Cyndi Lauper

Lauper in 2010, Joe Seer /

Birth Name: Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper

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

Date of Birth: June 22, 1953

*Swiss-German, German (father)
*Sicilian Italian (mother)

Cyndi Lauper is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist. She is the daughter of Catrine Gallo and Frederick Lauper; her mother used the stage name Catrine Dominique. Cyndi is married to actor David Thornton, with whom she has a son.

Cyndi’s paternal grandfather was named Alfred Lauper. Alfred was born in Diepholz, Germany, to a Swiss father, of Swiss-German descent, and a German mother.

Cyndi’s paternal grandmother was named Marie Graff. Marie was German.

Cyndi’s mother’s family is from Palermo, Sicily.

Sources: Genealogy of Cyndi Lauper (focusing on her father’s side) –

Cyndi’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

9 Responses

  1. savanna says:

    In her memoir, Cyndi says “My mother… made up a stage name for herself: Catrine Dominique.”

    “She’s picked out a stage name – Katreen Dominique”

    So Catrine Dominique is not her mother’s real name. The surname is still correct I believe.

  2. andrew says:

    Cindy’s mother’s family is from Palermo, Sicily.

  3. cwm85 says:

    Weird woman. No surprise she is german. Surprised by Italian.

  4. fuzzybear44 says:

    What is going on in that picture. PLEASE tell me, that was not on purpose

  5. andrew says:

    her mother’s name was Catrine Dominique Gallo

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