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The Real Names of Your Favorite Country Stars

The Real Names of Your Favorite Country Stars

You don't recognize those artists? Well, that's probably because you're more familiar with their current stage names, which they pieced together from nicknames, middle names, and sometimes, names they simply picked on a whim.

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Eric Church

"Springsteen" singer Eric Church was born Kenneth Eric Church.

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Faith Hill

Hill was born Audrey Faith Perry, but instead goes by her middle name and the surname of her first husband, Dan Hill.

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Garth Brooks

The country superstar's real name is Troyal Garth Brooks.

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Gary LeVox

Rascall Flatts frontman Gary Levox was born Gary Wayne Vernon, Jr.

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Hank Williams, Sr.

Country singer Hank Williams was born with the name Hiram King Williams.

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Hank Williams, Jr.

Hank Williams, Jr. — also known as Bocephus — isn't a "junior" at all; his real name is Randall Hank Williams.

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Jason Aldean

Jason Aldine Williams is the birth name of "Take a Little Ride" singer Jason Aldean.

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John Denver

"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" artist John Denver was born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.

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LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes, sometimes known as LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, dropped her first name, Margaret, and goes instead by LeAnn, her middle name.

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Luke Bryan

"Drunk On You" singer and co-host of the upcoming ACM Awards Luke Bryan was born Thomas Luther Bryan.

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Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline's birth name was Virginia Patterson Hensley. She adopted the surname "Cline" from Gerald Cline, whom she was married to at the time of her breakthrough hit, "Walkin' After Midnight."

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Randy Travis

Country singer and actor Randy Travis entered the world as Randy Bruce Traywick.

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Shania Twain

Shania Twain, born Eilleen Regina Edwards, took the surname Twain from her stepfather. The origin of Shania is still up for debate; some say she may have taken it from a wardrobe girl who claimed it was a Native American word meaning "on my way," although that claim has yet to be founded.

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Tim McGraw

Samuel Timothy McGraw was raised as Samuel Timothy Smith until the age of 11, when he learned the identity of his real father, major league pitcher "Tug" McGraw. He eventually shortened his name to Tim McGraw for his professional career.

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Toby Keith

Country star Toby Keith's birth name is Toby Keith Covel.

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Travis Tritt

James Travis Tritt dropped his first name sometime before embarking on his country career.

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Wynonna Judd

Naomi Judd named her daughter Christina Claire Ciminella upon birth, taking the surname Ciminella from the girl's stepfather. At 13, Christina was inspired to change her name to Wynonna after hearing it in a song lyric from "Route 66" ("Flagstaff, Arizona/Don't forget Winona").

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