Birth Name: Nathaniel Joseph Ruess
Place of Birth: Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.
Date of Birth: February 26, 1982
Nate Ruess is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He is the lead singer of the band Fun., which also includes Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost. Nate was previously lead singer of the band The Format.
Nate is the son of Bess and Larry Ruess. His uncle, John Ruess, was a Broadway performer. He was raised mostly in Glendale, Arizona, on a farm. Nate’s ancestry is 23/32 German, 5/32 Dutch, and 4/32 Irish.
Nate’s paternal grandfather is Robert H. Ruess (the son of Albert John Ruess and Margaret Irene Gatens). Robert was born in Iowa. Albert was the son of Henry Roland Ruess, who was born in Iowa, to German parents, and of Wilhelmina M. “Minnie” Brugman, who was of Dutch and German descent. Margaret was of Irish descent, and was the daughter of Edward Gatens and Ellen C. McGee.
Nate’s paternal grandmother was Geraldine Dorothy “Jerry” Wissink (the daughter of Aloysius Wissink and Katharina/Katharine “Kate” Holtermann/Halterman). Geraldine was born in Iowa, to a Dutch father and a German mother. Aloysius was born in Hollands Kroon Municipality, Noord-Holland.
Nate’s maternal grandfather was Anthony William Zinger (the son of Andrew E. Zinger and Estella Marie Moeller). Anthony was born in Iowa, of German descent, with some of his father’s family being from Alsace-Lorraine. Andrew was the son of Anton Zinger and Caroline “Carrie” Kohn. Nate’s great-grandmother Estella was born in Iowa, the daughter of William Adolph Moeller, who was from Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and of Emma Thiering.
Nate’s maternal grandmother was Erma Behrens (the daughter of Henry Behrens and Margaretha Wellendorf-Arp). Erma was born in Iowa. Henry was born in Iowa, to German parents. Margaretha was German.
Sources: History of the Ruess family – http://iagenweb.org
Nate’s paternal grandfather, Robert H. Ruess, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy and obituary of Nate’s paternal grandfather, Robert H. Ruess – http://www.findagrave.com
Nate’s paternal grandmother, Geraldine Dorothy Wissink, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogies of Nate’s maternal grandparents, Anthony William Zinger and Erma (Behrens) Zinger – http://www.findagrave.com
Nate’s maternal grandfather, Anthony William Zinger, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Nate’s maternal grandmother, Erma Behrens, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Nate’s maternal grandmother, Erma (Behrens) Zinger – http://qctimes.com