Birth Name: Bridget Jane Fonda
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: January 27, 1964
Ethnicity: Dutch, English, Scottish, French-Canadian, around 1/64th Italian, smalls amount of German and Belgian [Flemish], and remote Norwegian and Cornish
Bridget Fonda is an American actress. She is the daughter of actor Peter Fonda (Peter Henry Fonda) and Susan Brewer, and the granddaughter of actor Henry Fonda. Her aunt (father’s sister) is actress Jane Fonda (Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda) and her cousin is actor Troy Garity. Bridget is married to composer and musician Danny Elfman, with whom she has a son.
Her father was of Dutch, English, Scottish, French-Canadian, around 1/64th Italian, small amounts of German and Belgian [Flemish], and remote Norwegian and Cornish, descent. Her mother had German, English, Dutch, French-Canadian, and Irish ancestry.
The Fonda surname is said to originate with an Italian man who moved to the Netherlands in the 1400s or 1500s. It is not clear if this has been genealogically verified. One of Bridget’s last traceable patrilineal ancestors, Jacob Harmense Fonda, was born in the Netherlands, c. 1515. However, one of Bridget’s paternal grandmother’s great-great-great-grandfathers, Giovanni Gualdo, was Italian, from Vicenza, Veneto, making Bridget of around 1/128th Italian ancestry.
Bridget’s paternal grandfather was Henry Jaynes Fonda (the son of William Brace Fonda and Herberta Elma Jaynes). Henry was born in Grand Island, Hall, Nebraska. William was the son of Ten Eyck/TenEyck Hilton Fonda and Harriet/Harriett/Harrite/Hattie/Hettie McNeil/McNeill. Herberta was born in Hudson, St. Croix, Wisconsin, the daughter of Henry Silas Jaynes and Elma/Eleanor L. Lanphear/Lamphear/Lampher/Lanphere.
Bridget’s paternal grandmother was Frances Ford Seymour (the daughter of Eugene Ford Seymour and Sophie Mildred Bower). Frances was born in Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, Canada. Eugene was born in New York, New York, the son of George DeVillers Seymour and Frances Gabriella Ford. Sophie was born in Kemptville, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Harvey Bower and Frances Marcella C. Capel.
Bridget’s maternal grandfather was Chauncey Marble Brewer (the son of Chauncey M. Brewer and Anna E. Gauslin). Bridget’s grandfather Chauncey was born in Berkeley, Alameda, California. Bridget’s great-grandfather Chauncey was born in Michigan, and was President of the California Oregon Power Company. He was the son of Charles Dickey Brewer and Anna Mary/May DeWolfe/DeWolf. Bridget’s great-grandmother Anna was born in Washington, the daughter of Joseph D. Gauslin, whose father was French-Canadian, and of Anna E. Pfligernstofer/Pfligerstofer.
Bridget’s maternal grandmother was Mary Alice Sweet (the daughter of Thomas Ralph Sweet and Ruth B. Patterson). Mary Alice was born in Oakland, Alameda, California. Thomas was born in Sully County, South Dakota, the son of Carl D. Sweet and Mary Cecelia Hartnett. Ruth was born in Oregon, the daughter of Alexander M. Patterson, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, and of Mabel J. Smith.
Genealogy of Bridget Fonda (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Genealogies of Bridget’s paternal grandparents, Henry Jaynes Fonda and Frances Ford Seymour – http://www.findagrave.com
Genealogy of Bridget’s paternal grandfather, Henry Jaynes Fonda (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com
Bridget’s paternal grandmother, Frances Ford Seymour, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Bridget’s paternal great-grandfather, Eugene Ford Seymour – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Bridget’s paternal great-grandfather, Eugene Ford Seymour, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Bridget’s maternal grandmother, Mary Alice Sweet, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org