This famous comedienne was given the name Trace Ullman upon her birth and she had this to say about it, “My real name is Trace Ullman, but I added the ‘y.’ My mother said it was spelled the American way, but I don’t think she can spell!”
She is also quoted as saying, “I always wanted a middle name. My mum used to tell me it was Mary but I never believed her. I looked on my birth certificate and I didn’t have one, just Trace Ullman.”
Ullman is currently starring in Showtime‘s, Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union which draws on Ullman’s brilliant impersonations and provides a humorous satire on life in America. In fact, Tracey began her variety shows at a young age; performing home-spun skits for her family.
I still say there’s something dynamic about someone who chooses their own name. We’re all given one at birth. The woman who referred to herself as “just Trace Ullman” was already beginning her life as an entertainer, but who knows? Maybe owning her own name by adding the “y” helped her own her own life as well!