List of stage names

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Follow: performers have legally changed their name to their stage name.[1]

Note: Many cultures have their own naming customs and systems (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Hungarian, Indian and others), some rather intricate. Minor changes or alterations, including reversing Eastern-style formats, do not in and of themselves qualify as stage names, and should not normally be included. 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.

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

For more information, see Spanish naming customs, Hispanic American naming customs, Filipino names, and Portuguese names.

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.


0–9 and other stage names which do not begin with English alphabetic characters[edit]

  • 2Pac – Tupac Amaru Shakur (born as either Parish Lesane Crooks or Lesane Parish Crooks)
  • 50 Cent – Curtis James Jackson III
  • 6ix9ine – Daniel Hernandez
  • 6025 – Carlos Cadona
  • 75 Cents – Ladislav Demeterffy
  • 2 Chainz – Tauheed Epps
  • μ-Ziq – Michael Paradinas

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Aa–Aq

Ar–Az

B[edit]

Ba–Bk

Bl–Br

Br–Bz

C[edit]

Ca–Ch

Ch–Co

Co–Cz

D[edit]

Da–Des

Det–Dq

Dr–Dz

E[edit]

F[edit]

Fa–Fq

Fr–Fz

G[edit]

H[edit]

I[edit]

J[edit]

K[edit]

L[edit]

La–Lis

Lit–Lz

M[edit]

Ma–Md

Me–Moo

Mop–Mz

N[edit]

O[edit]

P[edit]

Q[edit]

R[edit]

Ra–Rob

Roc–Rz

S[edit]

Sa–Sheq

Sher–Soq

Sor–Stq

Str–Sz

T[edit]

U[edit]

V[edit]

W[edit]

X[edit]

Y[edit]

Z[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786443734.
  2. ^ Julie Andrews was born Julia Elizabeth Wells, but took the name Andrews when she moved in with her stepfather as a child.
  3. ^ Elle Macpherson was born Eleanor Nancy Gow, but was assigned her stepfather's surname (see "Elle Macpherson looks good with Intimates")
  4. ^ Frances McDormand was born Cindy Ann Smith but was adopted at one and a half years of age by Noreen (née Nickelson) and Vernon McDormand, and renamed Frances Louise McDormand.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Steven Van Zandt was born Steven Lento in Winthrop, Massachusetts; his mother, Mary Lento, remarried when he was young, and Steven took the last name of his stepfather, William Van Zandt.
  7. ^ Nancy Davis, later Mrs. Nancy Reagan, was born Anne Frances Robbins; she was adopted by her stepfather, Dr. Loyal Davis, whose surname she took.
  8. ^ Joan Fontaine was born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland, but as her elder sister Olivia de Havilland had taken the family surname (de Havilland), Joan (after essaying such unsatisfying stage names as Joan Burfield and Joan St. John), decided to use her stepfather (Frank Fontaine)'s surname, notwithstanding both sisters' mutual dislike of their mother's husband.
  9. ^ "Biography of Charlton Heston". biography.com. March 18, 2010. Archived from the original on September 24, 2011. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
    Heston was born John Charles Carter, the son of Lilla (née Charlton; 1899–1994) and Russell Whitford Carter (1897–1966). When Heston was 10 years old, his parents divorced. Shortly thereafter, his mother married Chester Heston, whose surname John Charles adopted, taking his mother's maiden name (Charlton) later as his forename.
  10. ^ Madeline Kahn was born Madeline Gail Wolfson in Boston, Massachusetts, to Freda (née Goldberg) and Bernard B. Wolfson, a garment manufacturer. After her parents divorced, her mother married Hiller Kahn, who adopted Madeline and she took his surname.
  11. ^ Alan Thicke was born Alan Willis Jeffery in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada. His stepfather was Dr. Brian Thicke, whose surname Alan legally adopted.
  12. ^ Born to Curtis and Angeline Hall, he adopted his father's forename to create a portmanteau professional name.
  13. ^ Daughter of Huntley Wright, she adopted her father's forename as part of her portmanteau stage name.
  14. ^ Birth name per Dorchester Historical Society website, dorchesterhistoricalsociety.org; accessed September 27, 2014.
  15. ^ Profile, findagrave.com; accessed September 27, 2014.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "Deed poll certificate for Elton John". Content.answers.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 2, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  18. ^ While performing in WWE, he has used "The Rock" exclusively since 1997. In his career as a film and television actor, he has mainly been credited as either Dwayne Johnson or Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
  19. ^ 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". Findagrave.com. 2004-04-21. Retrieved 2012-05-14.