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 who changed their surname due primarily to marriage:
- Living: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Sheila Allen, Jules Asner, Pernilla August, Glynis Barber, Jaid Barrymore, Joy Behar, Lynn Borden, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dr. Joyce Brothers, L. Scott Caldwell, Kate Capshaw, Nancy Carell, Lynn Carlin, Kathleen Chalfant, Marge Champion, Jane Connell, Pamela Des Barres, Bo Derek, Carol Douglas, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Alice Drummond, Anne Dudley, Jenna Elfman, Linda Ellerbee, Anita Ellis, Marla Gibbs, Kathie Lee Gifford, Sally Gilpin, Estelle Harris, Rohini Hattangadi, Mary Beth Hurt, Sandra Kerns, Barbara Knox, Lucy Lawless, Rosaleen Linehan, Loretta Lynn, Sheila MacRae, Elaine May, Sheila Mercier, Sylvia Miles, Demi Moore, Diana Moran, Maria Muldaur, Nancy O'Dell, Michelle Phillips, Priscilla Presley, Noomi Rapace, Johanna Ray, Mimi Rogers, Jan Rooney, Jeri Ryan, Susan Sarandon, Rebecca Schull, Zohra Sehgal, Madeleine Sherwood, Grace Slick, Hillary B. Smith, Ronnie Spector, Stella Stevens, Anna Strasberg, Jennifer Bini Taylor, Linda Thorson, Nina van Pallandt, Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
- Deceased: Jane Ace, Theoni V. Aldredge, Florence Arliss, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Beatrice Arthur, Dorothy Ashby, Sylvia Ashley, B. Constance Barry, Frances Bay, Gertrude Berg, Frances Bergen, Shirl Bernheim, Barbara Billingsley, Faye Blackstone, Helen Boatwright, Lucille Bogan, Karolina Bock, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Marie Carandini, Olive Carey, Mrs. Leslie Carter, Irene Castle, Cyd Charisse, Yelena Chernykh, Alice Coltrane, Lady Diana Cooper, Ellen Corby, Mae Costello, Ida Cox, Ruby Dandridge, Marie de Forest, Dame Pat Evison, Margaret Field, Hope Garber, Estelle Getty, Lucile Gleason, Laurence Grivot, Alaina Reed Hall, Grayson Hall, Dona Hardy, Cassandra Harris, Dixie Haygood, Edith Head, Dolores Hope, Hedda Hopper, Faith Hubley, Josephine Hull, Fay Kanin, Marketa Kimbrell, Jessie Royce Landis, Gracie Lantz, Evelyn Lear, Mimi Lerner, Peggy Lloyd, Kathleen Lockhart, Judith Lowry, Toni Mannix, Nobu McCarthy, Ruth McDevitt, Patricia Merbreier, Zinka Milanov, Betty Miles, Anna Karen Morrow, Harriet Nelson, Shirley Collie Nelson, Lupe Ontiveros, Joan Orenstein, Mecha Ortiz, Ethel Owen, Dory Previn, Dottie Rambo, Anne Ramsey, Dana Reeve, Estelle Reiner, Malvina Reynolds, Sylvia Robinson, Blossom Rock, Shirley Russell, Irene Ryan, Zelda Sears, Joan Shawlee, Hilda Simms, Susan Raab Simonson, Alison Skipworth, Zypora Spaisman, Elizabeth Spriggs, Kathy Staff, Paula Strasberg, Helen Twelvetrees, Annette Vadim, Alice Van-Springsteen, Florence Vidor, Sippie Wallace, Yafa Yarkoni, Norma Zimmer.
- Those who changed their surname due to being legally adopted before entering the entertainment industry:
- 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 and 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.
- 2Pac – Tupac Amaru Shakur (born as either Parish Lesane Crooks or Lesane Parish Crooks)
- The D.O.C. – Tracy Curry
- Doc Gynéco – Bruno Beausir, a popular French hip hop artist of Guadeloupian origin
- Doctor Dré (MTV/radio personality) – André Brown
- Dr. Dre (N.W.A rapper) – André Romel Young
- Lew Dockstader – George Alfred Clapp
- Claire Dodd – Dorothy Anne Dodd
- John Doe - (from the band X) - John Nommensen Duchac
- Thomas Dolby – Thomas Morgan Dolby Robertson
- Sir Anton Dolin – Sydney Francis Patrick Healey-Kay
- Dolly Sisters – Roszika Deutsch and Janszieka Deutsch
- Dolphy – Rodolfo Vera Quizon
- Arielle Dombasle – Arielle Sonnery de Fromental
- Fats Domino – Antoine Dominique Domino
- Dompan – Sven Arne Domnérus
- Don Francisco – Mario Luis Kreutzberger Blumenfeld
- Don Omar – William Omar Landrón
- Eileen Donaghy – Mary Josephine McNally
- Troy Donahue – Merle Johnson, Jr.
