Is Madonna Italian? Madonna Ethnicity

By Ray | Published on: March 10, 2024 | Updated on: March 10, 2024
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Madonna is a 64 years old American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born Madonna Louise Ciccone, the Like a Virgin singer goes by several nicknames such as Madge, the Material Girl, and the Queen of Pop to name a few.

Everyone knows Madonna is American by birth, but what’s her ancestral background? Are her parents native American? What’s her ethnicity? Well, a lot of people have been raising questions regarding Madonna’s ethnicity with “Is Madonna Italian?” being one of the burning questions.

Here are the answers to all the questions regarding Madonna’s ethnicity and ancestral heritage.

Is Madonna Italian? What is Madonna’s Ethnicity?

Popular singer Madonna has Italian roots on her father’s side. She was born to her father Silvio Anthony “Tony” Ciccone and mother Mdonna Louise (nee Fortin). She was named after her mother who sadly passed away from breast cancer when she was five years old.

Her mother Madonna was of French-Canadian descent whereas her father, Anthony’s parents were Italian immigrants. Madonna’s grandparents were from Abruzzo in the province of L’Aquila.

Singer and songwriter Madonna with her parents
Singer and songwriter Madonna’s childhood picture with her parents

So, as far as Madonna’s ethnicity is concerned, she is Caucasian. And she has mixed ancestry of Italian, French, and Canadian.

Madonna’s Name Has Italian Origin

Although born and raised in America, Madonna has roots in the Southern European nation Italy. Besides, if we go to the origin of the name Madonna, it first came to use in Italy in the 16th century. Back then, it was used as a respectful form of address to an Italian woman. Madonna is made up of two Italian words; Ma meaning my and Donna meaning lady.

But now, the name Madonna has prominently been associated with the American singer Madonna. She even registered her name for trademark in the US during the 1980s. Moreover, Madonna later won a legal case through the United Nations’ arbitration at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Interestingly, Madonna’s mother has no connection to Italy even though she has the same name that originated in Italy.