1Tim Pppppppppprice: changed just to make it difficult for telemarketers to pronounce
The 49-year-old from Leicester hopes his name will make people think twice about contacting him. He said he has no regrets over the name change and will now refer to himself as Tim "10p" Price. (Source)
2King Arthur Uther Pendragon: changed because he believes he is a reincarnation of King Arthur
Passport control officials always do a double take when they see his name and picture, which shows him wearing a crown. (Source)
3Adam West: changed because it was cheaper than changing his flight booking
The ticket was booked under the name "Adam West" and the airline wanted to charge him $337 to change it. His girlfriend's stepfather accidentally booked him with that name because that's what he called himself on his Facebook page. "I had put it as Adam West as a joke because he was the actor who played Batman on TV," West said.
Instead of giving in, Adam changed his name for free to fly with his new name at no charge. However, he did have to pay about $157 to change his passport, which is still cheaper. (Source)
4None of The Above Knox: changed to protest the lack of candidate choices
Though he never won an election, Knox forcefully crusaded to include "None of the Above" on ballots to enhance voter choice. (Source)
5StopFortnumAndMasonFoieGrasCruelty.com: changed to raise awareness of foie gras
“I've never been embarrassed or regretted my new name. It's Fortnum & Mason that should be embarrassed and ashamed to be peddling a product so cruel that it's illegal to produce it in the UK," said the young girl. (Source)
6Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop: changed to reflect the infinite love in the universe
In an interview, Beezow said his first name represents "the explosion of awareness of the interconnectedness of the infinite love in the universe."
Doo-doo "is the struggle of our daily lives with that awareness, which with love comes chaos."
Finally, Zopittybop-bop-bop "is the outcome of that struggle, which is often ironic, especially because all life ends in death."
He was arrested several times for possessing marijuana and other charges. (Source)
7Emperor Spiderman Gandalf Wolverine Skywalker Optimus Prime Goku Sonic Xavier Ryu Cloud Superman Heman Batman Thrash: changed to "become" a superhero
He did it along with a friend, Kelvin Borbidge, who's now known as Baron Venom Balrog Sabretooth Vader Megatron Vegeta Robotnik Magneto Bison Sephiroth Lex Luthor Skeletor Joker Grind.
When asked why they did it, Daniel said: "we decided to change our names because we were bored of our day-to-day lives and wanted to do something that reflected our true personalities. We couldn't believe how easy it was to do, we just had to fill in a few forms and we were granted superhero status." (Source)
8Rebel Wolf: changed because she loves wolves
"Rebel Wolf suits me more than my birth name. It feels right. I was always a bit of a rebel as a teenager and have been fascinated by wolves since I can remember. People who know me well still call me Tracie and that's the name I go by for business purposes." (Source)
9Ralph Lauren: changed his last name because it has the word "shit" in it
When asked by Oprah where did the name Lauren come from, Ralph explained: "My given name has the word shit in it. When I was a kid, the other kids would make a lot of fun of me."
Oh, come on, it was a good name. It would have worked fine, and we wouldn't give a Lifshitz. (Source)