mixed ancestry which is what he is.

ihatemostpeople March 1, 2014 at 9:33 am

Honestly I can’t tell a German person from an Irish person, or an English person from a Dutch person. They’re all white, so they’re all the same to me. ANYWAY, NOT ALL GERMANS HAVE BLONDE HAIR. THAT IS A DAMN STEREOTYPE. YEAH THERE ARE A LOT WITH BLONDE HAIR, BUT THERE ARE BRUNETTE GERMANS. JUST LIKE NOT ALL IRISH PEOPLE ARE REDHEADS!

J.J. September 26, 2013 at 2:04 am

correction; his eyes are hazel and his hair is dark brown (brunette) I think it should be listed

nnnnn September 25, 2012 at 12:42 am

Jonas? One of Jonas brothers from “South Park”?

sashafierce564 July 14, 2012 at 12:27 am

He the cutest !!!!’ and fine and sexy!!!

dee September 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Jonas’ maternal grandmother, Frances Madonia, was half Italian and half French-Canadian.


levangelista36 June 19, 2012 at 6:05 am

I think they are related to Avril Lavigne. She is French Canadian, too.

Jasmine June 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I guess they did anyway I was commenting on their hair and saying that the native American,and Italian descent in them explains all the body they have in their hair. I love them they are such great musicians.

Jasmine June 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm

what the hell did this site ban my other email address?

Ppl r annoying February 2, 2011 at 11:31 am

Everyone here has nothing better to do with your time than obsess over stars.Get a life go outside do something cause your all a bunch of losers who have no life.P.s I highly doubt that that was the real nick jonas who commented on your comment. Because quite frankly HE DOSNT GIVE A SH** WHAT YOU THINK!!!!! GET A LIFE PPL

Melanie Lombardi February 2, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Oh please, says the person who people don’t really GAF what you have to say. You pretty much contradicted yourself, you say get a life but yet you’re the one on this website wasting precious time out of your oh so busy life to tell people to get a life. Hmm, sound contadicting to me. So I say, you get a life(:

Debby ryan August 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Cute hair. Hahaha that reminds me. Nick if you read this tell me true or false. Miley said your a bad kisser:)

Nick Jonas August 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm

It’s true Debby.

Ppl r annoying February 2, 2011 at 11:31 am


over9000 October 15, 2011 at 2:59 am

^^ what a hypocrite LOL!

Junior July 14, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Can you believe, and i though the Jonas Bros were Jewish..

heather January 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Wow that’s stupid !! Now you see I was smart enough to believe that he was part Indonesian :o

levangelista36 June 19, 2012 at 6:05 am

I thought they were Jewish, too.

IamTheLight July 13, 2010 at 11:20 pm

I am Scottish decendant on on father’s side and Lakota (Sioux)-enrolled member of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe-and I don’t think I look very Native at all. I have a light complexion, black hair, and green eyes. I have the bone structure perhaps, but not much else. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being white and to hear people say that and think its ok is really sad. If white folks ran around saying “aww ur just pissed cuz ur pure indian!” That would be considered racist and they’d be ostracized for it. Grow up. And Nick Jonas is the only cute Jonas bro…awwww! Lol

Ppl r annoying February 2, 2011 at 11:32 am


levangelista36 June 19, 2012 at 6:06 am

Don’t be rude. Her comment was sweet and genuine.

GotBlood July 11, 2010 at 2:12 am

Italian probably accounts for his more exotic features because sothern Italians are sometimes darker and some people even argue that some of them aren’t white. As an American Indian, I’m offended that people think Natives have one general look. Look at Sherman Alexie(Spokane), Wes Studi(Cherokee), and JR Redwater(Lakota), and tell me they aren’t the most diverse looking trio in one race you’ve ever seen! We all look different because each different tribe is technically a different ethnicity. Also, Jonas and other biblical names aren’t necesarily Jewish names. I have a full blood Nez Perce friend whose last name is Moses.

lookatme May 25, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I thought the Jonas Brothers were Jewish.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Me too!

