How 15 Celebrity Stage Names Came To Be

Some celebs find their given name so embarrassing, they have to make up a fun new one – or even a whole new personality. 

And then there's Caryn. She's a performer you definitely know, who came up with a world-renowned moniker based on her most un-hide-able flaw. 

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David Bowie This town ain't big enough for two Joneses... that's okay, I'll leave. - David Bowie, maybe. Originally named DAVID JONES, he changed it

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Jamie Foxx CRACKED.COM Up-and-coming comedian ERIC MARLON BISHOP thought he needed an edge, SO he called himself Jamie, in the hopes that he'd be mi

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Bono PAUL DAVID HEWSON wanted to pay homage to his hometown... 's hearing aid shop. Bonavox Shop is a sporty little hearing aid store in Dublin.

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Keanu Reeves That's actually his real name! And it's Hawaiian for cool breeze! The wild part is that his agent once tried to get him to change his n

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Ringo Starr CRACKED COM RICHARD STARKEY was always a drum wiz, and pals used to call his solos Starr Time. As for the Ringo part? Strap in, it's a

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Lady Gaga A producer thought her voice sounded like the Queen song Radio Ga-Ga. When he went to text her that bon mot, it was autocorrected to Lady

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John Legend Poet J. Ivy once told him JOHN STEPHENS was a bit old-school' for his legendary sound. When Chrissy Teigen was asked why she didn't ta

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Vin Diesel He began life as MARK SINCLAIR, but transformed into Vin Diesel when, as a young nightclub bouncer, friends noticed he was so jacked out of

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Calvin Harris CRACKED COM ADAM WILES won't answer to Calvin Harris when he's not behind the DJ booth: I'm sorry this is ridiculous. You're speaking

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Miley Cyrus ICRACKEDCOM DESTINY HOPE CYRUS wanted to use a stage name when she began acting, SO she went with a slight twist on her childhood moniker,

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Carmen Electra A yine CRACKED CON When she was trying out for a musical group, a young TARA LEIGH PATRICK was told by none other than Prince that: Yo

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lggy Azalea CRACKED CON When her dog was recovering from a snake bite, a young AMETHYST AMELIA KELLY got a necklace with his name on it: Iggy. She w

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Nicolas Cage CRACKED COM A young actor named NICOLAS KIM COPPOLA kept getting razzed by his castmates on his first gig, because of his famous uncle: F

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Woody Allen ORACKEDCO COM SURPRISE--WoOdY Allen is a creep! to a childhood friend, young ALLEN STEWART KONIGSBERG was obsessed with a girl whose dog's

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Whoopi Goldberg weets As a young actress, CARYN ELAINE JOHNSON worked at theatres sO small, the audience could hear the cast fart. She admit it, her n

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