Steven Tyler

by ethnic on September 10, 2008

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Birth Name: Steven Victor Tallarico

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

Date of Birth: March 26, 1948

Ethnicity: Italian, German, Polish, English, about 1/64th African-American, distant Welsh

Steven Tyler is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and television personality. He is the former lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith. He was born Stephen Victor Tallarico. Among his children are actress/model Liv Tyler (with Beverle Lorence “Bebe” Buell), model Mia Tyler (with Cyrinda Foxe), and musician Chelsea Tyler (with Teresa Barrick).

Steven’s father was of half Italian and half German descent. Steven’s maternal grandfather was of Polish descent. Steven’s maternal grandmother had English, and more distant Welsh, ancestry; also, on the show Who Do You Think You Are? (2017), Steven’s daughter Liv discovered that Steven’s great-great-great-grandfather, Robert J. Elliott, was of half or part African-American ancestry. He was married to Steven’s ancestor, English-born Elizabeth “Betsey”/”Betsy” Rollins, in New York.

Steven is said to have some degree of Cherokee Native American ancestry on his mother’s side. It is not clear if this Cherokee ancestry has been verified/documented.

Steven’s paternal grandfather was Giovanni Tallarico (the son of Alfonso Tallarico and Stella Albi). Giovanni was an Italian emigrant, from Cotronei, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy.

Steven’s paternal grandmother was Panta Olga Constanze/Constance Neidhart (the daughter of Oscar Neidhart and Olga Keitzman/Kitzman/Kitzmann/Kietzmann). Panta was born in New York, to German parents. Oscar was from Gerlachsheim, Lauda-Königshofen, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, and was the son of Franz Neidhart and Constance Ranzenberger. Steven’s great-grandmother Olga was from Berlin, and was the daughter of Fritz Kietzmann and Metha Kimken.

Steven’s maternal grandfather was Felix Carol Blancha (whose surname was originally Czarnyszewicz, the son of Franciszek Czarnyszewicz and Apolonia Miluta). Felix was a Polish emigrant, from Klitchew Klichev. Franciszek was the son of Ksawery Czarnyszewicz and Agneszka Morat.

Steven’s maternal grandmother was Bessie June Elliott (the daughter of Robert J. Elliot and Edna Raynette Tibbittsthaver/Tibbits). Bessie was born in New York. Robert was the son of George Washington Elliott and Elizabeth Coventry, whose parents were English. Edna was the daughter of Susan Alby Gardner.

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

Article about Steven’s Elliott ancestry –

Genealogies of Steven Tyler –

Genealogies of Steven Tyler (through Steven’s daughter, Liv Tyler) –

Steven’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Steven’s mother –

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Ardor May 21, 2017 at 11:21 pm

Definitely has an African mouth shape/lips.

Manila May 14, 2017 at 12:07 am

Elizabeth’s maiden name is Coventry.

Manila May 14, 2017 at 12:18 am

Her parents were English immigrants.

fuzzybear44 April 26, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Mister (Walk this way) himself, has a little of African Mandingo in him. HA HA to funny. I bet that was a surprise

andrew June 29, 2016 at 5:23 am
neiltennant June 29, 2016 at 4:14 am

MY parents watched MTV circa 1994 with us children and they bought said that he looks mexican

i totally agree

andrew March 31, 2016 at 4:47 pm

“My grandmother is German and my grandfather is Ukrainian. They met in that year, when Ukraine and Russia were one country”

“Her heritage is Cherokee and Ukrainian”

ann April 1, 2016 at 3:14 am

He actually said: My grandfather was from Ukraine…My grandfather always said he was Russian.

neiltennant August 3, 2015 at 1:59 pm

not on of those guys who write HE MUST BE PARTLY NATIVE

but on the older albums covers he looks very exotic. Looks like a weird guy from a native tribe :-))

LucarioCooper September 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm

No. No he does not.

andrew May 31, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Steven Tyler not Steve wtf

andrew October 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm

it should be used

christian March 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm

he looks too exotic to be italian, german or polish

inded he has very strange+ exotic eyes

he looks hispanic or native american

brown eyes are in both germany and italy the most common eye color

germany 44 % and in italy 80 %

but the shape of his eyes are different than of germans or italians

marjanel December 20, 2014 at 9:09 pm

There is not something like looking Hispanic. Spanish speaking people are characterized because they are very diverse, they don´t look the same. And if a “hispanic” look exist , it must be like Spaniard not indigenous, it would like calling Pocahontas Anglo. Steven Tyer don´t look like a Spaniard. You must travel.

TrUtH March 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm

You people must be on something to deny he has native american. look at his eyes and his facial bone structure.
I mean seriously ???

Roger Is My Lover March 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Who is denying it? If you give Ethnic a credible source, he will add it to his ethnicity. I always thought he had distant Native ancestry as well.

Kevo!$8 March 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm

sorry nut noo

Kevo!$8 March 21, 2012 at 8:19 pm

he’s also mixed with native american.

-native american facebook page

I love you, Roger Scientist March 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

What? They said he had Native ancestry.

GUERA LOKA March 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm


Roxie Scott May 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I dont know but he is a hottie

LIL VACHA February 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Yeah so he must be Italian, Polish/Russian, German, and possibly English.

aps February 3, 2011 at 11:26 am
Hayley July 27, 2010 at 1:52 am

Italian, German, Ukrainian and Cherokee???

raicht September 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm

he knows what he is…. the trolls controls this website … you can’t beleive anything they post here.

ann November 18, 2009 at 6:13 pm

yeah, perhaps!

ethnic November 17, 2009 at 11:33 pm

That Russian side could actually be Ukrainian as the Ukraine used to be apart of the USSR not so long ago.

ann November 17, 2009 at 11:03 pm

oh…i think he is russian also…

ethnic July 2, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Juelz thanks for the comment, profile edited. he is Italian, German, Ukrainian and Cherokee

JUELZ SANTANA July 2, 2009 at 10:25 am

whats his ethnicity

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