Jo Frost

Frost in 2012, photo by s_bukley/

Birth Name: Joanne Frost

Place of Birth: Hammersmith, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 27 June, 1970

*father – English
*maternal grandfather – Sephardi Jewish
*maternal grandmother – Gibraltarian [Spanish, likely some Italian and Portuguese]

Jo Frost is a British television personality, nanny, author, and producer. She is known for her work with children as a professional nanny, and for her shows Supernanny, Family Matters, and Family S.O.S. with Jo Frost.

Her father, Michael Frost, is a British builder. Her mother, Joita/Joa, an interior decorator, had roots on Gibraltar; her own father was Sephardi Jewish and her own mother, who was Catholic, had Spanish, as well as likely some Italian and Portuguese, ancestry.

Jo is married to location coordinator Darrin Jackson.

Jo’s maternal grandfather was Nathan Nisin Bitton (the son of Mesod Bitton and Joa Serruya). Nathan was born on Gibraltar, into a Jewish family. Mesod was born on Gibraltar, the son of Nathan Bitton and Estrella/Estella Benyunes. Joa was born on Gibraltar, and likely was the daughter of Jose “Joseph” Serruya and Reyna/Reina Benyunes.

Jo’s maternal grandmother was Isabel Robba (the daughter of Jose “Joseph” Robba and Isabel/Isabella “Elizabeth” Licudi). Jo’s grandmother Isabel was born on Gibraltar, to parents who were also born there. They were from Roman Catholic families, and were listed as “Spanish” on their marriage record. Jose was the son of Geronimo Robba and Carolina Cabellon/Calmellon. Isabel was the daughter of Juan “John” Licudi and Josefa/Josepha DeSoisa/Soiza/Sorza.

Sources: Birth registration of Jo’s uncle (mother’s brother) –

Birth record of Jo’s maternal grandfather, Nathan Nisin Bitton –

Death record of Jo’s maternal grandfather, Nathan Nisin Bitton –

Birth record of Jo’s maternal grandmother, Isabel Robba – 

Death record of Jo’s maternal grandmother, Isabel (Robba) Bitton –

Marriage record of Jo’s maternal great-grandparents, Jose “Joseph” Robba and Isabel/Isabella “Elizabeth” Licudi –

2 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    “Licudi” was brought by the Genoese to Gibraltair, according to Wikipedia:

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