From time immemorial to the present day, the replacement of the name given at birth is a completely normal procedure, often not requiring legal registration. The reason for this may be a person’s desire to hide his origin, to distinguish between personal life and social activity, to use a more harmonious nickname instead of a surname, etc. Below is a list of the most interesting, in our opinion, pseudonyms of famous people.
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- Nicolas Cage (Nicholas Kim Coppola)
- Richard Bachman (Stephen King)
- Catherine I (Skavronskaya Marta Samuilovna)
- Dolphin (Andrey Lysikov)
- Mikhail Krug (Mikhail Vorobyov)
- Linda (Svetlana Gaiman)
- Jamie Foxx (Eric Marlon Bishop)
- Natasha Koroleva (Natalia Poryvay)
- Cher (Sherilyn Sargsyan)
- David Copperfield (David Seth Kotkin)
- Evgeny Petrosyan (Evgeny Petrosyants)
- Christmas tree (Elizabeth Ivantsiv)
- Thomas Anders (Bernd Weidung)
- Jean Renault (Juan Moreno Herrere Jimenez)
- Natalie Portman (Neta Lee Hershlag)
- Chuck Norris (Carlos Ray)
- Snoop Dogg (Calvin Cordozar Broadus)
- Elton John (Reginald Kenneth Dwight)
- Sophia Loren (Sofia Lazarro)
- Vin Diesel (Mark Sinclair)
- Demi Moore (Demetria Gene Harmon)
- Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Mortenson)
- Marilyn Manson (Brian Hugh Warner)
- Pope John Paul II (Karol Jozef Wojtyla)
- George Michael (Yorgos Kyriakos Panagiotou)
- Lady Gaga (Stephanie Joanne Angelina Germanotta)
- Pink (Alisha Beth Moore)
- Muhammad Ali (Cassius Marcellus Clay)
- Freddie Mercury (Farrukh Balsara)
- Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorn Clemens)
- Pele (Edson Arantis do Nascimento)
- Bill Clinton (William Jefferson Blythe III)
- Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III)
- Niki Minaj (Onika Tanya Marazh)
- Erich Maria Remarque (Erich Paul Remarque)
- Ani Lorak (Carolina Cuek)
- Vera Brezhneva (Vera Galushka)
- Nastya Kamenskih (Anastasia Zhmur)
- Alexander Malinin (Alexander Vyguzov)
- Grigory Leps (Grigory Lepsveridze)
- Alexander Marshal (Alexander Minkov)
- Tutta Larsen (Tatyana Romanenko)
- Timur Rodriguez (Timur Kerimov)
- Avraam Russo (Abraham Zhanovich Ipjyan)
- Dima Bilan (Victor Belan)
- Timati (Timur Yunusov)
- Prokhor Chaliapin (Andrey Zakharenkov)
Nicolas Cage (Nicholas Kim Coppola)
Nicholas was 8 years old when his uncle Francis Ford Coppola directed The Godfather. Not wanting to use a surname that opens any doors in Hollywood, the aspiring actor subsequently took the pseudonym Cage, which is very commendable.
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Richard Bachman (Stephen King)
Another case of using a pseudonym worthy of respect. Under this unknown name, Stephen King has published several books to check if he is still loved for his quality literature and not his famous surname. The works were successfully sold, and Richard Bachmann himself was soon revealed by literary critics.
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Catherine I (Skavronskaya Marta Samuilovna)
The Russian Empress, as was established, did not have Russian roots at all and was called before moving to Russia Marta Skavronskaya. It is not known exactly who her peasant parents were (according to various sources, Latvians, Lithuanians or Estonians), but after the adoption of Orthodoxy, the future empress was named Ekaterina Alekseevna Mikhailova.
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Dolphin (Andrey Lysikov)
A rare hip-hop artist does not use a pseudonym. Even before the launch of the Dolphin solo project, Andrei Lysikov associated his name with an aquatic mammal and was called Dolphin as part of the Stag party.
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Mikhail Krug (Mikhail Vorobyov)
According to yard traditions, the future main singer of Russia, Mikhail Vorobyov, should have been nicknamed Sparrow in childhood, but chose the monosyllabic surname Krug as a pseudonym.
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Linda (Svetlana Gaiman)
She was born in Kazakhstan (Kazakh SSR), but received her pseudonym in Latvia, at the Jurmala competition “Generation” from producer Yuri Aizenshpis. By the way, the name Linda comes from Baltic mythology.
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Jamie Foxx (Eric Marlon Bishop)
The change of name to the sonorous Jamie Foxx helped Eric at the beginning of the stand-up comedian career, which preceded his appearance on the movie screen. By the way, his own father (the actor was brought up by a foster family) Darrel Bishop converted to Islam and renamed Shahid Abdullah.
