To this day, parents around the world insist on burdening their children will Goofy-ass names.
And if by chance you were given a “normal” name, you can change it to something bizarre all by yourself.
10. Elton John.
A name he made up for himself, Elton was born Reginald Dwight. Known for a time as The King, successor to Elvis Presley on top of the music world. As with many of the others on this list, the mention of his first name unmistakably leads you to him.
9. Oprah Winfrey.
A name so distinct hundreds of millions (at least) world wide know exactly who she is just by her first name. Possibly the only African-American billionaire, Oprah is known as The Queen of All Media and is capable of delivering a million votes just by her endorsement.
8. Whoopi Goldberg.
Of course entertainers change their name to something more, well, entertaining, but we thinkWhoopi is more entertaining than most. She was born Caryn Johnson.
7. Suri Cruise.
The daughter of movie stars Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, I would bet you did not know many Suri’sbefore she surfaced.
6. Stanley Dunham.
Not at all a cracked name until you consider this is the name of President Obama’s mother. (Yes, we mentioned it on a different list on May 1st.) If her parents were so stuck on the name, Stanely, why did they not just give it to her as a middle name?
5. Keanu Reeves.
The actor that played Neo in The Matrix and starred in classics like Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventureand Speed, did not make up this name for a Hollywood career. Born in Lebanon, raised in Toronto, and boasting a rich ethnic background that includes European, Asian and Hawaiian ancestry. With a background like that, Reeves deserved a name out of the ordinary.
4. Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.
It is hard to stand out in the NBA with such a rich variety of cracked names, but we think Anferneetakes the top prize. For that matter, how many men are known as Penny? (Sorry Lebron, Kobe, Shaquille and Metta World Peace, Mr. Hardaway wins this one.)
3. Elvis Presley.
Given a name so distinctive that the King of Rock and Roll could go through life known only by his first name, Elvis’s parents were ahead of the times back in 1935 when they named little Elvis. Besides, what else rhymes with pelvis?
2. Kal-el Cage.
Actor Nicholas Cage dived into DC Comics for this one, the birth name of Superman back on planet Krypton.
1. Moon Unit and Dweezil Zappa.
The children of the late great Frank Zappa, their parents obviously did not want them confused with other kids when they were growing up. They were not confused with anyone else.