Whats in a Name?

17 06 2009

Real name Ashley, as a kid family called me Ash Bash, when I got older Ash Bash had 2 stop! As Bashy meant good, great, heavy, Baddd! I decided to stick with that so Bish Bash Bosh you now have Ashley ‘Bashy’ Thomas …

So what’s in a name? Quite a lot actually. When you’re born with one as unwieldy as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (like Lady Gaga), something’s got to give.

MSN Entertainment collected a few of our favourite stage names and the reasons behind them …

The diminutive New Yorker was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, so it’s clear she needed a snappier stage name. Producer Rob Fusari somewhat optimistically compared her vocal style to that of former Queen front-man Freddie Mercury, so she took her new moniker from their 1984 single Radio Ga-Ga.

From Girl’s Tyme, Something Fresh, Cliche and The Dolls, they finally, with the help of Beyonce’s manager dad, settled on Destiny’s Child. It comes from a passage in the Book of Isaiah.

Bonavox (Latin for ‘good voice’) was the name of a hearing aid shop in Dublin’s Talbot Street. The U2 singer (real name Paul Hewson) was given the unwelcome nickname of Bono Vox by his childhood friend Gavin Friday due to his fondness for singing at top volume. Although he disliked it at first, Bono eventually came to embrace it to the extent that it’s how he is now known by his closest friends and even his wife.

Born Dylan Mills, the future grime star was nicknamed ‘rascal’ by teachers with a penchant for understatement – he was excluded from four secondary schools in four years, and from all classes except music in the fifth.

Born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, Eminem started rapping at the age of 14 under the pseudonym M&M – a reference both to his initials and the popular sweets of the same name. This later evolved into Eminem.

Jay-Z grew up in the Marcy housing project in Brooklyn, and his home was located at the intersection of the J/Z subway lines. Along with his East Coast MC mentor, Jaz-O and the childhood nickname of ‘Jazzy’, Jay-Z took a rather natural shape.

Before fame, fortune, hit singles, drugs, groupies, and all the rest, the future self-styled ‘greatest rock and roll band in the word’ were basically a tribute act for authentic American blues and R&B (which was a very different beast to the music which now bears that name). Founder member Brian Jones, who would become the first casualty of the rock era when he drowned in 1969, named the band after the 1948 single Rollin’ Stone by blues legend Muddy Waters.

If you were an artist, what would your name be & why? 

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