What Is Shania Twain’s 

Real Name?

The Story of Eilleen Regina Edwards

Shania Twain was born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Windsor, Canada, in 1965. She had a hard childhood and found her hideaway in music. At age 3, she started singing and writing her first song. At 18, she made a name for herself. In 1987, tragedy brought her back to her family home in Timmins, Ontario, where her mother and stepfather died in a car crash.  Polygram Records signed her to a contract and her first record, Shania Twain, came out in 1993. She wanted to leave her old life behind and forge a new path.

Why Did Shania Twain Change Her Name?

Shania Twain changed her name to Shania out of respect for her stepfather, Eilleen Regina Twain. The word shania had a special meaning to Twain, meaning "I'm on my way" in her stepfather's native language. She has since written and recorded top hits over the last three decades.

What Is Shania Twain Doing Now?

Shania Twain released her first album in 15 years, Now, in 2017. She performed a residency in Las Vegas and married Frédéric Thiébaud. In 2022, a documentary about her life, Not Just a Girl, came out on Netflix. Her sixth studio album, Queen of Me, came out in 2023.

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