Hayden Panettiere

Panettiere in 2009, photo by Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Hayden Lesley Panettiere

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

Date of Birth: August 21, 1989

Ethnicity: Italian, German, and English

Hayden Panettiere is an American actress, model, singer, and activist. Her roles include the Scream universe, as well as the films Dinosaur, Remember the Titans, Joe Somebody, Raising Helen, Ice Princess, Shanghai Kiss, I Love You, Beth Cooper; The Forger, and Custody, and television’s One Life to Live, Guiding Light, Tiger Cruise, Heroes, and Nashville.

She is the daughter of Alan Panettiere and Lesley R. Vogel, an actress. Her brother was actor Jansen Panettiere. She has a daughter with her former fiancé, Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko.

Her mother is of half Italian descent. Her other roots include German and English. Her surname, Panettiere, is also Italian; it is pronounced pan-uh-tee-air-ee, and means “baker” in Italian. She has a tattoo of the Italian words Vivere senza rimipianti on her left flank. It means “To live without regrets,” although the third word should be spelled rimpianti.

Hayden has said:

My mom is from Kentucky and my [paternal] grandmother is from Corpus Christi, so I had a better understanding of the South than the average person moving from New York. At my core, this is the kind of person I am and want to be. I like being in a place where people appreciate the little things and don’t need a lot of stuff to be happy. You can put a group of Southerners in any scenario and they’ll have a good time.

Hayden’s paternal grandmother is Nann Nix Boland (the daughter of Joseph Edmond Boland and Elva Irene Cavnor/Cavnar). Nann was born in Texas. Joseph was the son of David Edmond Boland and Margaret May/Mae/Maye “Maggie” Fondren.

Hayden’s maternal grandfather is John Leslie Vogel (the son of John Raymond Vogel and Elizabeth Francis Long). Hayden’s grandfather John was born in Kentucky. Hayden’s great-grandfather John was the son of John J. Vogel and Anna F. Miller, who were the children of German parents. Hayden’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of Leslie Preston Long and Hulda Frances Bessie Wilson, who had English ancestry.

Hayden’s maternal grandmother is Eunice B. “Tam” Latty (the daughter of Salvino/Salvin Frank Latty and Rose/Rosyln L. Shaw). Eunice was born in Maine, to Italian parents. Rose was the daughter of Joseph Shaw and Maria/Mary Pagoni.

Sources: Hayden’s paternal grandfather, Dominick N. Panettiere, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Hayden’s paternal great-grandfather, Donato/Daniel Panettieri/Panettiere – https://www.familysearch.org

Hayden’s paternal grandmother, Nann Nix Boland, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Hayden’s paternal great-grandmother, Elva Irene Cavnor/Cavnar, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Hayden’s maternal grandfather, John Leslie Vogel, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Hayden’s maternal grandmother, Eunice B. “Tam” Latty, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Hayden’s maternal great-grandmother, Rose/Rosyln L. Shaw, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

130 Responses

  1. transemacabre says:

    Dominick Panettiere does not seem to be the biological grandfather. He married Nann Nix Boland (at the time, Gammel) in 1964.

    Ancestry.com. New York State, Marriage Index, 1881-1967 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.

    Hayden’s father was born in 1959 as Alan Gammel.

    Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

  2. FLASHP01NT says:

    IMO, Hayden Panettiere looks majority Mediterranean (i.e. E3b, J1, J2 haplogroup); especially in the nose. Her nose is clearly very Jewish, so it’s likely she’s more J1 and J2 than E3b overall, which would also explain her hair and complexion.

  3. bablah says:

    Her grandfather on a census

    His parents were Donato/Daniel Panettieri and Jiacomina.
    Donato was from Altamura, Italy.
    His birth record

    One family tree has her grandmother as Nann Nix Boland, daughter of Joseph E. Boland and Elva I. Cavnar

  4. phaedra says:

    She has an Italian “shape” to her face (which I cannot put a finger on), but looks overall German/Celtic.

  5. Kimmel says:

    She must have some Sicilian blood in her, because she looked ‘Black’ as a child. Just look at the pictures of her on Ally Mcbeal in the 90’s.

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