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All Tea, No Shade — These 130+ Drag Queen Names Will Have You Gagging

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Being a drag queen is about a lot more than someone who presents as masculine dressing in traditionally feminine clothes. In addition to the fashion, there are elements of entertainment, music, design, dance, literature, and comedy — not to mention a long history (sorry, herstory). If you’ve watched any episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race (especially the comeback and roasts), you may think that RuPaul Charles is one of the first drag queens — but, honey, they’ve been around a lot longer than that.

Although it’s unclear where, exactly, the term “drag queen” came from, one of the first times “drag” was used to describe a man dressed in woman’s clothing was in 1870, in reference to a masquerade ball — sometimes referred to as a “grand rag.” Of course, times have changed a lot, and drag can be whatever you want it to be: After all, gender is a social construct. In the wise words of RuPaul, “We’re all born naked, and the rest is drag.”

Anyway, the first drag balls in the United States were held in the 1880s, although attending was a crime, and they were often raided by police. Around the same time, and into the 20th century, female impersonator acts were popular on the vaudeville circuit. But soon drag was associated with sex work and queerness and fell out of favor among heterosexual male performers.

For a while, the art of drag was primarily seen in underground venues but has been coming out of the shadows and into the mainstream slowly but surely since the 1980s. Now, there’s a chance your local library hosts a drag queen story hour. (If it does, and you haven’t gone yet — go!) And if you find yourself so inspired by drag queens that you’d like to name your baby after one or be inspired for your own drag name, here are some classic drag queen names for every taste.

Names of Iconic Drag Queens

  1. Divine

Divine was a drag queen well known for his pointy eyebrow looks and roles in several John Waters movies. He was crowned the “Drag Queen of the Century” by People.

  1. RuPaul

RuPaul was first given fashion cues from his mother and sisters. RuPaul started performing in Manhattan clubs around New York City and eventually released an album called Supermodel of the World.

  1. Lady Bunny

This beautiful drag queen is also known as Bunny Hickory Dickory Dock. She is the founder of the annual Wigstock event and has made several disco songs like “Shame, Shame, Shame!” and “The Pussycat Song.”

  1. Coccinelle

Jacqueline Charlotte Dufresnoy is also known as Conccinelle. She was a French entertainer in the 1950s. She, along with other trans women entertainers, performed at the prestigious nightclub Le Carrousel de Paris.

Other Famous Drag Queen Names

  1. Dame Edna Everage
  2. Pepper LeBeija
  3. Conchita Wurst
  4. Tandi Iman Dupree
  5. Stella Clinton
  6. Fanny Park
  7. Crystal LaBeija
  8. Pabllo Vittar
  9. Bothwell Browne
  10. Panti Bliss

Names of Contestants From RuPaul’s Drag Race

  1. A’keria Davenport
  2. Acid Betty
  3. Adore Delano
  4. Aiden Zhane
  5. Aja
  6. Alaska Thunderfuck
  7. Alexis Mateo
  8. Alexis Michelle
  9. Alyssa Edwards
  10. Asia O’Hara
  11. BenDeLaCreme
  12. Blair St. Clair
  13. Brita Filter
  14. Brooke Lynn Hytes
  15. Carmen Carrera
  16. Charlie Hides
  17. Chi Chi DeVayne
  18. Coco Montrese
  19. Courtney Act
  20. Crystal Methyd
  21. Cynthia Lee Fontaine
  22. Dahlia Sin
  23. Delta Work
  24. Denali
  25. Derrick Barry
  26. Detox
  27. Envy Peru
  28. Eureka O’Hara
  29. Farrah Moan
  30. Gia Gunn
  31. Gigi Goode
  32. Ginger Minj
  33. Gottmik
  34. Heidi N Closet
  35. Honey Davenport
  36. Honey Mahogany
  37. Tamisha Iman
  38. India Ferrah
  39. Ivy Winters
  40. Jackie Cox
  41. Jade Jolie
  42. Jan Sport
  43. Janey Jacké
  44. Jasmine Masters
  45. Jaymes Mansfield
  46. Jessica Wild
  47. Jiggly Caliente
  48. Joslyn Fox
  49. Jujubee
  50. Kameron Michaels
  51. Kandy Muse
  52. Katya Zamolodchikova
  53. Kelly Mantle
  54. Kennedy Davenport
  55. Kim Chi
  56. Kimora Blac
  57. Laganja Estranja
  58. Latrice Royale
  59. Manila Luzon
  60. Mariah Paris Balenciaga
  61. Mayhem Miller
  62. Milk
  63. Mimi Imfurst
  64. Miss Fame
  65. Miz Cracker
  66. Monét X Change
  67. Monica Beverly Hillz
  68. Monique Heart
  69. Morgan McMichaels
  70. Mrs. Kasha Davis
  71. Naomi Smalls
  72. Nicky Doll
  73. Nina Bo’nina Brown
  74. Nina Flowers
  75. Nina West
  76. Ongina
  77. Pandora Boxx
  78. Pearl
  79. Peppermint
  80. Phi Phi O’Hara
  81. Ra’Jah O’Hara
  82. Raven
  83. Robbie Turner
  84. Rock M. Sakura
  85. Rosé
  86. Roxxxy Andrews
  87. Sahara Davenport
  88. Scarlet Envy
  89. Shangela
  90. Shannel
  91. Shea Couleé
  92. Sherry Pie
  93. Shuga Cain
  94. Silky Nutmeg Ganache
  95. Soju
  96. Kylie Sonique Love
  97. Symone
  98. Tammie Brown
  99. Tatianna
  100. Thorgy Thor
  101. Tina Burner
  102. Trinity K. Bonet
  103. Trinity Taylor
  104. Trixie Mattel
  105. Valentina
  106. Vanessa Vanjie Mateo
  107. Venus D-Lite
  108. Victoria “Porkchop” Parker
  109. The Vixen
  110. Widow Von’Du
  111. Willam Belli
  112. Yara Sofia
  113. Yuhua Hamasaki

How to Come Up With Your Own Drag Queen Name

Although technically any name can be a drag queen name if you’d like to come up with your own and aren’t sure where to start, let the wordplay and puns flow! Find a word or phrase that can be said using a first and last name. If you really want to get creative, you can pick a word or phrase that describes your drag queen persona. A few examples are:

  1. Phyllis Stein
  2. Helen Wheels
  3. Hedda Hair
  4. Eileen Dover
  5. Pat McCrotch
  6. Penny Foryathots
  7. Ima Hogg
  8. Jo King
  9. Iona Mink
  10. Holly Wood

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