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22nd Oct '17 7:10:52 PM nombretomado
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* Many one-named musicians who appear to be examples but are actually aversions: Music/{{Madonna}} (born Madonna Louise Ciccone), Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch), Seal (born Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel), Taco (full name Taco Ockerse), and Music/{{Bjork}} (full name Björk Guðmundsdóttir).[[note]]Björk's use of her first name is rooted in her native Icelandic culture. The country's standard naming system does not have family names, instead using one or more given names plus a patronymic (or sometimes a matronymic).[[/note]] {{Cher}}, on the other hand, is short for Cherilyn.

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* Many one-named musicians who appear to be examples but are actually aversions: Music/{{Madonna}} (born Madonna Louise Ciccone), Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch), Seal (born Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel), Taco (full name Taco Ockerse), and Music/{{Bjork}} (full name Björk Guðmundsdóttir).[[note]]Björk's use of her first name is rooted in her native Icelandic culture. The country's standard naming system does not have family names, instead using one or more given names plus a patronymic (or sometimes a matronymic).[[/note]] {{Cher}}, Music/{{Cher}}, on the other hand, is short for Cherilyn.
16th Oct '17 8:43:03 AM wuggles
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* Actress/screenwriter Michaela Coel was born Michaela-Moses Ewuraba O Boakye-Collinson.
27th Sep '17 4:39:39 PM luisedgarf
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** Maria Hiromi Hayakawa Salas ([[Franchise/MonsterHigh Draculaura]]) only goes as ''Hiromi Hayakawa'', causing many fans to think she is a native Japanese voice actress (She's a Japanese-Mexican born in Japan, but raised in Mexico). Recently she goes with the name of ''Hiromi'' exclusively, especially when working outside of the voice acting industry.

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** The late Maria Hiromi Hayakawa Salas ([[Franchise/MonsterHigh Draculaura]]) went only goes as ''Hiromi Hayakawa'', causing many fans to think she is a native Japanese voice actress (She's a Japanese-Mexican born in Japan, but raised in Mexico). Recently Later she goes went with the name of ''Hiromi'' exclusively, especially when working outside of the voice acting industry.
22nd Sep '17 10:34:37 AM kyojikasshu
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*** Of course, Johnson's original ring name, "Rocky Maivia", was taken from his father Rocky Johnson and his maternal grandfather Peter Maivia. Rocky Johnson was born Wayde Douglas Bowles, but legally changed his name to his ring moniker in 1964.
22nd Sep '17 9:03:01 AM kyojikasshu
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* Creator/AlexanderSiddig (Dr. Julian Bashir from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and Doran Martel from ''Series/GameOfThrones'') was originally credited under his real name - Siddig El Fadil, which itself is just an abbreviation of his full real name, for obvious reasons: Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi

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* Creator/AlexanderSiddig (Dr. Julian Bashir from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and Doran Martel from ''Series/GameOfThrones'') was originally credited under his real name - Siddig El Fadil, which itself is just an abbreviation of his full real name, for obvious reasons: Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El MahdiMahdi. He still used Siddig El Fadil as a directing credit for one episode of [=DS9=] after the name change.
* John Garman Hertzler, a recurring actor on [=DS9=] best known as the Klingon general Martok, typically went by his intials J.G. (taking a cue from J.T. Walsh), but when he played the Vulcan captain of the ''Saratoga'' in "Emissary", he was credited as "John ''Noah'' Hertzler" (as he hadn't established himself yet), and for his role as the changeling Laas in "Chimera", he was credited under his middle name as "Garman Hertzler".
22nd Sep '17 8:36:52 AM kyojikasshu
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* Michael Douglas' father, Creator/KirkDouglas, was born as Issur Danielovitch.

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* Michael Douglas' father, Creator/KirkDouglas, was born as Issur Danielovitch.Danielovitch, and went by Izzy Demsky growing up. He legally changed it before enlisting in the Navy in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
16th Sep '17 8:11:02 AM Malady
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** Raya is the only Hologram who goes by a StageName. Her name is Carmen Alonso but "Raya" is a childhood nickname from her father. Jem uses a full-on AlterEgo--she's secretly Jerrica Benton, the manager of the band, but no one knows this outside of a few select individuals (mostly the band itself).

