Lipa was born on 22 August 1995 in Westminster, London, to Albanian parents. Her father, Dukagjin Lipa, is a marketing manager who had a side gig as a lead vocalist in a Kosovar rock band named Oda and her mother, Anesa Lipa (née Rexha), is a tourism executive. Her parents are from Kosovo who had left Pristina in 1992. Anesa was born to a Kosovan father and a Bosnian mother while Dukagjin is the son of a historian, Seit Lipa, who was the head of the Kosovo Institute of History between the years of 1990-1995. In Kosovo her father was training to be a dentist and her mother to be a lawyer. Their flight to London threw all that over, and for a long time Lipa’s parents worked as waiters in cafes and bars. In the evenings, her father took business courses while her mother retrained in travel and tourism. Lipa has two younger siblings, a sister named Rina and a brother named Gjin. She attended Sylvia Young Theatre School part-time before moving to Kosovo with her family in 2006 when her father had graduated from his studies and been offered a job in Kosovo; there she attended the private school Mileniumi i Tretë in Pristina. Lipa grew up listening to her father. Her first name means "love" in Albanian, which was her grandmother's suggestion. Lipa explained "Now I’m proud of it. Now I am. But when I was growing up all I wanted was to be called Hannah, Sarah, Ella… anything normal. Because with Dua you had to explain: I’m from Kosovo. "