Celebrity Aliases Revealed
Sofia Rodas, Staff Writer
January 19, 2012
Many celebrities have changed their names, even the biggest names in the industry. So has the legendary Steveland Judkins, better known as Stevie Wonder. Celebrities real names can be really surprising, some made big changes, others just minor alterations, and there are those who no one ever guessed who they are right now.
Artists not always change their names because of shame, in many cases is because is hard to pronounce or to spell it, when going into the entertainment industry they want a name that when everyone hears, they turn around. A name out of the ordinary, different and that has not been used or sounds like a name from another celebrity, which there are a few cases too. Pop singer, Katy Perry, who was born as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, wanted a name easy to remember, a fun name. She thought of Katy Hudson but she didn’t want people to confuse her with actress Kate Hudson. After days of thinking, she came up with Katy Perry.
In most cases, this change of name favors the artist; otherwise, they wouldn’t have been as famous or memorable as they are right now. For instance, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, Lady Gaga, wanted to shorten her name and make it spontaneous and unique. When she was little, she used to like being a lady, and the gaga is another word for crazy, who she thought fit her personality great. The iconic singer is known for her peculiar taste in fashion and style, which once again, leads to gaga.
These changes are not so unusual now a day. As new artist enter the industry, more creative names are added to the list. Not surprising, many are rappers, as in, Lil Wayne or Jay-Z, whose names has been heard around the world.
Reginald Dwight (Elton John), Anthony Dominick Benedetto (Tony Bennett), Kong-Sang Chan (Jackie Chan), Destiny Hope Cyrus (Miley Cyrus), Lawrence Harvey Zeiger (Larry King), Norma Jean Baker (Marilyn Monroe), and many more a list celebrities have changed their names. Many shortened their names, others made them more memorable and unforgettable, others, may have saved themselves from a little secret from when they were young.
The important thing about that person is not the name or nickname, but the kind of person he or she is, and how they are showcased to the world; otherwise it doesn’t mean anything at all. A fancy name and a big last name alone can’t make a difference, but the person who has it, is who makes all the difference.