This list of stage names lists names used by those in the entertainment industry, alphabetically by their stage name 's surname, followed by their birth name. Individuals who dropped their last name and substituted their middle name as their last name are listed. In many cases, performers have legally changed their name to their stage name. Note: Many cultures have their own naming customs and systems Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Hungarian, Indian and others , some rather intricate. Minor changes or alterations, including reversing Eastern-style formats, do not in and of themselves qualify as stage names, and should not normally be included.