Saturday, April 17, 2010


What does a name mean? Can you be fated to live a far harder life simply because your parents so happened to be thoughtless and "hip"? Actors change their names all the time, often to appeal to a wider audience and leave a lasting impression with a more "memorable" title.

Changing the dynamics of your first impression can be a domino effect. Labels serve as an important marketing tool for many of the most successful individuals and companies. So what's in name? Evidently quite a bit.

Shedding your old skin can lead to new beginnings.

Here's a few.

Michael Caine born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite
Bill Clinton born William Jefferson Blythe
Gerald Ford born Leslie Lynch King Jr.
Joseph Stalin (meaning "steel") born Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvilli
Mark Twain born Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Nicholas Cage born Nicolas Coppola
Sean Connery born Thomas Connery
Bing Crosby born Harry Lillis Crosby
Tiger Woods born Eldrick Woods
Yogi Berra born Lawrence Peter Berra
Yahoo original corporation name was "Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web". Yahoo is an acronym for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle".