How did Stevie Wonder get his name?

Stevie Wonder was born Stevland Hardaway Judkins. His name was later changed to Stevland Morris when his mother married.

Stevie began playing instruments at an early age, including piano, harmonica and drums and formed a singing partnership with a friend; calling themselves Stevie and John.

In 1961, Wonder, aged 11, sang his own composition, "Lonely Boy", to Ronnie White of the Miracles. White then took Wonder and his mother to an audition at Motown, where CEO Berry Gordy signed Wonder to Motown's Tamla label. Before signing, producer Clarence Paul gave him the name Little Stevie Wonder. He dropped the "Little" from his name when he worked with Sylvia Moy to create the 1965 hit single, "Uptight" (Everything's Alright).