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** Raya is the only Hologram who goes by a StageName. Her name is Carmen Alonso but "Raya" is a childhood nickname from her father. Jem uses a full-on AlterEgo--she's SecretIdentity--she's secretly Jerrica Benton, the manager of the band, but no one knows this outside of a few select individuals (mostly the band itself).
14th Sep '17 10:02:53 PM ooh
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* Actress Creator/ChloeBennett was born Chloe Wang and chose an Anglo-Saxon surname when it became apparent that Hollywood has a problem with Asians.
4th Sep '17 1:24:34 PM FF32
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* In the ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode "Blue Bamboo",, the detectives are investigating the murder of a nightclub owner and sifting through the singers he was planning to meet with that day. They have to go back over the entire list when they realize that nearly all of the names given are examples of this trope.

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* In the ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode "Blue Bamboo",, Bamboo", the detectives are investigating the murder of a nightclub owner and sifting through the singers he was planning to meet with that day. They have to go back over the entire list when they realize that nearly all of the names given are examples of this trope.trope.
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Magnificent Light" featured Harold Kerwin, a motivational speaker better known under his stage name Barry Flynn.
3rd Aug '17 3:07:35 AM KYCubbie
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* Triple or quadruple the "wouldn't cut it" comment for Archibald Leach, who went on to play Creator/CaryGrant in the movies. (Interviewer: "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant" Cary Grant: "So would I.")

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* Triple or quadruple the "wouldn't cut it" comment for Archibald Leach, who went on to play Creator/CaryGrant in the movies. (Interviewer: "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant" Grant." Cary Grant: "So would I.")



* Ramón Estevez wanted his name to sound less ethnic, so he changed it to ''Creator/MartinSheen''. His son, Carlos, chose to follow in his footsteps and became ''Creator/CharlieSheen''(although this is only his stage name; when some court documents related to one of his myriad arrests were leaked, they showed his legal name is still Carlos Estevez), some of the family (his brother, and some sons) switch between, while his daughter and one kept their original names - most notably ''Creator/EmilioEstevez''.

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* Ramón Estevez wanted his name to sound less ethnic, so he changed it to ''Creator/MartinSheen''. His son, Carlos, chose to follow in his footsteps and became ''Creator/CharlieSheen''(although this is only his stage name; when some court documents related to one of his myriad arrests were leaked, they showed his legal name is still Carlos Estevez), some of the family (his brother, and some sons) switch between, while his daughter and one kept their original names - most notably ''Creator/EmilioEstevez''.''Emilio Estevez''.



* Reportedly, Creator/JonVoight gave his children middle names that could act as last names, so they wouldn't be hooked to their famous father. James Haven isn't that well-known, but Creator/AngelinaJolie certainly has made a name for herself. Jon Voight's brother, James Voight, is better known as the musician Chip Taylor, who wrote the song Wild Thing, performed by the Troggs.

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* Reportedly, Creator/JonVoight gave his children middle names that could act as last names, so they wouldn't be hooked to their famous father. James Haven isn't that well-known, but Creator/AngelinaJolie certainly has made a name for herself. Jon Voight's brother, James Voight, is better known as the musician Chip Taylor, who wrote the song Wild Thing, "Wild Thing", performed by the Troggs.



* Michael Douglas' father, Creator/KirkDouglas was born as Issur Danielovitch.

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* Michael Douglas' father, Creator/KirkDouglas Creator/KirkDouglas, was born as Issur Danielovitch.



* Albert L. Einstein, changed his name to Albert Brooks when he started performing comedy to distinuish himself from ''the'' UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein. The inspiration for the surname is homage to Creator/MelBrooks. His brother Bob Einstein performs as "Super Dave Osborne" for less obvious reasons.

