That’s NOT Your Name…Part II! 10 MORE Celebs Whose Government Names Were A Big Surprise

January 8, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

We already threw 10 names your way a few weeks back that we saw surprised some, was a refresher course for others, and got folks talking in general. Fortunately for you, there are a great deal of celebrities with interesting names that they tried to keep on the low-low. After doing some digging and reading, we’ve got 10 more names to share. Some that are very exotic, some that are just completely different from their stage names, and some that just don’t make any kind of sense. No matter what though, they’re interesting indeed. Let’s check them out shall we?

Frank Ocean

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Frank Ocean – Christopher “Lonny” Breaux

I know you didn’t think Ocean was a real last name like that (apologies for anyone who truly was born with the surname, Ocean)…? Even singer Billy Ocean was actually born Leslie Charles. I know, I know, we’ve clearly been bamboozled for way too long, folks. Maybe it’s the fact that the name is just as calm, cool and collected as what it actually represents, but the New Orleans-born singer liked it enough to not only make it his stage name, but to also legally change his own name from Christopher “Lonny” Breaux to Christopher Francis Ocean. He once talked about his excitement over giving himself a new name in 2010, while talking with Complex:

“I went on LegalZoom and changed my f**king name…On the change Ocean adds: “It just felt cool. None of us are our names. If you don’t like your name then change your name. I’m only a few steps into the process, so I probably shouldn’t even be talking about this, but by the beginning of summer I’ll be straight. I’ll be boarding planes as Christopher Francis Ocean.”

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  • lateshia

    i wish there was a better way of looking at these articles besides clicking through the page and waiting for it to load each time. I clicked through all 10 pages and managed to survive this time. I thought Macy Gray real name was Macy. I knew D’Angelo name was a alias. More celebrites you could have mentioned was Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu her last night is Wright she was born Erykah Wright. Jamie Foxx he doesn’t look like an Eric Jamie suit him much more better.

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  • Luvn_it

    Michelle williams from dc is really michelle,its tenitria or something close to it. And kelly real name isn’t kelly. I heard matthew changed up their names b/c he thought they sounded ghetto

  • theprettyeyes2

    Stamatina and Lonny lol

  • justme

    Ben Kingsley is of Hindu descent

  • Mhm

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is Noble Servant OF the Powerful (Powerful being an attribute of God). Having it as powerful servant does not acknowledge God in the way that the name is intended.

  • britchick91

    Macy Gray has a nice name. Nayvadius really?

  • ambitious78

    Do anyone feel like posting the list of names and real names cause I just don’t have the time or energy to click on 9-10 pages?

    • Natural83

      SMH! All these clicks are ridiculous! There has to be a better way!

  • roughcutdiamond

    Ben Kingsley’s mother is white.

  • AJ389

    D’angelo’s last name is Archer not Carter.

  • Kaori

    None of these are an actual surprise considering many celebrities change their names.

  • jferthefab

    future look like mya’s husband from girlfriends