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People are only just discovering Bon Jovi's real name

Emma Guinness

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People are only just discovering Bon Jovi's real name

Bon Jovi might have one of the music world's most recognisable names, but like many other artists of his generation, his real name is completely different.

Jon Bon Jovi, 60, isn't even the lead singer of the Bon Jovi's band's full name, and one TikToker was stunned to learn the truth when he looked up the 80s icon.


User @ponderingjon subsequently took to the popular social media app to share his finding, and other people were clearly just as stunned, as his video has been viewed over 1.8 million times.

"So I've just had a look to see what the bon stands for in Jon Bon Jovi's name. I was secretly hoping that it would be Jonathan Bonothan Jovi," he said.

"But it turns out it's Francis and his last name is Bongiovi. How do I not know that?"

But while ponderingjon might have been annoyed at himself for not knowing Bon Jovi's real name, if the comments section is anything to go by, neither do the vast majority of people - unless their parents happen to be big fans.

Although we are pretty sure that most of them do know the lyrics to the likes of classics including 'Livin' On A Prayer'.

Reacting to the revelation, one TikTok user wrote: "It's like the time I learned that the l in Samuel L Jackson was LEROY."

"It shorts for Bon Bons. He likes the strawberry ones," joked a second.

"Jonathan Bonathan sounds good to me," wrote a third while a fourth added in reference to the speculated name: "That was my secret hope as well, but I'm not mad at this."

A lot of people wished his name was Jonathan Bonothan Jovi. Credit: Alamy / MediaPunch Inc
A lot of people wished his name was Jonathan Bonothan Jovi. Credit: Alamy / MediaPunch Inc

"Wait so it's actually his name?" questioned a fifth. "He may be the only guy in Hollywood with his own name."

"I've known that for a very long time," joked a sixth. "That's my mother's favourite man."

It turns out that even Bon Jovi himself saw the funny side to the video, and ponderingjon revealed in the comment section: "He actually liked the video, I don't know what to do!!"

Noise Addicts reports that Bon Jovi's name was first named back in the mid-70s when his music career began and executives wanted to make him more marketable.

Apparently, the other members of the band expressed no objection to being called the name of their lead singer and given their mammoth success since then, TikTok users - who are typically millennial or younger - can be forgiven for not knowing his real name.

Featured Image Credit: PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Celebrity

Emma Guinness
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