Showing posts with label Names. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Names. Show all posts

Aug 2, 2011

What's in a Name, Entertainers

Here are some interesting real names of entertainers. Some are real tongue twisters.
Woody Allen - Allen Konigsberg
Jennifer Aniston - Jennifer Anastassakis
Cher - Cherilyn Sarkisian
Vin Diesel = Mark Vincent
Tom Cruise - Thomas Mapother IV
Hulk Hogan - Terry Jene Bollea
Jean-Claude Van Damme - Jean-Claude Camille Fran├žois Van Varenberg
Gene Autry - Orvon Grover Autry
Ben Kingsley - Krishna Banji
Wynonna Judd = Christina Ciminella
Elle MacPherson - Eleanor Gow
Walter Matthau - Walter Matuschanskayasky
Demi Moore - Demetria Gene Guynes
Bono (U2) = Paul Hewson
Joan Rivers - Joan Sandra Molinsky
Meg Ryan -  Margaret Mary Alice Emily Hyra
Christian Slater - Christian Michael Leonard Hawkins

Mar 9, 2010

What's in a Name

Here are a few you might remember and a few you probably never knew.
Birth Name Stage Name
Harry Lillis Crosby Bing Crosby
Mendel Berlinger Milton Berle
Joseph Gottlieb Joey Bishop
Emanuel Goldenberg Edward G Robinson
Laszlo Loewenstein Peter Lorre
Camille Javal Brigitte Bardot
Carlos Irwin Estevez  Charlie Sheen
John Charles Carter Charlton Heston
Demetria Gene Guynes  Demi Moore
Erich Weiss Harry Houdini
Jerome Silberman Gene Wilder
Marion Morrison John Wayne
Norma Baker Marilyn Monroe
Margaret Hyra Meg Ryan
Columcille Gibson Mel Gibson
Maurice Micklewhite Michael Caine
Nicolas Coppola Nicolas Cage
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV Tom Cruise
Allen Konigsberg  Woody Allen

Mar 18, 2009

Names vs. Income

Not surprisingly, a study conducted in Sweden showed that African, Asian, or Slavic immigrants who changed their name to be more neutral or Swedish sounding increased their earnings the year after their name was changed. The researchers believe that employers (unconsciously or not) sort out names of job applicants, based on their past experiences and perception of stereotypes of nationalities. A year after name changes, earnings rose and average of 141%. Don't you ever wonder who pays for these studies and why? Maybe it is for the infinitely curious folks that read about them.