Jon Bon Jovi


Bon Jovi in 2009, Dylan Armajani /

Birth Name: John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.

Place of Birth: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 2, 1962

*25% Italian-Sicilian
*25% Slovak
*25% Polish
*25% Swiss-German

Jon Bon Jovi is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor. He is a member of the rock band Bon Jovi. The band’s other members include or previously included David Bryan, Richie Sambora, and Tico Torres. His acting roles include the films Moonlight and Valentino and U-571 and the series Ally McBeal.

Jon was born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, to Carol (Sharkey) and John Francis Bongiovi. His cousin, Tony Bongiovi, is a record producer. Jon is married to Dorothea Hurley, with whom he has four children.

Jon’s father’s ancestry is half Italian-Sicilian and half Slovak. Jon’s mother’s ancestry is half Polish and half Swiss-German. Jon had sometimes been described as having Russian ancestry. This is not accurate.

Jon was evidently described by Spin magazine as a relative of singer and actor Frank Sinatra. It is not clear, if accurate, what form this relation may take.

Jon’s paternal grandfather was Louis Bongiovi (the son of Giuseppe/Joseph Bongiovi and Lucia/Louise Arcuri). Louis was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents. Giuseppe was born in Cianciana, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy, the son of Louis Bongiovi and Annie. Lucia was born in Cattolica Eraclea, also in Agrigento, the daughter of Emanuele Arcuri and Patti Anna.

Jon’s paternal grandmother was named Elizabeth M. Benkovsky (the daughter of Jan Benkovsky and Maria). Jon’s grandmother Elizabeth was born in Pennsylvania, to Slovak parents.

Jon’s maternal grandfather was Michael Raymond Sharkey (the son of Paul Sharkey and Anna Reherkowitz/Rehercowicz/Regarkewicz/Rehurciewicz/Regarkevitch). Michael was born in New York, and raised in Pennsylvania. His parents were ethnic Polish immigrants (listed as being from Poland, Russia, or Lithuania, depending on the census). Michael’s surname was also spelled as Shirky. Paul was the son of Charley Sharkey and Sophia.

Jon’s maternal grandmother was Martha Wilhelmina Ludwig (the daughter of Max Ludwig and Helen Evelyn Sohler). Martha was born in New York, and was also raised in Pennsylvania. Max was born in Switzerland, of Swiss-German descent, the son of Otto Ludwig and Sussette Schulthess. Helen was born in New York, and was also of Swiss-German descent; Helen’s father, John Sohler, was born in Switzerland, and Helen’s mother, Sophia Richter, was born in New York.

Sources: Genealogy of Jon Bon Jovi –

Genealogy of Jon Bon Jovi (focusing on his father’s side) –

Jon’s paternal grandfather, Louis Bongiovi, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Jon’s maternal grandfather, Michael Raymond Sharkey, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jon’s maternal grandmother, Martha Wilhelmina Ludwig, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

72 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    I suggest to link the profiles of Bon Jovi’s members:

    Jon Bon Jovi
    Richie Sambora
    Tico Torres
    David Bryan

  2. phaedra says:

    Looks nothing like an Italian.

    Definitely more Polish and German.

  3. NextHlywdartistpredictedbypastor says:

    It’s not clear there if he is American by her maternal’s grandmother line. Have they got American descent also (English from America or from England)?, I want to know because I thought he was American. Please and thanks.

  4. Uniscorn says:

    He looks very Polish to me.

  5. Check7t says:

    Ahhhhhh, he doesn’t look Italian, more Swedish looking.

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