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Famous Name Changes Quiz

These people changed names. Guess the missing names, either old or new.
Includes one fictional character
Quiz by Quizmaster
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First submittedApril 20, 2010
Last updatedAugust 30, 2018
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Old Name
New Name
Lew Alcindor
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Cassius Clay
Muhammad Ali
Victoria Adams
Victoria Beckham
Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Mark Twain
Anakin Skywalker
Darth Vader
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Prinze
Malcolm Little
Malcolm X
Destiny Hope Cyrus
Miley Ray Cyrus
Prince
Old Name
New Name
Nancy Davis
Nancy Reagan
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
Karol Wojtyla
Pope John Paul II
Robert Zimmerman
Bob Dylan
Norma Jeane Baker
Marilyn Monroe
Ron Artest
Metta World Peace
Cat Stevens
Yusuf Islam
Chad Johnson
Chad Ochocinco
Eldrick Woods
Tiger Woods
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level ∞
May 5, 2013
Updated!
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level 71
May 18, 2013
How about allowing "Posh Spice" for Adams? Because that fits the theme better.
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level 79
May 14, 2014
That's what I put in there, though I guess it's more a moniker than a name change. Did Malcolm Little officially change his to "X"?
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level 72
Sep 29, 2014
Don't know, but he changed his name again later to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, which isn't such an easy name to spell.
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level 38
Apr 22, 2018
Yes, he changed it officially to "X". The "X" stood for the original last name of his African ancestors which was "stolen" from them once they became enslaved. He changed it again to "El-Shabazz" after his Hajj .
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level 76
May 18, 2013
hahaha... you got Prince symbol in there. Hilarious. What a doofus. Though eventually he did change his name back.
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level 76
May 18, 2013
also, probably should have got Jabbar considering his picture is at the top.. but didn't think about it.
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level 78
Aug 13, 2015
Actually, it was a rational move. He was in a dispute with his recording company and was in a position where he did not want to release material as "Prince" because of the contract and copyright ramifications.
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level 32
May 18, 2013
I guess this symbol won't appear in the residential registration office... or? Fun quiz though
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level 64
May 20, 2013
I only got one wrong... and it was the guy in the picture! DUHHH. I blame Monday.
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level 51
May 22, 2013
Mark Twain was a Pseudonym not really a name change.
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level 55
Apr 23, 2015
Ah, I see you and I were thinking the same thing. Commented before I saw your comment.
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level 66
Aug 15, 2013
I've always thought that Lew Alcindor was a pretty awesome name as it was. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has some good luck! (And a hell of a lot of skill!)
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level 70
Jun 6, 2017
Me too, Yossarian. As a kid in the early 70s, with my basketball cards, I though there were some pretty cool names in the NBA...Lew Alcindor, Nate Thurmond, Artis Gilmore, Elvin Hayes, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson. I dunno, just cool-sounding names.
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level 55
Apr 23, 2015
I guess it doesn't really matter, but I don't think Samuel Clemens ever officially changed his name. Mark Twain was just a pen name, wasn't it?
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level 81
Aug 22, 2015
Maybe you should change this new format so that you won't see the questions until after the time starts? The way it's now you practically got infinite time to think about the answers and each quiz is a mega easy speed typing test rather than a timed quiz.
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level 45
Nov 29, 2015
I don't think name changes that are because of marriage should be included in this quiz. Just my two cents...
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level 68
Aug 24, 2018
They definitely are name changes, but I agree the quiz would be more interesting if those didn't count.
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level 61
Mar 11, 2016
Nancy Davis and Victoria Adams should not be on this quiz. They just changed their last names to the names of their husbands, which a majority of married women do.
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level 67
Jan 15, 2017
Curious as to why Posh Spice wasn't accepted...
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level 54
Apr 20, 2017
You should have given us Prince and made us type in the symbol.
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level 17
Oct 19, 2017
The Pope does not change his name. He adopts a name of his favorite Pope while he is the Pope
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level 47
Oct 26, 2017
Tiger Woods is a nickname--he never officially changed his name. Mark Twain is a pen name--he was still Samuel Clemens. The title should be better known names of famous people.
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level 38
Jul 22, 2018
Who is Ron Artest????????
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level 79
Aug 20, 2018
Overrated and extremely hot headed former NBA player.
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level 76
Aug 20, 2018
I don't know who Chad Johnson or Chad Ochocinco are but the latter has a goofy name. Not as bad as what Artest changed his name to, though.
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level 27
Aug 20, 2018
so i put Ronald Artest and it wouldn't accept it even though his full first name would be Ronald ...
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level 68
Aug 24, 2018
If you ever want to add one more to the quiz, professional wrestler the Ultimate Warrior legally changed his name from James Hellwig to Warrior during copyright disputes with the WWF back in the 1990s.
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level 38
Jan 24, 2019
Ochocinco (and Venticinque and Pentangelo) are quite unique names. Have no idea why anyone would want to change them.