You’ve Been Pronouncing Ariana Grande’s Name Wrong for Years

Ever since her early Nickelodeon days, many of us have pronounced Ariana Grande‘s last name as “Grahn-day” — you know, the same way we refer to a medium-sized cup from Starbucks.

However, the singer previously revealed a jaw-dropping fact about her name no one saw coming, which is that we’ve all been saying her moniker wrong this entire time.

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Grande shared the way her name is actually pronounced in 2018

Grande doesn’t open up about her personal life very often, but when she does, she provides some rather interesting tidbits about herself.

During a 2018 interview with Beats Radio 1, the pop star shared a rather shocking fact about her last name, revealing that we’ve all been getting her memorable moniker wrong this entire time.

“My grandpa said Gran-DEE. Gran-DEE was kind of the Americanized version of it, made it more chill,” she told host Ebro Darden, referring to her Italian ancestry.

The singer went on to reveal that her brother, Frankie Grande, changed the pronunciation when they were younger, which she somewhat regrets going along with.

“And then my brother was like, we should say Gran-DAY. It’s so fun to say it. It’s a funny name,” she shared. “I grew up saying Gran-DEE and I think of [my grandpa] and I wish I said Gran-DEE more.”

She’s considered dropping her last name altogether

In the same interview, Grande opened up about changing her name from “Ariana Grande-Butera” to “Ariana Grande-Davidson” once she officially tied the knot with SNL comedian Pete Davidson.

Though she was planning to take on the comedian’s last name legally, the singer confessed that she’s thought about dropping her last name altogether and just going by the mononymous name “Ariana” professionally.

“I feel like I’d like to eventually just be Ariana,” she said. “You know? Isn’t that sick? I feel like it’s got a ring to it.”

But the singer quickly backtracked once she started talking about her grandfather, who she says was very proud of their last name.

“I should keep it. I’mma keep it, nevermind,” she quipped.

Grande isn’t the only celebrity whose name we’ve gotten wrong

Though we’re all guilty of mispronouncing Grande’s last name, she isn’t the only celebrity who’s moniker we’ve been saying wrong all these years.

Following the singer’s Beat Radio 1 revelation, Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter to share the correct way her name is pronounced.

“I’m tired of living this lie: it’s ‘Tie-gen,'” the model said in a video. “Isn’t it, Mom?”

“Yep!” Teigen’s mom exclaims in the background before the cookbook author added, “I told you, it’s ‘Tie-gen.'” 

In another tweet, Teigen explained why she’s never correct people who say her name wrong, sharing that she gave up on doing so a long time ago.

Both Grande and Teigen’s revelations led to a tsunami of tweets by people whose names are imperfectly understood by others.

Some even brought up the fact singer Rihanna’s name is often mispronounced, pointing out that it should be said as “Ree-anna” instead of “Ree-ah-na.”

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Glad we cleared all of this up.