40 Famous Men You Didn’t Know Changed Their Names

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20) Antonio Banderas Jos Antonio Domnguez Bandera decided to drop the first name and tack an “s” on the surname. Pablo Cuadra – Getty Images

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21) Ralph Lauren You don’t know the face, but you definitely know the name … the made up name. Lauren was actually born “Ralph Lifshitz.” Would you wear a Lifshitz? Thought not. Bruce Glikas – Getty Images

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22) Michael Kors Another iconic designer, Kors was actually born “Karl Anderson Jr.” Taylor Hill – Getty Images

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23) Calvin Harris Adam Richard Wiles has said that “Calvin Harris” sounded more racially ambiguous and would be better given his more soul-like genre. It’s not a great answer, but there it is. Karwai Tang – Getty Images

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24) Ricky Martin Enrique Jos Martn Morales IV’s decided on the stage name Ricky Martin. Stefanie Keenan – Getty Images

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25) Tom Cruise The cost of making it as an actor sometimes entails awesome-sounding last names. Thomas Cruise Mapother IV had to cut a few syllables and make the sacrifice. Han Myung-Gu – Getty Images

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26) Bruce Willis Like many actors on the list, Walter Bruce Willis went with the middle name, last name combo for his stage identity. Dave J Hogan – Getty Images

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27) Kit Harington A childhood nickname, “Kit,” born Christopher Catesby Harington, didn’t find out his real name until he was eleven. Stephane Cardinale – Corbis – Getty Images

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28) Jason Derulo Jaaason …. Joel Desrouleaux? Doesn’t quite roll of the tongue when shouted over the club. Joe Maher – Getty Images

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29) Stevie Wonder Stevie was born Stevland Hardaway Morris. “Steveland” became “Stevie” and “Wonder” …. well, it just seems fitting after hearing him sing. Tommaso Boddi – Getty Images

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30) Bono First on the list of monosyllabic singers is Paul David Hewson. Hewson was named “Bono Vox” by a childhood friend. (“Bonavox” being latin for “good voice.”) Later, Bono adopted the first name as, well, his only recognizable name. C Flanigan – Getty Images

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31) Sting Apparently Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner used to wear a black and yellow sweater that reminded a band member of a bee. Get it? NBC – Getty Images

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32) Prince Prince Rogers Nelson had the luck of an awesome birth name and the skill to own the moniker forever. Does anyone outside England ask “which Prince”? Getty Images – Getty Images

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33) Drake Aubrey Drake Graham went with his middle for his stage identity. Kevin Winter – Getty Images

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34) Frank Ocean Christopher Edwin Cooksey was inspired by Frank Sinatra and the original 1960s Ocean’s Eleven. David Redfern – Getty Images

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35) Ben Kingsley When he began acting, Krishna Pandit Bhanji thought his foreign-sounding name might hurt his career, so he combined his father’s nickname of “Benji” with his father’s father’s nickname of “King Cloves.” Frederick M. Brown – Getty Images

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36) Luke Perry Coy Luther Perry III followed the acting tradition of dropping those pesky Roman numerals and shortening the first name. Jean Baptiste Lacroix – Getty Images

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37) Michael Keaton When Michael John Douglas began acting he knew he had some major name competition, namely Michael Douglas. He chose “Keaton” to distinguish himself. Dia Dipasupil – Getty Images

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38) Tiger Woods Eldrick Tont Woods was nicknamed “Tiger” in honor of his father’s friend. Andrew Redington – Getty Images

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39) David Bowie A big fan of American culture, David Robert Jones, chose the name “Bowie” after Jim Bowie of 1960’s The Alamo. Terry O’Neill – Getty Images

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40) Ashton Kutcher He was born Christopher Ashton Kutcher. First names really are such a bore. NBC – Getty Images

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