Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga Sighted Departing the Langham Hotel in Central London on August 28, 2013

Lady Gaga in 2013, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 28, 1986

*75% Italian [including Sicilian]
*25% mix of French-Canadian, English, German, Scottish, and remote Swedish and Dutch

Lady Gaga is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her eccentric fashion and clothing.

She is the daughter of Cynthia Louise (Bissett) and Joseph Anthony Germanotta. She is of three quarters Italian descent (through her father and maternal grandmother). Lady Gaga’s maternal grandfather was of French-Canadian, English, German, Scottish, and remote Swedish and Dutch, ancestry.

Lady Gaga has pointed out similarities she shares with pop idol Madonna, including being of heavily Italian origin, starting out in the New York underground scene, and becoming famous when dying their hair blonde.

Lady Gaga’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her fifth great-grandfather, Antonio Germanotta.

Lady Gaga’s paternal grandfather was Joseph/Giuseppe Anthony Germanotta (the son of Antonino “Anthony” Germanotta and Rosaria “Rose” Lipari or Galipo). Joseph was born in New Jersey. Antonino, a shoemaker, was born, c. 1881, in Naso, Province of Messina, Sicily, Italy, and was the son of Francesco Germanotta and Rosaria Guerriero/Gumina. He moved to the U.S. in 1904 with Lady Gaga’s great-grandmother Rosaria, a peasant, who was the daughter of Antonio Lipiari and Benedetta Merendino.

Lady Gaga’s paternal grandmother is named Angelina/Angeline C. Calderone. Angelina is of Italian descent. Lady Gaga has used the male alias Jo Calderone, after her grandmother’s name.

Lady Gaga’s maternal grandfather was Paul Douglas Bissett (the son of George Lindsey Bissett and Sarah Ann “Sally” Leach). Paul was born in West Virginia, and had French-Canadian, English, German, Scottish, and remote Swedish and Dutch, ancestry. George was the son of John Bissett and Wilhelmina “Minnie” Burghardt. Sarah was the daughter of John Lewis/Lee Leach and Georgianna W. Morningstar.

Lady Gaga’s maternal grandmother is Veronica Rose Ferrie/Ferri (the daughter of Vincenzo/Giacomo “James” Ferri and Filomena/Fleminia G. “Minnie”/”Fannie” Campagna/Campana/Cambangnia). Veronica was born in West Virginia, to Italian parents, from Brocco, Province of Caserta, Campania, now Broccostella, Province of Frosinone, Lazio. Filomena was the daughter of John Campagna.

Sources: Genealogies of Lady Gaga –

Article about Lady Gaga’s Sicilian ancestry –

Obituary of Lady Gaga’s paternal grandfather, Joseph/Giuseppe Anthony Germanotta –

Obituary of Lady Gaga’s maternal grandfather, Paul Douglas Bissett –

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Lady Gaga in 2013, photo by


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288 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love her because we both are ugly and italian.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I agree with you, Vince.

  3. Athena says:

    Her father is for sure from Sicily, southern Italy. Her mother maybe is of mixed european roots.

  4. Vince says:

    Paul, the reason you don’t “look Italian” is because you’re only 1/8. It has nothing to do with what part of Italy your ancestors come from. Same goes for Taylor Swift (and btw, the Baldi surname is also found in the South). Northern Italians are slightly lighter than Southern Italians, but still not particularly light. Hell, even Southern Germans are predominantly dark.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’ll never love again. Oh boy, she has left me speechless.

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