Jansen Panettiere

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Panettiere in 2013, photo by Prphotos

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

Date of Birth: September 25, 1994

Ethnicity: Italian (one half), as well as German and English

Jansen Panettiere is an American actor. His roles include the films The Perfect Game, Ice Age: The Meltdown, The Martial Arts Kid, and How High 2.

He is the son of Alan Panettiere and Lesley R. Vogel, an actress. His sister is actress, model, singer, and activist Hayden Panettiere.

Both of Jansen’s parents are of half Italian descent (his father’s father and his mother’s mother). His other roots include German and English. His surname, Panettiere, is pronounced Pan-Uh-Tee-Air-Ee, and means “baker” in Italian.

Jansen’s sister 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.

Jansen’s paternal grandfather is Dominick N. Panettiere (the son of Donato/Daniel Panettieri/Panettiere and Jacomina/Jaicomina Signorile). Dominick was born in New York, to Italian parents. Donato was born in Altamura, Bari, the son of Carlo Panettieri and Leonarda Oliva.

Jansen’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.

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

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

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

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

Genealogy of Jansen’s paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Edmond Boland (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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

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

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

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


Curious about ethnicity

3 Responses

  1. follers says:

    He played “Enrique Suarez” in The Perfect Game (2009), which I assume is considered whitewashing.

  2. Devotion says:

    Looks more Italian than anything

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