“I wanted my name to be Linda Smith because those were the cool names.”
Tina Knowles just reminded us all that her famous daughter very much takes after her — even when it comes to the meaning behind her name.
During a podcast interview on Tuesday with “In My Head with Heather Thomson” Knowles shared, “A lot of people don’t know that Beyoncé is my last name. It’s my maiden name.”
The mother of Beyonce and Solange Knowles continued, “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.”
Knowles who shares six siblings admitted that they all use different spellings of the mega famous “Beyoncé” name.
“I think me and my brother Skip were the only two that had B-E-Y-O-N-C-E, and 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? And you know it’s all these different spellings,” she continued. “And my mom’s reply to me was like, “That’s what they put on your birth certificate.’”
“So I said, ‘Well, why didn’t you argue and make them correct it?’” The business woman and creator of the House of Deréon recalled. “I did one time. The first time, and I was told be happy that you’re getting a birth certificate because, at one time, Black people didn’t get birth certificates.”
Knowles reflected on how it “must’ve been horrible” that even her own mother wasn’t “able to have her children’s names spelled correctly.”
She concluded, “So we all have different spellings. People don’t even put the two together and know that’s the same name.”
Tina then went on to praise her daughter’s immense contribution to charity work that’s often kept private from the public eye.
She explained, “[I get] upset when [Beyoncé] gets all this criticism, because she’s not the person and Solange is not the person to go and brag about what they do. They just do it because it was instilled in them at nine and four to give back, to treat people with dignity, to appreciate and respect people that have less than you.”