It's no secret celebrities use stage names, but it can be kind of shocking to see how many of the ones with perfectly ordinary monikers aren't exactly the names they were born with. At least, not in that order.
Brad Pitt? Not a Brad. Sean Connery? Not a Sean. And Alex Trebek's first name is George. Is everything a lie? Try to imagine these authors and leading men going by their given first names — some of them might break your brain.
Most of the ladies on our list made the right call, dropping common names in favor of catchy middles. Baby girl names in particular tend to connect women to a particular generation — Nicole Lilly is a lady trapped in the 1980s. But Evangeline Lilly sounds ageless, glamorous and just a bit edgy.
For starters, stay far away from celebrity baby names. Unlike celebrity children, yours will probably need a day job. Don't wreck their résumés. You don't have to ditch all the flair, but find a good balance between the classic and the obscure. If you have your heart set on an oddball first name, choose a timeless, safe name for the middle. If your first name favorites skew toward baby names that top the charts, let a bit more of your character shine through with your middle name choice.
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