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Yep, we can barely believe it either.
The actor formally known as Danny Dyer made the shocking admission on the podcast he shares with daughter Dani, Sorted With The Dyers.
The pair were talking about baby names, leading ‘Danny’ to reveal that her moniker is not in the top 50 favoured names in the UK.
“But Daniel made the top 50!” he laughed.
However, Dani made sure to inquire whether Daniel actually was her father’s real name – leading him to admit the jaw-dropping truth.
“I was born a Danial. In the eyes of God, I am a Danial,” he said.
Danial Dyer? Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.
The reason for Danny’s unusual spelling is due to his father, Anthony, having one too many when sorting out the birth certificate.
“My old dad, and I love him very much, he’s old school,” he explained. “I was born in the 70s. Men didn’t really get involved in much. Back in the day my mum would go: ‘I’m going into labour’ and he’d be in the boozer!
“He’d go: ‘All right. What time are you going to be home?’”
Danny continued: “Anyway he got up there, obviously off his nut and got to do the important thing which is the birth certificate, which I think you have to sign.
“He agreed to the name Daniel but he spelt it Danial. Could have been a mix of things, could have been that he was battered, could have been that he doesn’t spell. Could have been a bit of both, actually.”
Danny has more than enough reason to boast about his ancestry, having famously discovered in 2016 that he is distantly related to royalty.
In an episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, Danny discovered links between his family, and that of William the Conqueror and Edward III.
Danial, Schmanial. Names do not matter when you’ve got royal blood, after all…
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