Famous People: Bands, Movies, Relationships, Real Names

Celebrities, famous people, singers, rappers, politicians, criminals, actors & actresses, authors, composers, athletes. All are celebrities, and many use a pseudonym, nom-de-plume, nom-de-guerre, stage name, act name, nickname, or business name. Many use their real name, but this site gives more information on the full name.
Celebrities often change their name. They do this for various reasons - to hide their identity, to hide their ethnic origin, to establish a 'stage name', to avoid another similar name, or because someone else suggested a better-sounding name. Sometimes they simplify the name.
On this site, their real or birth names are shown, along with biographical data like birth date, birth place, death date, zodiac sign, relationships - marriages, children, parents. The reasons for their fame (categories) are listed, also a brief description of their fame, or a list of accomplishments.
There are more than 450 different halls of fame plus 23 awards and honors listed. More than 8,700 names are identified in these halls of fame, including people with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and members of the Grand Ole Opry.
Synonyms for ‘Real Name’ Why Do They Change Names? [+]

Why Do They Change Names?

They change names to simplify, to hide their real identity, to use a nickname, to switch or hide gender, to disguise ethnic origin or religion, to adopt a new religion or philosophy, or simply because an agent suggests an appropriate name. In some cases, they switched because the real name was already in use.

Real names of rappers are a special case. Most of them use a stage name, it may be a childhood nickname, but in many cases the name is intended to show some aspect of toughness. Sometimes it is a street name.

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New option: Sports Awards under "People" above. has real names of 10,942 famous people, 1,594 rappers.
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