Ever Wonder: How Did Beyoncé Get Her Unusual First Name?

Wendy Geller
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Say my name! It’s become a household term at this point—but have you ever wondered what was the inspiration behind Beyonce’s unique moniker?

No need to be mystified any longer. According to Bey’s own family, there’s actually a quite logical explanation. At Tuesday’s premiere of Beyonce’s biopic documentary, Life Is But A Dream, her maternal uncle Roland Beyince gave the scoop.

As you've probably already guessed by now, the name was a twist on Beyonce's mom's maiden name. “My sister Tina [Knowles] didn’t think we had enough boys in the family to keep the name going, so she gave Beyoncé our last name as the first name,” Uncle Roland explained.

Of course, it’s not an exact match, but we think "Beyoncé" has much more of a lilt to it than "Beyince"—don’t you?

The megastar singer—who is well-known for her privacy—opened up recently to talk show queen Oprah Winfrey regarding her new documentary, which airs on HBO Saturday night. In the revealing interview, she touches on many subjects, including a miscarriage she suffered prior to having daughter Blue Ivy last year; the firing of her father as her manager; and her marriage to rap mogul Jay-Z.

Oprah’s chat with Beyoncé airs Saturday, 2/16 at 8 PM on OWN.


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