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** Benny's wife Sadye Marks became known professionally as Mary Livingstone.

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** Benny's wife * Sadye Marks became known professionally as Mary Livingstone.


** 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, changing to Bow Wow at age 16.
** Another aversion is Jamaican rapper Sean Paul, who uses his first two given names.[[note]]Full name: Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques[[/note]]



** And in an interesting reversal, his son "Zowie Bowie" reverted to his ''real'' name when he entered the film industry; as Duncan Jones, he's become a successful commercial director, with films such as ''Film/{{Moon}}'' and ''Film/SourceCode''.



** Parodied on an episode of ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' where a man named Reg Dwight (Elton John's birth name) is hired to appear at the village fair in the mistaken belief that he's the real Elton John.
* Like Elton John, Music/{{Lights}} had her name legally changed to such. It was the only way she could use the name, as there was already a signed band called "Lights".

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** Parodied on an episode of ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' where a man named Reg Dwight (Elton John's birth name) is hired to appear at the village fair in the mistaken belief that he's the real Elton John.
* Like Elton John, Music/{{Lights}} had her name legally changed to such. It was the only way she could use the name, as there was already a signed band called "Lights".



** Ozzy's replacement Music/RonnieJamesDio is actually Ronald James Pavadona, but he assumed a stage name modeled after mafia boss Johnny Dio.

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** Ozzy's replacement * Music/RonnieJamesDio is actually Ronald James Pavadona, but he assumed a stage name modeled after mafia boss Johnny Dio.



* Music/DirEnGrey: Both the vocalist, Music/{{Kyo}}, and the bassist, Toshiya, are guilty of this. Toshiya's full name is Toshimasa Hara, and while Kyo's real name is debated by most fans, most sites credit him as either "Tooru Niimura" or "Toru Nishimura."
** The Tooru Niimura/Nishimura thing is a bit of a joke that international fans [[LostInTranslation took seriously]]. Tooru Niimura is the name of a famous Japanese pornography director, and Kyo signed his name as Tooru Niimura on several of his written works as a joke. Nishimura is a mistranslation of Niimura. No one knows for certain what Kyo's birth name is, especially since he is a SelfProclaimedLiar.
* [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor's]] full name is Michael Trent Reznor, but as he has explained "My father is Michael Reznor."
* Music/MarilynManson (the first lineup, at least) all took their names from the juxtaposition of an American Icon and a serial killer. In the case of the titular frontman (born Brian Hugh Warner), Creator/MarilynMonroe and UsefulNotes/CharlesManson.

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* Music/DirEnGrey: Both the vocalist, Music/{{Kyo}}, and the bassist, Toshiya, are guilty of this. Toshiya's full name is Toshimasa Hara, and while Kyo's real name is debated by most fans, most sites credit him as either "Tooru Niimura" or "Toru Nishimura."
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" The Tooru Niimura/Nishimura thing is a bit of a joke that international fans [[LostInTranslation took seriously]]. Tooru Niimura is the name of a famous Japanese pornography director, and Kyo signed his name as Tooru Niimura on several of his written works as a joke. Nishimura is a mistranslation of Niimura. No one knows for certain what Kyo's birth name is, especially since he is a SelfProclaimedLiar.
* [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor's]] full name is Michael Trent Reznor, but as he has explained explained, "My father is Michael Reznor."
* Music/MarilynManson (the first lineup, at least) all took their names from the juxtaposition of an American Icon icon and a serial killer. In the case of the titular frontman (born Brian Hugh Warner), Creator/MarilynMonroe and UsefulNotes/CharlesManson.



* The most 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.
* Music/TheBeatles' Music/RingoStarr was originally, and still is legally, Richard Starkey. The cowboy-based nickname partially emerges from his ringed fingers.

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* The most 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.
* Music/TheBeatles' Music/TheBeatles:
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Music/RingoStarr was originally, and still is legally, Richard Starkey. The cowboy-based nickname partially emerges from his ringed fingers.



* 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.

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* 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.



