Jimmy Fallon

Fallon in 2010, photo by Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: James Thomas Fallon

Place of Birth: Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 19, 1974

*62.5% Irish
*25% German
*12.5% Norwegian

Jimmy Fallon is an American stand-up comedian, television host, actor, singer, musician, writer, and producer. He has hosted The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since 2014. He previously hosted the show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014. He has also starred in the films Taxi (2004) and Fever Pitch, and on Saturday Night Live. He co-created the show Guys with Kids.

Jimmy is the son of Gloria and James Fallon, a machine repairman for IBM. His father, a Vietnam veteran, had sung in street-corner doo-wop groups. Jimmy was mostly raised in Saugerties, New York. His father is of half Irish and half German descent. His mother is of three quarters Irish and one quarter Norwegian ancestry. He was raised Catholic.

Jimmy is married to producer Nancy Juvonen, with whom he has two children.

Jimmy’s paternal grandfather was James William Fallon (the son of William John Fallon and Mary Ann Monahan). Jimmy’s grandfather James was born in New York, of Irish descent. Jimmy’s great-grandfather William was the son of Thomas Fallon, who was from County Galway, Ireland, and of Louisa Stickevers/Stickever. Louisa’s parents were Henry Stickever, who was born in France, of Irish descent, and Mary O’Brien, who was Irish. Jimmy’s great-grandmother Mary was born in New York, the daughter of James P./Henry Monahan and Mary Martha Worth; Martha was born in Spain, though of Irish descent.

Jimmy’s paternal grandmother was Luise/Louise Schalla (the daughter of Karl/Charles Friedrich August Schalla and Luise “Lizzie”/Elizabeth Ganz). Jimmy’s grandmother Luise was German, born in Osterholz-Scharmbeck, to a father from Gdańsk, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland, and a mother from Osterholz-Scharmbeck.

Jimmy’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Francis “Tom” Feeley (the son of Thomas Feehily/Feeley, Jr. and Mary Jane O’Neill). Jimmy’s grandfather Thomas was born in New York. Jimmy’s great-grandfather Thomas was from Drumlish, County Longford, Ireland, the son of Thomas Feehily and Mary Kenny. Jimmy’s great-grandmother Mary Jane was from Killoe, also in County Longford, Ireland, and was the daughter of Bernard O’Neill and Teresa.

Jimmy’s maternal grandmother was Gloria Rose Hovelsen/Hovelson (the daughter of Hans Julius Hovelsen and Mary Frances “May” Driscoll). Gloria was born in New York. Hans was Norwegian, born in Fredrikstad, Norway, the son of Johan Severin Hovelsen and Bolette/Bollette Jacobsdatter/Jakobsen. Jimmy’s great-grandmother Mary was born in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland, to Joseph Driscoll and Margaret Daly.

Sources: Family history of Jimmy Fallon, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, for Irish America Magazine – http://irishamerica.com

Genealogies of Jimmy Fallon – http://www.geni.com

Obituary of Jimmy’s paternal grandmother, Luise/Louise (Schalla) Fallon – http://www.americanmemorials.com

Fallon with wife Nancy Juvonen, 2006, photo by Starfrenzy/www.bigstockphoto.com


Curious about ethnicity

102 Responses

  1. Andrew133 says:

    European americans don’t have any significant native americans ancestry at all according to genetic studies, so this guy most likely doesn’t have any native ancestry at all


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