José James

James in 2017, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: José Fitzgerald James

Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: January 20, 1978

*father – Panamanian
*mother – Irish, English, Scottish

José James is an American singer, actor, and writer.

His father is singer and songwriter José Ned James, who is originally from Ancón, Panama. His mother is American, and is mostly of Irish, English, and Scottish descent.

José’s maternal grandfather was Richard Joseph FitzGerald (the son of Richard M. FitzGerald and Irene Catherine Quealy). José’s grandfather Richard was born in Minnesota. José’s great-grandfather Richard was born in Minnesota, the son of Irish parents, Richard J. FitzGerald and Mary Ann Madden. Irene was born in Minnesota, the daughter of David Thomas Quealy, whose parents were Irish, and of Susan Anthasisi Hyland, whose parents were also Irish.

José’s maternal grandmother was Nancy Ann Day (the daughter of Laird Boyd Day and Rose). Nancy was born in Minnesota. Laird was born in South Dakota, the son of Walter A. Day and Julia Augusta Boyd. Rose was born in Minnesota.

Sources: Information on José’s family –

Obituary of José’s maternal grandfather was Richard Joseph FitzGerald –

Obituary of José’s maternal grandmother, Nancy Ann (Day) FitzGerald –

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