The silliest celebrity name changes put each of these celebrities names into the headlines but not necessarily for making wise decisions. From a legendary pop musician who changed his name to a funky symbol to athletes who legally adopted ridiculous
names to force professional sports league to put that ludicrous name on their jerseys, these celebrities all at one point in their life, if not several times, changed their names.
It's pretty common for musicians
and actors to change their name before entering the entertainment world. Larry King was born Lawrence Zeiger, Marilyn Monroe
was Norma Jean Baker and Madonna became simply Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. But those names are not nearly as silly as these celebrities self-selected names. Lady Gaga
? Eminem? All are far cries from what would be considered a "normal" name.
In the bizarre
category, pop singer Prince stunned the world in the 1990s when he changed his name to a weird symbol that could not be pronounced. It really didn't work though as he was called "the artist formerly known as Prince" for several years.
In the annoying category, rapper, actor and entrepreneur Sean Combs
has changed his name repeatedly throughout the years going from Puff Daddy to P. Diddy to just Diddy. Actor and professional wrestler Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson did the flip-flop act as well with his names going back and forth between monikers as he changed and re-changed careers.
Athletes have been changing their name for years. Mark
Super Duper, Chad Ochocinco and Metta World Peace all petitioned the courts for name changes, which also essentially forced the executives at the NFL
and NBA to put the cheesy names on their officially licensed jerseys.
Whether it was before they were famous or after they had established these careers, all of these celebrities for one reason or another adopted new, flashy names. Hey, we can't all be born with awesome birth names like Blue Ivy Carter or Fifi Trixibelle.