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 immigrant, 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) –

Obituary of Steven’s mother –

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{ 4 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

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