Secret Celebrity Nicknames

Celebrities can choose to have a stage name or be known worldwide by their real one. But like most people, they all have friends and family that gave them nicknames. Some of those monikers were so great that they decided that should be their public figure label. Tiger Woods is not really named “Tiger”. Do you know what Keanu Reeves’ friends called him? Let’s find out!

BING CROSBY

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Image credits: Getty Images/American Stock

Bing Crosby was one of the greatest singers in the world, and his name is still recognized by music/movie lovers. However, his real first name was Harry. His neighbor, Valentine Hobart, and he were fans of a gossip newsletter called “The Bingville Bugle”. So Hobart started calling him “Bingo from Bingville”, and it just stuck!

STING

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Image credits: Getty Images/Andrew Toth

Naturally, most people know that Sting’s real name is Gordon Sumner, and he is the frontman of The Police. Originally, the musician played bass for a band known as Phoenix Jazzmen. One day, he wore a sweater with black and yellow stripes during one of the group’s performances, and the leader of Jazzmen dubbed him “Sting”. The rest is history.

MILEY CYRUS

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Image credits: Getty Images/Jon Kopaloff

Miley Cyrus has a pretty common stage name, and most people think that it’s her real name. However, Miley’s original name was Destiny Hope. Billy Ray Cyrus chose that name himself. Later, her parents also called her “Smiley” because she was such a joyful child. But in 2008, the singer changed her real to Miley Ray and built her career with it.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG

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Image credits: Getty Images/Neilson Barnard

It’s hard to believe that Whoopi is not the actress’s real name. Goldberg is actually Caryn Elaine Johnson, but her name led to a career with a pretty unique name. She told the New York Times in 2006 that when you work on a stage, it’s hard to get bathroom breaks. So, if you have wind, you have to let them go sometimes. Eventually, she was called “whoopee cushion”.

TIGER WOODS

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Image credits: Getty Images/Mike Ehrmann

While Tiger is not exactly a common name, most people would not bat an eye if it was the golfer’s real name. However, it’s just his nickname. Woods’ first name is actually “Eldrick”. Meanwhile, his famous moniker came from his father’s friend from the army, who he called “Tiger”. It eventually became his son’s nickname.

REDD FOXX

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Image credits: Getty Images/Walt Disney Television

Redd Foxx is still known as one of the best comedians in American history. In the 1940s, he and Malcolm X developed a friendship while working as dishwashers at Jimmy’s Chicken Shack in Harlem, New York. Foxx was known as “Chicago Red”, while Malcolm was “Detroit Red” because they both had reddish tints in their hair.

CYD CHARISSE

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Image credits: Getty Images/Harry Langdon

Cyd Charisse was one of the great actresses and dancers of the 1940s, but her real name was Tula Ellice Finklea. However, she had been called “Sid” for most of her life by her brother. He had a hard time pronouncing the word “sister”. When it was time to pick a stage moniker, Charisse decided that was it!

BUSTER KEATON

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Image credits: Getty Images/Bettmann

Buster Keaton got his stage from a very special person in show business. His real name was Joseph Frank Keaton VI, and at a young age, fell down a flight of stairs. At the time, Harry Houdini was doing vaudeville with the Keatons. He started calling him “Buster”. Therefore, it was a no-brainer later in life.

FLEA

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Image credits: Getty Images/WireImage/Jim Spellman

Naturally, there’s no way that someone would actually name their child “Flea”, although some celebrity baby names these days are pretty wild. However, the bassists from the Red Hot Chili Peppers is called Michael Balzary. However, his bandmates referred to him as “Flea” because he would jump all the time and loved dogs.  

MARIAH CAREY

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Image credits: Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris

One of the greatest singers of all time, Mariah decided to keep her own name after becoming a celebrity. However, her childhood nickname developed because she was not the best in school. Apparently, teachers and fellow students called her “Mirage”, as the singer was just an illusion in class.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE

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Image credits: Getty Images/Christopher Polk

Jennifer Lawrence might be a young actress, but she has already won an Academy Award and is well on her way to becoming one of the legendary celebrities of this generation. This might have something to do with speed. During an interview in ’60 Minutes’, Lawrence said that her brother called her “Nitro” because she was always full of energy.

CAMERON DIAZ

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Image credits: Getty Images/Stuart C. Wilson

Cameron Diaz might not be in the spotlight all the time as she was years ago, but she is still a beloved celebrity. Some of her movies like ‘There’s Something About Mary’ are considered cult classics, and many fans love how gorgeous she is. Unfortunately, as a child, she was called ‘Skeletor’ for being so thin and tall. Funny because that’s exactly why Hollywood liked her!

SNOOP DOGG

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Image credits: Getty Images/Bennett Raglin

Most fans know that Snoop Dogg’s real name is Calvin Broadus. Regular people probably know that Snoopy is the dog from the beloved children’s cartoon ‘Charlie Brown’. Apparently, Calvin’s mother thought he looked a little like Charlie’s pet, and it became his nickname. Eventually, it made him a legend of rap music.

LIAM PAYNE

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Image credits: Getty Images/Christopher Polk

Liam Payne is currently expecting his first child with girlfriend Cheryl Cole, and his fan couldn’t be delighted. He has been a popular singer in the industry since his days in One Direction. However, his followers probably don’t know that Liam’s sisters called him “Cheesy Head” because he loved cheese-flavored chips.

KEANU REEVES

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Image credits: Getty Images/Emma McIntyre

Keanu might be known these days as the “Internet’s boyfriend”, but he is also one of the best actors in Hollywood. With movies ranging from ‘The Matrix’ to ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”, Reeves can do no wrong. Interestingly, he was also an amazing hockey player high school and was known as “The Wall” because he never let the puck get past him.  

It’s interesting to learn more about the personal lives of celebrities, and it’s even better since some of those funny stories became their public names. Let us know which nickname was the oddest. If you liked this article, share it with your friends that love Hollywood. See you next time!

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