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. singer says:

    He clearly looks Asian to me. He looks like American guys who are 1/4 Asian. Much like Keanu Reeves, he may have a bit of Hawaiian or Island.

    • passingtime85 says:

      Maybe it’s phenotypical remnants from Sami heritage somewhere way down the line in his Norwegian blood line.

      • jonasbsjr says:

        his norwegian is less than 15% of his ancestry(at least according to the documents), a % this low would not influence much of his apperience, nowhere near as much as the irish and german part

    • angelwings80 says:

      I’m not Asuan and my mom’s side looks like this.. some of her siblings are even darker. My cousin did a thorough background of our family and my uncle as well as myself did ancestry tests. Results: Irish, Welsh, German. No Asian

  2. Thenabster says:

    Does he have Middle Eastern?

  3. alberto.r7 says:

    He looks like he has at least 15 or 20% of non european blood, probably asian.
    Maybe he has sami blood by her norweigan ancestry.

    • Henry Builder says:

      lol Alberto I can tell you’re from the land of education USA. What on earth is “non european”?
      Have you ever heard of Eastern Europe? Ever heard of the nations of Southern Europe? So you’ve never heard of gypsies, Tatars, Cumans, Bulgars, Mediterraneans (which means mixed with north Africans by the way).
      What on earth is “non european blood” you american genius you.

    • Henry Builder says:

      If you mean “white people” those are your western europeans, the same people who created your problematic nation.
      Look you little american…
      I’ll show you some celebrities from the nations of the Balkan peninsula. Cause I see you americans know soooo much about us europeans.
      Lili Sandu
      Adrola Dushi
      Rita Ora
      Alex Velea
      Bulgarian sisters Alex & Vladi

      Look those people up cause those are your Europeeeeeeeeeans.

  4. chris91 says:

    He looks hispanic not even typical south euro. If it’s not native it must be due to one of those finno ugric, north asiatic indigenous ethnicities. The thing is they usually dont have such tan olive skin like latins or mideasterners especially the mixed ones.

    • TheHelper says:

      @chris91 He tans to make his skin darker.

    • alberto.r7 says:

      I suppose that by hispanic(real hispanics are white europeans) you means mestizo. I think his skin would perfectly fit in Ireland or Germany but he has another features like his eyes that seem to be mongoloid as you have said.

    • angelwings80 says:

      I guess my maternal uncle and my ancestry results, not to mention the thorough family history my cousin did on that side of my family are all lying then bc my mom’s side had dark features like Fallon…some were darker. They all traced back to Ireland, Wales, and a small percentage of Bavarian (German). Quit trolling

    • angelwings80 says:

      I guess my maternal uncle and my ancestry results, not to mention the thorough family history my cousin did on that side of my family are all lying then bc my mom’s side had dark features like Fallon…some were darker. They all traced back to Ireland, Wales, and a small percentage of Bavarian (German). Quit trolling

  5. Ardor says:

    His Norwegian portion must be the native Asiatic folks similar to Samis and Inuits, indigenous to the Northern Europe. His eyes shape and skin tone do indicate that.

    • madman says:

      Sami people are the only indigenous people in Northern Europe. Inuits are from Canada and Greenland, not Scandinavia. And Jimmy’s Norwegian ancestor was not of Sami ancestry (even if he had some, it would be to small of an amount to actually affect Jimmy’s appearance anyway).

    • TheHelper says:

      @Ardor Asians aren’t indigenous to Northern Europe. They invaded thousands of years ago

      • madman says:

        If you by Asians mean Samis, then yes, they are. By any reasonable definition, Samis are indigenous to Northern Europe. I don’t know how “Asian” they can be considered though. Their origin is disputed (although an Eastern origin seems most likely), and if it is in fact Asian, they are as Asian as Finns.

        Is “invaded” really the word you want to use in association with the Samis? Do you know anything about their traditional lifestyle?

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