How did Queen get their name?

In 1968, guitarist Brian May, a student at London's Imperial College, and bassist Tim Staffell decided to form a band. May placed an advertisement on a college notice board for a "Mitch Mitchell/Ginger Baker type" drummer; Roger Taylor, a young dental student, auditioned and got the job. The group called themselves Smile.

While attending Ealing Art College, Tim Staffell became friends with a fellow student, Freddie Mercury, then known by his birth name, Farrokh "Freddie" Bulsara. Mercury felt that he and the band had the same tastes and soon became a keen fan of Smile.

In 1970, Staffell left to join the band Humpy Bong, and Freddie joined the remaining Smile members. Freddie encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques and suggested the name "Queen" -- and adopted his familiar stage name. Encouraged by Mercury, the band changed their name to "Queen" and performed their first gig on July 18th.