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Would You Go By Another Name if You Were Famous?

Would You Go By Another Name If You Were Famous?

Jennifer Aniston made the switch from Jennifer Anastassakis, Marilyn Monroe dropped Norma Jean Baker, and so many other celebrities changed their names when they hit Hollywood. Some of them do it because someone famous already has the same name, but for others, making the choice to go by another name is part of managing their personal brands and making themselves more marketable. Would you do the same or would you keep the name you were given?

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margokhal margokhal 8 years
I probably would - mostly because a) I think there's an actor with my name already; b) my first and last name tend to give the first impression that I'm a guy when I'm not, b/c they're traditionally male; and c) my name is kind of blah, it needs some pizzazz if I'm going to be a big star! :D
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
knowing how easy it is to get information these days on where people are staying, i think that it would make the most sense to go by an alias - if for nothing else than the chance for some peace.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
My last name is long and most people cannot pronounce it correctly so I would drop it and use my middle name as my last name.
Advah Advah 8 years
Heck yeah, I've already picked my future writer's name! ;) I even use it to book restaurants (but mainly because people here don't get my name, for whatever reason)
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 8 years
Probably would have for my maiden last name, but I love my married last name. I have always loved my first name though :)
khameel khameel 8 years
No, I love my name! My last name is rather common, but I think my first name is great. I'd never change it!
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
when i was about 18 my bff and i got fake id's. we picked the most outrageous names for them, which we planned on using when we were famous (doing god knows what, lol). i can't remember mine, but hers was Blair Maserati :rotfl: how fake sounding is that?!
merie33 merie33 8 years
I'm not really sure. I love my first name and it's not terribly common, however my last name is Smith. Which makes me question if I'd like to keep it or not since it's so common/blah. Guess I would have to decide that if it'd ever happened....which is highly unlikely ;)
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
No, I don't think I would. Now if I was a writer I would use a different name. Most authors do that at the beginning of their career. But it makes no sense to do it as an actor or singer because people will eventually find out. Marilyn Monroe existed back in the days when there was no TMZ or easier ways for your privacy to get out.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
Yes, I would. Not because I do not like my name, but for privacy reasons.
cg130 cg130 8 years
I love my name! Plus, it's not common but it's easy to pronounce. It makes a lot of sense to me that Jennifer Aniston changed her name, her last name would be quite difficult to say!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
No. I love my full name. That's why I kept it when I got married. :)
niicoley niicoley 8 years
I like my first name...last name is just bleh.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
My first name is a good "famous-person" name, but I'd probably pick a different last name to use because people always mispronounce mine. Although maybe if I were famous, people would finally get the pronunciation right, lol.
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