The reasons why the mononymous actress shed her last name
Zendaya has made a name for herself since beginning her acting career at the tender age of 14 gracefully moving from her Disney past to now being one of HBO’s top earners for ‘Euphoria’.
The actress has since joined the ranks of superstars who choose to go by one name.
But it wasn’t always so. The actress has opened up about her reasoning for shedding her last name and only going by Zendaya in recent years, a decision which has helped her stand out from her peers.
What is Zendaya’s full name?The actress was born Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California.
She is the only child of Claire Stoermer and Kazembe Ajamu Coleman, who was born Samuel David Coleman before he reclaimed his African heritage.
Zendaya’s father chose her name, which derives from the Shona name “Tendai”, which means “to give thanks”.
Shona is a Bantu language spoken by the Shona people of Zimbabwe.