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Tina Knowles-Lawson Shares The Significant Origin Of Beyoncés Name: ‘A Lot Of People Don’t Know’


Tina Knowles-Lawson is mom to two famous singers: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Solange Knowles. She clearly loves her daughters, and every so often she treats the rest of us mortals to a story about her family.

Tina recently revealed that Beyoncé’s name has a pretty cool origin: Beyoncé is actually Tina’s maiden name. Many families in the southern United States have practiced the tradition of giving a baby the mother’s maiden name as their first name, though the practice is usually done when mothers name their sons with their maiden name.

Tina shares, “A lot of people don’t know that Beyoncé is my last name. It’s my maiden name. My name was Celestine Beyonce, 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.”

It turns out that some of Tina’s family members share the name, but with an alternate spelling.

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