How Beyoncé got her iconic name

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  • Beyoncé's name is actually her mother's surname.
  • Tina Knowles-Lawson revealed she never quite liked the name saying at the time Celestine Beyoncé wasn't a "cool" name to have.
  • According to Tina, many of her siblings don't go but the iconic moniker either, but not for the same reason as her...


Ever wondered how Beyoncé got her iconic name?

In a new interview on Tuesday Bey's mom, Tina Knowles-Lawson, opened up about her famous daughter's moniker, revealing on the In My Head with Heather Thomson podcast, Beyoncé is actually her maiden surname.

"A lot of people don't know that Beyoncé is my last name. It's my maiden name. My name was Celestine Beyoncé, which at that time was not a cool thing to have that weird name. I wanted my name to be Linda Smith because those were the cool names," she said.

Not many people on her side of the family even have the name as a surname anymore, reports People, due to clerical errors. Tina says she asked her mother why she had a different surname to her siblings and she said they simply spelt it wrong on their birth certificates.

She didn't argue the fact. "I was told be happy that you're getting a birth certificate because, at one time, Black people didn't get birth certificates," Tina said.

So instead many of the matriarch's side of the family go by "Beyincé", though Queen Bey has ensured no one will ever forget the name Beyoncé. 

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