If the name "John Chapman" doesn't ring a bell with you it's because he's better known as..."Johnny Appleseed."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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).
The only city whose name can be spelled completely with vowels is Aiea, Hawaii, located approximately twelve miles west of Honolulu.
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.
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."
The Cincinnati Reds baseball team name was officially changed to the 'Redlegs' during the"Joe" McCarthy ('Communist frenzy') years.
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.)
ABBA got their name by taking the first letter from each of their first names (Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, Anni-frid).
Woodward Ave in Detroit, Michigan carries the designation M-1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere.
The longest muscle name is the "levator labii superioris alaeque nasi" and Elvis popularized it with his lip motions.
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).
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."