30 Celebs Whose Real Names You Will Never Guess

If some stars’ names sound too good to be true, that’s because it is. 

Believe it or not, a lot of celebs change their names when they enter the entertainment industry. Whether it be because it is crazy hard to pronounce, or because of a childhood nickname, plenty of stars choose to change things up. Some stars, like Miley Cyrus and Frank Ocean, make it official by legally changing the name on their birth certificate. 

The way Frank Ocean sees it is, “None of us are our names. If you don’t like your name then change your name.”

And it seems like a lot of other singers and actors agree with him since they also took the same step that he did. 

To find out which stars actually have a stage name, check out the gallery below!

Frank Ocean, Grammys

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In 2014, Frank Ocean legally changed his name because, why not? 

ESC: Lorde, 2017 Billboard Music Awards

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Turns out the “Royals” singer is really into learning about the aristocracy, hence the reason why she chose the name Lorde, but with a feminine ‘e.’

Bruno Mars

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Apparently the singer looked more like a Bruno than a Peter, so one day his dad started calling him Bruno. Ever since, he has been known as Bruno Mars.

LACMA: Art and Film Gala, Lana Del Rey


Every artist has an alter ego, and Lana Del Rey just happens to be the persona of choice for the singer. 

ESC: Gigi Hadid, CFDA 2018

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Oddly enough, Gigi Hadid got her stage name in school when the teacher would confuse her and a girl named Helena. Since her mom called her “gigi” as a term of endearment at home, she told the teacher to just call her Gigi and it simply stuck. 

Calvin Harris, Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2018

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Fans were confused when Taylor Swift thanked then-boyfriend Adam in an acceptance speech, which lead people to the discovery that Calvin Harris is simply a stage name. The DJ told Shortlist magazine he chose the name because his first single was more soulful and wanted something a bit more “racially ambiguous.”

Cardi B, Z100 Jingle Ball 2018

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Cardi B took on the name Bacardi after family and friends started calling her sister Hennessy. Later on she shortened the name to something that suited her a lot more.

Miley Cyrus, 2019 Grammys, 2019 Grammy Awards, Red Carpet Fashions

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Miley Cyrus‘ bright smile is what inspired her childhood nickname, Smiley. Eventually the name was shortened to Miley and it stuck. 

Tina Fey, 2018 Emmys, 2018 Emmy Awards, Red Carpet Fashions

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A little known fact about 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey is that she is actually named Elizabeth. The comedian made a not so subtle tribute to her birth name by naming her character Liz Lemon.

Reese Witherspoon, A Wrinkle in Time

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Turns out Reese isn’t even Reese Witherspoon‘s middle name. The actress chose the moniker in honor of her mother, whose maiden name is Reese.

Iggy Azalea, MTV VMA's 2014

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It’s hard to believe that Iggy Azalea was born Amethyst Kelly!

Jennifer Aniston

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Before she became a household name, this was what erstwhile Friend Jennifer Aniston answered to.

Alicia Keys, GRAMMYS 2014

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Alicia Keys didn’t always have such a musical name.

Tom Cruise


Before he became arguably the biggest movie star in the world, Tom Cruise went by this name.

Jamie Foxx

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True, Jamie Foxx just seems more fitting for an Oscar-winning Hollywood party guy.

Lady Gaga

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Before the meat dresses and chart-topping music, Lady Gaga was just an everyday girl from New York.

Natalie Portman

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Back when she was born in 1980, this was how the future bigtime actress Natalie Portman greeted the world.

Lil Wayne

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Wonder if his family calls the rapper by his real name or his stage name, Lil Wayne?


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Jay-Z is definitely a more fitting name for a hip-hop impressario.

Nicole Richie, TCA

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Check former Paris Hilton BFF Nicole Richie‘s birth certificate and this is the name you’ll see.

Portia de Rossi Oscars

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Before she became a big-time TV star and married Ellen DeGeneres, this was the name Portia de Rossi answered to.

Snoop Dogg, MTV Movie Awards

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This pioneer of West Coast rap would later go on to be known as Snoop Dogg.

Marilyn Manson

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If you want to work a ghoulish persona, we agree, a name like Marilyn Manson will work much better.

Demi Moore, DVF Journey of a Dress

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Before she’d starred in dozens of huge Hollywood movies and married two Tinseltown A-listers, this was the name Demi Moore went by.

Bono, Oscars Nominees Luncheon

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All it took was a nickname from some high school friends, and U2 frontman Bono‘s famous moniker was born.

Ricky Martin

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Before he started shaking his bonbon for the masses, music superstar Ricky Martin went by this everyday name.

Tiger Woods

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Somehow, we don’t think the Tiger Woods scandal would have been as sensational had he gone by his birth name.

Sir Elton John, Emmy Awards, 2013, Audience

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Guess music superstar Elton John didn’t think his original name would be a hit with audiences.

Carmen Electra

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We agree. Carmen Electra is much more effective when it comes to selling a sexy Baywatch persona.

Vin Diesel

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If you’re looking for an explosive action-star name, how about Vin Diesel instead?

Who else feels like changing their name now?

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