Madonna in 2011, cinemafestival /

Birth Name: Madonna Louise Ciccone

Place of Birth: Bay City, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 16, 1958

*father – Italian
*mother – French-Canadian, with some remote Swiss-French and English

Madonna is an American pop idol, singer, songwriter, actress, and businessperson.

Madonna is the daughter of Madonna Louise (Fortin) and Silvio Anthony “Tony” Ciccone. Her confirmation name is Veronica. She has six children, including fashion model, dancer, and singer Lourdes Leon, with her former partner, Cuban-born personal trainer Carlos Leòn; and Rocco Ritchie, with her former husband, English filmmaker Guy Ritchie.

Madonna’s paternal grandparents were Italian immigrants. Her mother was of French-Canadian descent, with some remote Swiss-French and English, ancestry.

Madonna played Eva Perón in the 1996 film Evita.

Madonna practices Kabbalah.

Madonna’s paternal grandfather was Gaetano S. “Guy” Ciccone (the son of Nicola Pietro Ciccone and Anna Maria Mancini). Gaetano was from Pacentro, Province of L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy. Nicola was the son of Domenico Ciccone and Elenora/Eleonora Lucci.

Madonna’s paternal grandmother was Michelina Dijulio/Di Julio (the daughter of Raffaele Dijulio and Concetta or Giovanna Battista Laccone). Michelina was from Pacentro. Raffaele was the son of Costantino Donato DiIulio/DiJulio and Olympia Pantaleo.

Madonna’s maternal grandfather was Willard Fortin (the son of Narcisse “Nelson” Fortin and Rosa/Rosie/Rose E. Lajoie). Willard was born in Michigan. Narcisse was from Rimouski, St-Simon, Québec, Canada, the son of Narcisse “Nelson” Fortin and Félicité/Félécité/Phillis Rioux. Rosa was born in Michigan, the daughter of French-Canadian parents, Charles Lajoie, from St-Joseph, Maskinongé, Québec, and Rose Elly/Ella/Rosalie Coulombe.

Madonna’s maternal grandmother was Elsie Mae Fortin (the daughter of Guillaume Henri “Shorty” Fortin and Marie Louise Demers). Elsie was born in Standish, Arenac, Michigan, to French-Canadian parents. Guillaume was the son of Nasaire Henri Fortin and Émelie/Emilie Daniel. Marie Louise was born in Chatham, Kent, Ontario, the daughter of Eustache Demers, from Sainte-Martine, Québec, and of Louise Massé, from then-Lower Canada.

Madonna’s maternal grandparents Willard and Elsie were fifth cousins, twice removed, through their Fortin line.

Sources: Genealogies of Madonna –

Genealogy of Madonna (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Madonna visiting Italian relatives in 1987 –

One of Madonna’s French ancestors –


Curious about ethnicity

113 Responses

  1. Gavinboi says:

    If she is descended from Spanish monarchs, how far back is it? It’s clearly past the 1/1024 mark in any case. I was just curious about it.

    • ethnogenesis says:

      I ve heard of her having Spanish ancestry, esp her thing with Latinos and a song she sang partially in Spanish “Isla Bonita”. Unlike Hilaria Baldwin who did grew up in the Balearic Islands but “became a Spaniard” without ever becoming a citizen, which Shakira and Juanes are known to have a home in Spain, is Madonna qualifed to be considered a Spaniard, like Geri Halliwell whose mother is from Spain despite hailing from England, UK of Great Britain.

  2. Gavinboi says:

    Who is this ‘Marie Theriault’? I’ve searched the name up online, yet I’ve found nobody significant in history called ‘Marie Theriault’.

  3. is berry says:

    Madonna has almond-shaped eyes, a short, flat face, broad forehead. i don’t know what you mean. lol

  4. lisa78419 says:

    you don’t have to be full Italian to say you are proud of your Italian heritage. most of those celebs are dominantly Italian and that’s what they mean. I also am dominantly Italian and I say I’m proud of it

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