Nick Jonas

Jonas in 2011, Helga Esteb /

Birth Name: Nicholas Jerry Jonas

Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 16, 1992

Ethnicity: German, English, Scottish, Irish, Italian/Sicilian, French-Canadian

Nick Jonas is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and producer. He is a member of the band The Jonas Brothers.

Nick is the son of Denise (Miller) and Paul Kevin Jonas. He is the brother of Kevin Jonas and Joe Jonas, who make up the band, as well as of actor Frankie Jonas. Nick is married to Indian actress, film producer, singer, and philanthropist Priyanka Chopra.

Nick’s father, who is from a family from the American South, has German, English, and Scottish ancestry. Nick’s mother, who is from the New Jersey area, has Irish, Italian/Sicilian, and French-Canadian ancestry.

The Jonas Brothers have also stated that they have Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

Nick is related to congressmen Charles A. Jonas (1876-1955), and Charles’s son, Charles R. Jonas (1904-1988), both of North Carolina. Nick descends from the same Jonas line.

Nick also led the band Nick Jonas & the Administration.

It is not publicly known who Nick’s biological paternal grandfather is.

Nick’s paternal grandmother, now Cecilia Lucas, was born under the name Cecilla/Cecilia Paulette Jonas (the daughter of Paul Adam Jonas and Nellie May/Mae Fox). Cecilia was born in North Carolina. Paul was the son of Henry Walter Jonas and Nora Lee/Leigh Campbell. Nellie was the daughter of Nathan/Walter Henry Fox and Elizabeth/Lizzie Mae Hamilton. Through the Jonas line, Nick is descended from German immigrants to the United States in the 1700s.

Nick’s maternal grandfather was named Gerald “Jerry” Miller. Gerald was born in The Bronx, New York.

Nick’s maternal grandmother is Frances Madonia (the daughter of Fortunato Angelo “Frank” Madonia and Margaret Anna Berard). Fortunato was born in New York, the son of Angelo Madonia and Maria Chimero, who were of Italian descent, with Maria’s family being from Sicily. Margaret was born in Bennington, Vemont, the daughter of Milton Dewey Berard and Anna Mary/Rose Ducharme, who were of French-Canadian ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Nick Jonas –

Information on Nick’s paternal great-grandfather, Paul Adam Jonas –

Genealogy of Nick’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Daniel Jonas (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Obituary of Nick’s paternal great-grandmother, Nellie May/Mae (Fox) Jonas –

Family history of Nick’s maternal grandmother, Frances Madonia –


Curious about ethnicity

91 Responses

  1. what_ever says:

    What is it with so many white American celebrities (actors and singers alike) claiming Cherokee NA ancestry? I cant be the only that finds that weird or kind of wrong if there is no proof. I think they just want to have the right to say I might be white but I have every right to this land.

    • savanna says:

      You forgot to mention the large amount of African Americans who claim Native ancestry, people of them can be found on this site. Celebrities like the Jacksons, Beyonce, Andre 3000, Stedman Graham, Monica, T-Boz and Chilli (of TLC), Ludacris, Diana Ross, Cissy & Whitney Houston and others have said or are said to have Native heritage, but it is unverified. Joe Jackson (father of the Jackson family including Michael & Janet) wrote in his book about his supposed Native American ancestors

  2. MadBadDog says:

    He kinda reminds me of Nolan Gould (the kid from Modern Family).

  3. savanna says:

    The ethnicity should note “unclear biological paternal grandfather”.

    • follers says:

      There are many people who have a grandparent (or parent) whose background I don’t know anything about.

      Presumably, the Jonas Brothers do know, and were comprehensive when they listed off their various ancestry groups.

      • savanna says:

        the article doesn’t even mention that one of their grandparents is completely unknown. their father doesn’t even have his biological father’s last name.
        how do we know if the Jonas Brothers didn’t ignore that part (25%) of their ancestry?

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.