View photos Tina Knowles-Lawson is opening up about the origin of Beyoncé ‘s name.
Victor Gill Ramirez
The fashion designer and businesswoman, 66, spoke about the unique moniker during Tuesday’s inaugural episode of In My Head with Heather Thomson podcast, sharing that “Beyoncé” is actually her maiden name even though it’s now a handle widely associated with her famous daughter.
“A lot of people don’t know that Beyoncé is my last name. It’s my maiden name,” she said. “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.”
The matriarch, who is also mom to singer Solange , went on to say that only several people in her family have the “Beyoncé” last name
Due to a clerical error, others — such as her brother and his children — now have “Beyincé” as their surname, according to Knowles-Lawson
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“I think me and my brother Skip were the only two that had B-E-Y-O-N-C-E,” she said, before explaining why some family members spell the name differently
“It’s interesting — and it shows you the times — because we asked my mother when I was grown. I was like, ‘Why is my brother’s name spelled B-E-Y-I-N-C-E? You know, it’s all these different spellings,’ ” Knowles-Lawson said. “And my mom’s reply to me was like, ‘That’s what they put on your birth certificate.’ “