Peter Fonda

LOS ANGELES - OCT 01:  Peter Fonda arriving to American Humane A

Fonda in 2011, photo by DFree/

Birth Name: Peter Henry Fonda

Date of Birth: February 23, 1940

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: August 16, 2019

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Dutch, English, Scottish, French-Canadian, around 1/64th Italian, smalls amount of German and Belgian [Flemish], and remote Norwegian and Cornish

Peter Fonda was an American actor, director, and screenwriter.

He was the son of socialite Frances Ford (Seymour), who was born in Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, Canada, and actor Henry Fonda (Henry Jaynes Fonda). He was married to Margaret DeVogelaere, until his death. He had two children, including actress Bridget Fonda, with his former wife, Susan Brewer. His sister is actress Jane Fonda (Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda), and his nephew is actor Troy Garity.

Peter was of Dutch, English, Scottish, French-Canadian, around 1/64th Italian, smalls amount of German and Belgian [Flemish], and remote Norwegian and Cornish, descent.

The Fonda surname is said to originate with an Italian who moved to the Netherlands in the 1400s or 1500s. It is not clear if this has been genealogically verified. One of Peter’s last traceable patrilineal ancestors, Jacob Harmense Fonda, was born in the Netherlands, c. 1515. However, one of Peter’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfathers, Giovanni Gualdo, was Italian, from Vicenza, Veneto, making Peter of 1/64th Italian ancestry.

Peter’s paternal grandfather was William Brace Fonda (the son of Ten Eyck/TenEyck Hilton Fonda and Harriet/Harriett/Harrite/Hattie/Hettie McNeill/McNeil). William was born in Nebraska. Ten Eyck was the son of Garret/Garrett Tunis/Teunis Breese Fonda and Rachel/Emeline Polhemus. Harriet was the daughter of James Amos McNeil and Eliza Ann Parish.

Peter’s paternal grandmother was Elma Herbetja/Herberta Krueger Jaynes (the daughter of Henry Silas Jaynes and Elma Louise Lampher/Lamphear/Lanphere). Peter’s grandmother Elma was born in Wisconsin. Henry was the son of Henry Clinton Jaynes and Almira A./L. Jacobs. Peter’s great-grandmother Elma was the daughter Allan/Allen Lanphere and Marie Louise Mitchell.

Peter’s maternal grandfather was Eugene Ford Seymour (the son of George DeVillers Seymour and Frances Gabriella Ford). Eugene was born in New York. George was the son of George Nichols Seymour and Sophia Marie/Mary Lefebre De Villers/DeVilliers. Frances was the daughter of Henry Augustus Ford and Jane Hosack Millen.

Peter’s maternal grandmother was Mildred Sophie Bower (the daughter of Harvey Bower and Frances Marcella C. Capel). Mildred was born in Kemptville, Ontario, Canada. Harvey was the son of Joseph Bower and Mary Ann Huntington. Frances was the daughter of John Capell/Capel and Eliza Monro/Munro.

Sources: Genealogies of Peter Fonda –

Genealogy of Peter Fonda (through Peter’s sister, Jane) –

Genealogies of Peter’s parents –

Peter’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Peter’s maternal grandfather, Eugene Ford Seymour –

Peter’s maternal grandfather, Eugene Ford Seymour, on the 1870 U.S. Census –


Finland-Swedish-Italian guy.

1 Response

  1. andrew says:

    Vincenza -> likely Vicenza, Veneto.

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