** It's also worth noting that Count Grishnackh usually went by the name Varg Vikernes. Apparently his original first name, Kristian, just didn't cut it for a black metal musician who enjoyed burning down churches.



* Ryan Ross, [[CreativeDifferences formerly of]] Music/PanicAtTheDisco and now of The Young Veins, had his name changed from George Ryan Ross III.
** Those bands are guilty of dropping their numerical names in favour of shorter, simpler monikers-- such as Spencer James Smith V and Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III.
** Pat Stumph to Patrick Stump to Patrick Vaughn Stump!

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* Ryan Ross, [[CreativeDifferences formerly of]] Music/PanicAtTheDisco and now of The Young Veins, had his name changed from George Ryan Ross III.
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III. Those bands are guilty of dropping their numerical names in favour of shorter, simpler monikers-- such as Spencer James Smith V and Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III.
** * Pat Stumph to Patrick Stump to Patrick Vaughn Stump!



** M. Shadows= Matthew Charles Sanders, Zacky Vengeance= Zachary James Baker, The Reverend Tholomew Plague(The Rev)= James Owen Sullivan, Synyster Gates= Brian Elwin Haner Jr, Jonny Christ= Jonathan Lewis Seward.
** Averted following the death of Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan. His replacements Arin Ilejay and Brooks Wackerman [[AerithAndBob use their real names]].

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** * M. Shadows= Matthew Charles Sanders, Zacky Vengeance= Zachary James Baker, The Reverend Tholomew Plague(The Rev)= James Owen Sullivan, Synyster Gates= Brian Elwin Haner Jr, Jonny Christ= Jonathan Lewis Seward.
** Averted following the death of Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan. His replacements Arin Ilejay and Brooks Wackerman [[AerithAndBob use their real names]].
Seward.



* Peter "Music/VanceJoy" Keogh has a story behind his:
** "I was going through a PeterCarey phase and reading a lot of his books. There's a book called ''Bliss''. The main character's name is Harry Joy and his grandfather is '''Vance Joy'''. He's the storyteller and a crazy old man. Plus, I thought it was a cool name."
* The difficulty of howling Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck through 45000 watts of Marshall-amps gave us Music/YngwieMalmsteen.
** Actually, the name change came about when he was a boy. When his parents divorced, his mother resumed her maiden name of Malmsteen and gave the same surname to their children.

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* Peter "Music/VanceJoy" Keogh has a story behind his:
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his: "I was going through a PeterCarey phase and reading a lot of his books. There's a book called ''Bliss''. The main character's name is Harry Joy and his grandfather is '''Vance Joy'''. He's the storyteller and a crazy old man. Plus, I thought it was a cool name."
* The difficulty of howling Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck through 45000 watts of Marshall-amps gave us Music/YngwieMalmsteen.
** Actually, the
became Music/YngwieMalmsteen. The name change partially came about when he was a boy. When his parents divorced, his mother resumed her maiden name of Malmsteen and gave the same surname to their children.



* Music/IronMaiden: Michael Henry "Nicko" [=McBrain=]. "Nick" was one of his favourite puppets, and once a stupid manager added [[ElSpanishO an "O" to make him sound Italian...]]
** Lead singer Music/BruceDickinson's proper first name is Paul. And, back when he was with Samson, he went by the name Bruce Bruce, which he took from Creator/MontyPython's Bruces sketch.

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* Music/IronMaiden: Michael Henry "Nicko" [=McBrain=]. "Nick" was one of his favourite puppets, and once a stupid manager added [[ElSpanishO an "O" to make him sound Italian...]]
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Italian]]. Lead singer Music/BruceDickinson's proper first name is Paul. And, back when he was with Samson, he went by the name Bruce Bruce, which he took from Creator/MontyPython's Bruces sketch.



* Music/TheRollingStones: "Bill Wyman" was originally William George Perks, and he went by ''Lee'' Wyman for a period before joining the Stones. The surname came from a friend and comrade in the RAF during his national service.

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* Music/TheRollingStones: Music/TheRollingStones:
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"Bill Wyman" was originally William George Perks, and he went by ''Lee'' Wyman for a period before joining the Stones. The surname came from a friend and comrade in the RAF during his national service.



