Celebrating Names

All names, all the time!

We know him as Sylvester Stallone, but at birth he was given the first name Michael.  Stallone has a son named Sage Moonblood.

If the name "John Chapman" doesn't ring a bell with you it's because he's better known as..."Johnny Appleseed." 

She was born "Destiny Hope Cyrus."  In 2008 she legally changed her name and became...Miley Cyrus

He calls himself "Mitt Romney," but the politician's given (at birth) first name is actually Willard.

Jeffrey Drew Wilschke legally changed his name to Beezow Doo-Doo Zoopittybop-Bop-Bop. Word has it that, seemingly unrelated to his name, Mr. Zoopittybop-Bop-Bop found himself in trouble (via drug laws) in Wisconsin.

The American fitness personality best known as "Richard Simmons," was born "Milton Teagle Simmons."

Oakland California shooting suspect One Goh (born in South Korea) was given the name "Su Nam Ko" at birth. He changed his name in 2002 because, he said, "Su"..."sounded like a girl's name."

The Beatles: The world knows him as Paul McCartney. His birth name is James Paul McCartney.

When a company gives a new name to a new product, alternative languages must be considered as to not inadvertently offend another culture, especially if they plan on marketing the new product to all cultures.

Elvis had a twin brother named Jesse Garon Presley, who died at birth, which is why Elvis' middle name was spelled Aron; in honor of his twin brother.

Jennifer 8. Lee (born March 15, 1976, in New York City) is a New York Times reporter for the Metro section. She spells her middle name "8." (with both the digit and the punctuation) on paper, but on her New York driver's license, it is spelled as "Eight". "Yes, 8 is my middle name," said Lee in an interview with The Boston Globe on August 8, 1996.

In Disney's "Fantasia", the Sorcerer's name is "Yensid." (Disney backwards.)

The first fossilized specimen of Austalopithecus afarenisis was named Lucy after the palentologists' favorite song, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, by the Beatles.

The Jetsons named him 'Astro' (the dog from TV cartoon's 'The Jetsons') but on the show, the 'original owner' had already named the dog "Tralfaz." Tralfaz's legitimate owner appeared one day to claim Tralfaz, but wound up giving him to the Jetsons (and the Jetsons kept his name as the name they'd given him, 'Astro').

Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's maiden name was Betty Jean McBricker.

Rhode Island is the smallest state with the longest name. The official name, used on all state documents, is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

The word "lush" comes from the name of liquor enthusiast Dr. Thomas Lushington.

Oklahomans got the nickname "Sooners" from the stateís first residents who crossed the border into Oklahoma Territory sooner rather than later, hence getting the best property.

The official name of the famous painting "Whistlerís Mother" is "Arrangement in Gray and Black: Portrait of the Painterís Mother"

Famous pen names followed by the authorís real name:  Boz (Charles Dickens); George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans);  George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair);  Ellery Queen (Frederic Dannay & Manfred B. Lee);   Stendahl (Marie-Henri Beyle);   Saki (Hector Hugh Munro);  Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet);    Maksim Gorki (Aleksei Maksimovich Peshkov).

"Mother Goose" (known for her book of rhymes) was...Elizabeth Goose.


"Times Square" is named for the New York Times (at that time, 1903) its headquarters.

The only city whose name can be spelled completely with vowels is Aiea, Hawaii, located approximately twelve miles west of Honolulu.

Baseballer Connie Mack's real name was Cornelius McGilicuddy.

The "Grinch" singer and voice of "Tony the Tiger" was a man named Thurl Ravenscroft.

Duddley DoRight's Horses name was "Horse."

Pepsi originally contained pepsin, thus the name.

John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.

The Bronx, New York got its name from explorer Henry Bronk.

The first letters of the months July through November, in order, spell the name JASON.

Moon was Buzz Aldrin's mother's maiden name (Buzz Aldrin was the second man on the Moon in 1969) .

Middle name as first name, first name ignored:

[Eleanor] Rosalynn Carter

[Katie] Scarlett O'Hara

[Anna] Eleanor Roosevelt

[William] Brad Pitt

[William] Clark Gable

[Stephen] Grover Cleveland

[Thomas] Woodrow Wilson

[John] Calvin Coolidge

Gilligan of Gilligan's Island had a first name that was only used once, on the never- aired pilot show. His first name was Willy.

The Skipper's actual name on the TV show Gilligan's Island is 'Jonas Grumby.' It was mentioned once in the first episode on their radio's newscast about the wreck.

The Professor's real name was Roy Hinkley, Mary Ann's last name was Summers and Mrs. Howell's maiden name was Wentworth.

Elvis had an identical twin brother who was delivered 35 minutes before Elvis.  The brother, Jesse Garon Presley, was stillborn and died at birth...which is why Elvis' middle name was spelled "Aron"...in honor of his brother.

Brooklyn is the Dutch name meaning "broken valley."

The only member of the band ZZ Top without a beard has the last name Beard.

Only two states' names begin with double consonants: Florida and Rhode Island.

There was once a town named "6" in West Virginia.

The names of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with, e.g. Asia, Europe.

Cleo and Caesar were the early stage names of Cher and Sonny Bono.

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life."

Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was first developed.

Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was first developed.

The Cincinnati Reds baseball team name was officially changed to the 'Redlegs' during the "Joe" McCarthy ('Communist frenzy') years.

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

Elton John's birth name is Reginald Dwight.   (The name Elton is "borrowed" from Elton Dean, a Bluesology sax player.   The name John is "borrowed" from Long John Baldry, founder of Blues Inc.)

The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland's baby daughter, Ruth.

President Grover Cleveland's first name is actually Stephen. Grover is his middle name.

ABBA got their name by taking the first letter from each of their first names (Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, Anni-frid).

The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P

The smallest mushroom's name is "Hop-low."

Woodward Ave in Detroit, Michigan carries the designation M-1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere.

The largest city in the United States with a one syllable name is Flint, Michigan.

The longest muscle name is the "levator labii superioris alaeque nasi" and Elvis popularized it with his lip motions.

The band Duran Duran got their name from an astronaut in the 1968 Jane Fonda movie Barbarella.

Sting got his name because of a yellow-and-black striped shirt he wore until it literally fell apart.

New Hampshire is also the only State name the has four consecutive consonants in it (in the same word).

Baseballer Connie Mack's birth name was Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy

Actor Harrison Ford has no middle name.   For a time the letter "J" was used ("Harrison J. Ford") to distinguish Ford from a silent screen actor named Harrison Ford. 

Tonto of 'The Lone Ranger' TV fame, first rode a Paint Horse named "White Feller" (White Fella/Fellah); later Tonto's horse was exchanged for a Pinto named "Scout."

In Portuguese, Italian and Spanish the word 'tonto' means "fool" or "dumb," so the name 'Tonto' was changed in the dubbed versions. In some Spanish speaking countries, he was named Toro ("bull"); in other cases, the name was changed to "Ponto."