List of stage names

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This list of stage names lists performers and others related to the entertainment industry, alphabetically by their stage name's surname, followed by their birth name. Individuals who dropped their last name and substituted their middle name as their last name are listed. Also listed are individuals who have changed the spelling of one or more of their legal names, such as Willem Dafoe. In many cases, performers have legally changed their name to their stage name.

People are not listed here if they fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Those whose stage forename is a middle name, i.e. Paul McCartney and Marie Osmond: these are their real middle names, not stage names.
  • People referred to by merely a shortened or informal version of their given name, i.e. Bob Barker, Ricky Martin, and Jimmie Rodgers.
  • People from Spanish and/or Portuguese-speaking countries, as well as the Philippines, if their professional name is a combination of a birth forename and either of their two family names. For more information, see Spanish and Hispanic American naming customs, Filipino names, and Portuguese names.
  • People known by generational/family nicknames: for example, Trey Anastasio, whose full name is Ernest Joseph Anastasio III.
  • People who may be popularly, though not professionally, known by a nickname, such as Robert John "Mutt" Lange.
  • People known by a single name that is one of their legal names. For example, Björk, whose stage name appears to be an original creation, is part of her full Icelandic name, Björk Guðmundsdóttir. Her second name is a patronymic instead of a family name, following Icelandic naming conventions. "Björk" is not a stage name but how any Icelander would refer to her, casually or formally.

The following are listed here for the following reasons:

  • Tupac Shakur is listed here, but under the stage name 2Pac. He was born either Lesane Parish Crooks or Parish Lesane Crooks, depending on the source, but his name was changed in early childhood to Tupac Amaru Shakur.
  • Elton John is listed here because he used the name professionally before he legally adopted it in 1972.


















































  • Xia – Kim Junsu
  • Xuxa – Maria da Graça Meneghel
  • Xzibit – Alvin Nathaniel Joiner



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  1. ^ Julie Andrews was born Julia Elizabeth Wells, but took the name Andrews when she moved in with her stepfather as a child.
  2. ^ Neneh Cherry was born Neneh Mariann Karlsson (Karlsson was her mother's maiden name); she was later adopted by her stepfather Don Cherry, and subsequently took his surname.
  3. ^ Nancy Davis, later Mrs. Nancy Reagan, was born Anne Frances Robbins; she was adopted by her stepfather, Dr. Loyal Davis, whose surname she took.
  4. ^ Missy and Tracey Gold were born Melissa Fisher and Tracey Claire Fisher, respectively; the surname Gold is a shortened form of the surname they acquired upon adoption by their stepfather, Harry Goldstein.
  5. ^ Julie Goodyear was born Julie Kemp; she adopted her stepfather's surname.
  6. ^ Elle Macpherson was born Eleanor Nancy Gow, but was assigned her stepfather's surname (see "Elle Macpherson looks good with Intimates",; accessdate 19 January 2014)
  7. ^ Rita Moreno was born Rosa Dolores Alverío, but later adopted the surname of her first stepfather, Edward Moreno.
  8. ^ Doris Roberts was born Doris May Green but her biological father abandoned the family and her mother later remarried, to Chester Roberts, whose surname the future actress adopted.
  9. ^ Kiri Te Kanawa was born as Claire Mary Teresa Rawstron in Gisborne, New Zealand, but adopted as an infant by Thomas Te Kanawa, a Māori, and his wife, Nell.
  10. ^ Louis William Tomlinson (One Direction) was born Louis Troy Austin to Johannah (née Poulston) and Troy Austin. His parents split up when he was young and he took the surname of his stepfather, Mark Tomlinson.
  11. ^ Grace Lee Whitney was born Mary Ann Chase, but her name was changed when she was adopted as a small child.
  12. ^ Bibi Besch (and her sister) adopted their stepfather (Joseph Besch)'s surname after they were adopted.
  13. ^ Katherine DeMille was born Katherine Paula Lester in Canada and orphaned at an early age; she was adopted by Cecil B. DeMille and his wife, Constance.
  14. ^ Yankee, Luke (2006). Just Outside the Spotlight: Growing Up with Eileen Heckart. BackStage Books. ISBN 0-8230-7888-4. OCLC 2006921113. 
    Eileen Heckart was born from an out of wedlock relationship and briefly known as Anna Eileen Herbert; "Herbert" was quickly changed to Heckart, the surname of her maternal grandmother's wealthy second husband, who adopted the child.
  15. ^ Art Linkletter was born Gordon Arthur Kelly, but his name was changed to Arthur Gordon Linkletter when he was adopted in infancy.
  16. ^ Lori March was born Lori von Eltz; she was adopted by her stepfather.
  17. ^ Melcher was born with his birth father's surname ("Jorden"), but was adopted by his stepfather (Marty Melcher), who married Terry's mother (Doris Day); Terry took Marty's surname.
  18. ^ Mary and Florence Nash were born to James H. Ryan, a lawyer, and his wife, Ellen Frances (née McNamara); the sisters adopted the surname of their stepfather, Philip F. Nash, a vaudeville booking executive, who married their mother after the death of their father.
  19. ^ Baby Jane Osborne was born Helen Alice Myres, but adopted by a couple surnamed Osborn under unclear circumstances, see Baby Jane Osborne obituary, New York Times, November 17, 2010.
  20. ^ Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath. Her parents divorced and she was kept from her father by her nother, and her name was changed to "Rogers", her stepfather's name, after her mother's remarriage.
  21. ^ Frank Canova. "Canova Family Tree: Antonio Juan Magi Cánoves Riudavets". Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  22. ^ Stage name Johnny Cougar given to him by his manager in 1975; changed to John Cougar in 1979. Mellencamp has not used this name since 1982 and has not used the name John Cougar Mellencamp since 1989.
  23. ^ Woo, Elaine (2012-11-20). "Bonnie Lynn Fields dies at 68; former Mouseketeer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  24. ^ Nelson, Valerie J. (2011-05-28). "Irene Gilbert dies at 76; cofounder of Stella Adler's Los Angeles acting academy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  25. ^ "Deed poll certificate for Elton John" (PDF). 
  26. ^ While performing in WWE, he has used "The Rock" exclusively since 1997. In his career as a film and TV actor, he has mainly been credited as either Dwayne Johnson or Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
  27. ^ Tiny Tim (né Herbert Khaury) had no official middle name, though some web sites report it to be "Butros", his father's first name, while during his televised wedding his middle name was given as "Buckingham". His headstone reads "Khaury/Herbert B/Tiny Tim/1932-1996". "Tiny Tim photos at". 2004-04-21. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
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