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Silliest Celebrity Name Changes

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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 or even North West.

What are some funny celebrity name changes? There are some pretty hilarious ones on this list. Some celebrities change their names for the better...but often times, it doesn't work out that way.
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    Born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, pop singer Prince made perhaps the biggest splash when he changed his name to an unpronounceable love symbol in 1993. The gimmick, during which he was often referred to as "the artist formerly known as Prince," lasted only a few years with the artist returning to the stage name of Prince in 2000.


    Born: 1958
    Birthplace: Area code 218, Minneapolis, Area code 612, United States of America, United States, with Territories + 2 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter + 10 more
    Height: 5'2"
    Canoodled: Robin Power, Madonna
    Dated: Apollonia Kotero, Kirstie Alley, Troy Beyer, Sheena Easton, Sherilyn Fenn + 11 more
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