Birth Name: Matthew Paige Damon
Place of Birth: Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 8, 1970
*father – English, Scottish, distant Welsh
*mother – Finnish, Swedish, distant Norwegian
Matt Damon is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, filmmaker, and philanthropist. He is known for his roles in Saving Private Ryan, The Bourne Identity films, Syriana, and Good Will Hunting. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the latter film, with childhood friend, actor and filmmaker Ben Affleck.
Matt is the son of Nancy June Carlsson-Paige and Kent Telfer Damon. He is married to Luciana Bozán Barroso, an Argentinian-born former bartender, with whom he has four children.
Matt was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2007. He is thus far the only man of Finnish heritage to have been given this title by the magazine, and also the man with the most Scandinavian ancestry, at roughly one quarter.
His father is of approximately one quarter Scottish and three quarters English ancestry, along with distant Welsh roots; many of Matt’s patrilineal lines have been in the United States for many generations, back to Massachusetts in the 1600s.
Matt’s mother is of approximately half Finnish and half Swedish descent. On his mother’s side, Matt also has distant Norwegian ancestry.
Matt is a tenth cousin, once removed, of his friend Ben Affleck. Matt’s paternal ten times great-grandparents, Elizabeth and William Knowlton, of England, were also Ben’s nine times great-grandparents. It appears that, until 2014, Matt and Ben were not aware of this genealogical relationship (common for two people of New England, English, ancestry).
Matt’s patrilineal line can be traced to Thomas Damon, who was born, c. 1627, in Faversham, Kent, England.
Matt’s paternal grandfather was Albert Howe Damon, Jr. (the son of Albert Howe Damon and Grace Henrietta Telfer). Matt’s grandfather Albert was born in New York. Matt’s great-grandfather Albert was the son of The Rev. Albert Nelson Damon and Hattie Salisbury. Grace was the daughter of Andrew Taylor Telfer and Anna Marie/Maria Turnbull, who were born in Scotland, with Andrew being from Jedburgh, Roxburgh.
Matt’s paternal grandmother was Roberta May Fay (the daughter of Clarence Farwell Fay and Maybelle/Mabelle Eleanor Kent). Roberta was born in New Jersey. Clarence was the son of Adoniram Judson Fay and Altemirah A. “Altie” Smith. Maybelle was the daughter of Charles Alvin Kent and Evelyn M. Hammond.
Matt’s maternal grandfather was John Walter Paige (originally Nils Johan Pajari; the son of John Pajari, originally Nils Johan Olafsson Pajari, and of Impi Maria Neimenen/Nieminen/Niemelä). Matt’s grandfather John was born in Minnesota, to parents who were both Finnish immigrants; John’s surname was changed from Pajari to Page. Matt’s great-grandfather John was born in Kemi, the son of Olli/Olaf Johansson/Juhonpoika Pajari/Bajar/Bajard and Kaisa-Greta Kreeta Nilsdotter/Vanhakartano. Matt’s great-grandmother Impi was born in Yltiä Niemelän talo, Pihlajavesi, Keuruu, the daughter of Matti Aleksanterinpoika Kaijanmäki/Niemelä and Maija/Maja Liisa/Lisa Kustaantytär Ryönänkoski/Kankaanpää/Gustafsdotter.
Matt’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Cecilia “Peg” Carlsdotter Johnson (the daughter of Carl Emil Johnson and Cecelia/Cecilia/Celia Anna Charlesdotter Johnson/Carlsson/Carlson). Margaret was born in Minnesota. Carl’s parents, August Johnson and Ida, were Swedish. Matt’s great-grandmother Cecelia was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Charles/Karl Fridolf Carlsson, who was born in åmål, Åmål, Västra Götalands län, Sweden, and of Catherine Mattsdotter Forsman, who was born in Jepua, Finland, and was of at least part Swedish descent.
Genealogies of Matt’s paternal grandparents, Albert Howe Damon, Jr. and Roberta May Fay – http://www.findagrave.com
Matt’s maternal grandfather, Nils Johan Pajari (later John Walter Paige), on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Matt’s maternal great-grandmother, Cecelia/Cecilia/Celia Anna Charlesdotter Johnson/Carlsson/Carlson, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org