You Wouldn’t Believe The Real Names of These 10 Celebrities

What’s in a name you may wonder, but there’s a lot riding on a name especially if you are celebrity. We may have loved them and adored them for their stupendous work but I’m sure there must be quite a few you knew nothing about as far as the history behind their name is concerned.

Here’s a quick roundup of some of the most famous ones. Well, if you know all of them, you have already earned our respect. We take a look at some of the celebs who took the name-game to a whole different level.

Miley Cyrus

She croons and we love her to bits. But did you know her actual name was Destiny Hope Cyrus? Well Destiny and Hope sure had a role to play in her rise to fame. And, she legally changed her name to Miley Cyrus in 2008. Miley was an a modification of her childhood nickname ‘Smiley’ because she was always smiling.

Sir Elton John

His current name is a blend of two Blues legends – Long John Baldry (singer) and Elton Dean (saxophonist). His actual name, ‘Reginald Kenneth Dwight’ is nowhere close to it though.

Bruno Mars

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This singer and songwriter was extremely particular about his name, and apparently did not want his last name to have any influence on his talent or recognition. Precisely why he went from being ‘Peter Gene Hernandez’ to Bruno Mars.

Gigi Hadid

Your school can play a big part in causing a confusion about your name. Things were no different for Gigi whose real name was ‘Jelena Noura Hadid’. The fashion model also had a classmate by the same name. So there would be a lot of confusion whenever the teacher called out their names. To avoid this, the teacher asked Jelena’s Mom what her nickname was. Gigi, her nickname, got stuck forever.

Emma Stone

Hollywood’s favourite sweetheart, Emma Stone, took this name at the age of 16 when the SAG federation asked her to change her real name. That’s how ‘Emily’ went on to become ‘Emma’.

Kit Harington

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Our very own Jon Snow from Game of Thrones rarely ever spoke about his real name. He’s a British actor and before assuming the current name, Kit Harington’s real name was ‘Christopher Catesby Harington’.

John Legend

This is not his real name. And surprisingly, he did not choose it either. It’s a name that people gave him. It became so popular, that he eventually decided to embrace this stage name instead of his real name ‘John Roger Stephens’.

Joaquin Phoenix

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Born to hippies who belonged to a counter-culture, Joaquin Phoenix was named Joaquin Rafael Bottom at birth. When his family moved to Los Angeles, they decided to change their last name. They took on the name ‘Phoenix’ that symbolized their new beginning. Wanting to have nature-related names as of his siblings, Rain and River, Joaquin started going around by the name of ‘Leaf’ for a while. However, at the age of 15, he went back to his original name and has been Joaquin Phoenix since then.

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Tom Cruise

If you had to name an international favorite and Hollywood’s hottest man, the first name that would come to your mind would perhaps be Tom Cruise. A name befitting his image, you would be surprised to know that his real name was Thomas Cruise Mapother IV.

Jennifer Aniston

The Friends star too, has a name that’s way different from the one we’ve always known. Despite the fact that her name suits her persona so well, her real name was Jennifer Linn Anastassakis.

So the next time someone says what’s in a name, you sure know the answer fellas.


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