Before he became Frank Ocean, he was just Christopher Edwin Breaux. The musician first tried to switch his name to Christopher Francis Ocean, with the name “Ocean” having been taken from the original 1960s film, “Oceans 11”. Originally inspired by jazz music and musicians like Frank Sinatra (who also starred in the original “Oceans 11” film.)
Ocean thought it would be a good stage name. So, although the process took about a year, he was finally able to legally change his name to Frank Ocean in 2015.
The “This Is Us” star decided to go by her nickname “Mandy” instead of her full name of Amanda Leigh Moore. Mandy had somewhat of a negative association with her full name, saying that her parents would often use her full name of “Amanda” only when they were upset.
So, when she began stepping into the spotlight, she decided to go with her nickname as the name the public would know her by. The name “Mandy Moore” also became a name that was easy to remember and even “catchy” for both her acting and singing careers.
Trying to Integrate
The comedic actress was born Vera Mindy Chokalingam in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She chose to change her name to both further assimilate to American culture (although she was born in the U.S.) and to hopefully avoid any stereotyping by Hollywood.
She purposely gave her children very “American” sounding names (Katherine and Spencer) but chose to honor her Indian heritage by giving her daughter the middle name “Swati” in honor of her mother and her son the middle name “Avu” in honor of her father.
Short, Sweet, and Available
Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell (or Elizabeth Banks as she is now known) was more or less forced to change her name when she joined the Screen Actors Guild. Apparently, there was another Elizabeth Mitchell already registered, and she needed to have a different name to avoid being confused with the other actress.
Banks admits that she didn’t put a lot of thought into the selection of her new last name. She just wanted something simple and short, and that’s just what she got with Elizabeth Banks.
The name Katy Perry is easy on the tongue, which is perhaps one of the reasons why the mega pop star changed her name from Katherine Hudson to the moniker that millions now know her by.
Another reason for her name change was so she would never have a connection to the actress of the same name (Kate Hudson). So, the simple fix for Perry was to keep her first name but take her mother’s maiden name for her surname.