* cEvin Key (Kevin Crompton) and Nivek Ogre (Kevin Ogilvie) of Music/SkinnyPuppy.

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* cEvin [=cEvin=] Key (Kevin Crompton) and Nivek Ogre (Kevin Ogilvie) of Music/SkinnyPuppy.



* Music/GreenDay has Michael "Mike Dirnt" Pritchard (the surname is how he imitates a bass' sound) and Tré Cool (as if Frank Edwin Wright III is not an AwesomeMcCoolName enough). Yet Billie Joe Armstrong is the singer's actual name.
** 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]] Jason White is Frosco Lee.)

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* Music/GreenDay has Michael "Mike Dirnt" Pritchard (the surname is how he imitates a bass' sound) and Tré Cool (as if Frank Edwin Wright III is not an AwesomeMcCoolName enough). Yet Billie Joe Armstrong is the singer's actual name.
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name. 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]] Jason White is Frosco Lee.)



* Averted with Music/FrankZappa, whose last name sounds every bit as quirky as most of his musical output but is actually his real family name. (He ''did'' use the name Francis Zappa in the credits of some albums early on since he thought that was his legal name, and only found out later that his parents had indeed named him "Frank".) His longtime friend[=/=]rival Don Van Vliet played this straight as Music/CaptainBeefheart, as did many musicians who played in the different lineups of his Magic Band.

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* Averted with Music/FrankZappa, whose last name sounds every bit as quirky as most of his musical output but is actually his real family name. (He ''did'' use the name Francis Zappa in the credits of some albums early on since he thought that Music/CaptainBeefheart was his legal name, and only found out later that his parents had indeed named him "Frank".) His longtime friend[=/=]rival born Don Van Vliet played this straight as Music/CaptainBeefheart, as did many musicians who played in the different lineups of his Magic Band.Vliet.



** And speaking of Music/TheCramps, CreatorCouple Erick Purkhiser and Kristy Wallace spent their whole careers as Lux Interior and Poison Ivy Rorschach.

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** And speaking of Music/TheCramps, * Music/TheCramps CreatorCouple Erick Purkhiser and Kristy Wallace spent their whole careers as Lux Interior and Poison Ivy Rorschach.


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* Maynard James Keenan of Music/{{Tool}}, Music/APerfectCircle and Puscifer was born James Herbert Keenan. He adopted the alias Maynard on a whim in ROTC, naming himself after a character in a story he'd written.

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* Music/StVincent’s name is Annie Clark but uses a stage name because there is a Canadian actress by the same name.

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* Vaudeville violinist Benjamin Kubelsky changed his name to Ben K. Bennie to avoid confusion with violinist Jan Kubelik. One decade later, Bennie, now a monologist, had to change his name again because Ben Bernie had a similar "patter-and-violin" routine. And thus, the name Jack Benny came into being.
** Benny's wife Sadye Marks became known professionally as Mary Livingstone.


* Creator/TimAllen was born Timothy Allen Dick (who is no relation to Andy Dick, who was born Andrew Thomlinson). He dropped his last name mostly because he didn't think anybody would believe he didn't make it up for a cheap laugh.

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* Creator/TimAllen was born Timothy Allen Dick (who is no relation to Andy Dick, who was born Andrew Thomlinson). He dropped his last name mostly because he didn't think anybody would believe he didn't make it up for a cheap laugh.


* Eugene Rubessa was best known as game show host [[MatchGame Gene Rayburn]].

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* Eugene Rubessa was best known as game show ''Series/MatchGame'' host [[MatchGame Gene Rayburn]].Rayburn.


* In ''[[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Secret Rings]]'', ''VideoGame/SonicRiders: Zero Gravity'' and ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'', Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog's voice actor, Jason Adam Griffith, used "Adam Caroleson", even though his real name is used in every other game. The dubs of ''Anime/SonicX'', ''Manga/OnePiece'' and ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' also credit him as "J. Griff".

