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30 Celebs Whose Real Names You Will Never Guess

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If you think “Huh? Is that their real name?” when you hear some names in the industry, your gut is correct. Often times it’s NOT their real name. It is very common in the entertainment industry for people to change their names to something more interesting. Or eye catching. Or less difficult. Here is a list of 30 celebs whose real name you probably didn’t know.

Because like Frank Ocean says it, “None of us are our names. If you don’t like your name then change your name.” And that’s precisely what he did.

30 Celebs Who Changed Their Name

1. Frank Ocean

In 2014, he legally changed his name from Christopher Edwin Breaux to Frank Ocean.

2. Tina Fey

The actress is actually named Elizabeth Stamatina Fey. And even paid a not-so-subtle tribute to her birth name by naming her character Liz Lemon.

3. Cardi B

Named Belcalis Almanzar, she took on the name Bacardi when everyone started calling her sister Hennesey. However, she later shortened it to Cardi B.

4. Gigi Hadid

Jelena Noura Hadid would be called gigi by her mother endearingly. However, when it became confusing for her at school, she took the name Gigi and stuck with it.

5. Vin Diesel

Mark Vincent just doesn’t feel too explosive action star-y.

6. Meghan Markle

She was known as Rachel before going on to be the Duchess of Sussex.

7. Miley Cyrus

Destiny Hope Cyrus’s big smile got her the name “Smiley” which later shortened to Miley.

8. Snoop Dogg

Can you imagine Snoop going by as Calvin Broadus? Yeah, me neither.

9. Lana Del Ray

Before the singer chose this name for her alter ego, she was known as Elizabeth Woolridge Grant.

10. Reese Witherspoon

Turns out Reese isn’t even her middle name. Her full name is Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon.

11. Bruno Mars

His dad started calling him Bruno one day. And then ultimately he became a Bruno Mars than a Peter Gene Hernandez.

12. Lady Gaga

Before the singer entered the industry, she was known as Stefani Germanotta.

13. Lorde

She changed her name to Lorde from Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor. That’s a pretty tough name.

14. Ricky Martin

Before he became a huge sensation, he was known by Enrique Morales.

More Celebs Who Changed Their Name

15. Alicia Keys

She changed her last name from Augello Cook to Keys.

16. Tom Cruise

Known before his rise to fame as Thomas Mapother IV.

17. Natalie Portman

She changed her last name from Hershlag to Portman.

18. Jennifer Aniston

Jen also was one of the famous celebs who changed her last name. From Anastassakis to Aniston.

19. Calvin Harris

Calvin being only a stage name for Adam Richard Wiles.

20. Iggy Azalea

Born as Amethyst Kelly.

21. Portia De Rossi

She was known as Amanda Lee Rogers before she decided to change her name.

22. Elton John

With a name like Reginald Dwight, I’m sure he thought it wouldn’t be such a hit.

23. Nicole Richie

Her birth certificate has the name Nicole Camilla Escovedo.

24. Bono

Known as Paul Hewson before a nickname from one of his high school friends changed his life.

25. Carmen Electra

One of the 30 celebs to have changed their names. Formerly known as Tara Patrick.

26. Jamie Foxx

Changed his name from Eric Bishop to fit in more with the crowd.

27. Demi Moore

She changed her name from Demetria Gene Guynes to Demi Moore.

28. Jay-Z

Formerly known as Shawn Carter.

29. Marilyn Manson

Brian Warner really did not go with his whole personna.

30. Tiger Woods

Formerly known as Eldrick Woods.

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