We know our favorite celebs by their fabulous stage names. Like pink, for example her real name is Alicia Beth Moore, but in today’s world, it wouldn’t be that crazy to name your kid after a color, right? Do you think you know all your favorite celebs real names?… we’re not so sure! Make sure you read this article until the end to see what celeb has the weirdest real name of all.
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Now, let’s get into 30 celebrities real names you’ll never believe:
Have you seen Halsey’s 2018 music video “without me”? There’s nothing this American singer, songwriter, and actress can’t do.
And we can see how she became such a hit with the name like Halsey
But her real name, Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, wasn’t really that exciting.
That’s why she came up with an anagram of Ashley and ended up becoming the total iconic “Halsey”.
It does have a nice ring to it, don’t you agree?
You may know the charismatic Spitfire that is Cardi B.
her voice is simply legendary, but so is her crazy feud with Nicki Minaj.
But a true fan would know that Cardi B is nothing but a stage name.
It was inspired by the name the Bacardi, which is how everyone used to call her.
So, she took it and shortened it to something with a little more pizzazz, like Cardi B.
But her real name is “ Belcalis Marlenis Almànzar ”!
Everyone knows that Meghan Markel was the star of the hit show “Suits”.
But she quickly retired when she met her prince charming… and yes, we do mean that literally!
Meghan ended up becoming a member of the British royal family.
But her real name is Rachel Meghan Markel, which you’ve got to admit, isn’t that mind-blowing.
But it doesn’t really matter whether her husband, Prince Harry, calls her Rachel or Meghan.
To the rest of the world, she’s none other than the Duchess of Sussex.
Queen of controversy, Nicki Minaj, is a total boss, and her rhymes are razor-sharp.
Don’t believe us listen to her “Queen” album.
It’ll blow you away! But we wonder how popular she’d be if she used her birth name, Onika Tanya Maraj.
Now that’s a total mouthful! But she wasn’t the one who changed her name.
In fact, she didn’t want a name change. So the guy behind one of her first production deal changed it for her.
Bad Gal Riri is well-known across the globe.
But what most people don’t know is that Rihanna isn’t her first name.
And she’s totally okay with Hollywood calling her Rihanna instead of Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
But for some reason, we simply can’t picture her as a “Robyn”.
Still, she absolutely loves her name, so everyone in her close group of friends and family calls her by her real name, Robyn. Now that’s keeping it real!
Would you still find Brad Pitt totally dreamy if we told you his real name is William Bradley Pitt?
It sounds a bit too regal, don’t you think?
but if you want to play the Hollywood game, you better come up with the name that easily rolls out your tongue.
But let’s be honest here! He could have any name in the world and he’d still be a total dreamboat!
And now that’s he’s single and on the prowl, he prefers to use William when he introduces himself to women.
You might know her as Beyoncé or Bey, but her license says Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter.
Did you know she didn’t have to look too far to find her very own unique stage name?
Like other great performers, such as Cher and Madonna, Beyoncé only needs one name.
Besides, when you’re a well-renowned singer, you tend to squeeze your name like a lemon and turn it into lemonade.
His stage name sounds like a delicious candy bar, and while the American singer and dancer is a real treat, that’s not his real name.
He was born Peter Gene Hernandez.
But where did the name Bruno come from?
As it turns out, it was a nickname he got as a toddler because he looked like Bruno Sammartino, a famous wrestler.
The American fashion model was ranked one of the top 50 models at models.co.
But perhaps, she wouldn’t have made quite an impression with the people who named her “international model of the year” if she’d use her birth name.
She was born Jelena Noura Hadid. Her mom nicknamed her Gigi when
she was a little girl, and it just stuck.
And now her name is as powerful as the beautiful Los Angeles blonde.
As a rapper, entrepreneur, and one of the actors of “Degrassi: the next generation”, we never pictured Drake as anything other than Drake.
But we would have never expected the guy’s real name to be Aubrey.
Drake is actually his middle name, as he was born Aubrey Drake Graham.
He dropped the Aubrey and went with Drake when he decided to become a rapper.
Now that was a good call in the switcheroo,
Drake! We’re not sure how popular an Aubrey would have been in the hip-hop and R&B scene, right?
Alicia Keys sounds like a badass stage name, but Alicia Augello cook, well, just doesn’t have a ring to it.
But when the singer was looking to change her last name, she was stumped. So, she went to her mom for advice.
Keys had considered changing her name to Alicia Wild, but her mom thankfully convinced her to keep looking.
So, after some careful thought, she picked the word keys, like the keys of a piano, which really suit the talented artist.
The “la-la-land” actress could have stuck with her birth name Emily Jean Stone.
But there was already an Emily stone in Hollywood.
So, at 16, she decided to rebrand herself as none other than Emma Stone.
The change wasn’t as dramatic as some of the other celebs on this list, but you’ve got to admit, it’s a lot better than using her real name!
Still, most of her close friends and family called her “M”. That’s totally adorable!
Lana Del Rey
The “how to disappear” singer made her middle and last name, well… totally disappear!
But she didn’t have much of a choice.
If she hadn’t changed her name, she might have never made it the music industry as Elizabeth Wooldridge Grant.
Her full name sounds like its better suited for country music star, which she’s definitely far from.
It’s why she came up with Lana Del Rey when she was 25.
This one isn’t too much of a shocker.
After all, how many parents do you know would be insane enough to name their kid “Lady”?
Maybe the West’s would now that we say that! It could even sound like something cute you named your dog, right?
But Lady Gaga is just a stage name the pop star got based on the 1984 Queen song “Radio Ga Ga”.
Her real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.
Give us a second while we catch our breath. Yes, that was four names…
The “Mean Girls” director is best known for her hilarious work on “Saturday Night Live”.
