As an editor at Seventeen, I spend a lot of time thinking (and writing) about Billie Eilish – her shoes, her outfits, her hair, her music. And yesterday I was reading this story about her brother Finneas O'Connell, when it occurred to me that I don't actually know Billie's real name.
Once I started thinking about it, I was hit with a full tidal wave of questions: Is her last name Eilish? Or is it O'Connell, like her brother? And what is Billie short for, anyway? William?
Upon reading this, I'd bet you're asking yourself the same questions. So while you're in the middle of a fandom-related crisis, I decided to give it a quick Google – and I am truly freaking shocked by what I found.
Her full, legal, GIVEN name is Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell. Yeah, my jaw is on the floor.
The girl has three middle names, one of which is Pirate! It's so on-brand for her, I can't even believe that it's true! But Billie herself has confirmed that is the name her parents gave her at birth.
During an interview with BBC News, she explained the meaning behind her very long, very cool name.
"[Eilish] is my middle name," she said. "So I'm Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell. Pretty weird, right? Pirate was going to be my middle name, but then my uncle had a problem with it because pirates are bad. Then Baird is my mother's name."
I am going to need a full 45-minute rest in a very quiet room to recover from this.
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