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Ty Pennington's Real Name Is... WHAT?

August 28, 2019

This may surprise some of you but my “real” name is not Tanch.  It’s a nickname that friends and family have called my father and me for years.  The old man likes to refer to himself as “The Original Tanch.”  There’s not an exciting story behind it.  It’s just a shortened version of our last name.  Speaking of nicknames, let’s talk about Extreme Makeover: Home Edition host, Ty Pennington.

While clicking around Buzzfeed today I let out an audible gasp.  Ty isn’t short for Tyler.  It’s not short for Tyson.  It’s short for… TYGERT?  Lordy lord.  Didn’t see that one coming.