Roberta? Declan? Stevland? If you're one of those people who thinks they know everything—and we mean everything—about their favourite musicians, guess again.

While it's not uncommon for celebrities to adopt a new moniker while on their quest for fame, even some of these name changes took us by surprise!

Click through below to find out why some of our favourite artists chose to cut ties with their original given names.

1. Elton John

 

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Birth name: Reginald Kenneth Dwight
Story: All right, so quite a few of you may already know this one: It turns out saxophonist Elton Dean and blues singer Long John Baldry provided the inspiration behind the legendary Elton John's stage name. In 1967, the longtime fan of Dean and Baldry had his name legally changed to Elton Hercules John. Interestingly, the "Hercules" part comes not from the mythological hero, but from a horse on the British TV sitcom, Steptoe and Son.

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