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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. 

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  • Real name: RuPaul Andre Charles

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  • Real name: Justin Andrew Honard

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

  • Real name: Jamin Ruhren  

    Drag race season(s): 8

  • Real name: Daniel Anthony "Danny" Noriega

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

  • Gottmik

    Real name: Kade Gottlieb

    Drag race season(s): 13

  • Real name: Aaron Coady

    Drag race season(s): 4 (Winner)

  • Real name: Justin Dwayne Lee Johnson

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

  • April Carrión

    Real name: Jason Carrión

    Drag race season(s): 6

  • Symone

    Real name: Reggie Gavin

    Drag race season(s): 13 (Winner)

  • Asia O'Hara

    Real name: Antwan Mason Lee

    Drag race season(s): 10

  • Bob the Drag Queen

    Real name: Christopher Caldwell

    Drag race season(s): 8 (Winner)

  • Aquaria

    Real name: Jamin Ruhren  

    Drag race season(s): 10 (Winner)

  • Real name: Alexis Mateo Pacheco

    Drag race season(s): 3, All Stars 1, 5

  • Real name: Nea Marshall Kudi Ngwa

    Drag race season(s): 1 (Winner), All Stars 3

  • BenDeLaCreme

    Real name: Benjamin Putnam

    Drag race season(s): 6, All Stars 3

  • Real name: Roy Haylock

    Drag race season(s): 6 (Winner)

  • Real name: Alexander Hedges Steinberg

    Drag race season(s): 9 (Winner)

  • Monét X Change

    Real name: Kevin Bertin

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

  • Blair St. Clair

    Real name: Andrew Bryson

    Drag race season(s): 10, All Stars 5

  • Trixie Mattel

    Real name: Brian Michael Firkus

    Drag race season(s): 7, All Stars 3 (Winner)

  • Real name: Sutan Amrull

    Drag race season(s): 3 (Winner)

  • Real name: Christopher Roman

    Drag race season(s): 3

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  • Real name: Chad Michaels 

    Drag race season(s): 4, All Stars 1 (Winner)

  • Shea Couleé

    Real name: Jaren Shea Merrell

    Drag race season(s): 9, All Stars 5 (Winner)

  • Real name: Matthew Sanderson

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