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* In ''[[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Secret Rings]]'', ''VideoGame/SonicRiders: Zero Gravity'' and ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'', Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog's Sonic the Hedgehog's voice actor, Jason Adam Griffith, used "Adam Caroleson", even though his real name is used in every other game. The dubs of ''Anime/SonicX'', ''Manga/OnePiece'' and ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' also credit him as "J. Griff".

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* When starting out as a singer in the late 1940s, Delloreese Patricia Early decided to convert her first name into a stage name—Della Reese. She would go on to significant success in music and even greater success as an actress, most notably in ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel''.


* 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.

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* 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 (or Grey DeLisle-Griffin) after marrying Jared Griffin in 2012.


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* Venezuelan voice actress María Teresa Guedes Medina dropped her second family name and merged her first and second name together to become Maythe Guedes.
* Renzo Jiménez, a Venezuelan voice actor best known for dubbing [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Squidward]], is legally Alberto Figeroa.


* Creator/DianeKeaton's name is Diane Hall but she uses her mom's maiden name since there was a "Diane Hall" already registered with SAG. The titular character from ''Film/AnnieHall'' is actually named after her since "Annie" was what she went by as a child.



* Music/JohnLegend’s name is actually John Stephens. He felt like his real name wasn’t marketable because both “John” and “Stephens” are very common names.

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* Music/JohnLegend’s name is actually John Stephens. It was a nickname a friend from high school called him that grew into his stage name. He felt like his real name wasn’t marketable because both “John” and “Stephens” are very common names.


** The band also credit the stage name Nanker Phelge for songs they've written collectively.



* Averted with Music/FrankZappa, whose last name sounds every bit as quirky as most of his musical output but is actually his real family name. His longtime friend[=/=]rival Don Van Vliet played this straight as Music/CaptainBeefheart, as did many musicians who played in the different lineups of his Magic Band.

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* Averted with Music/FrankZappa, whose last name sounds every bit as quirky as most of his musical output but is actually his real family name. (He ''did'' use the name Francis Zappa in the credits of some albums early on since he thought that was his legal name, and only found out later that his parents had indeed named him "Frank".) His longtime friend[=/=]rival Don Van Vliet played this straight as Music/CaptainBeefheart, as did many musicians who played in the different lineups of his Magic Band.


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** And speaking of Music/TheCramps, CreatorCouple Erick Purkhiser and Kristy Wallace spent their whole careers as Lux Interior and Poison Ivy Rorschach.


* Music/KatyPerry's last name was originally Hudson, but she changed it to avoid confusion with Kate Hudson.

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* Music/KatyPerry's last name was originally is actually Hudson, but she changed it uses her mom’s maiden name to avoid confusion with Kate Hudson.Creator/KateHudson.


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* Music/JohnLegend’s name is actually John Stephens. He felt like his real name wasn’t marketable because both “John” and “Stephens” are very common names.


* A subtle example: Catherine Zeta-Jones was born Catherine Zeta Jones, with no hyphen – "Zeta" was her middle name and "Jones" her surname.

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* A subtle example: Catherine Zeta-Jones Creator/CatherineZetaJones was born Catherine Zeta Jones, with no hyphen – "Zeta" was her middle name and "Jones" her surname.



* Wrestling/RandySavage was born Randy Poffo. Funny enough, his brother Lanny also went into wrestling, but kept the Poffo surname.

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* Wrestling/RandySavage was born Randy Poffo. Funny enough, his brother Lanny Wrestling/{{Lanny|Poffo}} also went into wrestling, but kept the Poffo surname.



* Practically every [[KoreanPopMusic KPop]] singer. If they don't choose a cool stage name, they will go by their given name only. In Korean you are NEVER called by your given name, unless your are foreign or possibly by your close family. So, 'Hong Gil Dong' would be called as 'Hong Gil Dong,' but if he was a singer he would just be 'Gil Dong' unless he chose a different stage name.

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* Practically every [[KoreanPopMusic KPop]] singer. If they don't choose a cool stage name, they will go by their given name only. In Korean you are NEVER called by your given name, unless your are foreign or possibly by your close family. So, 'Hong Gil Dong' would be called as 'Hong Gil Dong,' Dong', but if he was a singer he would just be 'Gil Dong' unless he chose a different stage name.



