Jane Krakowski

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Krakowski in 2013, photo by Prphotos.com

Birth Name: Jane Krajkowski

Place of Birth: Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 11, 1968

*father – Polish
*mother – French-Canadian, Scottish, possibly German

Jane Krakowski is an American actress and singer.

She has a son with her former fiancé, British menswear designer Robert Godley.

Jane’s paternal grandfather was Edward Alexander Krajkowski (the son of Alexander Krajkowski and Anna Rogowska). Edward was born in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, to Polish parents. Jane’s great-grandfather Alexander was born in Lukoszyn. Anna was the daughter of Antoni Rogowski and Maryanna Potyarlski.

Jane’s paternal grandmother was Emily Jamroz (the daughter of Adam Jamroz and Eva/Eve Byczek). Emily was born in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, to Polish parents. Adam was the son of John Jamroz and Anna Rzesjus. Eve was the daughter of Adam Byczek and Anna Matejet.

Jane’s maternal grandfather was Triffle Michael Benoit (the son of Joseph Osias Harmisdas Benoit and Mary Dugan). Triffle was born in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, to a French-Canadian father and a Scottish mother. Harmisdas was raised in St-Paul, Abbotsford, Rouville, Québec, the son of Joseph Trefflé Benoît and Philomine/Philomene Bernard. Mary was the daughter of John Dugan and Mary.

Jane’s maternal grandmother was named Genevieve Rose (the daughter of Anna/Annetta Graber). Genevieve was born in Manhattan, New York, New York.

Sources: Genealogies of Jane Krakowski – http://www.geni.com

Jane’s maternal grandfather, Triffle Michael Benoit, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

3 Responses

  1. savanna says:

    She plays a Native American woman named “Jackie Lynn (White) Voorhees” on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt who hates her Native American heritage. She whitewashes herself by dying her hair blonde and wearing blue eye contacts.

    She says a line on the show and it made me link of ethnicelebs. “Ms. White. That’s my Sioux family name. It was given to us in the 1920s by a sarcastic census taker.” lol

  2. Freerk says:

    @ follers: Are you sure her Polish great-grandfather wasn’t Jewish? At least in Germany “Igna(t)z” is regarded as a typical Jewish name (though it’s a name of Roman/Latin origin). If it is the same in Poland, than I don’t think any Polish who isn’t Jewish would call his son “Ignatz” – the Polish society in general was always very anti-Semitic, so his parents wouldn’t have done him a favour.

    • follers says:

      I don’t think “Ignatz” is a distinctly Jewish name. Aside from there being many non-Jewish people named “Ignatz”, in this case I think it’s possibly an American-influenced way of spelling “Ignacy”, a very common name among non-Jewish Polish people (and both “Ignatz” and “Ignacy” would have been rare among unassimilated Polish Jews of the 19th century).

      Aside from that, there were very few immigrant couples from Poland at the time who were interfaith Jewish-Catholic. They were usually one or the other.

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