Miley Cyrus explains how her parents came up with her birth name

Miley Cyrus explains how her parents came up with her birth name

Miley Cyrus is sharing the story about how her parents came up with her birth name, Destiny Hope Cyrus.

The "Flowers" singer, 31, opened up about the inspiration behind the name on a recent episode of Netflix's “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman.”

"Let me ask you: Destiny Hope Cyrus. What was going on there?" asked Letterman.

Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus and Tish Cyrus  (David Crotty / Getty Images)
Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus and Tish Cyrus (David Crotty / Getty Images)

"It's a big shoe to fill,” joked Cyrus before revealing how her mom, Tish Cyrus, and her dad, country music star Billy Ray Cyrus, came to choose the lofty name for her.

“My parents thought it was my destiny to bring hope to the world,” explained the Grammy winner.

"That's lovely," responded Letterman. "But a lot to load on a kid."

"It is lovely. It is a lot," Miley Cyrus agreed, adding, "But I do think that from the beginning it set an intention, which we don't always have."

While speaking to Us Weekly in June 2020, Billy Ray Cyrus said his famous daughter's birth name captures her "special" essence.

"She’s a giver. She believes that we’re all put here for a reason, and that’s to give back to our fellow man,” the "Achy Breaky Heart" said. singer.

"That’s why we named her Destiny Hope. Destiny Hope Cyrus is her name — at least it used to be," he continued.

“But no matter what you call her, she still is Destiny Hope,” the country music star added. “She is a ray of sunshine. She is a special human being. She’s got a great heart.”

The "Wrecking Ball" singer's family members began calling her Miley, a shortened version of "Smiley," as a child because of her happy disposition, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported in 2006.

She filed a petition in the Los Angeles Superior Court to have her name legally changed to Miley Ray Cyrus in March 2008 when she was 15, according to court documents obtained by TODAY.com. Her request was granted in May 2008.

This article was originally published on TODAY.com

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