Find Out The Real Names of These 25 Celebrities!


We all know that some celebrities prefer stage names rather than using their real names. This one is for those who would like to find out the stories behind the names celebrities chose for themselves!

1. Katy Perry — Katheryn Elizabeth "Katy" Hudson

Katy Perry was interested in gospel music before she was a well known superstar.

Perry published a gospel album with her real name Katy Hudson. After she gained recognition, she switched to Perry, which was her mother's maiden name.

2. Natalie Portman — Natalie Herschlag

Oscar winner Portman was born in 1981 in Jerusalem. Her father is Avner Hershlag, an Israelian gynecologist. Her American mother has Russian and Austrian descent. Portman has dual citizenship in Jordan and the US.

3. Reese Witherspoon — Laura Jeanne Witherspoon

The famous actress uses her mother's maiden name, Reese, instead of her real name.

4. Drake — Aubrey Drake Graham

Drake was known as Aubrey Graham when he was acting on the Canadian TV show "Degrassi." When he decided to focus on music and signed a contract with Lil Wayne, he decided to switch to Drake, which is his middle name.

5. Mila Kunis — Milena Markovna Kunis

Milena Markovna Kunis moved to LA from the Ukraine when she was 7.

Elvira and Mark, the parents of Mila, sent her to acting classes. She took part in shows and movies like "Days of Our Lives," "7th Heaven," and "Gia," where she played the childhood of Angelina Jolie.

6. Demi Moore — Demetria Gene Guynes

Demi Moore continued to use her ex-husband's last name after they got divorced in 1984. Her daughter, Tallulah, from Bruce Willis, has changed her name to Lula because she didn't like it.

7. Fergie — Stacy Ann Ferguson

Fergie was once a member of the TV show "Kids Incorporated" and the girl-band "Wild Orchid." Ferguson later started to use a more catchy name, as you all know, Fergie.

8. Meg Ryan — Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra

Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra was born as the daughter of a catholic family in Connecticut. Right before her graduation from NYU, she decided to follow her acting career, and therefore Meg Ryan was born.

9. Michael Caine — Maurice Joseph Micklewhite

Caine changed his name after the suggestion of his agent in the early days of his acting career. In 2009, he explained that he took this name after Humphrey Bogart's role in "The Caine Mutiny," whom he sees as an idol.

10. Jodie Foster — Alicia Christian Foster

In "Foster Child: A Biography of Jodie Foster," Jodie's brother Buddy claims that she took this name after their mother's partner Josephina Dominguez, whom they call "Jo. D." when they were children.

11. Jamie Foxx — Eric Marlon Bishop

Rumour is that Foxx chose a unisex name to increase the possibilities of getting on stage because he believed that female comedians were prioritized when they are waiting to get on stage.

12. Ludacris — Christopher Brian Bridges

The famous rapper claims that he chose this name because it represents his personality. 

"A part of me is cool and calm and and the other part of me is crazy."

Ludacris used to DJ at a Atlanta Hot radio station under the name Chris Lova.

13. Bono — Paul David Hewson

Bono was known as Paul David before he was world famous. Bono came up as a nickname. "Bono Vox" means "good voice" in Latin.

14. Lady Gaga — Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born in New York. She became well known with the name of her alter ego, Lady Gaga.

15. Pink — Alicia Beth Moore

According to IMDb, Pink took this name after watching "Reservoir Dogs." Her friends thought that she looked just like "Mr. Pink," who was played by Steve Buscemi.

16. Whoopi Goldberg — Caryn Elaine Johnson

When Caryn Elaine Johnson had a "farting" problem when she was working at a theatre, her friends started to call her Whoopi, after "whoopee cushion."

Her mother believed that a Jewish surname would help her acting career. For this reason she switched to Goldberg.

17. Jay- Z - Shawn Corey Carter

The hit maker rap star's name dates back to his teenage nickname, Jazzy.

18. Lana Del Rey - Elizabeth Woolridge "Lizzy" Grant

Lana Del Rey was previously using stage names like Lizzy Grant and May Jailer. She claims that she chose Lana Del Rey because it had a exotic feeling.

19. Olivia Wilde - Olivia Jane Cockburn

Olivia Wilde changed her name to show her respect to pen names that are used in her own family.

20. Iggy Azalea - Amethyst Amelia Kelly

When her dog was attacked by a snake, the famous singer made a necklace with the dog's name engraved. Everybody thought that her name was "Iggy" after she started wearing this necklace. Her surname is inspired by the name of the street where her parents live. Iggy states that Iggy represents masculinity while Azalea represents femininity.

21. Nicki Minaj - Onika Tanya Maraj

Onika Tanya Maraj is not actually a fan of her own stage name. She had to accept this name when her agents insisted on this one.

22. Pitbull - Armando Christian Rafael Pérez

Miami born Armando Christian Rafael Pérez, choose to call himself Pitbull when he got into the music industry. He thinks that he resembles an actual pitbull.

23. Lorde - Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor

The 19 year old singer from New Zealand choose this stage name because she thought that Lorde is a glorious and powerful name.

24. Freddie Mercury - Farrokh Bulsara

The legendary frontman of Queen was called "Freddie" when he was attending a boarding school in India. His last name was inspired by the messenger God Hermes (Mercury in Roman Mythology).

25. Rihanna - Robyn Fenty

Badgirlriri was born in Barbados and Rihanna is actually her middle name. Her original name is Robyn Fenty!

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