why did mariah carey change her name from maria Nuñez?

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  • Don
    Lv 5
    10 years ago
    Best Answer

    From Wikipedia:

    Carey was born in Huntington, Long Island, New York. She is the third and youngest child of Patricia Carey (née Hickey), a former opera singer and vocal coach, and Alfred Roy Carey, an aeronautical engineer.[15][16] Her mother was Irish American and her father was of Afro-Venezuelan and African American descent;[17] her paternal grandfather, Roberto Nuñez, changed his surname to Carey to better assimilate upon moving to the United States from Venezuela.

    Bottom line - she was BORN Mariah Carey.

  • 10 years ago

    Er.. because Mariah Carey sounds better!

    xxxxx

  • She was born as Mariah Carey, it was her grandfather that changed his last name so he could have a better life in America.

    Source(s): Wikipedia ♥
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    because mariah carey sounds better!

    just imagine:

    now presenting the sensation:

    mariah nunez!

    (applause)

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    coz mariah sounds nicer then maria, i like the surname nunez tho, xxx

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    YES

  • 10 years ago

    She didn't

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