Did his mom name him Bono?
Even at the tender age of 16, the Dublin boy born Paul Hewson had a flair for the post-modern. He and his friends were part of a self-styled “surrealistic street gang" called Lypton Village. One of their favorite past times was giving people nicknames, as it was considered strange to stick with the name you were born with. Hewson got tagged with the nickname Bonavox, which was taken from a local hearing aid shop and roughly translated to “good voice.” He used the name Bono Vox at the beginning of the band’s career, before eventually...