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* Albert L. Einstein, Einstein changed his name to Albert Brooks when he started performing comedy to distinuish distinguish himself from ''the'' UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein. The inspiration for the surname is homage to Creator/MelBrooks. His brother Bob Einstein performs as "Super Dave Osborne" for less obvious reasons.



* If the Playbills for the premiere performance for the play ''Theatre/MButterfly'' had listed one of its stars' names as "Brad Wong", it would have spoiled show's big twist -- so he became "B.D. Wong".

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* If the Playbills for the premiere performance for the play ''Theatre/MButterfly'' had listed one of its stars' names as "Brad Wong", it would have spoiled the show's big twist -- so he became "B.D. Wong".



* Born to vaudevillian parents, 7-year-old Joseph Yule Jr. landed a role as Mickey [=McGuire=] in a series of film shorts, and became identified with that name, even legally adopting it for a short period during legal wrangles over the series. Prohibited from using the name when touring as a comedy act, he chose a similar one, modifying his mother’s suggestion of "Mickey Looney", and becoming Mickey Rooney.

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* Born to vaudevillian parents, 7-year-old Joseph Yule Jr. landed a role as Mickey [=McGuire=] in a series of film shorts, and became identified with that name, even legally adopting it for a short period during legal wrangles over the series. Prohibited from using the name when touring as a comedy act, he chose a similar one, modifying his mother’s suggestion of "Mickey Looney", and becoming Mickey Rooney.Creator/MickeyRooney.



* The [=LaCock=] show business family, originally from West Virginia, achieved no fame under that name. However, two of its members did eventually achieve major success. Joan Letitia became noted actress Joanne Dru, and Ralph Pierre went on to even greater fame as "the master of ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares''", Peter Marshall.[[note]]Peter, however, legally remains a [=LaCock=] to this day; he had a son who played in [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Major League Baseball]] for nearly a decade under the name Pete [=LaCock=].[[/note]]



** Wrestling/{{WWE}} did a rather fun storyline on this, with ''Tough Enough'' season 3 winner John Hennigan being completely unable to decide on a stage name, and thus changing his name each and every week. He went through Johnny Blaze, Johnny Spade, Johnny Onyx, and Johnny Superstar before finally settling on Johnny Nitro -- which was intended to be a kissass maneuver towards Eric Bischoff, the former architect of ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} Monday Nitro'' and then-current general manager of the Raw brand. Now, in his new gimmick as the second coming of Jim Morrison (lead singer of the Doors, who Hennigan looks remarkably like), he's taken the name John Morrison.

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** Wrestling/{{WWE}} did a rather fun storyline on this, with ''Tough Enough'' season 3 winner John Hennigan being completely unable to decide on a stage name, and thus changing his name each and every week. He went through Johnny Blaze, Johnny Spade, Johnny Onyx, and Johnny Superstar before finally settling on Johnny Nitro -- which was intended to be a kissass kiss-ass maneuver towards Eric Bischoff, the former architect of ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} Monday Nitro'' and then-current general manager of the Raw brand. Now, in his new gimmick as the second coming of Jim Morrison (lead singer of the Doors, who whom Hennigan looks remarkably like), he's taken the name John Morrison.



** "Stone Cold" Steve Austin was born Steve Anderson and later known as Steve Williams, but changed it to differentiate himself from already-established wrestler Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams.

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** "Stone Cold" Steve Austin was born Steve Anderson and later known as Steve Williams, but changed it to differentiate himself from already-established wrestler Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams. He would later legally adopt Steve Austin (without the "Stone Cold" part).



** Another aversion is Jamaican rapper Sean Paul, who uses his first two given names.[[note]]Full name: Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques[[/note]]



* [[Music/{{Rush}} Geddy Lee]] is really Gary Lee Weinrib ("Geddy" comes from his mother's heavy accent). [[{{Rush}} Alex Lifeson]] is really Aleksandar Živojinović ("Lifeson" is a literal English translation). [[{{Rush}} Neil Peart]] is really Neil Peart.

