Nate Ruess

Nate Ruess

Birth Name: Nathaniel Joseph Ruess

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

Date of Birth: February 26, 1982

*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 –

Nate’s paternal grandfather, Robert H. Ruess, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy and obituary of Nate’s paternal grandfather, Robert H. Ruess –

Nate’s paternal grandmother, Geraldine D. Wissink, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Nate’s maternal grandparents, Anthony William Zinger and Erma Behrens –

Nate’s maternal grandfather, Anthony William Zinger, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Nate’s maternal grandmother, Erma Behrens, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Nate’s maternal grandmother, Erma (Behrens) Zinger –

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10 Responses

  1. neiltennant says:

    he looks like a time traveller

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

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