Larry Lawrence (1967 – )

Mr. Lawrence was actually born Larry Fish, but had his name changed after being adopted at age 12, by his stepfather, Mr. Lawrence. The judge even said to him, "Don't you want to change your first name too? Larry Lawrence will appear a little strange to most folks." The judge was right. Mr. Lawrence is questioned all the time and has to explain the history of his name and that his real name is actually supposed to be Larry Smith. Apparently, the same thing happened to his grandfather — adopted by a stepfather, name changed — otherwise Mr. Lawrence and his family would have been Smiths. "That would be too easy, and quite boring," said the poet, who was born and raised in South Jersey.