Celebrity Real Names (19 pics)

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Katy Perry — Katheryn Hudson

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Katheryn began her career as Katy Hudson, but because she didn’t want to be confused with the actress Kate Hudson, she adopted her mother’s maiden name, “Perry,” as her stage name.

Julianne Moore — Julie Anne Smith

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Because there was already a Julie Smith and a Julie Anne Smith, Julianne decided to combine her 2 first names and use her father’s middle name, Moore. But in her mind and in her private life, she says she is still a Julie.

Diane Keaton — Diane Hall

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Keaton is Diane’s mother’s maiden name. Later, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Annie Hall, a character inspired by her. “Annie” is her nickname, and “Hall” is her original surname.

Reese Witherspoon — Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon

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Laura Jeanne is Reese’s first name, but she decided to use her parents’ name in her career.

Ashton Kutcher — Christopher Ashton Kutcher

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Using only his middle and last name, Christopher became famous all over the world as Ashton Kutcher.

Bono — Paul David Hewson

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Bono used several stage names throughout his singing career, but when his friend gave him the nickname, Bono Vox, it stuck with him. “Bono Vox” is inspired by Bonavox, a Latin phrase that means “good voice.” Today, Bono is not only his stage name but his friends and family also refer to him this way.

Mahershala Ali — Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore

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Mahershala is the shorter, simpler version of Mahershalalhashbaz, while Ali was chosen due to religious significance.

Tina Fey — Elizabeth Stamatina Fey

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Tina is Elizabeth’s nickname, which comes from her middle name, Stamatina. She’s been called Tina since childhood.

Olivia Wilde — Olivia Jane Cockburn

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Olivia changed her last name to Wilde while in high school. It’s a tribute to the Irish author, Oscar Wilde.

Jonah Hill — Jonah Feldstein

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Jonah’s complete name is Jonah Hill Feldstein, but he decided to use his middle name as a stage name. In fact, his sister, an actress named Beanie Feldstein, uses that last name, and few people know that they’re related.

Martin Sheen — Ramon Gerard Estevez

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Back in the day, it was hard for Martin to get acting roles as Ramon Estevez. So he chose his stage name as a tribute to 2 great friends: the CBS casting director, Robert Dale Martin, and Fulton J. Sheen. It was so successful that even his son, Charlie, began using Sheen as his last name.

Michael Caine — Maurice Micklewhite

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Considered a British icon, Michael Cane wasn’t always known for this name. He first adopted the name Michael White, which came from his last name, but because there was already a Michael White registered, in 1954 he decided to go under the name Michael Cane. It’s inspired by the movie, The Caine Mutiny, which was playing back then.

Mindy Kaling — Vera Chokalingam

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Mindy’s complete name is Vera Mindy Chokalingam, and she said that her parents have called her Mindy since her early days. Because Chokalingam was often mispronounced, she decided to shorten it to Kaling.

Lucy Hale — Karen Lucille Hale

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Lucy Hale is the short version of Lucille Hale.

Kit Harington — Christopher Catesby Harington

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Harington was named by his mother as a tribute to Christopher Marlowe, an English playwright and a poet of the Elizabethan era. Both Christophers have their names shortened to Kit.

Fergie — Stacy Ann Ferguson

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The Black Eyed Peas singer used the short version of her last name, Ferguson, to help her rise to fame.

Shania Twain — Eilleen Edwards

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The origin of the name “Shania” is still a mystery. Some say that it comes from an Ojibwe word that means “on my way.” Twain came after Eilleen was adopted by her stepfather, Jerry Twain, when she legally changed her last name.

Jack Black — Thomas Jacob Black

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Thomas Jacob Black decided to use the short version of his middle name, Jack, as his stage name.

Mandy Moore — Amanda Leigh Moore

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Amanda only used her real name on her sixth music album, called Amanda Leigh, but she rose to fame years earlier using her nickname, Mandy.


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