How did Little Richard get his name?

Little Richard was born Richard Wayne Penniman. Initially, Little Richard's first name was supposed to have been "Ricardo" but an error resulted in "Richard" instead. As a child, he was nicknamed "Lil' Richard" by his family because of his small and skinny frame.

In 1949, he then began using the name Little Richard while performing with the first musical band he joined, Buster Brown's Orchestra.