Cyrus was born in nashville, tennessee on november 23, 1992. she is the daughter of leticia tish (née finley) and country singer billy ray cyrus. she has an older brother trace, a vocalist and guitarist of an electronic rock band metro station. she has an older sister, brandi. the two were tishs children from a previous relationship, whom billy ray cyrus adopted when they were very young. she also has an older half-brother, christopher cody, her fathers son from a previous relationship, but she has not seen christopher since november 2007 during her concert in fort worth, texas. cyrus also has a younger brother, braison, and a younger sister, noah, who is also an actress. cyrus parents named her destiny hope because her parents believed that she would accomplish great things. she was nicknamed miley because she kept smiling (smiley) as a baby. she is of part cherokee descent. cyrus attended heritage middle school, where she was a cheerleader,though now attends school at options for youth. she also has a private tutor on the set of her tv show.