’ 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. “Village Voice.” New York, November 14, 1994, Volume 27, pp. Jeffrey Scott Buckley’s life began on November 17th, 1966 when he was born at Martin Luther Hospital in Anaheim, California.
Tragically, Jeff died in a swimming accident on May 29th, 1997 while in Memphis, Tennessee to record the follow-up album to Grace.
He was swept away by the undertow of a passing boat while swimming in the Wolf River, a tributary of the Mississippi River.
From questions submitted by fans through correspondence with Mary Guibert, Jeff’s ethnic heritage was revealed: “Jeff’s cultural background is pretty varied.
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! (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. 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. 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.