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The many names of Prince

A fresh bouquet of flowers adorns the symbol Prince once changed his name to that is attached to the exterior of a home at the intersection of Bennett and Broadway in Long Beach. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
A fresh bouquet of flowers adorns the symbol Prince once changed his name to that is attached to the exterior of a home at the intersection of Bennett and Broadway in Long Beach. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

In a 1999 interview with Bass Player Magazine, Prince, then known as "The Artist," explained his latest name change, saying, "I was just getting tired of seeing my name."

Judging by how many monikers Prince Rogers Nelson was known by during his lifetime, it was likely a fatigue he felt often. 

Here are just a few of the pseudonyms and nicknames the late legend was known by: 

  • Skipper (childhood nickname)
  • Jamie Starr (songs written for artists 1981-1984)
  • The Starr Company (songs written for artists 1981-1984)
  • Joey Coco (songs written for Sheena Easton and Kenny Rogers)
  • Paisley Park (production credits in early 1990s)
  • Alexander Nevermind ("Sugar Walls" by Sheena Easton)
  • Christopher ("Manic Monday" by The Bangles)
  • Prince
  • The Purple One
  • Love Symbol (unpronounceable)
  • The Artist Formerly Known as Prince (in lieu of unpronounceable symbol)
  • TAFKAP
  • The Artist
  • Prince (again)
  • The Artist Formerly Known as "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince"

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