Real names and other name fast facts
In the West, the most popular male names are James and John.
The most popular female name in the West is Mary.
The name Wendy was first used in JM Barrie’s Peter Pan.
English soldiers were called Tommies because the example name on the soldier forms was Thomas Atkins. (The example name on US forms is John Smith.)
The name of the dog next to Sailor Jack on the Cracker Jack box is Bingo.
Cinderella is known as Tuhkimo in Finland.
The name of The Jetsons dog Astro is Tralfaz.
Michael Jackson’s middle name is Joseph.
Jimmy Hoffa’s middle name is, appropriately, Riddle.
Trueman Capote, who wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s, had the middle name of Stucklefuss.
Rapper LL Cool J’s name is short for ‘Ladies Love Cool James’.
Bob Dylan’s real name is Robert Zimmerman.
The Mongol emperor Genghis Khan’s original name was Temujin.
Tiger Woods’ real first name is Eldrick. His second name is Tont.
Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was Moon. Buzz Aldrin was the second man to step on the moon in 1969.
Grover Cleveland’s real first name is Stephen, Grover is his middle name.
Malcolm X’s original name is Malcolm Little.
Jennifer Aniston’s original name is Jennifer Anastassakis.
Michael Keaton’s original name is Michael Douglas. (Michael Douglas’s real name is Michael Douglas.)
Ralph Lauren’s original name is Ralph Lifshitz.
Whoopi Goldberg’s real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson.
Since 2005, the most popular name for baby boys born in the UK is Mohammed.
It is not illegal to mispronounce “Arkansas” while in the state of Arkansas.
It is illegal to be a prostitute in Siena, Italy, if your name is Mary.
Elton John’s real name is Reginald Dwight. Elton comes from Elton Dean, a Bluesology sax player. John comes from Long John Baldry, founder of Blues Inc., the first electric white blues band in England.