Beyoncé gets it — and her name — from mama Tina Knowles-Lawson!
In an episode of “In My Head with Heather Thomson” posted Tuesday, Ms. Tina brought up the not-so-well-known fact that “Beyoncé” is her maiden name.
“A lot of people don’t know that Beyoncé is my last name. It’s my maiden name,” the fashion designer 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.”
However, due to a clerical error, other family members spell their last name as “Beyincé.”
“I think me and my brother Skip were the only two that had B-E-Y-O-N-C-E,” she said.
“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. And my mom’s reply to me was like, ‘That’s what they put on your birth certificate.’”
When Tina asked her mom why she didn’t try to correct it, her mom replied, “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.”
Tina added that it “must’ve been horrible” for her own mother to “not to even be able to have her children’s names spelled correctly.”
“So we all have different spellings,” she said. “People don’t even put the two together and know that’s the same name.”
In 1980, Tina married Mathew Knowles, the father of Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, until their divorce in 2011.
In 2015, she married actor Richard Lawson.
Speaking of her family, Tina recently posted a cute photo of Beyoncé and granddaughter Blue Ivy Carter, 8, on Instagram.
“Wow I miss them,” Tina captioned the sweet snap.
The three of them — as well as Bey’s youngest daughter Rumi, 3 – also appeared in Beyoncé’s epic film and visual album “Black Is King,” released July 31 on Disney+.