Birth Name: Gerard Arthur Way
Place of Birth: Summit, New Jersey, U.S.
Date of Birth: April 9, 1977
Ethnicity: Italian (maternal grandmother), Scottish, German, English, Welsh, French, possibly other
Gerard Way is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comic book writer. He is the lead singer of the rock band My Chemical Romance. He also created The Umbrella Academy comic book series.
Gerard is the son of Donna and Donald Way. His brother is musician and actor Mikey Way. Gerard is married to Lyn-Z, the bassist for the band Mindless Self Indulgence. The couple has a daughter.
Gerard is a second cousin of stand-up comedian, martial arts color commentator, and podcast host Joe Rogan. They share a set of great-grandparents, Savino/Samuel Spadone and Genovieve/Genivie/Genieve/Jennie Anniziata.
Gerard has stated that he is of half Scottish descent.
Gerard’s paternal grandparents possibly were Jonathan Camp Way and Ellen Lee. Jonathan was born in Connecticut. Ellen was born in New Jersey.
Gerard’s maternal grandfather was Arthur J. Rush (the son of Robert Wesley Rush and Theresa Agnes “Tessie” Blumenthal). Arthur was born in New Jersey. Robert was the son of British parents, Lewis Rush and Alice Monk, who likely had origins from England and Wales. Theresa was born in New York or Germany, the daughter of German parents, Charles Blumenthal, who was born in Alsace-Lorraine, likely in Mulhouse, and Agnes Herzog, who was born in Guben, Prussia. It is not clear if Theresa had Jewish ancestry. Some genealogies state that her paternal grandfather, Joseph Blumenthal, was born in Lithuania.
Gerard’s maternal grandmother was Elena/Helen Lee/Lina Spadone (the daughter of Savino/Samuel “Sam” Spadone and Genovieve/Genivie/Genieve/Jennie Annunziata/Anniziata). Elena was born in New Jersey, to Italian parents. Savino was from Melfi, Province of Potenza, Basilicata, and was the son of Giovanni Spadone and Lucia Vitelli. Genovieve was from Aquilonia, Province of Avellino, Campania, and her mother’s surname was De Riezo.
Sources: Genealogy of Gerard Way (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Gerard’s maternal grandfather, Arthur J. Rush, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Gerard’s maternal great-grandfather, Robert Wesley Rush, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Gerard’s maternal great-grandmother, Theresa Agnes “Tessie” Blumenthal, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Theresa Agnes “Tessie” Blumenthal on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record of Gerard’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Charles Blumenthal and Agnes Herzog – https://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Gerard’s maternal great-great-great-uncle (great-great-grandfather’s brother), Gustave Adolph Blumenthal, a vocational analyst – https://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Gerard’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Agnes (Herzog) Blumenthal – https://www.familysearch.org
Gerard’s maternal grandmother, Elena/Helen Lee/Lina Spadone, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org