Peter Fonda

by andrew on August 11, 2016

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

Birth Name: Peter Henry Fonda

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

Date of Birth: February 23, 1940

Ethnicity: Dutch, English, Scottish, French-Canadian, around 1/64th Italian, small amount of German, and remote Norwegian

Peter Fonda is an American actor. He is the son of socialite Frances Ford (Seymour), who was born in Canada, and actor Henry Fonda (Henry Jaynes Fonda). He is married to Margaret ‘Parky’ DeVogelaere. He has 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 is of Dutch, English, Scottish, French-Canadian, around 1/64th Italian, a small amount of German, and remote Norwegian, descent.

The “Fonda” surname is said to originate with an Italian who moved to the Netherlands in the 1500s. It is not clear if this information has been genealogically verified. Peter’s patrilineal ancestor, 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, 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 M. McNeill/McNeil). Ten Eyck was the son of Garret/Garrett Tunis Breese Fonda and Rachel/Emeline Polhemus. Harriet was the daughter of James Amos McNeil and Eliza Ann Paris.

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

Peter’s maternal grandfather was Eugene Ford Seymour (the son of George DeVillers Seymour and Frances Gabriella Ford). 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 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 and Eliza Monro.

Sources: Genealogies of Peter Fonda –

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

Genealogy of Peter’s parents –

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

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