** Deryck Whibley- Bizzy D (Although he goes by his real name now)

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** Deryck Whibley- Bizzy D (Although (although he goes by his real name now)


* Music/MileyCyrus was born "Destiny Hope Cyrus". The "Miley" came from "smiley", due to [[GenkiGirl her upbeat nature as a young child]]. She legally changed her name though. Series/HannahMontana, however, is still a stage name, {{defictionaliz|ation}}ed from her TV character on a television show.

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* Music/MileyCyrus was born "Destiny Hope Cyrus". The "Miley" came from "smiley", due to [[GenkiGirl her upbeat nature as a young child]]. She legally changed her name though. Series/HannahMontana, however, is still a stage name, {{defictionaliz|ation}}ed from her TV character on a television show. After her 2018 marriage, her name is legally Miley Ray Hemsworth but she still uses Cyrus professionally.


** Among the original line-up, Chaim Witz became Gene Simmons, Stanley Harvey Eisen = Paul Stanley, George Peter John Criscuola = Peter Criss, and Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley.

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** Among the original line-up, lineup, Chaim Witz became Gene Simmons, Stanley Harvey Eisen = Paul Stanley, George Peter John Criscuola = Peter Criss, and Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley.



** Every member of Music/MotleyCrue; the lead singer shortened from from Vincent Neil Wharton to Vince Neil, the drummer shortened from Thomas Lee Bass to Tommy Lee, the guitarist's real name is Robert Alan Deal but he uses the cooler stage name Mick Mars, and bassist Frank Carlton Serafino Ferrana Jr. legally changed his name to Nikki Sixx when he was eighteen, before Motley Crue had even formed.

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** Every member of Music/MotleyCrue; the lead singer shortened from from Vincent Neil Wharton to Vince Neil, the drummer shortened from Thomas Lee Bass to Tommy Lee, the guitarist's real name is Robert Alan Deal but he uses the cooler stage name Mick Mars, and bassist Frank Carlton Serafino Ferrana Jr. legally changed his name to Nikki Sixx when he was eighteen, before Motley Crue Mötley Crüe had even formed.



** While better known in the hair metal scene as a club owner and eventually Music/{{MTV}} VJ, Riki Rachtman wasn't born as Richard as one may expect, but as David Alan Rachtman.

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** While better known in the hair metal scene as a club owner and eventually Music/{{MTV}} Creator/{{MTV}} VJ, Riki Rachtman wasn't born as Richard as one may expect, but as David Alan Rachtman.



** Music/SkidRow's Sebastian Bach is actually Sebastian Bierk. You've also got bassist Rachel Bolan, who is male -- his birth name is James Richard Southworth, and his stage name partly a tribute to T-Rex singer Marc Bolan.

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** Music/SkidRow's Sebastian Bach is actually Sebastian Bierk. You've also got bassist Rachel Bolan, who is male -- his birth name is James Richard Southworth, and his stage name partly a tribute to T-Rex singer Marc Bolan.Music/MarcBolan.



* 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, 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. 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]] {{hilarity|Ensues}} 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, Göran Andersson called himself Benny while performing in a rock band, and Agnetha Fältskog added the H to her name to distinguish herself from another Agneta in a band she sang in. 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]] {{hilarity|Ensues}} would have ensued.)



* One of the earliest and greatest bluesmen, Lead Belly (an orthography he repeatedly insisted upon to no avail, as "Leadbelly" still remains more common) Huddie Ledbetter spent much of his life in prison yet changed American music forever. His most recognizable song today is "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" because of the Music/{{Nirvana}} cover on MTV Unplugged. Music/KurtCobain asked [[Creator/GeffenRecords David Geffen]] if he'd buy for him an old guitar played by Lead Belly. Presumably Geffen decided he'd already sufficiently compensated Cobain for ''Nevermind'''s 25 million copies, and declined to spend $500,000 on the proposed gift.

