We know a lot of celebrities by their real names, but there are quite a few who have changed their names or been known under an alias. And, some people may not even be aware their hero’s name isn’t the one they were born with.
Drake is one of the biggest music stars on the planet. But did you know that Drizzy’s real name is Aubrey Graham? The rapper, who is one of the from the genre to confess their love of playing roulette online, among other games, actually uses his middle name as his stage name. So, it’s not like Champagne Papi just developed a new name entirely. And, when he appears on the credits of Top Boy, a UK-based TV series now funds, his name appears as Aubrey Graham.
Staying in the music industry, next on our list is the legendary producer and DJ Calvin Harris. The Scot has been responsible for some massive dance anthems over the years, but Calvin Harris is very much the thirty eight year old’s stage name. Harris was actually born Adam Wiles in January 1984 but adopted his new name after entering the music business. You could suggest Calvin Harris sounds cooler than Adam Wiles, but at the same time, it’s still a normal name for a normal guy who still enjoys his home comforts and keeps it real.
David Walliams is an actor, comedian, writer, and television personality who suffered what many entering showbiz suffer. And that’s someone else in the industry having the same name, which was the case with Walliams when he wanted to join Equity, the trade union for actors. Now, here’s the clever part, Walliams went from being David Williams to David Walliams. It was simple but effective, allowing him to sign up with Equity and the Londoner going on to become a household name.
Jermaine Jackson is an interesting one, as he was a part of the Jackson Five, which was a hit group that included his brothers. And his surname is one of the most famous the music industry has ever seen. However, there was a time when Jermaine Jackson decided he wanted to change his name to Jermaine Jacksun, citing artistic reasons behind the decision. It’s just an exciting concept when being a member of the Jacksons and being the brother of Michael Jackson is arguably the reason why Jermaine made it as big as he did.
We close our list of celebrities who have changed their name with Sir Michael Caine, who is one of the all-time greats in acting circles. Caine, 89, is an actor who has had not one stage name but two. After being born Maurice Micklewhite in 1933, the first stage name the Londoner picked up was Michael Scott. But, after a while, he went from being known as Michael Scott to Michael Caine. And, you could suggest that it’s an iconic name that will live on forever.