Birth Name: Jonathan Joseph Heder
Place of Birth: Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 26, 1977
Ethnicity: Swedish, Danish, English, German, Scottish, Dutch
Jon Heder is an American actor and producer. He is known for starring in the film Napoleon Dynamite (2004).
He was raised in an LDS (Mormon) family.
Jon is the son of Helen (Brammer) and James Heder. He is married to Kirsten Bales, with whom he has four children. His uncle by marriage is NFL running back and WCAU sportscaster Vai Sikahema.
He has many American-born ancestors going back to the 1600s, and Swedish, Danish, English, Scottish, German, and Dutch roots.
His patrilineal line can be traced back to his great-great-grandfather, John William Heder, who was born in 1856, in Uppegarden, Venesborg, Elfsborg, Sweden, to Johannes Olofsson and Christina Neilsdatter. Jon has stated:
My last name used to be Olafsen. Close to oaf. I guess, I don’t know. I was the son of Olaf, the town idiot. They just thought Heder sounded cool. And I agree. It’s easy. And it’s cooler.
Jon’s paternal grandfather was Guy William Heder (the son of John Earl Heder and Alta Richardson). Guy was born in Los Angeles, California. John was born in Utah, to a Swedish father, John William Heder, and a Danish mother, Anna Jorgene Christina Madsen, who was born in Vejlby, Aarhus, Denmark. Alta was born in Colonia Diaz, Chihuahua, Mexico, to Utah-born parents, Charles Edmund Richardson and Sarah Louisa Adams.
Jon’s paternal grandmother was Joyce K. Knudsen (the daughter of James Clyde Knudsen and Amelia Elizabeth Robbins). Joyce was born in Utah, to Utah-born parents. James was the son of James Christian Knudsen, whose parents were Danish, from Toreby, Maribo and Odense, respectively; and of Emma John. Jon’s great-grandmother Amelia was the daughter of Aaron Rogers Robbins and Elizabeth Swenson, whose parents were Swedish.
Jon’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Smith Brammer (the son of Douglas Brammer and Elsie Hollingsworth). Joseph was born in Utah, to parents who were born in Yorkshire, England. Douglas was the son of William Henry Brammer and Ada Smith. Elsie was the daughter of Thomas Hollingworth and Eliza Mellor.
Jon’s maternal grandmother was Louise/Louiene Heninger (the daughter of Wilford Abijah Heninger and Mabel King). Louise was born in Raymond, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Wilford was born in Moroni, Sanpete, Utah, the son of John Taylor Heninger and Mary Susannah Ivie. Mabel was born in Kimball, Alberta, Canada, to a father from Utah, Thomas Owen King III, and a mother from Idaho, Margaret Helen Arbon.
He is a third cousin, once removed, of actor Sean Wing. Jon’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents, Thomas Owen King, Jr. and Dorcas Georgina Debenham, were also Sean’s paternal great-great-grandparents.
Sources: Genealogy of Jon Heder (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Obituary of Jon’s paternal grandmother, Joyce K. (Knudsen) Heder Watkins – http://www.deseretnews.com
Genealogy of Jon’s paternal great-grandfather, James Clyde Knudsen (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Jon’s paternal great-grandmother, Amelia Elizabeth Robbins (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Jon’s maternal grandmother, Louise/Louiene (Heninger) Brammer – http://www.findagrave.com
Third cousin once removed of Sean Wing, through Thomas Owen King, Jr. and Dorcas Georgina Debenham.
Does’s anyone know where his last name, Heder, comes from? One source told me that it was Swiss, but I don’t see Swiss included above…
His paternal great-great-grandfather, John William Heder, was born in Uppegarden, Sweden, to Johannes Olofsson and Christina Neilsdatter.
So his paternal great-great-grandfather changed it from Olofsson to Heder?
“My last name used to be Olafsen. Close to oaf. I guess, I don’t know. I was the son of Olaf, the town idiot. They just thought Heder sounded cool. And I agree. It’s easy. And its cooler.”