Tyler Joseph

2015 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

Joseph in 2015, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Tyler Robert Joseph

Place of Birth: Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 1, 1988

Ethnicity:
*father – Lebanese, Serbian
*mother – Dutch, English, German, small amount of Irish

Tyler Joseph is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is the lead vocalist and keyboardist for musical duo Twenty One Pilots, in which he works with Josh Dun.

Tyler is the son of Kelly and Christopher Joseph. He is married to Jenna Black, with whom he has two children.

Tyler’s paternal grandfather was Robert O. “Bobby” Joseph (the son of Tony Joseph and Catherine/Katherine Charlie/Calearly/Kaleel). Robert was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Tripoli, Lebanon. Tony was the son of Marian.

Tyler’s paternal grandmother was Nancy Krnyaich (the daughter of Austin Krnyaich and Anna Uzelac). Nancy was born in Bellaire, Ohio, to Serbian emigrants from Yugoslavia. Anna was the daughter of Michael Uzelac and Helen Zmezic.

Tyler’s maternal grandfather is Robert H. Stryker (the son of Raymond Eugene Stryker and Evelyn Lida Cook). Raymond was the son of Raymond Cyrenus Stryker and Nora J. Apgar. Evelyn was the daughter of Hovey Reid Cook and Lida Crappe.

Tyler’s maternal grandmother is Joan Carol Jelliffe (the daughter of John Dilts Jelliffe and Olive Mae Allen). Joan has deep lines in New Jersey. John was the son of William Taylor Jelliffe and Elizabeth L. Ten Eyck. Olive was the daughter of Nathan Allen and Annie Bell Hagaman.

Sources: Obituary of Tyler’s paternal grandmother, Nancy (Krnyaich) Joseph – https://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Tyler’s maternal great-grandmother, Evelyn Lida (Cook) Stryker – https://www.legacy.com

7 Responses

  1. Erik1714 says:

    Obituary of Tyler’s paternal grandmother:

    https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/nancy-joseph-obituary?id=33623798

    Tyler’s paternal grandmother was Nancy Krnyaich (the daughter of Austin Krnyaich and Anna Uzelac). Nancy was born in Bellaire, Ohio, to Serbian immigrants from, at the time, Yugoslavia. Anna was the daughter of Michael Uzelac and Helen Zmezic.

    Obituary of the brother of Tyler’s maternal grandmother:
    https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/app/name/allen-r-jelliffe-obituary?pid=166896461

    Tyler’s maternal grandmother is Joan Carol Jelliffe (the daughter of John Dilts Jelliffe and Olive Mae Allen). Joan has deep lines in New Jersey. John was the son of William Taylor Jelliffe and Elizabeth L. Ten Eyck. Olive was the daughter of Nathan Allen and Annie Bell Hagaman.

    Also, the father of Susan A. Reid (Robert H. Stryker’s great-grandmother) was an Irish immigrant, so Tyler has some distant Irish.

  2. Emma K says:

    Is he ethnically lebanese? ‘Joseph’ isn’t a lebanese surname and I’m not sure if he has ancestors with arabic names? Just wondering, no hate x

  3. napalm says:

    His wikipedia page says his father is Lebanese

  4. FOSSIL says:

    Here’s an obit for Tyler’s great-grandmother, Evelyn Lida (Cook) Stryker:
    https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mycentraljersey/obituary.aspx?n=evelyn-lida-cook-stryker&pid=134688454
    Tyler Joseph is listed as her great-grandchild.

    Evelyn’s parents were Hovey Reid and Lida (Crappe) Cook. I am sure her ancestry (and that of her husband Raymond Eugene Stryker) can be traced way further back.

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