Steven Tyler

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Tyler in 2013, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Steven Victor Tallarico

Place of Birth: Manhattan, 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 lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith. Joe Perry is also a member of the band.

Steven is the son of Susan Ray (Blancha) and Victor A. Tallarico. He has four children: actress and model Liv Tyler, with model and singer Beverle Lorence “Bebe” Buell; model Mia Tyler, with his former wife, actress, model, and publicist Cyrinda Foxe; and two, including musician Chelsea Tyler, with his former wife, clothing designer 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.

Tyler in 2007, Creative Commons License photo credit: John Griffiths

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 –


Curious about ethnicity

28 Responses

  1. fuzzybear44 says:

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

  2. andrew says:

    “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”

  3. marjanel says:

    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.

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