Throughout her career, questions floated regarding Beyoncé's family members carrying the last name, "Beyincé." Many people just assumed that Tina Knowles-Lawson must have really liked the look of their surname when naming the megastar, but Beyoncé and Solange's mother revealed that her daughter's first name is her maiden name. It's a moniker that she grew up disliking, but later learned to accept. 

Tina Knowles-Lawson, Beyonce, Beyince
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"A lot of people don't know that Beyoncé is my last name. I'’s my maiden name," she 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." That's not all; the last name "Beyincé" exists due to a clerical error that occurred when Tina's brother was born. Authorities refused to change it.

"I think me and my brother Skip were the only two that had B-E-Y-O-N-C-E," said Tina. She asked her mother why she didn't just get it changed to the correct spelling and her mother told her: "'I did one time... I was told be happy that you're getting a birth certificate because, at one time, Black people didn't get birth certificates.'" So, Beyincé it was for one of her siblings and his children. No one seems to have a problem with it all these years, and generations, later.

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