TIME magazine recently released a list of celebrities who made ridiculous name changes after the mercurial Los Angeles Lakers forward formerly known as Ron Artest officially changed his name to Metta World Peace on September 16, 2011.
Ron Artest/Metta World Peace
On September 16, 2011, Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest officially became Metta World Peace, seemingly of Buddhist inspiration after a Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner approved the name change. The interesting reason was stated that Metta is going to be the first name and it means like friendship, love and kindness while World Peace is going to be the last name so everybody can get ready to buy their World Peace jerseys.
Ron Artest was reportedly eliminated from Dancing with the Stars season 13 on September 20, 2011
Lisa Bonet/ Lilakoi Moon
Best known for her role as Denise Huxtable Kendall on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, and originally starring in its spinoff A Different World, Lisa Bonet decided to change her name to the hardly pronounceable Lilakoi Moon in the early '90s after having enough with the fans harassing her. It is so funny to know another interesting penchant for crazy names that when she gave birth to her third child in 2009 with Hawaiian-born actor Jason, the baby was named Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa which literally means “stormy warrior”. The reason for this fun was that was a stormy night.
Lisa Bonet became Lilakoi Moon
Mark Sinclair Vincent/Vin Diesel
The story of Mark Sinclair Vincent changing his name as Vin Diesel came from the time when he was a bouncer who always used a fake name at a night club from New York City.
He shortened his last name Vincent to get his new first name, combined with a nickname given by his friends and was inspired by his never-ending energy
Mark Duper/Mark Super Duper
After having already changed Dupas in Duper, the former American football wide receiver who played for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League from 1982 to 1992 decided to invoke a childhood rhyme to become Mark Super Duper. He shared that his bombastic choice of middle name should only prove his sporting prowess and explained: "I think it matches everything I do and everything I strive for."
Mark Super Duper
Russell Tyrone Jones/Ol’ Dirty Bastard
Ol’ Dirty Bastard is the popular name of Russell Tyrone Jones, an American rapper. And then, the founding member of the rap collective Wu-Tang Clan was not satisfied with creepy ODB either so that he was even close to representative: Big Baby Jesus.
He died from an overdose in 2004, two days before his 36th birthday
Caryn Johnson/Whoopi Goldberg
Very few people know that Caryn Johnson is the real name of American comedian and actress, Whoopi Goldberg who is best known for her first featured role in The Color Purple
Ron Artest Changed a New Funny Name as Metta World Peace