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14th Jun '18 7:45:25 PM MikeK
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* Charles Wiggins picked the stage name Raphael Wiggins when auditioning for Sheila E's backup band (who were about to go on tour with {{Music/Prince}}). He continued to be billed as Raphael Wiggins as part of the group Tony! Toni! Toné!, but for the group's final album and his subsequent solo career, he became Raphael Saadiq. Because "Saadiq" is Arabic for "man of his word", there were rumors he had converted to Islam: He'd later clarify that he had not - he wanted to change his surname to differentiate himself from his brother, Dwayne Wiggins (who had also been in Tony! Toni! Toné!), and just thought "Saadiq" sounded cool.
30th May '18 6:18:59 PM KYCubbie
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** On the other hand, one boy named Shad Moss, possible the best given name for a gangster rapper ever, decided to call himself Lil' Bow Wow instead.

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** On the other hand, one boy named Shad Moss, possible the best given name for a gangster rapper ever, decided to call himself Lil' Bow Wow instead.instead, changing to Bow Wow at age 16.



* Nicholas James Bates became Nick Rhodes for "aesthetic reasons." His Music/DuranDuran bandmate Nigel John Taylor goes by his middle name.

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* Nicholas James Bates became Nick Rhodes for "aesthetic reasons." reasons". His Music/DuranDuran bandmate Nigel John Taylor goes by his middle name.



* Music/SnoopDogg, aka [[IHaveManyNames Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop, Uncle Snoop, Snoop Eastwood, Snoop Lion]] -- real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.

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* Music/SnoopDogg, aka [[IHaveManyNames Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop, Uncle Snoop, Snoop Eastwood, Snoop Lion]] -- real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Broadus Jr.



* Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan).

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* Billie Holiday Music/BillieHoliday (born Eleanora Fagan).


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* Late French rock legend Jean-Philippe Léo Smet achieved his fame as [[Creator/JohnnyHalliday Johnny Hallyday]].%%The correct spelling of his stage name is Hallyday, not Halliday.
* Music/StrayCats have one aversion and two straight examples. Frontman Brian Setzer uses his real name, but double bassist Leon Drucker is Lee Rocker and drummer James [=McDonnell=] is Slim Jim Phantom.
29th May '18 9:01:52 AM igordebraga
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* Vincent Furnier took a feminine first name and named himself and his band after that name. Music/AliceCooper

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* Vincent Furnier took a feminine first name and named himself and his band after that name. Music/AliceCoopername: Music/AliceCooper.



** Music/GeorgeHarrison did some guest guitarist spots hidden under the pseudonym [[GratuitousItalian L'Angelo Misterioso]] (The Mysterious Angel).



* Related to the Beatles, Beatallica has stage names combining the Fab Four, Music/{{Metallica}} and XtremeKoolLetterz: Jaymz Lennfield, Krk [=McBurtney=], Grg Hammetson, and Ringo Larz.



** And yet, the side project the Foxboro Hot Tubs lists its members as Michael Pritchard, Frank Edwin Wright III, and the Reverend Strychnine Twitch. (And Green Day's tour guitarist [[SixthRanger promoted to full-time member after 13 years]] Jason White is Frosco Lee.)

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** And yet, the side project the Foxboro Hot Tubs lists its members as Michael Pritchard, Frank Edwin Wright III, and the Reverend Strychnine Twitch. (And Green Day's [[SixthRanger tour guitarist [[SixthRanger promoted to full-time member after 13 years]] guitarist]] Jason White is Frosco Lee.)



* Music/PinkFloyd: ex-frontman [[Music/SydBarrett Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett ]]used a nickname and ex-bassist [[Music/RogerWaters George Roger Waters]] dropped his first name.

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* Music/PinkFloyd: ex-frontman [[Music/SydBarrett Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett ]]used Barrett]] used a nickname and ex-bassist [[Music/RogerWaters George Roger Waters]] dropped his first name.



* Apollo Smile (who was a dancer/musician and then got roles in voice acting and as a "live action [[MagicalGirl Anime Girl]]) was born Paula Anne Scharf, before legally changing to her stage name in 1991. Someone misheard her saying "Hi, I'm Paula" and went on a diatribe about the Myth/ClassicalMythology name, she took "Apollo". Then a producer felt she needed a surname to complete the AwesomeMcCoolName, and so her oft-complimented smile it was.

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* Apollo Smile (who was a dancer/musician and then got roles in voice acting - most notably, [[Videogame/SpaceChannel5 Ulala]] - and as a "live action [[MagicalGirl Anime Girl]]) was born Paula Anne Scharf, before legally changing to her stage name in 1991. Someone misheard her saying "Hi, I'm Paula" and went on a diatribe about the Myth/ClassicalMythology name, she took "Apollo". Then a producer felt she needed a surname to complete the AwesomeMcCoolName, and so her oft-complimented smile it was.
27th May '18 8:37:29 AM AlternativeCola
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* Bex Taylor-Klaus' real name is Rebecca Edison Taylor-Klaus. She shortened her first name to just Bex to sound it a bit more tomboyish, given the fact that she's [[Series/TheKillingUS best]] [[Series/{{Arrow}} known]] [[Series/ScreamTVSeries for]] [[Series/HouseOfLies playing]] [[WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendary Defender tomboyish characters]].

