It seems too good to be true, but Madonna is in fact the Queen of Pop’s real name. Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, if you want to get technical, per Biography. Indeed, the iconic name we know her by today was her real name all along. In a way, it’s almost prophetic that a woman named after the visual representation of the Virgin Mary would go on to make so many bold artistic statements about religion, feminism, and sexuality.
In a 1991 interview with Vanity Fair, Madonna acknowledged the irony, sharing, “I sometimes think I was born to live up to my name. How could I be anything else but what I am having been named Madonna? I would either have ended up a nun or this.” Well, she definitely didn’t end up a nun, but somehow the name suits her current occupation, too!
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To take it a step further, Madonna’s first and middle name were passed down from her mother, who died from cancer when the singer was just five years old. Over the years, Madonna has spoken out about missing her mother and explored the subject in her music. Most notably, she wrote, “Promise to Try” off her 1989 “Like a Prayer” album about her mother. With the emotional piano ballad’s lyrics addressing a “little girl,” it seems that it’s from the perspective of Madonna’s mother speaking to her.