Troye Sivan

2015 BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards - Arrivals

Sivan in 2015, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Troye Sivan Mellet

Place of Birth: Johannesburg, South Africa

Date of Birth: 5 June, 1995

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, possibly other (mother; who converted to Judaism)

Troye Sivan is an Australian singer, songwriter, actor, and YouTuber.

Troye was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. His family moved to Australia during his early childhood, settling in Perth. His father is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family (from Lithuania). His mother, who has English ancestry, converted to Judaism. Troye was raised in an observant Orthodox Jewish household. He attended a Modern Orthodox school. He has said, “I’m not at all religious, but I feel super, super Jewish.”

Sivan, a spring month of 30 days, is the ninth month of the civil year, and the third month of the ecclesiastical year, on the Hebrew calendar.

Troye’s paternal grandfather was named Kenneth Charles “Kenny” Mellet. Kenneth is buried in a Jewish cemetery in Johannesburg.

Troye’s paternal grandmother is Baske/Bessie Zeligson (the daughter of Aizer/Azer Zeligson and Chaya Gafinovitch/Gafanovitch). Aizer was the son of Isaac Zeligson and Sarah. Chaya was born in Lithuania, the daughter of Aaron Meier Gafanovitch.

Troye’s maternal grandparents are surnamed Haverly and Marlen.

Sources: Information about Troye’s Jewish background –

Genealogy of Troye Sivan (focusing on his father’s side) –

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