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12 Politicians Whose Real First Names Might Surprise You

It’s always a weird thing, to find out that someone’s name isn’t their actual name, right? Sometimes, it makes sense why they chose to go by something else – like Chipper Jones eschewing the first name “Larry” – but other times, it’s just too strange to think of them as anything else.

In these 12 cases, it’s politicians who have first names you might not know, so get ready to be the slightest bit uncomfortable, friend.

12. Cara Fiorina.

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I mean. It’s almost the same as Carly, but Carly is not really a nickname for Cara?

11. Addison McConnell.

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You, of course, know him as Mitch.

10. Willard Romney.

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I mean, you knew Mitt had to be a nickname, and still…

9. Alexander Johnson.

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I’m honestly not sure why he thought Boris was a better choice.

8. Ladda Duckworth.

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I think her real name is much prettier than Tammy!

7. Rafael Cruz.

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I think we can all guess why he goes by Ted.

6. James Perry.

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Rick and James are the same level of boring.

5. Nimrata Haley.

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I doubt she would have been hired without the first name “Nikki.”

4. Leslie Ford.

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He went by Gerald, because maybe he thought it was more manly? Or maybe he just liked it more.

3. Warren De Blasio

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It really doesn’t have the same ring as Bill.

2. John Bush.

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Jeb just as a ring to it, I guess, especially with that exclamation point.

1. Piyush Jindal

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Bobby Jindal is easier to say, and everyone knows Americans like that.

I really am surprised by these, and I don’t think it’s in a good way!

What was the biggest first name shocker you ever received? Share the story with us in the comments!