Why is Madonna called Madonna?

Although many artists in the pop industry are trying to match Madonna, she is still the Queen of Pop. She is an influential figure with outrageous antics on stage and reigns in pop culture for thirty-plus years.  

With her continuous reinventions and versatility, she has solely crafted a template for the modern pop diva. Unlike many artists, Madonna uses her real name on stage. However, what does her stage name Madonna mean, and why is she called Madonna?

The pop legend Madonna Louise Veronica was born on 16th August 1958. She was born to her parents Madonna Fortin and Tony Ciccone. 

Growing up, Madonna explains that their house was full of nuns and priests because her parents strictly observed the catholic faith.

Madonna was always an A student disciplined dancer and cheerleader who graduated a semester earlier than her peers in her high school education.  In 1976, she got a full scholarship from the University of Michigan for a dance program.

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She later received a six-week scholarship in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre located in New York.

In 1982, she recorded her first hit song, “Everybody.”

Why is Madonna called Madonna?

The pop legend usually uses her real name Madonna as her stage name. She is named after her mother, Madonna, who succumbed to breast cancer while she was only five years old.

Due to Madonna’s strong catholic background, one could say that she is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus. Madonna is often used to refer to the Virgin Mary and icons of Mary for catholic believers.  

In addition, the name Madonna can be used to refer to an idealized virtuous and beautiful woman.

However, she took another name during her confirmation as a Catholic believer. That is Veronica.

Interesting facts about Madonna you probably didn’t know

  • Madonna was born in Bay City, Michigan, and she once referred to her town as a “stinky little town in  Northern Michigan” while she was on national television.
  • She dropped out of college in 1978 and went to New York City with only $35 in her account.
  • While studying at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, she could do any work, including Dunkin’ Donuts, to make ends meet.
  • Just before she became a solo artist, she had formed not one but two bands. That is Breakfast Club with musician Dan Gilroy whom she met while she was touring Europe in 1970 and Patrick Heananez and artists for French disco. About one year later, she left the band and formed “ Emmy” with her then-boyfriend Stephen  Bray. Their Music attracted much attention even from Seymour Stein, Sire Records founder, who offered a deal for singles.
  • Her most imitated “80s” looks, such as fishnets, many bracelets, skirts over capri pants, and lace tops, were a creation of the jewelry designer and stylist Maripol.
  • Her album sales have earned her position in the Guinness book of records as the most successful solo artist and the best -selling female recording artist.