Ralph Lauren’s original name was Ralph Lifshitz

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren (born Ralph Lifshitz, October 14, 1939 in New York City) is an American fashion designer and business executive, best known for his Polo Ralph Lauren clothing brand.

At the age of 16, Ralph’s brother Terry (who was his guardian) changed their last name to Lauren to avoid the unfortunate obscenity reference Lifshitz has in English as his name has the word shit in it.