Musicians’ real names, some are just strange and don’t really fit

Have you ever looked at someone and thought ‘Well they look like a TOM, or MIKE’; only to later find out their name is something completely different, like HANK or ROBERT. I do that all the time, some people just look like a specific name, or sometimes a person’s appearance does look like their name. For example Snoop Dogg. When you see a picture of Snoop Dog, most people immediately recognize him as ‘Snoop Dog’. They don’t look at Snoop and think, ‘Hey, he looks like his name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.‘ (which it actually is). Many people in Hollywood and in music have changed their names to make themselves more memorable, or more appealing. Some of them take this upon themselves, and some are persuaded by their management team. While we know we haven’t collected all of these that exist, we did collect a decent list. The list down below contains about 35 musicians who most of which you should definitely know by their stage names, but didn’t know their real given names. Check out the list below of musicians and their real, given birth names.
 





 
Many musicians do not go by their real, given names. Check out the list below to see some very popular music stars and their real given birth names.

Many musicians do not go by their real, given names. Check out the list below to see some very popular music stars and their real given birth names.


 


 
 
 
 
STAGE NAME – REAL GIVEN BIRTH NAME

  • Snoop Dogg – Cordozar Broadus Jr
  • Bob Dylan – Robert Allen Zimmerman
  • Bono (U2) – Paul David Hewson
  • The Edge (U2) – David Howell Evans
  • Gene Simmons (KISS) – Chaim Witz / Gene Klein
  • Drake – Aubrey Drake Graham
  • Eminem – Marshall Bruce Mathers III
  • P!NK – Alecia Beth Moore
  • Nicki Minaj — Onika Tanya Maraj
  • Lady Gaga — Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
  • Miley Cyrus — Destiny Hope Cyrus
  • Jay Z — Shawn Carter
  • Rihanna — Robyn Rihanna Fenty
  • Queen Latifah — Dana Owens
  • Lana Del Rey — Elizabeth Woolridge Grant
  • John Legend — John Roger Stephens
  • Fergie — Stacy Ann Ferguson
  • Katy Perry — Katheryn Hudson
  • Alicia Keys — Alicia Augello Cook
  • Ricky Martin — Enrique Martin Morales
  • Pitbull — Armando Christian Pérez
  • Ludacris — Christopher Brian Bridges
  • Lorde — Ella Yelich-O’Connor
  • Bruno Mars — Peter Gene Hernandez
  • Shania Twain — Eilleen Regina Edwards
  • Busta Rhymes – Trevor Taheim Smith Jr.
  • Dr Dre – Andre Romelle Young
  • Elton John – Reginald Kenneth Dwight
  • Elvis Costello – Declan Patrick Aloysius Macmanus
  • LL Cool J – James Todd Smith
  • Meatloaf – Marvin Lee Aday
  • Stevie Wonder – Stevland Hardaway Judkins
  • Sting – Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner

 
 
 
 


 
 
 
Posted and Written by William David