- Peter Donat – Pierre Collingwood Donat
- Dong Yong – Dong Jing (or Tung Yung)
- Jeff Donnell – Jean Marie Donnell
- Donovan – Donovan Phillips Leitch
- Martin Donovan – Martin Smith
- Stacey Donovan (akas: Ashley Britton, Ashly Britton, Camilla, Staci Donovan, Stacy Donovan, Tracey Donovan, Traci Donovan, Tracy Donovan, Kelly Howe) – Kellie Howell
- Karin Dor – Kätherose Derr
- Daisy D'ora – Daisy Freiin von Freyberg zu Eisenberg
- Lucy Doraine – Ilona Kovács
- Johnny Dorelli – Giorgio Guidi
- Philip Dorn (sometimes billed as Frits van Dongen) – Hein van der Niet
- Marie Doro – Marie Katherine Steward
- Diana Dors (akas: Diana D'ors, Diana D'Ors) – Diana Mary Fluck
- Fifi D'Orsay – Marie-Rose Angelina Yvonne Lussier
- Gerry Dorsey – Arnold George Dorsey (a stage name used by Engelbert Humperdinck early in his career)
- H – Ian Watkins, formerly of Steps
- H.R. – Paul Hudson
- Han Ye-seul (a.k.a. Leslie Kim) – Kim Ye-Seul-Yi
- Hache Horchatta – Patrick Aaron Hodgkins
- Buddy Hackett – Leonard Hacker
- Reed Hadley – Reed Herring
- Hahn-Bin - Yoo Hanbin
- Jean Hagen – Jean Shirley Verhagen
- Nina Hagen – Catharina Hagen
- Haiducii – Paula Mitrache
- Connie Haines – Yvonne Marie Antoinette JaMais
- Hakimakli – Cedric Aiello
- Alan Hale Jr. – Alan Hale Mackahan
- Alan Hale Sr. – Rufus Edward Mackahan
- Binnie Hale – Beatrice Mary Hale-Monro
- Creighton Hale – Patrick Hale FitzGerald
- Monte Hale – Buren Ely
- Sonnie Hale – John Robert Hale-Monro
- Chief Halftown – Traynor Ora Halftown
- Anthony Michael Hall – Michael Anthony Hall
- Daryl Hall – Daryl Franklin Hohl
- Jon Hall – Charles Felix Locher (or Charles Hall Locher, varying sources)
- Juanita Hall – Juanita Long
- Pooch Hall – Marion H. Hall, Jr.
- Johnny Hallyday – Jean-Philippe Smet
- Julie Halston – Julie Abatelli
- Bobby Hamilton – Robert Caristo
- Russ Hamilton – Ronald Hulme
- MC Hammer – Stanley Kirk Burrell
- Will Hammer – William Hinds
- Kay Hammond – Dorothy Katherine Standing
- Cochin Haneefa (akas: Kochin Haneefa, Cochin Hanif, V.M.C. Hanifa, Cochin Haniffa, and Hanifa Kochin) – Salim Ahmed Ghoush
- Anne Haney – Anne Ryan Thomas
- Roger Hanin – Roger Lévy
- Colin Hanks – Colin Lewes Dillingham (surname was later changed legally)
- Donna Hanover – Donna Ann Kofnovec
- Max Hardcore – Paul Little
- Theodore Hardeen – Weisz Ferenc Dezső (sometimes written as Ferencz Dezso Weisz)
- Ty Hardin – Orison Whipple Hungerford, Jr.
- Ann Harding – Dorothy Walton Gatley
- Sarah Harding – Sarah Hardman
- Oliver Hardy – Norvell Hardy
- Sir John Hare – John Fairs
- Harisu – Lee Kyung-eun
- Renny Harlin – Lauri Mauritz Harjola
- Jean Harlow – Harlean Harlow Carpenter
- Tess Harper – Tessie Jean Washam
- Harpo (singer) – Jan Svensson
- Slim Harpo – James Moore
- Calvin Harris – Adam Richard Wiles
- Damon Harris – Otis Robert Harris, Jr.
- Jamie Harris – Tudor St. John Harris (known as "Jamie" since early childhood)
- Jet Harris – Terence Harris
- Jonathan Harris – Jonathan Daniel Charasuchin
- Moose Harris – Jason James Harris (name legally changed)
- Samantha Harris – Samantha Harris Shapiro
- Wood Harris – Sherwin David Harris
- Rex Harrison – Reginald Carey Harrison
- Mary Hart – Mary Johanna Harum
- Mickey Hart – Michael Steven Hartman
- Susan Hart – Susan Neidhart
- Dee Hartford – Donna Higgins
- Eden Hartford – Eden Marie Higgins
- Nina Hartley – Marie Louise Hartman
- Phil Hartman – Philip Edward Hartmann
- John Harvey – John Harvey Johnson, Jr.
- Laurence Harvey – Zvi Mosheh Skikne
- Lilian Harvey – Helene Lilian Muriel Pape
See also 
- ^ Julie Andrews was born Julia Elizabeth Wells, but took the name Andrews when she moved in with her stepfather as a child.
- ^ 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.
- ^ Julie Goodyear was born Julie Kemp; she adopted her stepfather's surname.
- ^ 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.
- ^ Grace Lee Whitney was born Mary Ann Chase, but her name was changed when she was adopted as a small child.
- ^ Bibi Besch (and her sister) adopted their stepfather (Joseph Besch)'s surname after they were adopted.
- ^ Art Linkletter was born Gordon Arthur Kelly, but his name was changed to Arthur Gordon Linkletter when he was adopted in infancy.
- ^ Lori March was born Lori von Eltz; she was adopted by her stepfather.
- ^ Frank Canova. "Canova Family Tree - Antonio Juan Magi Cánoves Riudavets". Canova3.com. Retrieved 2012-05-14.
- ^ 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.
- ^ Woo, Elaine (2012-11-20). "Bonnie Lynn Fields dies at 68; former Mouseketeer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
- ^ 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.
- ^ "Deed poll certificate for Elton John" (PDF). Content.answers.com.
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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 (1932-1996) - Find A Grave Photos". Findagrave.com. 2004-04-21. Retrieved 2012-05-14.
- ^ "peterustinov.org". peterustinov.org. Retrieved 2012-05-14.