But did you know that her “30 rock” character, Liz Lemon is a shootout to her birth name, Elizabeth?
Tina was actually born Elizabeth Stamatina Fey, which was too much of a tongue twister for Hollywood.
So, she used a shortened version of her middle name as inspiration for her stage name Tina.
The singer’s raunchy VMA antics with the foam finger are simply unforgettable.
But it’s why we love her to death! You just never know what you’re going to get with Miley!
In fact, you can totally see how a Miley Cyrus would do that, but not a Destiny Hope Cyrus.
That’s right, the singer’s stage name was inspired by a childhood nickname.
Her family used to call her “Smiley”, because she was always smiling. That’s just too adorable for words!
When Ashton Kutcher accepted the Ultimate Choice Award, he dropped a bombshell. And everyone at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards was shocked.
The “that 70s show” actor’s birth name was actually…
Wait for it! Christopher Ashton Kutcher! Okay, so it was pretty similar.
But honestly, we just can’t imagine calling him Chris!
He just seems like a natural-born Ashton! Then around nineteen, he went with his middle name to make it in Hollywood, and boy, did he succeed!
Calvin Harris sounds a lot cooler than the Scottish singer’s real name, Adam Richard Wiles.
But you’ve got to admit, it sounds so royal and posh! Calvin came up with a stage name because of his first track.
It was pretty soulful, but his name didn’t match his music.
So, he created a stage name that would be more racially ambiguous.
And since everyone seemed to love it he decided to keep it.
Whatever you do, don’t call Demi by her birth name, Demi Gene Guynes.
It doesn’t ring as smoothly, and to be quite honest, it sounds more like a newly discovered illness than an actress famous for her role on “Ghost”.
But when she was seventeen, she was married to rock star Freddie Moore.
The marriage didn’t last, but she used his last name for her stage name, and you’ve got to admit, it’s pretty much the best decision she’s ever made!
Can you imagine trying to spell Ilyena Lydia Mironoff?
Well neither did Helen Mirren. Her birth name is exotic, sure, but it’s also pretty difficult to write on a film credit.
Still, she wasn’t the one who decided to change her last name from Mironoff to Mirren. It was her father who took care of that in the fifties.
Then, Ilyena took it upon herself to make her first name simpler in order to pursue a film career.
The musician was born Christopher Edwin Breaux.
But that changed after he joined the hip collective Odd Future in 2010.
He wanted a name that sounded cool, which is why he went on LegalZoom and changed it to Frank Ocean.
Most people would have kept their birth name and just used a stage name. But he went all the way. Now that’s true commitment!
The singer who brought us the hit single “Swish Swish” was born Katheryne Elizabeth Hudson.
Now if she’d kept that name, she might have been called Kate Hudson.
But there can only be one Kate Hudson and that honor belongs to actress Goldie Hawn’s daughter.
Fortunately, the “I kissed a girl” singer came up with Katy Perry when she was a teen, and stuck with it.
Oh Lorde! You won’t believe what the New Zealand singer’s birth name is. It’s Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor.
But fortunately, the “Royals” performer picked something easier for a stage name, like Lorde.
It sounded strong and tough, unlike her first name.
But can you imagine using her full name to sign autographs? Poor thing! Her hand would fall off.
Foxx’s name is a real badass, which is totally cool with us because he’s a badass actor.
His role in the 2012 film “Django Unchained” was simply unforgettable! But in 2015, he told David Letterman that his real name was Eric Marlon Bishop.
But when he started doing stand-up comedy, he realized his birth name wouldn’t cut it.
So, he cut it out and wrote down Jamie Foxx on the signup sheet. That’s a pretty clever move, Jamie!
The “get lifted” singer is a total dreamboat and his voice is legendary.
Unfortunately, his birth name isn’t. He wouldn’t have struck a lot of chords in the music industry with a name like John Roger Stephen.
But John Legend wasn’t the name he would have personally picked for himself.
But once it grew on him, he decided to live up to it and become a music legend.
The “Game of Thrones” star had a bit of an identity crisis growing up. You see, he was born Christopher Catesby Harington.
But everyone calls him kit instead. So, he believed that was his name until he was 11.
Then, his parents told him the truth. But at least they didn’t create a nickname from his middle name, Catesby.
Can you imagine calling this heartthrob Kate?
Mandy Moore has such a nice ring to it. But when she picked her stage name, she didn’t really stray too far from her birth name.
She was born Amanda Leigh Moore.
But since she associated her first name with her parents yelling at her all the time, she switched it to Mandy.
And we totally love it! After all, there’s nothing scarier than hearing your parents call you by your full name!
“the Vera project”? Now imagine reading the name of Vera Mindy Chokalingam on the opening credits.
It sounds wordy, doesn’t it? Well, the actress thought so too. So, she shortened her last name to Kaling.
She also went with Mindy, which wasn’t much of a stretch.
It was her middle name, after all, and honestly, it just goes with her whole sassy vibe!
Born in Israel, Portman was given the traditional Jewish name, Neta-Lee Hershlag.
But when her family moved to the States in 1984, they changed their last name to Portman.
Ironically, this was her maternal grandmother’s maiden name.
And Neta-Lee became Natalie which sounds about the same. And obviously, it’s better than the name of her “Star Wars” character Padmé Amidala. Now that’s a handful!
She played the role of thirteen on “house”, but the talented lady was born Olivia Jane Cockburn.
Yeah, let that sink in! And it must have been tough not being made fun of in school with a last name like that!
But it was a high school play that inspired her stage name.
She was in a rendition of “the importance of being earnest”.
It was originally written by famed Irish poet Oscar Wilde, whose name she took on her road to fame.
That’s all for 30 celebrities real names you’ll never believe.
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