Ginuwine's birth name is Elgin Baylor Lumpkin. In an interview with Clayton Perry posted on Blogcritics Magazine
, he explained why he records under the name Ginuwine: "I needed a name that best describes who I am as a man, as a person. My name is Elgin, so I just took the Gin. I think I was looking at some type of beer commercial – genuine draft or something like that. I was like, 'Ginuwine – that's hot.' So I tried it out and it stuck."