Sammy Hagar told his fans not to freak out after he discovered his real name is not Sammy Hagar.

On a new episode of the PBS show Finding Your Roots, the singer discovered there were no men named Hagar who matched his DNA – and that his actual surname is Belcher.

“Genetically, you are not a Hagar,” host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. told the former Van Halen frontman, who responded: “Get outta here!”

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Gates continued: “You are not a Hagar… you are a Belcher. Your Y DNA matches 27 men with the surname Belcher. There is no doubt. You are Sammy Belcher.” The subject replied: “What a trip!”

He later posted a commentary video on social media, saying: “Don’t freak out about this – this is no big deal! This is actually pretty cool because at least I know a little bit about my past.”

He continued: “There’s nothing in a name… you are who you are. And maybe what you call yourself is even more important than what you’re really named.”

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He added that “a lot of people change their name,” citing the examples of Sting (Gordon Sumner) and Madonna – although her name actually is Madonna Louise Ciccone.

Reiterating he was “all cool,” Hagar said of the show: “I was honored to be on there, and I learned a lot of things I didn’t know anyway. I didn’t know anything about my ancestry, and now I do. If there are any Belchers out there who are really relatives, well hey! Welcome! Hi! See you on tour!”

The revelation also entails a change in his geographical ancestry – while Hagar is originally a Scottish surname, Belcher is originally Norman, from what would later be a part of France.

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