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May. 26 2011, Published 6:30 a.m. ET

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By Radar Staff

On Wednesday’s edition of The Tonight Show, transgender advocate Chaz Bono told Jay Leno an irony-laced story about a nickname his late father Sonny gave him as a child: “Fred.”

The 42-year-old daughter-turned-son of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, born Chastity Bono, is three years into a female-to-male gender reassignment process.

"We were in Palm Springs one weekend, and there was this toy store that I used to love to go to ... and we were in there looking, I don't know if it was mugs or key chains -- stuff that had people's name on them," Chaz recalled. 

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"They never had my name, so my dad said, 'Pick a name: What do you think of Fred?'"

"And I apparently really liked it," Chaz said. "It stuck for quite some time!"

Bono’s book Transition, detailing his odyssey of self discovery, is in stores now;  his documentary, Becoming Chaz, recently premiered on OWN.

The Tonight Show airs weeknights at 11:35/10:35c on NBC.

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