Springsteen was born on September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and spent his childhood and high school years in Freehold Borough.

His father, Douglas Frederick Springsteen, was of Dutch and Irish ancestry (his surname in Dutch means jumping stone) and worked as a bus driver, among other vocations, although he was mostly unemployed. His mother, Adele Ann (née Zerilli), was a legal secretary and was of Italian ancestry.

Bruce Springsteen's Family Tree