Did Olympic Legend Usain Bolt Change His Real Name to Gain Popularity?

Published 11/04/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 18: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the Men’s 200m Final on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


The eight-time Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt, is a well-known name around the world for his incredible speed. However, many doubt if Usain Bolt is his original name after all.

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Some think it can not be a coincidence that ‘Bolt’ is the original name of the World’s fastest man. Interestingly, it is his original name; however, he might have changed it a bit. The Jamaican sprinter’s real name is Usain St. Leo Bolt. Here is the reason why legendary Bolt changed his name.

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The real reason behind Usain Bolt altering his name

35-year-old, Usain, was born and brought up in Jamaica. Bolt’s parents, Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt had named him Usain St. Leo Bolt. It is indeed an interesting coincidence that the insanely fast man was born in the ‘Bolt’ family. 

The word Usain is a variation of the popular Arabic name, Hussain, which refers to “beautiful”, “handsome” and “good”. Whereas the surname Bolt is a common family name around the world. Bolt is also a nickname for a powerfully built person, but after his insane career, the word Bolt has become synonymous with the Jamaican sprinter.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts as he wins the Olympic mens 200m final in a new world record time in the Birds Nest stadium, Beijing on August 20th 2008 in Beijing, China (Photo by Tom Jenkins/Getty Images). An image from the book “In The Moment” published June 2012

The reason why Bolt removed ”St. Leo” from his name was not to target any kind of fame but simply to shorten his lengthy name, making it easy for people to remember.

Even after retiring from the track, Bolt is the dominator. No athlete in the world has surpassed his unbelievable world record time in 100m and 200m.

However, he did not forget the importance of his middle name.

Usain named son after his middle name

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In 2020, Bolt welcomed his twin sons to the world. Interestingly, Bolt named one of his sons, Saint Leo, after his middle name. Notably, he named the other Thunder Bolt.

Bolt’s children’s name is a reminder of his legacy, in a way. He named his first child Olympia Lightning Bolt, remembering his Olympic journey and incredible speed. What do you think about Usain shortening his name?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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