Birth Name: Ryan Takacs Merchant
Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States
Date of Birth: January 2, 1981
*Irish, Swiss-German, English, German, remote Scottish (father)
Ryan Merchant is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. He is one half of the indie pop duo Capital Cities, alongside Sebu Simonian.
Ryan is the son of Patricia A. (Takacs) and John Langon Merchant. Ryan’s father is of three eighths Irish, one quarter Swiss-German, one quarter English and Scottish, and one eighth German, descent. Ryan has also stated that he has Hungarian ancestry, which is indicated by his mother’s maiden name, “Takacs”.
Ryan’s paternal grandfather was John Wilford Merchant (the son of Wilford E. Merchant and Anna Margaret Langan). Ryan’s great-grandfather Wilford was born in Summit, Minnesota, and had English, and remote Scottish, ancestry. Anna had Irish ancestry.
Ryan’s maternal grandmother was Marguerite Josephine Bauman (the daughter of Emil Fredrick Bauman and Agnes Amelia Gotsch). Emil was Swiss, born in Basel, Switzerland, of Swiss-German descent. Agnes was born in Iowa, the daughter of Charles Frederick Gotsch, who was born in New York, to German parents, and of Ellen Conway, who was born in Ohio, to Irish parents.
Sources: Ryan’s birth certificate – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Ryan’s parents – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Ryan Merchant (focusing on his father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Ryan’s father (through his father’s sister, Marguerite Josephine Merchant) – http://www.ancestry.com
Birth certificate of Ryan’s father – https://familysearch.org
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