Ciara and April May 3, 2010 at 5:32 am

Hi, everyone else…. we are the fans of these kinda of… Um, we just thought that they are just a white people but that’s so neat that they have the ethnic background of their families… COOOL. Um, okay.. [email protected]!!!

Ppl r annoying February 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

ga* okay

gurlnana April 18, 2010 at 2:24 am


ily.jonas April 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm

i dont care, his hot!

Mellow Yellow March 21, 2010 at 11:22 am

Him and his brother looks are so over rated

Megan July 11, 2010 at 8:47 am

Agreed. Put it this way, if they only worked at your local store, nobody would look at them twice.

amy March 21, 2010 at 10:32 am

He looks more Italian to me, I would’ve never guessed German though.

Del October 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm


Anonymous March 13, 2010 at 3:27 am

anybody can get that damn card! just ask for it

wow March 12, 2010 at 7:45 pm

So first things first “white”- european is not the main nationality of the world idiot! African, asian, hispanic then european, read a book sweetie. I always wondered why NA people are always trying to out native others, just psycho to think the only natives are 100 percenters. I’m not 100 percent (native american, french, african american, dominican) and I hate when people say oh well prove it because I either look hispanic or black to them! But I do have my card and enrollment # because I am a quarter – suck on that nazi native pureblood only blood creeps!

Stevie-Rae February 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Nick Jonas is AMAZING!!! i love his voice. Im 100% Native american. :p im not racist. so i could care less if he was white/greek/italian whateverrr. he doesnt have to look the part to fit in the group.

Suzie July 18, 2010 at 10:02 am

Hey dumba## Greeks and Italians are white/caucasian.

Ppl r annoying February 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

heyy a****** ur and a** for commenting get a life

Stevie-Rae February 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Cherokee American Indian!? AWWW i wish he was Part Native American like mee!! theres nothing wrong with white people. thats like the main race of the world. GO NICK JONASS!! <3 love you lotz.

Anonymous June 11, 2010 at 1:43 pm

american indian is native american.

ethnic February 13, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Apparently not.

anonymous February 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm

i thought they were greek.

Lauren February 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I mean its just my opinion the Jonas Brothers are over rated to me

kira February 9, 2010 at 12:55 pm

laurens good looking! shes “girl in yellow”

Lauren February 9, 2010 at 11:36 am

I bet you I am.

Anonymous February 9, 2010 at 11:28 am

Lauren, you’re so rude! I bet you’re not good looking either.

Lauren February 9, 2010 at 10:27 am


Anonymous February 9, 2010 at 7:53 am

Yea, agreed. His eyes aren’t native american at all.

haayleyyy February 9, 2010 at 7:30 am

honey… his eyes are italian… im pure native, and he does not resemble native american at all………… he looks very italian:)

VeRoni December 26, 2009 at 10:16 am

I can totally see the Cherokee in him his eyes give it away

barbie November 15, 2009 at 12:34 pm

hez nt white stupid jux cuz hiz skin white dosent mean he is gt a life u jux mad ur pure white

blah October 21, 2009 at 7:28 am

dudee! hes so hot! i <3 him :)

ethnic August 17, 2009 at 11:34 pm

I think the native American blood is quite distant. i cant really see it in him or his brothers.

Anonymous July 7, 2009 at 5:31 am

bri that is horrible and racist – whats wrong with white people?!!

ele July 4, 2009 at 4:37 am

yeah lady, did you not see that he has cherokee blood, which is native.

Anonymous May 31, 2009 at 12:38 am

yeah he is italian look at his hair wow

coolcat April 27, 2009 at 5:49 am

wow…akk of them have curly hair! they just straighten it! he is so good looking…

ethnic March 20, 2009 at 3:42 pm

The wavy hair he has isnt really a good indication of his ethnicity as any race could have that trait.

Adam March 20, 2009 at 3:18 pm

are u sure? look that hair!!

Bri January 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm

White boo…lol. datz koo doh.

Get a clue I got one...want it? December 2, 2008 at 4:06 am

he is basically white. white white. irish blood is pure white.

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