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 Joe Jonas and Kevin 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 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, 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 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 (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.

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