What’s in a name?

By | May 10, 2006


If I asked… Who’s this? You would say Bono, right? That’s what I would say.

But, after decades of listening to U2, it never really occurred to me that it wasn’t his mum who named him Bono. I never really thought about it one way or another. As it turns out, Bono was born Paul Hewson. It was a friend who gave him the nickname Bono Vox, which is Latin for good voice. He ended up dropping the vox, but keeping the Bono.

Here’s a short list of other people you never heard of, at least not by their real names. I personally am a big fan of Stuart Leslie Goddard.


Knappy on May 11, 2006 at 9:56 am.

Isn’t “Bono Vox” Latin for “Free Voice?”

Alessandro on May 11, 2006 at 4:39 pm.

The correct spelling in Latin is “bona vox”, which means “good voice”.
(Don’t you find it ironic that “bona” is misspelled?)

kazo on May 29, 2006 at 1:22 am.

Though i’m not entirely shure, that you would be interested, but here are some more names (mostly rappers)…