Naming Places

“Much Ado About A Name” wrote Carter Godwin, as far back as 1933, and yet, this issue he interpreted as being marginal, still continues to be of major concern for many people today. Professional liars, also known as actors, weave tales we readily believe, and yet, we are surprised to learn that their stage names are but invention, fictions and other suitable conveniences. This list explores the pen names, pseudonyms and “deed poll” transformations of popular celebrities:

Footballers often use “nicknames” or random names on the back of their shirts
Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira
Pele’s birth name was Edson Arantes do Nascimento
Arthur Antunes Coimbra was Zico

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson
Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight
Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens
George Orwell was born Eric Blair
Lewis Carroll was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
John Wayne was born Marion Mitchell Morrison
Joseph Conrad was Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski
Voltaire was François-Marie Arouet
Ayn Rand was Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum
Vin Diesel birth name Mark Sinclair Vincent
L. (Leslie) Fry was the pen name of Paquita Louise de Shishmaref
Thomas Mapother was born IV Tom Cruise
Napoleon XIV Jerry Samuels
Angelina Jolie is, in full, Angelina Jolie Voigh
Toni Morrison was born Chloe Anthony Wofford
Michael Caine is Maurice Micklewhite
Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estevez
Nicholas Kim Coppola is Nicolas Cage
Jennifer Anastassakis is Jennifer Aniston
Muhammad Ali was Cassius Clay
Elvis Costello’s birth name is Declan Patrick McManus
Bill Lawson is the birth name of Hulk Hogan
Jamie Foxx was born Eric Bishop
Whoopie Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson
MC Hammer was born Stanley Kirk Burrell
Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Cansino
Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan
Jean-Claude Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenber

Hip Hop stars also recruits backcroyms and acronyms:
Wu Tang Clan: Witty, Unpredictable Talent and Natural Sland
Big Daddy Kane: King Asiatic Nobody Equals
KRS 1: Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Every 1
Mr. T born Laurence Tureaud, Sgt. Bosco “B.A.” Baracus, Clubber Lang.–t-on-his-60th-birthday.html

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