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* One of the earliest and greatest bluesmen, Lead Belly Music/LeadBelly (an orthography he repeatedly insisted upon to no avail, as "Leadbelly" still remains more common) Huddie Ledbetter spent much of his life in prison yet changed American music forever. His most recognizable song today is "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" because of the Music/{{Nirvana}} cover on MTV Unplugged. Music/KurtCobain asked [[Creator/GeffenRecords David Geffen]] if he'd buy for him an old guitar played by Lead Belly. Presumably Geffen decided he'd already sufficiently compensated Cobain for ''Nevermind'''s 25 million copies, and declined to spend $500,000 on the proposed gift.



* Walden Robert Perciville Cassotto, "Bobby" to his family and friends, became Bobby Darin (possibly taking the surname from a Chinese restaurant sign - i.e. Man'''darin''' Duck).

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* Walden Robert Perciville Cassotto, "Bobby" to his family and friends, became Bobby Darin Music/BobbyDarin (possibly taking the surname from a Chinese restaurant sign - i.e. Man'''darin''' Duck).



* Music/GunsNRoses: William Rose Bailey = W. Axl Rose, Saul Hudson = Slash, Michael Andrew "Duff" [=McKagan=], Jeffrey Dean Isbell = Izzy Stradlin', Darren Arthur "Dizzy" Reed. (in AerithAndBob style, the drummers and Stradlin's replacement Gilby Clarke went at most with a contraction on their name) In the years before Slash and Duff returned, only a few also fit the trope, such as Ronald Jay Blumenthal = Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (though he's also simply referred to as "Bumblefoot") and Daren Jay "DJ" Ashba.

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* Music/GunsNRoses: William Rose Bailey = W. Axl Rose, Saul Hudson = Slash, Michael Andrew "Duff" [=McKagan=], Jeffrey Dean Isbell = Izzy Stradlin', Darren Arthur "Dizzy" Reed. (in (In AerithAndBob style, the drummers and Stradlin's replacement Gilby Clarke went at most with a contraction on their name) name.) In the years before Slash and Duff returned, only a few also fit the trope, such as Ronald Jay Blumenthal = Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (though he's also simply referred to as "Bumblefoot") and Daren Jay "DJ" Ashba.



* Practically every KPop singer. If they don't choose a cool stage name, they will go by their given name only. In Korean you are NEVER called by your given name, unless your are foreign or possibly by your close family. So, 'Hong Gil Dong' would be called as 'Hong Gil Dong,' but if he was a singer he would just be 'Gil Dong' unless he chose a different stage name.
* Subverted with Goth musician Voltaire (Now going by the name Aurelio Voltaire). His real, full name is Aurelio Hernandez Voltaire. Doubles as AwesomeMcCoolName.

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* Practically every KPop [[KoreanPopMusic KPop]] singer. If they don't choose a cool stage name, they will go by their given name only. In Korean you are NEVER called by your given name, unless your are foreign or possibly by your close family. So, 'Hong Gil Dong' would be called as 'Hong Gil Dong,' but if he was a singer he would just be 'Gil Dong' unless he chose a different stage name.
* Subverted with Goth musician Voltaire (Now (now going by the name Aurelio Voltaire). His real, full name is Aurelio Hernandez Voltaire. Doubles as AwesomeMcCoolName.



* British singer Christopher Hamill dropped his first name and rearranged the letters of his last name to become Limahl. His former band, Kajagoogoo, were mostly aversions; all used their real names except Jez Strode, and even he used his real family name and a nickname (real first name Jeremy).



* Marc Almond's real first name is Peter; he adopted one of his middle names, Mark, for professional purposes, but changed the spelling to Marc in homage to Marc Bolan, having been a fan as a teenager. However, Almond is his actual surname.

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* Marc Almond's real first name is Peter; he adopted one of his middle names, Mark, for professional purposes, but changed the spelling to Marc in homage to Marc Bolan, Music/MarcBolan, having been a fan as a teenager. However, Almond is his actual surname.



** North Vietnamese communist leader Hồ Chí Minh (born Nguyễn 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'' Nguyễn Ái Quốc (= Nguyễn the Patriot).

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

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