Liv Tyler

by ethnic on September 10, 2008

Birth Name: Liv Rundgren

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

Date of Birth: July 1, 1977

Ethnicity: 1/8th Italian, 1/8th Polish, as well as German, English, Welsh, more distant Scottish and Irish, about 1/128th African-American

Liv Tyler is an American actress and model. She is famous for starring in the films Armageddon and the Lord of the Rings series. Her biological father is Steven Tyler (born Steven Victor Tallarico), a musician, and her mother, Bebe Buell, was a consort to rock stars. Among Liv’s half-siblings are model Mia Tyler and musician Chelsea Tyler.

Liv’s mother is of English, and small amounts of Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and German, ancestry. Liv’s father is of one quarter Italian, one quarter German, and one quarter Polish, descent, and also has English, and distant Welsh, ancestry; on the show Who Do You Think You Are? (2017), Liv discovered that her great-great-great-great-grandfather, Robert J. Elliott, was of half or part African-American ancestry. He was married to her ancestor, English-born Elizabeth “Betsey”/”Betsy” Rollins, in New York.

Liv was evidently born Liv Rundgren; for a time, Liv believed that musician Todd Rundgren was her biological father.

Liv’s paternal grandfather was Victor Alphonse Tallarico (the son of Giovanni Tallarico and Panta Olga Constanze/Constance Neidhart). Victor was born in New York. Giovanni was born in Cotronei, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy, the son of Alfonso Tallarico and Stella Albi. Panta was born in New York, to German parents, Oscar Neidhart, from Gerlachsheim, Lauda-Königshofen, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, and Olga Keitzman/Kitzman/Kitzmann/Kietzmann, from Berlin.

Liv’s paternal grandmother was Susan Ray Blancha (the daughter of Felix Carol Blancha, whose surname was originally Czarnyszewicz, and of Bessie June Elliott). Susan was born in Pennsylvania. Felix was a Polish emigrant, from Klitchew Klichev, and was the son of Franciszek Czarnyszewicz and Apolonia Miluta. Bessie was the daughter of Robert J. Elliot and Edna Raynette Tibbittsthaver/Tibbits.

Liv’s maternal grandfather was Harold Lloyd Buell (the son of Waldo Edgar Buell and Gertrude/Gertie M. Fairchild). Harold was born in Iowa. Waldo was the son of Herbert William Buell and Sarah Adele Rhoades. Gertrude was the daughter of Franklin L. Fairchild and Jane A. “Jennie” Campbell.

Liv’s maternal grandmother was Dorothea Jean Brown (the daughter of James Curtis Brown, Sr. and Florence E. Parker). Dorothea was born in North Carolina, and founded the Protocol School of Washington. James was the son of George Rufus Brown and Mary Ann Maness/Maynard. Florence was the daughter of Elijah James Parker and Effie Jane Howell.

Sources: Article about Liv’s Elliott ancestry –

Genealogies of Liv Tyler –

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak on Steven Tyler’s roots, at The Huffington Post –

Liv’s paternal grandmother, Susan Ray Blancha, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Liv’s paternal grandmother, Susan Ray (Blancha) Tallarico –

Genealogy of Liv’s maternal grandmother, Dorothea Jean Brown –

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cdonorab April 25, 2017 at 11:40 am

Correction. The African ancestry is through her paternal grandmother. Her grandmother’s father’s side was African and the first one they found was Robert born about 1799 who was probably half black and half white.

Manila May 13, 2017 at 11:59 pm

I have found an article regarding her Elliott family’s ancestry:

madman February 25, 2017 at 6:08 am

A link to Todd Rundgren maybe?

Liv was named “Liv Rundgren” by her mother, who initially claimed her father to be musician Todd Rundgren, with whom Liv’s mother had a relationship at the time. At age eight, it was revealed to Liv that Todd wasn’t her biological father.

follers February 25, 2017 at 6:41 am

BTW, Who Do You Think You Are? has evidently located a black ancestor for Liv and Steven Tyler. I wonder if anyone can find the ancestor before the episode airs.

neiltennant September 30, 2016 at 5:43 pm


bearboy September 30, 2016 at 5:45 pm

She is of German ancestry???

xoxo January 28, 2016 at 10:32 pm

Looks like a man.

neiltennant September 30, 2016 at 5:43 pm


cwm85 August 3, 2015 at 6:42 am

See the Polish and other stuff, not so much Italian.

