Aisha Tyler

Aisha Tyler

Birth Name: Aisha N. Tyler

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 18, 1970

Ethnicity: African-American, distant Malagasy, English, Scottish, and Irish

Aisha Tyler is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and director. She is known for her roles on the series Friends and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Aisha’s maternal grandparents were Eugene Chandler Gregory (the son of Thomas Montgomery Gregory and Hugh Ella “Huella” Hancock) and Elaine Graham. Thomas Montgomery Gregory was a dramatist, educator, activist, and social philosopher; he was the son of James Monroe Gregory, a Professor of Latin and Dean at Howard University, whose grandparents were free blacks; and of Fannie Emma Hagan. Aisha’s great-grandmother Hugh was the daughter of Hugh Berry Hancock and Susie E. James.

Aisha’s great-great-grandmother Fannie Hagan’s mother, Margaret A. Mahammitt, was said to be the daughter of Jeremiah/Ali Mahomet, from Madagascar.

Aisha’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (2016) stated that her great-great-great-grandfather was John Hancock, who was a member of the Texas House of Representatives (1860-1861), and served as a U.S. Congressman from Texas, from 1871 to 1877, and from 1883 to 1885. John was white, and had English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry.

Sources: Genealogies of Aisha Tyler (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Aisha’s maternal great-grandparents, Thomas Montgomery Gregory and Hugh Ella “Huella” (Hancock) Gregory –

Information about Aisha’s maternal great-grandfather, Thomas Montgomery Gregory –

Information about Aisha’s Gregory family –

Informtaion about Aisha’s Malagasy ancestry –

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6 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    James Monroe Gregory’s grandparents, Claiborne Gladman and Anna Pollard, were Free Blacks. They’re listed in “Free Blacks of Lynchburg, Virginia, 1805-1865” (by Ted Delaney, Phillip Wayne Rhodes)

  2. cdonorab says:

    Correction she also has Irish ancestry as well through several branches of John Hancocks mother whose maiden name was Ryan.

  3. andrew says:

    genealogy of Aisha’s maternal great-grandparents, Thomas Montgomery Gregory and Hugh Ella “Huella” Hancock:

    Thomas was a noted dramatist, educator, social philosopher, and activist. His mother is described as being of Madagascan descent

    Thomas’ father, James Monroe Gregory, was a Professor, and a member of Republican Party

    Aisha is also related to astronaut Frederick D. Gregory

  4. cdonorab says:

    Correction. On Who do you think you are they traced her ancestry to her third great grandfather a white man named John Hancock who was a representative for the state of Texas. He had English and Scottish ancestry.

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