Does it really say Sting on his ID? No, no it does not. Sting’s real name is Gordon Sumner. Yes, you read it right the first time, it is Gordon.He gained his nickname while playing with the Phoenix Jazzmen band. He was performing wearing a black and yellow sweater with stripes and apparently to the band leader, Gordon Solomon, he looked like a bumblebee. Therefore he started to be called Sting. Since then everyone calls him that, even his mother and children.