Nate Ruess

by follers on May 16, 2015

Nate Ruess

Birth Name: Nathaniel Joseph Ruess

Place of Birth: Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 26, 1982

Ethnicity:
*71.875% German
*15.625% Dutch
*12.5% Irish

Nate Ruess is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is the lead singer of the band Fun., which also includes Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost. Nate was previously lead singer of the band The Format.

Nate’s ancestry is 23/32 German, 5/32 Dutch, and 4/32 Irish.

Nate’s paternal grandfather is Robert H. Ruess (the son of Albert John Ruess and Margaret Irene Gatens). Albert was the son of Henry Roland Ruess, who was born in Iowa, to German parents, and of Wilhelmina M. “Minnie” Brugman, who was of Dutch and German descent. Margaret was of Irish descent, and was the daughter of Edward Gatens and Ellen C. McGee.

Nate’s paternal grandmother is Geraldine D. Wissink (the daughter of Aloysius Wissink and Katharina Holtermann). Aloysius was Dutch. Katharina was German.

Nate’s maternal grandfather is Anthony William Zinger (the son of Andrew E. Zinger and Estella Marie Moeller). Andrew and Estella were both of German descent, with some of Andrew’s family being from Alsace-Lorraine. Andrew was the son of Anton Zinger and Caroline “Carrie” Kohn. Estella was born in Iowa, the daughter of William Adolph Moeller, who was from Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and of Emma Thiering.

Nate’s maternal grandmother is Erma Behrens (the daughter of Henry Behrens and Margaretha Wellendorf-Arp). Henry was born in Iowa, to German parents. Margaretha was German.

Sources: History of the Ruess family – http://iagenweb.org

Nate’s paternal grandfather, Robert H. Ruess, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy and obituary of Nate’s paternal grandfather, Robert H. Ruess – http://www.findagrave.com

Nate’s paternal grandmother, Geraldine D. Wissink, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Nate’s maternal grandparents, Anthony William Zinger and Erma Behrens – http://www.findagrave.com

Nate’s maternal grandfather, Anthony William Zinger, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Nate’s maternal grandmother, Erma Behrens, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Nate’s maternal grandmother, Erma (Behrens) Zinger – http://qctimes.com

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant June 3, 2017 at 2:52 am

he looks like a time traveller

look at those old pictures from the 1920s or earlier when irish people came to the US

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 11:49 pm

Looks Norwegian and Danish.

andrew September 2, 2015 at 5:22 am

looks German/Danish

neiltennant June 3, 2017 at 2:49 am

no chance

only because he has blue eyes he does not pass for german

Shape of his face and lips are non germanic

andrew June 3, 2017 at 5:04 am

LOL. Nobody cares about eye colours, they don’t definy ethnicity or nationality. How someone whose ancestry is 87.5% Germanic hasn’t Germanic features is beyond me.

LucarioCooper August 31, 2015 at 9:59 pm

I’m guessing because of his nose? Well then, lucky him.

neiltennant July 14, 2015 at 12:54 pm

RUß RUESS or RUES is a typical german jewish surname

M June 4, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Clearly has some African admixture.

LucarioCooper August 31, 2015 at 10:00 pm

I’m guessing because of his nose? Well then, lucky him.

cwm85 September 1, 2015 at 7:36 am

There you go again… this dude is European as snow… yet you think he has some African. You’re unbelievable.

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