What Does Beyonce Mean and Where Did Beyonce Get Her Name
We have heard all the discussions of what Beyonce means. Some say it is french for the name Bianca but according to The Name Meaning, “Beyoncé” means “beyond others,” which suits Beyoncé’s out-of-this-world persona. The word also has Creole origins.
However, the correct and original spelling of this name is B-E-Y-I-N-C-E.
So how did Tina Knowles-Lawson end up changing the spelling? According to her it was her mother, who is this inspiration behind the House Of Dereon who got the name spelled incorrectly.
She recently spoke out about the name Beyonce during a podcast episode of the In My Head with Heather Thomson podcast, hosted by the entrepreneur and stylist, who has worked with Beyoncé.
“A lot of people don’t know that Beyoncé is my last name. It’s my maiden name,” Tina Knowles-Lawson said.
She continued to saying, “I think me and my brother Skip were the only two that had B-E-Y-O-N-C-E,” she said, spelling out the last name. “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.'”
The grandmother of Beyonce fought to correct the spelling of the name, however she faced backlash during a very racially discriminated time. Fortunately, the discrimination of the name correction would become one of the most sought out names in history.
Speaking on the conversation Tina Knowles-Lawson had we with her mother she said, “I said, ‘Well, why didn’t you argue and make them correct it?’ And she said, ‘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.'”
“So we all have different spellings,” Knowles-Lawson said. “People don’t even put the two together and know that’s the same name.”
Am I the only one who just realized “Tina” is the ending of “Celestine” duh. 🤷🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️