John Lennon’s Son Julian Says He Changed His Name To Avoid Uncomfortable Encounters


The late Beatles icon John Lennon’s son Julian Lennon recently spoke on the podcast Word in Your Ear and expressed that he legally changed his name because he wanted to be called by his original name, which made him feel more comfortable.

As the son of John Lennon and his first wife, Cynthia, Julian was the inspiration behind three iconic Beatles songs, ‘Hey Jude,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,’ and ‘Good Night.’ Following his father’s footsteps, Julian also stepped into a professional music career with his debut studio album, ‘Valotte,’ released in October 1984. His first album was quite successful, leading him to earn a nomination at the 28th Grammy Awards.

Although his career started promisingly, Julian’s subsequent albums fell short of expectations. His time in the spotlight was short-lived, even though he’d continue to release new albums. Besides his music career, Julian Lennon has also been interested in producing films, photography, and writing. The singer is deeply involved in charity work for various causes as well.

During a new conversation, Julian opened up about the challenges of constantly being called John Lennon instead of his original name. Since he was having many problems in almost every field of his life, he decided to officially change his name from John Charles Julian Lennon to Julian Charles John Lennon in 2020. After feeling uncomfortable over all those years, Julian wanted to be known by his own name. The singer said he didn’t want to disrespect his parents in any way, but he needed to be himself rather than being recognized as John Lennon’s son.

John Lennon speaking on why he decided to change his name:

“It was in 2020, just before we all got locked in a cage, that I finally actually decided to legally change my name by default. Because originally my name was John Charles Julian Lennon, and the crap that I had to deal with when traveling and security companies and this and that and the other.

Whenever you had to present yourself, especially on boarding passes, just as an example, you know they only use your first name, and so it would always be ‘John Lennon, John Lennon.’ So I became quite fearful and anxious about those scenarios because there would always be wisecracks or jokes, and most of the time, people didn’t even recognize me.

He continued:

So it became really uncomfortable over the years because I’ve always been known as Julian, and so it never felt like it was me. So finally, I just decided in 2020, ‘Yeah, I wanna be me now. This is it; it’s time for a change. I want to respect the legacy and the wishes of my parents, but all I did was switch the ‘John’ and ‘Julian,’ so I’m Julian Charles John Lennon.

It’s as simple as that, but for me, it’s a whole other world; it really is. Not that I’m ashamed or have disrespect. I needed to be me. I needed to finally be heard as Julian. This is what Julian does, not ‘John’s son,’ so that has been a part of the path, and…it just made sense for me.”

You can watch the rest of the conversation below.