Birth Name: Mark Allan Hoppus
Place of Birth: Ridgecrest, California, U.S.A
Date of Birth: March 15, 1972
Ethnicity: Finnish (maternal grandfather), English, Dutch (including Frisian), Irish, German, Swiss-German, distant French and Swedish
Mark Hoppus is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and television personality. He is the bassist and co-lead vocalist for the pop punk band Blink-182. Blink-182’s members also include/have included Travis Barker, Tom DeLonge, and Matt Skiba.
Mark is the son of Kerry Lee (Orrenmaa) Wernz and George William “Tex” Hoppus.
He has said:
the majority of my ancestry traces back to finland. my grandfather on my mother’s side was first-generation american, and finnish was the language spoken in their home when he was a boy. the hoppus name has been traced through american history and back to switzerland and germany. my ancestors fought in the revolutionary war, civl war, WWI, and WWII. my father is currently writing the definitive history on the hoppus lineage.
Mark’s paternal grandparents were George Wilbur Hoppus (the son of Milo Defest Hoppus and Pansy Blossom Mowery) and Ruth Leemon (the daughter of Ortie/Artie W. Leemon and Martha A. Douma). Ortie’s paternal grandfather was Irish. Martha was born in Olive Township, Michigan, to a Dutch (Frisian) father and a mother, who was born in Nappanee, Indiana, to Dutch parents, with at least her mother being Frisian.
Mark’s maternal grandparents were Allan J. Orrenmaa (the son of Aaron Orrenmaa and Lempi Autio/Antis) and Ruth Housley Phillips (the daughter of Ira David Phillips and Onie/Oneida/Onida Kathleen Housley). Aaron and Lempi were Finnish.
Sources: Genealogy of Mark’s paternal grandfather, George Wilbur Hoppus – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Mark’s paternal grandmother, Ruth Leemon – http://www.legacy.com
Obituary of Mark’s maternal grandmother, Ruth Housley (Phillips) Orrenmaa – http://www.legacy.com
Genealogy of Mark’s maternal great-grandmother, Onie/Oneida/Onida Kathleen Housley (focusing on her father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com