Darude

Birth Name: Toni-Ville Henrik Virtanen

Place of Birth: Eura, Finland

Date of Birth: 17 July, 1975

Ethnicity: Finnish

Darude is a Finnish DJ and record producer, also known as Rude Boy and Da Rude. He is known for his hit single “Sandstorm.”

Darude is married to American, Michelle, with whom he has two children.

Darude’s patrilineal line can be traced back to his seventh great-grandfather, Heikki Isakinpoika.

Darude’s paternal grandfather was Into Johannes Virtanen (the son of Frans Niilo Virtanen and Helmi Aleksandra Kangassalo). Into was born in Hinnerjoki (now part of Eura), Satakunta. Frans was the son of Juho Kallenpoika Wallenström (later Virtanen) and Maria Vilhelmiina Kustaantytär Karén. Helmi was the daughter of Iisak Nestor Juhonpoika Kangassalo and Aleksandra Juhontytär Lehtikangas.

Darude’s paternal grandmother was named Emmi Sainila. She was born in Pyhäntä, Northern Ostrobothnia.

Darude’s maternal grandfather was named Erkki Karhu. He was born in Eura, Satakunta.

Darude’s maternal grandmother was Hilja Esteri Itkonen (the daughter of Juhana Taavetti Itkonen and Maria Eliisa Huovinen). Hilja was born in Utajärvi, Northern Ostrobothnia. Juhana was the son of Joseppi Itkonen and Fredrika Henrika Vauhkhonen. Maria Eliisa was the daughter of Simo Huovinen and Elsa Stiina Juhontytär Karppinen.

A MyHeritage DNA test taken by Darude stated that his genetic ancestry is:

*94.4% Finnish
*3.1% Scandinavian
*2.5% Mesoamerican and Andean

Sources: Genealogy of Darude – https://www.myheritage.com

Family history of Darude – https://www.myheritage.com

11 Responses

  1. Manila says:

    He didn’t make it to the finals.

  2. Manila says:

    Darude’s paternal line can be traced back to his seventh great-grandfather, Heikki Isakinpoika.

    Darude’s paternal grandfather was Into Johannes Virtanen (the son of Frans Niilo Virtanen and Helmi Aleksandra Kangassalo). Into was born in Hinnerjoki (now part of Eura), Satakunta. Frans was the son of Juho Kallenpoika Wallenström (later Virtanen) and Maria Vilhelmiina Kustaantytär Karén. Helmi was the daughter of Iisak Nestor Juhonpoika Kangassalo and Aleksandra Juhontytär Lehtikangas.

    Darude’s paternal grandmother was named Emmi Sainila. She was born in Pyhäntä, Northern Ostrobothnia.

    Darude’s maternal grandfather was named Erkki Karhu. He was born in Eura, Satakunta.

    Darude’s maternal grandmother was named Hilja Esteri Itkonen (the daughter of Juhana Taavetti Itkonen and Maria Eliisa Huovinen). Hilja was born in Utajärvi, Northern Ostrobothnia. Juhana was the son of Joseppi Itkonen and Fredrika Henrika Vauhkhonen. Maria Eliisa was the daughter of Simo Huovinen and Elsa Stiina Juhontytär Karppinen.

    He had his DNA tested through MyHeritageDNA. He has the following ethnicity:
    *94.4% Finnish
    *3.1% Scandinavian
    *2.5% Mesoamerican and Andean

    Genealogy of Darude – https://www.myheritage.com/person-1000003_616218971_616218971/private-virtanen

    Family history of Darude – https://www.myheritage.com/eurovision/legends/darude-and-sebastian-rejman/

  3. Manila says:

    He will represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

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