Wednesday, March 9, 2011


I never really liked my name that much.  I would have preferred a more feminine name were I given the choice.   But names represent so much more than just words to call you by.  It represents what people would remember of you someday when you have already passed and left your work to be commemorated.  That is why we should work in protecting our names by living a life worth remembering about.

In the movie industry, artists take up screen names so that their name alone has an edge and is noticeable by the public.  I have compiled the real names of  some of the most popular figures in Hollywood, idolized by many and whose names are close to people's hearts.

Lady Gaga = Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
Jon Bon Jovi = John Francis Bongiovi
Nicholas Cage = Nicholas Coppola
Brad Pitt = William Bradley Pitt
Angelina Jolie = Angelina Jolie Voight
Tom Cruise = Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
Vin Diesel = Mark Vincent
Eminem - Marshall Bruce Mathers III
Sylvester Stallone = Michael Sylvester Enzio Stallone 
Robert Pattinson - Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson
Mel Gibson - Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson
Shakira - Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Woody Allen = Allen Konigsberg
Stevie Wonder = Stevland Morris
Charlie Sheen = Carlos Irwin Estevez
Muhammad Ali = Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.
Julie Andrews = Julia Elizabeth Wells
Tony Bennett = Anthony Benedetto
David Bowie = David Robert Jones
Boy George = George Alan O'Dowd
Cher = Cherilyn Sarkisian
Nat King Cole = Nathaniel Adams Coles
David Copperfield = David Kotkin
Kirk Douglas = Issur Danielovitch
Bob Dylan = Robert Zimmerman
Enya = Eithne Ni Bhraonain
Michael J. Fox = Michael Andrew Fox
Whoopie Goldberg = Caryn Johnson
Cary Grant = Archibald Leach
Hulk Hogan = Terry Gene Bollea
Engelbert Humperdinck = Arnold George Dorsey
Ice Cube = Oshea Jackson
Elton John = Reginald Dwight
Tom Jones = Thomas Woodward
Diane Keaton = Diane Hall
Michael Keaton = Michael Douglas
Chaka Khan = Carole Yvette Marie Stevens
Bruce Lee = Lee Yuen Kam
Courtney Love = Michelle Harrison
Madonna = Madonna Louise Ciccone
Barry Manilow = Barry Alan Pincus
Marilyn Monroe = Norma Jean Mortenson (later Baker)
Chuck Norris = Carlos Ray
Prince = Prince Rogers Nelson
Winona Ryder = Winona Horowitz
Susan Sarandon = Susan Tomaling
Jane Seymour = Joyce Frankenberg
Sting = Gordon Sumner
Tina Turner = Annie Mae Bullock
The Undertaker = Mark Calloway
Sigourney Weaver = Susan Alexandra Weaver


  1. i just love this post
    and there were many surprises really,
    thanks for sharing Jo

  2. What is really in a name.... obviously a lot as so many people change their names throughout their life. I tried to name all of my children with names that they would like to carry all through their just never knows~

  3. names sometimes go with what you are as a person:)

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