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Natasha Koroleva (Natalia Poryvay)
Replaced by a pseudonym the name that her “musical” parents wore – Honored Artist of Ukraine Lidia Poryvay and choirmaster of the academic choir Vladimir Poryvay
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Cher (Sherilyn Sargsyan)
Like many other Armenian emigrants, father Sherilin Sargsyan settled in California, where the future singer was born. At the age of 16, she independently moved to Los Angeles, where she began a solo career.
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David Copperfield (David Seth Kotkin)
The surname Kotkin is inherited from the grandparents – Russian Jews who immigrated to Israel and then to the USA. Born in New Jersey, performed under the pseudonym “Davino”, and then used the character name of the novel by Charles Dickens.
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Evgeny Petrosyan (Evgeny Petrosyants)
The meme man and one of the most famous comedians of a bygone era slightly corrected the surname during the work of the entertainer, so that it was easier to pronounce. In addition, thanks to a whole galaxy of famous Armenians with the surname Petrosyan, Eugene quickly remembered the audience.
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Christmas tree (Elizabeth Ivantsiv)
Uses his childish yard nickname as a pseudonym.
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Thomas Anders (Bernd Weidung)
A participant in the world-famous duo Modern Talking changed the name Bernd Weidung, which is difficult to pronounce in most languages, to the sonorous Thomas Anders on the advice of the first record company with which he collaborated to record the single Judy.
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Jean Renault (Juan Moreno Herrere Jimenez)
If you ask any person to name ten people associated with France, then the famous actor Jean Reno will most likely get on this list. At the same time, his name is Don Juan Moreno Herrere Jimenez, he is Spaniard by birth, and was born at all in Morocco.
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Natalie Portman (Neta Lee Hershlag)
Reno’s partner in the film “Leon” is also perceived by many as a Frenchwoman, but in fact she was born in the most Jewish family in Jerusalem, received the name Natalie (Neta-Lee) Hershlag.
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Chuck Norris (Carlos Ray)
In fact, the Texas ranger in his childhood was called Carlos Ray, and he received the nickname Chuck in the army, where his Spanish-speaking colleague called him that.
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Snoop Dogg (Calvin Cordozar Broadus)
The popular hip-hop artist from the west coast got his nickname because he loved the cartoon of the same name in childhood, and my mother started calling him “Snuppy”. This was probably how she facilitated the pronunciation of the boy’s real name — Calvin Kordozar Broadus.
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Elton John (Reginald Kenneth Dwight)
Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight composed his pseudonym from the name of the British musician Elton Dean, nicknamed the horse from the television series “Steptoe and Son” and the blues singer Dolgovyy John Baldry, with whom he worked closely at the beginning of his career.
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Sophia Loren (Sofia Lazarro)
At the beginning of her acting career, she specialized in erotic films and starred under the pseudonym Sofia Lazarro. Subsequently, her husband and producer Carlo Ponti bought all the “adult” films with his wife and insisted on a change of pseudonym.
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Vin Diesel (Mark Sinclair)
In fact, the name of the actor has nothing to do with kerosene and until adulthood he was known as Mark Sinclair. In 1984, the guy got a job as a bouncer in a famous New York club, where he needed a stern nickname to match his muscles and shaved skull.
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Demi Moore (Demetria Gene Harmon)
From birth, the future movie star and the first beauty of Hollywood, Demetrius Gene Harmon, then she received the surname of stepfather Gynes, and later still bore the name of her husband Kutcher.
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Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Mortenson)
Actually, Norma Jean Mortenson was baptized by the Baptists as Norma Jean Baker, and in 1946 she received the pseudonym Marilyn in honor of Broadway star Marilyn Miller from the director of 20 Century Fox, and supplemented him with her mother’s maiden name Monroe.
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Marilyn Manson (Brian Hugh Warner)
The name borrowing chain was extended by Brian Hugh Warner, who named his rock band and himself in honor of the 50s sex symbol – Marilyn Monroe. The artist dedicated his surname to Charles Manson, the founder of the Family sect, who received nine life sentences for crimes committed by adherents of the organization.
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Pope John Paul II (Karol Jozef Wojtyla)
The 264th pope reached the highest point of the church Catholic hierarchy without being Italian, which did not happen 455 years before him. The pole by origin in the world bore the name Karol Jozef Wojtyla.
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George Michael (Yorgos Kyriakos Panagiotou)
Born in London, Yorgos Kyriakos Panayiot, apparently, did not really want to emphasize his Greek origin and chose the most English name and surname.
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Lady Gaga (Stephanie Joanne Angelina Germanotta)
If the shocking American singer introduces herself by her real name (Stephanie Joanne Angelina Germanotta), then she will really be considered a real lady.
