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The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens

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Drag queens with pseudonyms have many reasons for choosing their names. This list contains information about the real names of drag queens. Some famous drag queens use their favorite locations as name inspiration while others pick the names of celebrities. Some drag queen stage names are the same as the name they were born with. Others use puns or wordplay to make a memorable stage name.

Who will you find on this real names of famous drag queens list? Of course, RuPaul makes an appearance. The mononymous drag queen was born RuPaul Andre Charles. RuPaul has introduced the world to many of the most famous drag queens through the reality show RuPaul's Drag Race. Bianca Del Rio (born Roy Haylock), Sharon Needles (born Aaron Coady), and Chad Michaels (born Chad Michaels) are some of the best to appear on the series.

Divine - real name Harris Glenn Milstead - was one of the first drag queens to become a household name, having appeared in many of John Waters' films, including Hairspray and Polyester. Other famous drag queens include Dusty Ray Bottoms (Dustin Rayburn) and Jaymes Mansfield (James Wirth). You may also recognize Kameron Michaels whose real name is Dane Young.

Check out the drag queen real names below. 

  • Real name: Martin Cooper

    Drag race season(s): 5, All Stars 2

  • Real name: Shane Gilberto Jenek

    Drag race season(s): 6

  • Real name: Carlos Hernandez

    Drag race season(s): 8, 9

  • Darienne Lake

    Real name: Greg Meyer

    Drag race season(s): 6

  • Real name: Zavion Davenport

    Drag race season(s): 8, All Stars 3

  • Delta Work

    Real name: Gabriel Villarreal

    Drag race season(s): 3

  • Real name: Shane Galligan

    Drag race season(s): 8, All Stars 3

  • Real name: D.J. Pierce

    Drag race season(s): 2, 3, All Stars 3

  • Monique Heart

    Real name: Kevin Richardson

    Drag race season(s): 10, All Stars 4

  • Real name: Barry Humphrie

  • Real name: Derrick Barry

    Drag race season(s): 8, All Stars 5

  • Real name: Xavier Hairston

    Drag race season(s): 4

  • Real name: Harris Glenn Milstead

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  • Dusty Ray Bottoms

    Real name: Dustin Rayburn

    Drag race season(s): 10

  • Real name: Davis Heppenstall

    Drag race season(s): 8, All Stars 4

  • Eureka O'Hara

    Real name: David Huggard

    Drag race season(s): 9, 10, All Stars 6

  • Farrah Moan

    Real name: Cameron Clayton

    Drag race season(s): 9, All Stars 4

  • Real name: Scotty Ichikawa

    Drag race season(s): 6, All Stars 4

  • Real name: Joshua Eads-Brown

    Drag race season(s): 7, All Stars 2, 6

  • Real name: Josh Green

    Drag race season(s): 5

  • Real name: Christopher Williams

    Drag race season(s): 7

  • Real name: Martell Robinson

    Drag race season(s): 7, All Stars 4

  • Aja

    Real name: Jay Rivera

    Drag race season(s): 9, All Stars 3

  • Real name: James Wirth

    Drag race season(s): 9

  • Real name: José David Sierra

    Drag race season(s): 2