Jimmy Kimmel

LOS ANGELES - MAR 20: Jimmy Kimmel at the 2nd Annual Rebels With

Kimmel in 2014, photo by Joe Seer/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: James Christian Kimmel

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

Date of Birth: November 13, 1967

*father – Irish, German, Welsh
*mother – Italian

Jimmy Kimmel is an American television and radio personality, actor, writer, producer, comedian, and musician. He has hosted the show Jimmy Kimmel Live! since 2003.

His father, James John Kimmel, is of approximately five eighths Irish, one quarter German, and one eighth Welsh, ancestry. His mother, Joan (Iacono), is of Italian descent. Some of Jimmy’s maternal ancestors lived on Ischia island, located 19 miles from Naples. His family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, when Jimmy was nine. Jimmy is married to writer Molly McNearney. He has two children with his former wife Gina Maddy; and two children with Molly.

His uncle, police officer Frank Potenza, known as “Uncle Frank,” appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as a regular, his Aunt Chippy, Concetta Potenza, was also a featured part of the show, and his cousin, attorney, comedian, and writer Sal Iacono, has appeared on some of Jimmy’s series. His brother, Jonathan Kimmel, is a director, writer, producer, actor, and composer, and his sister Jill is a comedian. His nephew, Jonathan’s son, is actor Wesley Kimmel.

Jimmy’s patrilineal line can be traced to Johannes Kümmel, who was born, c. 1600, in Germany.

Jimmy’s paternal grandfather was Charles Jacob Kimmel (the son of Frank Kimmel and Catherine Reynolds). Charles was born in Brooklyn, New York. Frank was the son of a German immigrant, Konrad Heinrich Christian Kümmel, who was born in Gospenroda, Thuringia. Catherine was of Irish descent, and was the daughter of Charles A. Reynolds and Catherine “Katie” Miller.

Jimmy’s paternal grandmother was Jane Elizabeth Davies/Davis (the daughter of John William Davies/Davis and Honora/Nora Margaret McTeague/McTigue). Jane was born in Loretto, Pennsylvania. John was born in England, the son of Ellis Davies, whose parents were Welsh, and of Mariah/Maria Burns, who was of Irish origin. Honora was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of John James Francis McTigue, who was from Mayo, Ireland, and of Mary Ann Meehan, who was born in Staffordshire, England, and was also of Irish origin.

Jimmy’s maternal grandfather was Savino/Sal Jack Iacono (the son of Vincenzo Iacono and Maria Giuseppa Lombardi). Savino was born in New York, to Italian parents. Vincenzo was born in Naples, Campania, the son of Giuseppe Filippo Antonio Stanislao Iacono and Restituta D’Orio. Maria was born, c. 1859, in Casamicciola, Ischia, Campania, the daughter of Luigi Francesco Lombardi and Cecilia Capuano.

Jimmy’s maternal grandmother was Edith Cioffi (the daughter of Pasquale Cioffi and Concetta Guarino). Edith was born in New Hampshire. Pasquale was born in Candida, Avellino, Campania, Italy, the son of Pelligrino Domenico Cioffi and Gaetana Vitagliana. Concetta was born in Manocalzati, Avellino, Campania, Italy, the daughter of Sabino Gaetano Guiseppe Guarino and Carolina Frezza.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) stated that Jimmy’s genetic ancestry is:

*87% European
*11% West Asian
*2% African

The “West Asian” and “African” results evidently refer to North African ancestry through Jimmy’s southern Italian or Sicilian lines.

Genetically, he was found to have a common ancestor with retail businessperson, writer, and television personality Martha Stewart.

Sources: Segment on Jimmy’s family history – http://www.youtube.com

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

Jimmy’s paternal great-grandmother, Catherine Reynolds, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jimmy’s paternal grandmother, Jane Elizabeth Davies/Davis, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jimmy’s paternal great-grandparents, John William Davies/Davis and Honora/Nora Margaret McTeague/McTigue, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Information on Jimmy’s Italian ancestry – http://napoli.repubblica.it

Obituary of Jimmy’s maternal grandfather, Savino/Sal Jack Iacono – http://www.lasvegassun.com

28 Responses

  1. Mixed Kidd says:

    Where does his West Asian come from? And shouldn’t it be added if he’s 11% West Asian?

    • crouching tiger says:

      11% west asian, 11% east asian, 78% other

      • Mixed Kidd says:

        He’s not East Asian. It’s West Asian, I’m asking where does that 11% of West Asian actually come from if it only says he’s Italian/Irish in the description of his ethnicity, shouldn’t it say ‘distant West Asian’ or wherever country his ancestry comes from in the description as well? This site adds a lot of distant ancestry in the description of others even if it’s 5%

  2. andrew says:

    LOL. Btw it means Salvini is internationally known outside Italy.

    • andrew says:

      He is not a fascist. He is a populist who gains political consensus with common people fears. In this moment it’s mostly about migrants question. Public opinion already has to care about their dailylife problems and they’re sick of beggars, thieves, drug dealers, prostitutes, robbers, rapists etc
      If you’re an outsider, it’s very easy to fall into criminality.

      Populists and right-wing parties are on the rise in whole Europe, though.

      • andrew says:


        My comment was directed to a former Afghan user known as Neiltennant who was banned because of his aggressive language at some point. His comments.were deleted so this conversation makes no much sense now, he stated Kimmel looks like Salvini or something I think.

        I do live in Italy unlike you. You need a ferry trip of several hours to get to mainland, and your fellow islanders are genetically outliers in a European view. This may partially justify your bizarre theories.

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