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Pink (Alisha Beth Moore)
Megapopular in the null, the singer received the nickname Pink (“pink” – pink), because she often blushed with shyness, and the real name is Alisha Beth Moore.
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Muhammad Ali (Cassius Marcellus Clay)
One of the best athletes in boxing history was originally called Cassius Marcellus Clay, and after joining the Nation of Islam organization, he took the pseudonym Cassius X. Apparently, in the future, the Islamic beliefs of the boxer were strengthened and he finally abandoned his real name, becoming Muhammad Ali.
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Freddie Mercury (Farrukh Balsara)
Rock musician Farrukh Balsara was born in eastern Africa in Zanzibar, his mother and father were Parsi (people in India, immigrants from Iran). When the future star turned 8 years old, the family moved to India, where English-speaking children began to call Balsara Freddy. The second part of the pseudonym is the planet Mercury.
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Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorn Clemens)
The American writer replaced the name Samuel Langhorn Clemens with a pseudonym. He himself noted that he had turned the ship term “mark twain” into first and last name, which meant going to a shallow depth (less than two fathoms). In addition, the pseudonym could be borrowed from the character of the story “Northern Star” by Artemus Ward.
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Pele (Edson Arantis do Nascimento)
The names of Brazilian soccer players are usually shortened to short and catchy pseudonyms. Pele’s real name is Edson Arantis do Nascimento.
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Bill Clinton (William Jefferson Blythe III)
American names in rare cases may contain Roman numerals, for example, the 42nd US president in the “original” is William Jefferson Blythe III.
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Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III)
The real name of Eminem, the most popular rapper of our time, is Marshall Bruce Mathers III.
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Niki Minaj (Onika Tanya Marazh)
In the real name of the singer (Onika Tanya Marazh) her Indian and African roots are reflected, only the origin of “Tanya” remains unclear.
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Erich Maria Remarque (Erich Paul Remarque)
Before his mother’s death, Erich Paul Remarque was called, but subsequently used her name to create a literary pseudonym.
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Ani Lorak (Carolina Cuek)
Everyone knows the story of how the pseudonym Ani Lorak was invented: on the Morning Star program, she was the second participant named Carolina and to get out of the situation she read her name from right to left. And the real name of the Ukrainian star is Kuek.
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Vera Brezhneva (Vera Galushka)
Another singer from Ukraine at the moment officially bears the name of her first husband – Kiperman, and in her girlhood she had the name Galushka not quite suitable for the stage image.
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Nastya Kamenskih (Anastasia Zhmur)
If we talk about inappropriate surnames for the stage, then the list can be started with Anastasia Zhmur. Kamenskih – mother’s maiden name. Here you can mention Natalia Mogila, better known as Mogilev.
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Alexander Malinin (Alexander Vyguzov)
He replaced the severe paternal surname of Vyguzov with a pseudonym formed from the surname of his mother – Malinov.
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Grigory Leps (Grigory Lepsveridze)
The favorite of the ladies of Balzac age was born in Sochi and has Caucasian (namely Georgian) roots and the surname Lepsveridze.
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Alexander Marshal (Alexander Minkov)
The singer studied for two years as a navigator pilot at the Stavropol Higher Military Aviation School, where he received the nickname Marshal. In fact, his name is Minkov.
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Tutta Larsen (Tatyana Romanenko)
Tatyana Anatolyevna Romanenko was born in the village of Tchaikovsky near Makeevka, in the Donetsk region, subsequently taking a pseudonym formed from the names of the characters in the Swedish fairy tale “Tutta Carlson First and Only, Ludwig the Fourteenth and Others.” The highlight of the pseudonym is its pronunciation backwards.
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Timur Rodriguez (Timur Kerimov)
Once a member of the Penza KVN team “Valeon Dasson” and a resident of Comedy Club. In the world – Timur Karimov.
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Avraam Russo (Abraham Zhanovich Ipjyan)
The singer’s early biography is quite interesting. He was born in Syria in the family of the legionnaire of the French foreign legion, and his name was Abraham Zhanovich Ipjyan.
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Dima Bilan (Victor Belan)
At the very beginning of his career, the Russian singer changed his name from Victor to Dima in honor of his grandfather, and then, in addition, decided to become a “bi”, changing the parental name Belan.
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Timati (Timur Yunusov)
Initially, Timur Yunusov called himself TimOchi, but then the comparison with shampoo, apparently, ceased to frighten the rapper, and now he is known as Timati.
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Prokhor Chaliapin (Andrey Zakharenkov)
From his youth, he tried to disguise his mediocrity behind a pseudonym, attributing to himself a relationship with the great opera bass Fedor Chaliapin. In fact, the name is Andrei Zakharenkov.