The REAL Names of These 18 Country Stars May Surprise You

Not sure you know this, but a lot of your favorite country stars past and present don’t go by their actual names. This happens for many reasons…

Here are 18 artists and their real names.

1. Eric Church

“Springsteen” singer Eric Church was born Kenneth Eric Church.

2. Jake Owen

The beachy superstar was actually born Joshua Ryan Owen but changed his first name to Jake to avoid confusion with Josh Turner and Josh Gracin after signing a record deal.

3. Faith Hill

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

4. Garth Brooks

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

5. Gary LeVox

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

6. Hank Williams, Sr.

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

7. Hank Williams, Jr.

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

8. Jason Aldean

Jason Aldine Williams is the birth name of superstar Jason Aldean.

9. John Denver

“Thank God I’m a Country Boy” artist John Denver was born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.

10. LeAnn Rimes

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

11. Luke Bryan

“Fast” singer Luke Bryan was born Thomas Luther Bryan.

12. Randy Travis

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

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. Conway Twitty

Legendary country crooner Conway Twitty was actually born Harold Lloyd Jenkins.

16. Toby Keith

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

17. RaeLynn

Racheal Lynn Woodward is the real name of Voice alum RaeLynn.

18. Dierks Bentley

Say hello to Frederick Dierks Bentley. Dierks opted to drop his first name in place of his middle name.

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