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* Bex Taylor-Klaus' real name is Rebecca Edison Taylor-Klaus. She shortened her first name to just Bex to sound it a bit more tomboyish, given the fact that she's [[Series/TheKillingUS [[Series/TheKilling best]] [[Series/{{Arrow}} known]] [[Series/ScreamTVSeries for]] [[Series/HouseOfLies playing]] [[WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendary Defender [[WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender tomboyish characters]].
27th May '18 8:35:55 AM AlternativeCola
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* Canadian-American actress Creator/CreeSummer is actually Cree Summer Francks. Her father is the late American actor Creator/DonFrancks.
* Bex Taylor-Klaus' real name is Rebecca Edison Taylor-Klaus. She shortened her first name to just Bex to sound it a bit more tomboyish, given the fact that she's [[Series/TheKillingUS best]] [[Series/{{Arrow}} known]] [[Series/ScreamTVSeries for]] [[Series/HouseOfLies playing]] [[WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendary Defender tomboyish characters]].
* Creator/StevenYeun's real name is Yeun Sang-yeop, given that he was born in South Korea before his family moved to America when he was a child and his parents changed his first name to Steven after they met a doctor by that name.


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* [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Jeremy]] [[WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender Shada]]'s first name is actually Jaden.
* Creator/JoshKeaton's real name is Joshua Luis Wiener, given the fact that he's half Peruvian from his mother's side and half Ashkenazi Jewish from his father's side.
* Creator/BJWard's full name is Betty Jean Ward.
* Erin Grey Van Oosbree goes by her middle name Grey and married Christopher [=DeLisle=] in 1992 before divorcing him a year later, prior to starting her voice acting as Creator/GreyDeLisle by taking her first married name. While she's frequently credited by her first married name, in recent productions, she's been credited as Grey Griffin after marrying Jared Griffin in 2012.
* After marrying Craig Strong in 1999, Tara Charendorff began being credited by her married name Creator/TaraStrong.
14th May '18 5:19:47 AM jormis29
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* Adrian Paul, of ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' fame was born Adrian Paul Hewitt. He takes advantage of using his real last name when traveling, to keep a lower profile.

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* Adrian Paul, Creator/AdrianPaul, of ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' fame was born Adrian Paul Hewitt. He takes advantage of using his real last name when traveling, to keep a lower profile.
13th May '18 4:19:29 AM fearlessnikki
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* Bobby Calloway's legal name is Rory Leonard but he had been nicknamed Bobby since he was a teenager. He picked 'Calloway' as a last name when he became a wrestler, and kept the stage name when he went into acting. Also counts as a pen name, as he wrote for ''Lethal WOW'' under the same name too.


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* Wrestling/TrishStratus was born Patricia Anne Stratigeas and adopted 'Stratus' when she became a model. She did however keep the name intact when she became a wrestler - probably because she had something of a pre-existing fanbase with it.
* Inverted by a girl who used the ring name Alexis Laree in TNA and on the independent circuit. When she was signed to WWE, she competed under her real name - Wrestling/MickieJames. Thus making her one of the few WWE female performers to become a star using her real name.
21st Apr '18 10:03:07 PM nombretomado
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* The most {{egregious}} example of this is Music/{{Buckethead}}, a guitarist who doesn't only have a stage name (almost everybody only knows his first name, "Brian"), but also a stage ''identity'' (which consists of a rather creepy man from a chicken farm, who wears a KFC bucket on his head and a mask to hid his allegedly mangled face). He will never wear anything else when performing.

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* The most {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} example of this is Music/{{Buckethead}}, a guitarist who doesn't only have a stage name (almost everybody only knows his first name, "Brian"), but also a stage ''identity'' (which consists of a rather creepy man from a chicken farm, who wears a KFC bucket on his head and a mask to hid his allegedly mangled face). He will never wear anything else when performing.
19th Apr '18 9:02:27 AM JamesAustin
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* Someone in the local actors' union [[OneSteveLimit already has that name]]
* Someone very famous outside the union [[NamesTheSame already has that name]]

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* Someone in the local actors' union [[OneSteveLimit already has that name]]
* Someone
or someone very famous outside the union [[OneSteveLimit already has]] [[NamesTheSame already has that name]]
29th Mar '18 12:52:57 AM Akaihiryuu
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* Vincent Furnier took a feminine first name and named himself and his band after that name. Marilyn Manson

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* Vincent Furnier took a feminine first name and named himself and his band after that name. Marilyn MansonMusic/AliceCooper
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