Birth Name: Aja R. Volkman
Place of Birth: Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
Date of Birth: March 4, 1987
*German, English (father)
*Spanish, Italian (mother)
Aja Volkman is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She is the lead singer of the alternative rock band Nico Vega.
Aja is the daughter of Rogene, an artist, and James Volkman. Her father has German and English ancestry. Her mother is of half Spanish and half Italian descent. Aja is married to singer, songwriter, and musician Dan Reynolds, with whom she has three children.
Aja’s paternal grandfather was William Edward Volkman (the son of Rhienhardt Henry Volkman and Rosalin Maud Carlyon). Rhienhardt was of German descent, and was the son of William T. Volkman and Wilhemina Kandt. Rosalin was English.
Aja’s paternal grandmother was Anna Faye Barngrover (the daughter of Otis Barngrover and Alva Hazel Brown). Anna was born in Kansas. Otis was the son of William M. Barngrover and Cora Elizabeth Sponseller. Alva was the daughter of Sam Brown and Sarah.
Aja’s maternal grandfather was Pedro Garcia “Pete” Manas (the son of Pedro Garcia Manas and Rosa “Rosie” Garcia). Aja’s grandfather Pedro was born in California, to Spanish parents. Aja’s great-grandfather Pedro was the son of Miguel Garcia Manas and Rosa Garcia Rodriquez. Rosa was born in Sorbas, Andalusia, Spain, the daughter of Diego Garcia Aguero and Maria Garcia Romero.
Aja’s maternal grandmother was Bruna Marie Riccomini (the daughter of Giuseppi Riccomini and Annunsiata Maria Ventura). Bruna was born in California, to Italian parents.
Sources: Genealogy of Aja Volkman – https://www.geni.com
Aja’s maternal grandfather, Pedro Garcia Manas, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Aja’s maternal grandmother, Bruna Marie (Riccomini) Manas – http://www.thefreelibrary.com