Born Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. on January 20, 1930, in Montclair, New Jersey. The nickname "Buzz" originated in childhood: his little sister mispronounced the word "brother" as "buzzer." His family shortened the nickname to "Buzz." Aldrin would make it his legal first name in 1988.
Buzz Aldrin's father, a colonel in the United States Air Force, was the one who originally encouraged his interest in flight. His mother, Marion Moon, was the daughter of an Army chaplain. Aldrin had two sisters, Madeleine and Fay Ann.
Buzz Aldrin was a Boy Scout, achieving the rank of Tenderfoot Scout.