Scott Moorhead = Jeff Buckley
Although his birth certificate reads "Jeffrey Scott Buckley," his family had called him Scotty and used the surname Moorhead (from his stepfather Ron) as Jeff was growing up. Mary Guibert explained how she chose Jeff's name in correspondence with Carol, the original Jeff Buckley mailing list administrator:
"OK! Here's the REAL scoop on Jeff's name. (Now, keep in mind that I was only 18 years old...there is no deep underlying meaning). I'd had a friend named Jeff (he spelled it "Geoff") and I thought it was a groovy name. John "Scotty" Scott was our next door neighbor and a childhood hero, who'd been killed in an accidental fall the year before my son was born. I'd wanted to call my son Scotty, but Scott Jeffrey didn't sound as good as Jeffrey Scott. So we just called him "Scotty" anyway. Moorhead is his stepfather's name and when Scotty was enrolled in kindergarten, I was allowed to indicate a "preferred name" - my husband and I thought it would spare him confusion, especially since his biological father was completely out of the picture. Everyone knew him as Scotty Moorhead. Jeff chose to change his registered name after Tim Buckley died. The circumstances surrounding that decision are entirely too private and personal to share here, but I was totally supportive of this choice." --Mary Guibert
In homage to his late father and because of a desire to be more real about the circumstances of his life, Jeff chose to go by his given name. He explains why in a 1994 interview entitled "Village Voice:"
"I used to be Scott Moorhead, until the time I was, I don't know, 10. Kids call you stuff like Scotty watty doo-doo snotty, Scotty potty, snot Dopehead. And I was sick of that. My mom had been long divorced from my step father, and I said, 'Who am I really, Ma?' So I took a look at the birth certificate, and it said 'Jeffrey Scott Buckley.' I said, okay - I'm choosing who I am." He laughs. "Besides, it didn't help matters any - Buckley, Buttlick, Fuckley ..." --Jeff Buckley14
While the members of his family still fondly call him Scotty, the world knows him as Jeff Buckley.
Smith, Chris. "Village Voice." New York, November 14, 1994, Volume 27, pp. 68-72.
19 Jul 1998
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