Check out these Celebrities who changed their name!
Celebrity name changes are incredibly popular and looking at these ‘before and after’ names I can see why!
What man would even admit to being called Marion, let alone try and become a famous Cowboy! John Wayne sounds so much better…
You will discover throughout this site that our names impact on us and others in many different ways – so the celebrities below who changed their names also changed their destiny!
I wonder where they would be now if they had kept their original names?
Here are the celeb name changes, with the new name on the left.
Charlie Sheen – Carlos Irwin Estevez
Charlie’s name has such a great ring to it, I just can’t imagine him with his former name!
Barry Mannilow – Barry Alan Pincus
Hmm, been to see Barry Pincus in concert? That sounds SO wrong!
Billie Holiday – Eleanora Fagan
The new name has a lovely flowing sound to it, much like her music.
Billy Idol – William Michael Albert Broad
No way would William Broad have had the cult following of Billy Idol, surely?
Piers Morgan – Piers Stefan O’Meara
Ah, Piers, didn’t realize you had lovely Irish roots!
Billy Ocean – Leslie Charles
Bob Dylan – Robert Zimmerman
Bob Hope – Leslie Townes Hope
Danny La Rue – Daniel Patrick Carroll
Martin Sheen – Ramon Gerardo Antonio Estevez
What is it with celebrity name changes in the Sheen family?
Meg Ryan – Margaret Mary Emily Ann Hyra
Wow, thank goodness Margaret changed her name!
Cary Grant – Archibald Alexander Leach
Michael Crawford – Michael Patrick Dumbell-Smith
Well, no-one wants dumb in their name – do they?
Levi Roots – Keith Graham
Stephanie Powers – Stefania Zofya Federkiewicz
Excuse me? Star of Hart-To-Hart cannot have an un-pronounceable name!
Lauren Bacall – Betty Joan Perske
Another example of a name sounding better than the original.
More celebrity name changes:
Charlton Heston – John Charles Carter
Donna Summer – Ladonna Andrea Gaines
Don’t mind either name actually, how about you?
Dean Martin – Dino Crocetti
Demi Moore – Demetria Guynes
No question, new name way better!
Elton John – Reginald Kenneth Dwight
Englebert Humperdink – Jerry Dorsey
Cher – Cherilyn Sarkisian
Oh, I can’t keep saying ‘ditto’
George Michael – Georgios Panayiotou
Greta Garbo – Greta Lovisa Gustafsson
John Wayne – Marion Michael Morrison
A cowboy names Marrion would have been ridiculous…
Judy Garland – Francis Gumm
No, we could not have the star of Wizard of Oz being called that!
Marilyn Monroe – Norma Jean Mortenson (then Baker) Again, the new name just sounds good and flows…
Ringo Starr – Richard Starkey
Rock Hudson – Roy Harold Scherer Jr
Who can imagine gorgeous Rock being called Roy?
Tony Curtis – Bernard Schwartz
Old name SO wrong!
Sting – Gordon Sumner
Woody Allen – Allen Stewart Konigsberg
Well, I’m relieved I can at least pronounce the new name.
Michael Caine – Maurice Micklewhite
Brad Pitt – William Bradley Pitt
Jack Palance – Volodymyr Palahniuk in Ukraine
Elton John recently told Piers Morgan in an interview that he deliberately changed his name because he couldn’t imagine success as a singer with his original name!
Nor can I! Good move Elton!
And Michael Crawford chose his new surname after a Crawfords biscuit van drove past him in the street!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about celebrity name changes – know some more? Great! Please add them in the comments below! 🙂