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* [[Music/{{Rush}} Geddy Lee]] is really Gary Lee Weinrib ("Geddy" comes from his mother's heavy accent). [[{{Rush}} [[Music/{{Rush}} Alex Lifeson]] is really Aleksandar Živojinović ("Lifeson" is a literal English translation). [[{{Rush}} [[Music/{{Rush}} Neil Peart]] is really Neil Peart.



* All the members of Music/{{ABBA}} had slightly altered names when they started their respective careers in the 1960s. Anni-Frid Lyngstad started calling herself Frida while performing in a jazz band, Goran Andersson called himself Benny while performing in a rock band, and Agnetha added the H to her name to distinguish herself from another Agneta in a band she sang in. Bjorn's a slightly different case since his father was the one who changed his surname to Ulvaeus, because he felt Andersson was too common. (The elder Ulvaeus certainly had a point, because otherwise all the credited composers in ABBA songs would be "S. Anderson , B. Andersson, and B. Andersson", and [[strike:chaos]] [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]] would have ensued.)

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* All the members of Music/{{ABBA}} had slightly altered names when they started their respective careers in the 1960s. Anni-Frid Lyngstad started calling herself Frida while performing in a jazz band, Goran Göran Andersson called himself Benny while performing in a rock band, and Agnetha added the H to her name to distinguish herself from another Agneta in a band she sang in. Bjorn's Björn's a slightly different case since his father was the one who changed his surname to Ulvaeus, because he felt Andersson was too common. (The elder Ulvaeus certainly had a point, because otherwise all the credited composers in ABBA songs would be "S. Anderson , B. Andersson, and B. Andersson", and [[strike:chaos]] [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]] would have ensued.)



* Sid Vicious (John Simon Ritchie) eventually joined the Music/TheSexPistols, performing alongside Johnny Rotten (John Joseph Lydon). They would sometimes be joined on stage by punk model and general hanger-on Jordan (Pamela Rooke).

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* Sid Vicious Music/SidVicious (John Simon Ritchie) eventually joined the Music/TheSexPistols, performing alongside [[Music/JohnLydon Johnny Rotten Rotten]] (John Joseph Lydon). They would sometimes be joined on stage by punk model and general hanger-on Jordan (Pamela Rooke).



* Many one-named musicians who appear to be examples but are actually aversions: Music/{{Madonna}} (born Madonna Louise Ciccone), Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch), Seal (born Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel), and Taco (full name Taco Ockerse). {{Cher}}, on the other hand, is short for Cherilyn.

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* Many one-named musicians who appear to be examples but are actually aversions: Music/{{Madonna}} (born Madonna Louise Ciccone), Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch), Seal (born Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel), and Taco (full name Taco Ockerse). Ockerse), and Music/{{Bjork}} (full name Björk Guðmundsdóttir).[[note]]Björk's use of her first name is rooted in her native Icelandic culture. The country's standard naming system does not have family names, instead using one or more given names plus a patronymic (or sometimes a matronymic).[[/note]] {{Cher}}, on the other hand, is short for Cherilyn.



* Edison Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé. He acquired the nickname at school, from circumstances since forgotten. (it's mostly considered to be a mispronounciation of "Bilé", a local goalkeeper)

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* Edison Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé. He acquired the nickname at school, from circumstances since forgotten. forgotten (it's mostly considered to be a mispronounciation of "Bilé", a local goalkeeper)goalkeeper).



** North Vietnamese communist leader Ho Chi Minh (born Nguyen Sinh Cung) constructed his final ''nom de guerre'' from the common Vietnamese surname "Ho" with the given name "Chi Minh" (= enlightened will). Prior to that, he went under the ''nom de guerre'' Nguyen Ai Quoc (= Nguyen the Patriot).

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** North Vietnamese communist leader Ho Chi Chí Minh (born Nguyen Sinh Cung) constructed his final ''nom de guerre'' from the common Vietnamese surname "Ho" with the given name "Chi Minh" (= enlightened will). Prior to that, he went under the ''nom de guerre'' Nguyen Ai Quoc (= Nguyen the Patriot).
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