Liv Tyler

Tyler in 2011, Featureflash /

Birth Name: Liv Rundgren

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

Date of Birth: July 1, 1977

Ethnicity: Italian (one eighth), Polish (one eighth), German, English, Welsh, more distant Scottish and Irish, about 1/128th African-American

Liv Tyler is an American actress, producer, model, and singer. She is known her roles in the films Armageddon, The Lord of the Rings, and The Strangers, as well as Silent Fall, Heavy, Empire Records, That Thing You Do!, Stealing Beauty, Inventing the Abbotts, Cookie’s Fortune, Onegin (1999), Dr. T & the Women, One Night at McCool’s, Jersey Girl, Lonesome Jim, Reign Over Me, The Incredible Hulk, Super (2010), Robot & Frank, Space Station 76, Wildling, and Ad Astra, and television’s The Leftovers, Gunpowder, Harlots, and 9-1-1: Lone Star. Her songs include “Need You Tonight,” a cover of “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye,” and featured vocals for the song “Shots Is Fired.” She has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the U.S. since 2003, and a spokesperson for luxury fashion and perfume house Givenchy’s.

Her biological father is Steven Tyler (born Steven Victor Tallarico), a musician. Her mother, Bebe Buell, was a fashion model and consort to rock stars. Among Liv’s half-siblings are model Mia Tyler and musician Chelsea Tyler. Liv was evidently born Liv Rundgren; for a time, Liv believed that musician Todd Rundgren was her biological father. The two have a close relationship.

Liv was named after Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann.

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 paternal 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 has a son with her former husband, English musician Royston Langdon; and two children with her former partner, British sports and entertainment manager David Gardner.

Liv’s paternal grandfather was Victor Alphonse Tallarico (the son of Giovanni Tallarico and Constance Neidhardt/Neidhart). Victor was born in Manhattan, New York, New York. Giovanni was born in Cotronei, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy, the son of Alfonso Tallarico and Stella Albi. Constance was born in New York, to German parents, Oscar Neidhardt/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/Corol/Coral Blancha, whose surname was originally Czarnyszewicz, and of Bessie June Elliott). Susan was born in Pennsylvania. Felix was a Polish emigrant, who was evidently born in Minsk, Belarus, and was the son of Franciszek/Frances Czarnyszewicz and Apolonia/Apolio Miluta/Emilit. Bessie was the daughter of Robert J. Elliott and Edna R. Tibbets.

Liv’s maternal grandfather was Harold Lloyd Buell (the son of Waldo Edgar Buell and Gertrude M. “Gertie” Fairchild). Harold was born in Keokuk, Lee, Iowa. Waldo was the son of Herbert W. Buell and Sarah A. 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 and Florence Parker). Dorothea was born in Pinehurst, Moore, North Carolina, and founded the Protocol School of Washington, in Yarmouth, Maine. James was the son of George Rufus Brown and Mary Ann Maynard/Maness. 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 –


Curious about ethnicity

33 Responses

  1. cdonorab says:

    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.

  2. madman says:

    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 says:

      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.

  3. bearboy says:

    She is of German ancestry???

  4. xoxo says:

    Looks like a man.

  5. cwm85 says:

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

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