How Celebs Arrived At Stage Names (They're Stuck With)

A lot of celebrities wind up with different names than the ones they start with, and it's not always because Cruise sounds cooler than Mapother. A lot of times there's a truly interesting, if not juicy, story behind a famous person's stage name.

Props to burritomouth, whose name origins remain deeply shrouded, for coming up with this idea.

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Peter Hernandez's father called him Bruno because he thought his chunky son resembled pro wrestler. Bruno Sammartino. AS he began his path to stardo

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Ne-Yo's stage name comes from The Matrix. A good friend of the singer told him he was like NEO, but for music, because of his ability to churn out son

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Kit Harington goes by his childhood nickname, Kit. His parents didn't tell him his name is really Christopher, not Kit, until he was 11.


Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins was born Henry Garfield, but changed his name to confuse the LAPD. His bandmates knew that being in a high-profile p

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Terry Bollea appeared on a radio show alongside Lou Ferrigno. The presenter noted that the 6'7 300-pound d-coming wrestler was bigger than the guy pl

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Faheem Najm's stage name TEPALIN is short for Tallahassee Pain, in reference to the hardships of growing up in Tallahassee, Florida. CRAGKEDCOM

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Ralph Lauren changed his last name, Lifshitz, because he was constantly made fun of when he was a kid. CRACKED.COM


Slash got his nickname from actor Seymour Casselwhen he was a kid. He was always running around in a hurry, so Cassel labeled him Slash, and the name


Michael Caine was originally known as Michael Scott but there was already a Michael Scott in the actors' union He was joining. He was given half an ho

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CRACy The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre took that name to boost his self-esteem. Lifor He was born Charles Levine and, whenever his mom was mad

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Tyler Okonma used to have three MySpace accounts- the first two accounts were named Tyler [something], and he couldn't think of a name for the most

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Mindy Kaling's real name is Vera Mindy Chokalingam. She was given the name Mindy because her mother was a big fan of Robin Williams! Mork and Mindy. S

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Frank Ocean's last name was inspired by a movie. Born Christopher Breaux. the singer took his stage name after watching the original Ocean's 11. CRACK

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Halsey shares her stage name with the street in Brooklyn where she decided to become a musician. rt IO X It's also an anagram of her first name, Ashle

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Richard VCheechl! Marin got his stage name the moment he was born. When his uncle saw baby Marin in the crib, he said that the future comedian looked

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Gordon Sumner often wore a yellow and black sweater his girlfriend had knitted for him. His bandmates at the time mocked him, telling him he looked li

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's name comes from a poem about the Vietnam War. Lin-Manuel's dad Luis read Nana Roja Para Mi Hijo Lin Manuel in his teens and kep

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Grimes got her name because of MySpace's web design. You could have 3 music genres on your MySpace page, so she picked 'grime' 3 times. She had no ide

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Thanks to her bullies, Lea Michele dropped her last name. Michele used to get called 'Lea So-fatty' and 'Lea So-farty' a lot, since her last name was


LeVar Burtons's proper frst name is Levardis, but he changed it to LeVar because he wanted to be an actor, and thought LeVar... rhymes with 'star

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Joel Zimmerman came up with the name deadmau5 when he found a dead mouse in his computerwhile trying to change his graphics card. Analog