neiltennant August 3, 2015 at 1:57 pm

where do you see the polish please ?
only because she has blue eyes or something else?
I think she looks very british and true not so many italian

athelya November 29, 2015 at 3:48 pm

she looks like she has italian based on the shape of her eyes. her coloration is also italian.

neiltennant August 3, 2015 at 2:10 am

i hate celebs claiming to have native roots but in the case of STEVEN TYLER I’m not sure

for years on several sites there was written that he is also of native descent

maybe not accurate but believe me people are not stupid and naive they can classify people very well

and my parents for example always thought that steven tyler is part native american and many others think that too

can so many people be wrong

M June 4, 2015 at 7:09 pm

Damn she sure has a strong jaw.

shobohunter April 3, 2015 at 12:52 pm

ugliest pic of her

theropod April 1, 2015 at 12:28 am

Her mouth is Italian for sure. :)

Aleera Norton-Ferris February 15, 2014 at 3:37 pm

According to Wikipedia her mother is German (I read this in Bebe’s interview, where she said that she has a german roots) There is no French blood in Bebe! About Steven…well he has a very interesting type of face and I’m sure that there is something of Native Americans in him. Liv is very beautiful and has incredible blue eyes.

roman2886 March 31, 2015 at 5:20 pm

I have heard she has Native American blood Cherokee lots of White Americans claim too have Native American blood.

andrew May 31, 2013 at 4:15 pm

“Liv’s mother is Bebe Buell, a “consort” to numerous rock stars.”

What about the word “groupie”??

none April 29, 2013 at 9:45 pm

if Steven is American Indian, that would make him technically mixed race and not White and, of course, his daughter as well

Me! May 1, 2011 at 4:47 am

this are not her ethnicities! her father.. famous singer Steven Tyler is actually English, German, Italian, Polish and Russian.. while her mother is German and English.! Buell is a German surname.. I would know I’m half German.. my sources:

zuzanna March 10, 2011 at 11:55 am

Polish/?! WOW! i am suprised!

Anonymous March 16, 2011 at 9:39 am

Must be on her mother’s side, as her father is Italian, Ukrainian (or is it Russian?), German and Cherokee. Through process of elimination, that would make her mother English and Polish along with any of the ethnicities of her father.

Me! May 1, 2011 at 4:51 am

Liv Tyler’s father is Italian, German, English, Polish and Russian.. her father is Steven Tyler..Steven’s father (Liv’s paternal grandfather) was German and Italian and mother (Liv’s grandmother) was Polish, Russian and English.. mother is German and English.. that means there is no Ukrainian in Liv.. she is German, English, Italian, Polish and Russian ;) he said it himself about his!

Dee February 26, 2011 at 3:16 am

According to this excellent report, her father is Italian, German, Polish, and English


Anonymous March 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

Just saw that

“When Tyler popped up again on our collective radar, I decided to take a peek into his ancestral past. Tyler, born Steven Victor Tallarico, is an interesting blend: one-quarter Italian, one-quarter German, one-quarter Polish/Russian, and one-quarter American mutt (but featuring enough surnames like Elliott, Tibbetts and Gardner to suspect a preponderance of English).”

If this is fact, the ¼ American Mutt must be the part which has Cherokee, as most indigenous peoples in the USA have English surnames.

amala February 2, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Doesn’t Anglo mean English? If so, “Buell” is definitely NOT of English origin. It sounds German to me…

Red Drum December 18, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Hi, Liv Tyler’s Mom’s ethnicity is French. Anglo-American just means “white”

Anonymous March 16, 2011 at 9:34 am
marine June 4, 2010 at 4:58 pm

The most beautiful woman in the world !!!!!!!

hollie February 25, 2011 at 11:25 am

well, i look alot like her so yay.. I look like the “most beautiful woman in the world.” lol

Wtf February 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm

@Hollie:I’m not saying your not pretty,or Liv,However her being the most prettiest woman in the world,well that’s a serious matter of opinion

Alyx July 26, 2016 at 9:35 pm

Of course not.

LiL V4CH4 April 5, 2010 at 8:30 am

Her mother Bebe Buell I heard is said to be of French descent.

ethnic January 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm

glad you like it :)


clart kent January 6, 2010 at 11:02 pm

“Liv’s mother is Bebe Buell, a consort to numerous rock stars” lol, i like that.

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