How did Freddie Mercury get his name?

Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara.

In 1954, at the age of eight, Mercury was sent to study at St. Peter's School, a British-style boarding school for boys, in Panchgani near Bombay (now Mumbai). It was during that time that he began to call himself "Freddie".

In April 1970, Mercury joined guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor who had previously been in a band called Smile. Despite reservations of the other members and Trident Studios, the band's initial management, Mercury chose the name "Queen" for the new band. At about the same time, he changed his surname, Bulsara, to Mercury.