By Jane Nambi
We know our celebrities by their stage names but have you ever wondered what their real names are? Below is a list of some of the popular celebrities and what their real names are.
Pitbull; this American rapper who gained fame because of his different type of rap was born Armando Cristian Perez. However, he decided to use the name, Pitbull which is a type of a dog because “they bite to lock. The dog is too stupid to lose. And they’re outlawed in Dade County. They’re basically everything that I am. It’s been a constant fight,” he said.
Stevie Wonder; he is a music legend who can play the piano so well despite his being blind. Stevie Wonder was born Stevland Hardaway Morris. He attained his name after he was signed as musician and a producer gave him the name “Little Stevie Wonder”. The producer said, “We can’t keep calling him the eighth wonder of the world.”
will.i.am; this Black Eyed Peas rapper was originally known as William James Adams, not so appealing as will.i.am, right?
Shania Twain; it sounds normal enough but this was not her real name. Twain was born Eilleen Regina Edwards but changed her name to “Shania,” rumored to be an Ojibwe word for “on my way.”
Nicki Minaj; she was born Onika Tanya Maraj but after the troubles at her home haunted her, she decided to look for comfort in alter egos. “I would imagine being a new person. ‘Cookie’ was my first identity — that stayed with me for a while. I went on to ‘Harajuku Barbie,’ then Nicki Minaj.’ Fantasy was my reality.”
Cee Lo Green; if you know Forget You, then you know this 38 year old. His real name, Thomas DeCarlo Callaway. Cee-lo is a game played with three dice.
Fergie; her time with Black Eyed Peas but that does not mean her love life with music came to an end. Fergie, married to Josh Duhamel was born Stacy Ann Ferguson.
Queen Latifah; Latifah is better at acting but then again..! She was born Dana Elaine Owens, but found “Latifah” (which means “delicate” and “very kind”) in an Islamic book of names when she was 8 years old and adopted the name.
Kid Rock was born Robert James Ritchie who regrets changing his name to Kid Rock calling it “the worst name in the world”.
Nelly was born Cornell Iral Haynes Jr.
Sting was Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner who adopted the nickname after he wore a black-and-yellow-striped sweater that made him look like a bee, and it stuck. “My children call me Sting, my mother calls me Sting; who is this Gordon character?” he said. “I was never called ‘Gordon.’ You could shout ‘Gordon’ in the street, and I would just move out of your way.”
Usher’s full name is Usher Raymond IV.