Billie Joe Armstrong

Billie Joe Armstrong

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Place of Birth: Oakland, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 17, 1972

Ethnicity: Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, English, Scottish, Irish, 1/8th Italian [including Sicilian], 1/16th German, 1/16th Spanish, distant Welsh

Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He is a member and lead singer of the band Green Day. Other members of the band are Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool.

Billie Joe’s ancestry includes Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, English, Scottish, Irish, 1/8th Italian [including Sicilian], 1/16th German, 1/16th Spanish, and distant Welsh. Also, one of Billie Joe’s maternal great-great-grandmothers, Margaret Ann Willey (the daughter of George Willey and Minerva/Manivery Jane Tilson/Tellesion), was said to be a Cherokee Native American (it is not clear if this has been verified).

Billie Joe is married to Adrienne Nesser, with whom he has two children. Adrienne is the sister of professional skateboarder Steve Nesser.

Billie Joe’s paternal grandfather was David Banks Armstrong (the son of Edwin Merritt Armstrong and Evaline Edwards). Evaline was born in Camberwell, Surrey, England.

Billie Joe’s paternal grandmother was Frances Myrtle Marsicano (the daughter of Andrew Marsicano and Elaine Lena Mueller/Muller). Andrew was born in California, to Italian parents, Peter Marsciano, from Palermo, and Theresa Nigro, from Napoli. Elaine was born in Mexico, to a German father and a Spanish mother.

Billie Joe’s maternal grandfather was Jay William Jesse Jackson (the son of Jay Jackson and Mary/Mollie Gable).

Billie Joe’s maternal grandmother was Alta May Hastings (the daughter of Thomas Anson Carey Hastings and Eliza Rayl). Thomas was the son of James M. Hastings and Margaret Carey. Eliza was the daughter of William Rayl and Margaret Ann Willey.

Sources: Genealogy of Billie Joe Armstrong –

Billie Joe’s paternal grandmother, Frances Myrtle Marsicano, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Billie Joe’s maternal grandparents, Jay William Jesse Jackson and Alta May Hastings –

Genealogy of Billie Joe’s maternal grandmother, Alta May Hastings –

7 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Can someone trace Tré Cool’s (GD drummer) genealogy? At least starting from his patrilineal line (they’re all named Frank Edwin Wright). But I am not sure who is the right grandfather.

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