Eminem was born Marshall Mathers III on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. His stage name was derived from his initials: “Marshall Mathers” became “M and M” (or “Eminem”).
Snoop Dogg was born Calvin Broadus Jr. Broadus’s mother gave the rapper the nickname “Snoop” because she thought that he resembled the “Snoopy the Dog” character from “Peanuts”.
Deadmau5 was born Joel Thomas Zimmerman. Zimmerman was known to several friends as “the dead mouse guy” after he found a dead mouse inside a computer he was repairing.
Madonna was born Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. Madonna shortened her name to create an air of mystery around her musical identity and to reference her Roman Catholic upbringing.