If someone were to say that they were a fan of a singer named Kelendria, would you know they were talking about Kelly Rowland? If I tell you I used to have a crush on Elgin Lumpkin, would you immediately know I was talking about Ginuwine? Well, if you were a thirsty fan like me back in the day, you probably knew too. But that’s the thing about celebrities and their government names. If it’s not the sexiest or coolest thing you’ve ever heard (or if it’s just too long), most will ditch it for a funky stage name or flip their name around in the hopes that they’ll have an easier time making it in the entertainment industry. So when we find out their real names, sometimes it’s a surprise. A very interesting surprise. Just check out these 10 names and you’ll understand what I mean.
Shaunie O’Neal – Va’Shaundya Nelson
The entrepreneur, TV personality, and person we have to blame for the ratchetness of Basketball Wives hasn’t been known as Va’Shaundya since she’s been in the public eye trying to build her own empire. She’s been trying to push “Shaunie” since she started hosting small sports shows and doing correspondent work for entertainment programs, and now that she’s a respected producer, I’m sure we won’t be hearing anybody call her Va’Shaundya (except for maybe moms?). It’s not a bad name though, it has personality in fact!