Mark Rutte

Rutte in 2015, photo by Foto VDW/

Place of Birth: The Hague, Netherlands

Date of Birth: 14 February, 1967

Ethnicity: Dutch, as well as remote Scottish

Mark Rutte is a Dutch politician. He was Prime Minister of the Netherlands, from 14 October, 2010 to 2 July, 2024, and Leader of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, from 31 May, 2006 to 14 August, 2023. He has also been State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, from 17 June, 2004 to 27 June, 2006.

Prime Minister Rutte is the son of Hermina Cornelia (Dilling), from Zutphen, and Izaak Rutte, a merchant, from Rotterdam.

Prime Minister Rutte’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fifth great-grandfather, Pieter Rutte.

Prime Minister Rutte’s paternal grandfather was Izaac Johannes Rutte (the son of Izaac Rutte and Jorijna Petronella Mackenzie). Prime Minister Rutte’s grandfather Izaac was born in Rotterdam, Government of Rotterdam, South Holland. Prime Minister Rutte’s great-grandfather Izaac was the son of Johannes Rutte and Johanna Been. Petronella was the daughter of Jan Leonard Mackenzie and Johanna Maria Beker. Jan Leonard’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Murdoch Mackenzie, likely had some degree of Scottish ancestry.

Prime Minister Rutte’s paternal grandmother was Dirkje Cornelia Tekker (the daughter of Gerrit Willem Tekker and Clasina de Weerd). Dirkje was born in Kralingen, Government of Rotterdam, South Holland. Gerrit was the son of Herman Gerrit Tekker and Grietje Zwaan. Clasina was the daughter of Hermanus de Weerd and Dirkje Cornelia van Doorn.

Prime Minister Rutte’s maternal grandfather was Klaas Dilling (the son of Anthonie/Antonie Dilling and Grietje Visser). Klaas was born in Kropswolde, Hoogezand-Sappemeer, Groningen. Antonie was the son of Jan Anthoni/Antonies Dilling and Harmina Grietiens/Andries Beringa/Meringa. Grietje was the daughter of Klaas Visser and Teetje Patje.

Prime Minister Rutte’s maternal grandmother was Johanna Frederika Heetderks van Munster (the daughter of Antonie Arnoldus Heetderks van Munster and Petronella Hermanna van den Nulft). Johanna was born in Collendoorn, Hardenberg, Overijssel. Antonie was the son of Albert Heetderks van Munster and Louisa Gezina. Petronella was the daughter of Antonie Goseas van den Nulft and Hermina Cornelia ten Broeke.

Prime Minister Rutte’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fourth great-grandmother, Geertruida Golstein.

Sources: Genealogies of Mark Rutte –

3 Responses

  1. Manila says:

    He was replaced by Dick Schoof today as Prime Minister of the Netherlands.

    But, he is designed as the 14th Secretary General of NATO, replacing Jens Stoltenberg and due to take office on 1 October 2024.

  2. Manila says:

    Tag Prime Minister of the Netherlands, along with Piet de Jong.

  3. Manila says:

    Jan Leonard’s maternal great-grandfather, Murdoch Mackenzie, was Scottish.

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