Billy Joel

by ethnic on December 27, 2007

Billy Joel

Birth Name: William Martin Joel

Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 9, 1949

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Billy Joel is an American pianist, singer, songwriter, and composer. His father, Helmuth Julius Joel, was a Jewish immigrant from Germany, born in Nuremberg. His mother, Rosalind (Nyman), was born in New York, to English Jewish parents (of Ukrainian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent).

Billy is married to equestrian and executive Alexis Roderick, with whom he has a daughter. Billy also has a daughter, musician Alexa Ray Joel, with his former wife, model and actress Christie Brinkley.

Billy’s paternal grandparents were Karl Amson Joel (the son of Julius Joel and Sara Schwab). Karl was born in Colmberg, Bayern.

Billy’s paternal grandmother was Meta Fleischmann (the daughter of Elias Fleischmann and Elise Wertheimer). Meta was born in Küps, Upper Franconia, Bavaria. Elias was the son of Samuel Fleischmann and Johanna Lehmann. Elise was killed in the Holocaust, in 1943.

Billy’s maternal grandfather was Philip Nyman (the son of Jacob Nyman and Leah Mitinkovsky). Philip was born in London, to parents from Kiev, Ukraine. Jacob was the son of Solomon Nyman and Feivel. Leah was the daughter of Feivel Mitinkovsky.

Billy’s maternal grandmother was Rebecca Gershon (the daughter of Harris Gershon and Sarah). Rebecca was born in London, to parents from Bialystok, Poland.

Source: Genealogy of Billy Joel –

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andrew February 23, 2018 at 4:52 am
neiltennant July 11, 2015 at 7:10 am

he looks like KRUSTY THE CLOWN (Herschel Krustowsky) who has the same ancestry

and on episodes without the make up Krusty looks the same

? January 1, 2014 at 12:18 am

To jon, Jewish is actually an ethnicity just to let you know.

janceleste April 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

looks Italian to me!!!

Jimmy December 31, 2011 at 3:01 am

his mama is from England and his daddy is from Germany

Markus March 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm
jon August 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm

You can have Russian Jews, or German Jews….heck you could choose to live in Palestine and practice Judaism if you wanted. So he would be American with his roots coming from Germany and England.

VeRoni March 6, 2010 at 9:04 am

he looks very Jewish.

Clari January 30, 2009 at 8:26 am

His dad is just Jewish but from Germany and his mom is Jewish but from England. can u change that please? references at: and wikipedia has references

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