If you’re a U2 fan, you know that Bono’s given name is Paul David Hewson. However, it gets a little more complicated than that. When he was a kid, Paul was part of a pretentious, artsy Dublin street gang called Lypton Village. The rule was that ever member had to have some kind of nickname. The first nickname given to Paul was Steinvic von Huyesman. Then that somehow morphed into “Houseman.”
After that, he was known for a time as “Bon Murray.” Then came “Bono Vox of O’Connell Street,” which was stolen from the name of a hearing aid store on McConnell Street. Eventually that was shortened to just “Bono”—and that’s where we are today. Everyone calls him that—even his wife.