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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, listed alphabetically by their drag name. 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).

What would your drag name be? Would you hope you were in the Haus of Edwards or would you choose something totally wild and thematic?

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Acid Betty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
age 40
Acid Betty (born Jamin Ruhren) is a draq queen from Brooklyn best known for competing on Season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race.
Adore Delano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
age 29
Adore Delano is the stage name of American, singer, drag queen, and YouTube personality, Daniel Noriega. He is known for appearing on the seventh season of American Idol and the sixth season of ...more
Aja - born Jay Rivera is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
Aja - born Jay Rivera
Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
age 33
Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, known mononymously as Alaska on the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, is an American drag performer and recording artist.
Alexis Mateo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
age 39
Alexis Mateo Pacheco, better known as Alexis Mateo, is a Puerto Rican drag queen, performer, and reality television personality.
Alyssa Edwards is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
Alyssa Edwards (born Justin Johnson) is a drag performer best known as a contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race, both in Season 5 and All Stars Season 2.
April Carrión - born Jason Car... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
April Carrión - born Jason Carrión
Asia O'Hara - born Antwan Maso... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
Asia O'Hara - born Antwan Mason Lee
Aquaria - born Giovanni Paland... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
Aquaria - born Giovanni Palandrani
BeBe Zahara Benet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
age 37
BeBe Zahara Benet is the stage name of Nea Marshall Kudi Ngwa, a Cameroonian-American drag performer and singer best known for winning the first season of the reality-television drag competition ...more
BenDeLaCreme is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
BenDeLaCreme - born Benjamin Putnam
BenDeLaCreme is an actor.
Bianca Del Rio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
age 43
Roy Haylock, better known by his stage name Bianca Del Rio, is an American actor, comedian, costume designer, and drag queen. He is a fixture in the New Orleans and New York City club scenes, ...more
Blair St. Clair - born Andrew ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
Blair St. Clair - born Andrew Bryson
Bob the Drag Queen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
Bob the Drag Queen - born Christopher Caldwell
Christopher Caldwell (born June 22, 1986), also known as Bob the Drag Queen, is an American drag queen, comedian and reality television personality. He is best known for winning the eighth ...more
Carmen Carrera is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
age 33
Carmen Carrera is an American reality television personality, model, burlesque performer, and actress, known for appearing on the third season of the Logo reality television series RuPaul's Drag ...more
Chad Michaels is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
age 47
Chad Michaels is an American drag performer. Michaels was known as a Cher impersonator, before becoming famous as the runner up of the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and as the winner of ...more
Chi Chi DeVayne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
Chi Chi DeVayne (born Zavion Davenport) is a drag performer from Shreveport, Louisiana, best know for competing on Season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race.
Coco Montrese is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
Courtney Act is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
age 37
Shane Gilberto Jenek (born 18 February 1982), better known under the stage name Courtney Act, is an Australian drag queen, pop singer, entertainer and reality television personality. Jenek first ...more
Cynthia Lee Fontaine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
Cynthia Lee Fontaine (born Carlos Hernandez) is a drag queen from Austin, Texas, best known as a contestant on Season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race.
Dame Edna Everage is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
Dame Edna Everage is a character created and performed by Australian comedian Barry Humphries, known for her lilac-coloured or "wisteria hue" hair and cat eye glasses or "face ...more
Darienne Lake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
Darienne Lake - born Greg Meyer
Delta Work is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
Delta Work - born Gabriel Villarreal
Derrick Barry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
Derrick Barry (b. 1983) is a Britney Spears impersonator, who is best known as a contestant in Season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race.
Detox is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Real Names of 100 Drag Queens
age 33
Detox Icunt, known mononymously as Detox, is an American drag performer and recording artist. Detox was a fixture in the Southern California drag scene before gaining prominence on the fifth ...more