Mary Lambert and gnash in Concert at Mix 106's and Q102's Performance Theatre in Bala Cynwyd - July 21, 2016

gnash in 2016, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Garrett Charles Nash

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 16, 1993

Ethnicity: Norwegian (maternal grandmother), English, German, Irish, Scottish, distant Swedish, 1/1024th Lenape Native American

gnash is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, DJ, and record producer. He is also known as Gnash. His name is pronounced “nash.”

His father is a musician and his mother is a director and producer.

gnash’s maternal grandmother was the daughter of Norwegian parents. The rest of gnash’s ancestry is mostly English and German, with some Irish and Scottish roots. He also has distant Swedish ancestry from the Colonial American period, as well as 1/1024th Lenape Native American roots, through Wa Ku Su To Me “Bright Lighting,” a princess of the Lenape tribe, who was born, c. 1658, in the colony of New Sweden, present-day Delaware. She married Hendrick Andersson Coleman, who was born in Finland.

gnash’s paternal grandfather was surnamed Nash.

gnash’s paternal grandmother was surnamed Smith.

gnash’s maternal grandfather was Stanley Chester Lynn (the son of Chester E. Lynn and Lena Fern Owery/Owrey). gnash’s great-grandfather Chester was the son of Albert Chadwick Lynn and Lydia Jane Stepp/Steppe. Lena was the daughter of David S. Owery/Owrey and Hannah Nye.

gnash’s maternal grandmother was Evelyn Hildur Andersen (the daughter of Helmer Andersen and Helene/Helen Gaarstad). Evelyn was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Norwegian parents.

Sources: Genealogy of gnash’s maternal grandfather, Stanley Chester Lynn (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of gnash’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Philip Walter –

gnash’s maternal grandmother, Evelyn Hildur Andersen, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of gnash’s maternal grandmother, Evelyn Hildur (Andersen) Lynn –

6 Responses

  1. Jason 7 says:

    I wonder how many celebs descend from settlers of the New Sweden Colony and furthermore, how many of those originate in Finland. I’ve heard FDR, both president Bush 1 & 2… and then there was the signer of the declaration of independence John Morton who is said to have been entirely of Finnish descent.,always%20kept%20his%20father's%20surname.

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