Celebrities With The Weirdest Middle Names

Elton Hercules John

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Elton John’s birth name is actually Reginald Kenneth Dwight. He changed his name to Elton John in homage to two members of Bluesology: saxophonist Elton Dean and vocalist Long John Baldry. He legally changed his name to Elton Hercules John on 7 January 1972.

He didn’t choose the middle name Hercules because of the figure from Greek mythology. He picked it because of a horse named Hercules on the British sitcom Steptoe and Son.