Bruce Springsteen

by ethnic on September 12, 2010

2013 MusiCares Person of the Year Honoring Bruce Springsteen - Arrivals

Birth Name: Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen

Place of Birth: Long Branch, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 23, 1949

Ethnicity:
*Irish, some Dutch (father)
*Italian/Sicilian (mother)

Bruce Springsteen is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and humanitarian activist.

He is the son of Adele Ann (Zerilli) and Douglas Frederick Springsteen. His father was of at least three quarters Irish, and some Dutch, descent. Some of his Irish ancestors were from Rathangan, County Kildare. His mother was of Italian/Sicilian ancestry.

He is married to singer, songwriter, and guitarist Patti Scialfa, with whom he has three children.

Bruce’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Casper Springsteen, who was born, c. 1620, in Groningen, the Netherlands, and to his wife, Geertje “Catherine” Jans, born, c. 1620, also in Groningen.

Bruce’s paternal grandfather was Frederick H. “Fred” Springsteen (the son of Anthony Springsteen and Martha Ann O’Hagan). Frederick was born in New Jersey. Anthony was the son of Alexander A. Springsteen and Harriet McGinty Smith. Martha was the daughter of Irish parents, William O’Hagan/O’Hagen and Mary.

Bruce’s paternal grandmother was Alice Helena McNicholl/McNicholas (the daughter of Jane). Alice was born in New Jersey.

Bruce’s maternal grandfather was Antonio A. “Anthony” Zerilli (the son of Raffaele/Raffaela Zerilli and Raffaella Aiello). Antonio, a lawyer, was born in Vico Equense, Province of Naples, Campania, Italy. Raffaele was the son of Andrea Zerilli (1827-1901), who was born in Palma di Montechiaro, Province of Agrigento, Sicily, Italy. In 1852, Andrea married Bruce’s great-great-grandmother Rosa Veniero (1831-1912).

Bruce’s maternal grandmother was Adelina/Adele Sorrentino. Adelina was Italian.

Sources: Genealogies of Bruce Springsteen – http://www.wargs.com
http://www.angelfire.com
https://www.geni.com

Article about Bruce’s Irish ancestry, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak – http://irishamerica.com

Genealogies of Bruce Springsteen (focusing on his father’s side) – http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com
http://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Bruce’s father – http://www.findagrave.com

Bruce’s father on the 1940 the U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Bruce’s paternal grandfather, Frederick H. “Fred” Springsteen, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Bruce’s paternal great-grandparents, Anthony Springsteen and Martha Ann O’Hagan – https://familysearch.org

Bruce’s paternal great-grandfather, Anthony Springsteen, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Bruce’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

New York passenger arrival record of Bruce’s maternal great-grandfather, Raffaele Zerilli – https://familysearch.org

Some of Bruce’s family history – https://pinkcadillacmusic.wordpress.com
https://pinkcadillacmusic.wordpress.com

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andrew December 11, 2017 at 4:49 pm
andrew December 23, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Bruce’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4TZ-JDC

Bruce’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X4JS-BSP

Bruce’s paternal grandfather on the 1920 U.S. Census:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4T5-3M5

Bruce’s paternal great-grandfather on the 1900 U.S. Census:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MN82-8QN

Marriage record of Bruce’s paternal great-grandparents:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q29L-MTX9

Record of Bruce’s maternal great-grandfather:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF5J-XY3

andrew October 23, 2016 at 3:40 pm
andrew September 25, 2016 at 4:10 pm

Martha Ann O’Hagan’s parents, William O’Hagan/O’Hagen and Mary, were Irish.

http://www.angelfire.com/journal2/brucefan/chart1.html

pookerella September 26, 2016 at 9:21 am
andrew September 25, 2016 at 3:41 pm

some of Bruce’s Irish ancestors were from Rathangan, County Kildare.

pookerella September 25, 2016 at 10:41 am

His last name is 100% Dutch, his Dutch heritage goes way, way back to Colonial times, possibly a 300+ year history in New Jersey, specifically. He is very proud of his Irish heritage, he does have the soul of an Irish poet,for which he thanks his paternal grandmother.

andrew February 4, 2016 at 2:18 pm

some corrections:

Bruce’s maternal great-great-grandfather Andrea Zerilli (1827-1901) was born in Palma di Montechiaro, Province of Agrigento, Sicily, Italy. In 1852 he married Rosa Veniero (1831-1912).

https://pinkcadillacmusic.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/le-origini-napoletane-di-bruce-bruces-neapolitan-origin/

savanna February 4, 2016 at 1:12 pm
savanna December 29, 2015 at 5:12 pm

He should be listed as Sicilian

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Looks more like his mother’s side.

andrew October 7, 2015 at 12:23 pm

citation: Antonio Zerilli was born in Vico Equense, Province of Naples, Campania, Italy.

from his father’s side he’s more Irish than Dutch

andrew September 3, 2015 at 6:09 am

more details:

Bruce’s maternal great-great-grandparents were Andrea Zerilli (born in Palermo, Sicily, c . 1852) and Rosa Venerio

Bruce’s maternal great-grandparents were Raffaele Zerilli and Raffaella Aiello. Their son Antonio, a lawyer, was Bruce’s grandfather.

https://pinkcadillacmusic.wordpress.com/le-origini-napoletane-di-bruce/

andrew September 3, 2015 at 6:11 am

Adelina’s surname was “Sorrentino”.

andrew September 6, 2015 at 7:42 am

Alice (Alice Helena)’s surname was “McNicholl/McNicholas”.

Anthony Springsteen was the son of Alexander A. Springsteen and Harriet McGinty Smith.

Bruce’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Casper Springsteen, born c. 1620 in Netherlands, and his wife Geertje “Catherine” Jans, born c. 1620 in Groningen, Netherlands.

http://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Springsteen-Family-Tree-49

other genealogy:
http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/GEN-MEDIEVAL/2014-08/1408565930
Discussion:
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/soc.genealogy.medieval/Jx-P0sS3dkw

andrew September 6, 2015 at 7:50 am
cwm85 August 10, 2015 at 8:53 am

Figured he had Italian ancestry.

gel August 10, 2015 at 7:03 am

On stage, at a distance, he could be Irish – sort of looks like Bono!

neiltennant July 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm

in south germany he would fit perfectly by his looks

but also italian

he looks like he would say every moment HERE IS YOUR PIZZA, HERE IS YOUR CALZONE

oh my god, i m not a fan, but some of his works are awesome

streets of philadelphia
wrecking ball and
the rising

crazy that this 64year old guy attracts us newer generations

billy2010 December 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm

He looks like he would say, HERE IS YOUR HAMBURGER, HERE IS YOUR HOT DOG
OHHHHH YEAHHHHH

billy2010 December 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

did you ever been in germany? don’t think so
the most common hair color in germany is brown not blonde

neiltennant October 23, 2014 at 9:15 am

i do live in germany,however I’m not german

but i have to say that there are of course a lot of blonde germans but most of them have eastern european descent

most real germans who live in central germany have most brown hair , but green, hazel or blue eyes but of course also brown eyes

Dildo June 22, 2015 at 4:14 am

Bullshit.

andrea June 17, 2011 at 6:44 am

he is 50% italian, 37,5 dutch and 12,5 irish

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