Shequoiya, Cordozar and Other Amusing Middle Names of Black Celebs

March 27, 2012  |  
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As much as folks like to make fun of “Black” names, we here at MadameNoire can appreciate a mother’s creative approach to naming her seeds. How else can you define your offspring from the pack? In any case, this slideshow is not about the most creative first names, but the most surprising middle names of celebrities. For example, who would’ve thunk that Martin Lawrence would have such a haughty-sounding French-British name? And Ashanti…let’s just say her mom chose right when she picked a historical African tribe to name her daughter after rather than using the name she selected as her middle name. Check out other celebs with interesting and surprising middle names.

Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence

Fitzgerald just doesn’t match his image, does it?

Ciara Princess Harris

She was the princess of the house considering she was the only child.

Robert Barisford “Bobby” Brown

We’re sure the kids on the playground of his  Roxbury  neighborhood loved to pick on this middle name.

Kelendria Trene “Kelly” Rowland

Now Kelly’s first name of Kelendria is actually more interesting.

Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.

We can imagine Calvin but Cordozar? Snoop’s first and middle name actually comes from his stepfather, who he was named after.

Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas

The name Ashanti screams worldly. Shequoiya…not so much.

Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand

Foxy Brown’s whole name is just fascinating, isn’t it? Somehow, we would’ve imagined a Russian Italian heiress married to an Asian man to be behind this name. But it’s just the Ill-Na-Na.

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