When stars try to make a name for themselves in Hollywood, they usually end up changing it! From Mila Kunis shortening her name to Nicki Minaj opting for a completely different moniker, check out 20 celebrities whose real names will make your jaw drop!
The first name Robyn is way too average for Rihanna’s unique sound!
Instead of being called Destiny Hope Cyrus, Miley Cyrus opted for a name inspired by her nickname Smiley.
With a name like Demetria Devonne Lovato, Demi Lovato is much easier to remember!
Sharing the name Emily Stone with a contestant on Australia’s Next Top Model, she told Jimmy Kimmel that she changed her first name to Emma Stone because, “When I was in the second grade I did ask the teacher on the first day of school to call me Emma because I always wanted to be Baby Spice.”
Reese Witherspoon’s real name is certainly a mouth full! The actress dropped Laura Jeanne and kept her middle name.
Mila goes by her nickname Mila instead of her first name Milena. We wonder if her daughter Wyatt will have a cute nickname too!
Ashton Kutcher opted for his unique middle name instead of his common first name, Christopher.
Nicki's birth name is actually Onika Tanya Maraj. She was urged by her manager to change it, and she agreed!
Lady Gaga told the BBC that she ditched her name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta completely because she was inspired by the Queen song “Radio Gaga.”
Believe it or not, Drake’s name is actually Aubrey! The rapper decided to go by his middle name instead.
Lorde told Interview why she prefers to use that moniker over Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor on stage. “When I was trying to come up with a stage name, I thought ‘Lord' was super rad, but really masculine -- ever since I was a little kid, I have been really into royals and aristocracy,” she explained. “So to make Lord more feminine, I just put an ‘e' on the end! Some people think it's religious, but it's not."
Kelly Rowland simplified her unique first name, Kelendria.
Iggy Azalea explained during the Vevo series A.K.A why she doesn’t go by her real name Amethyst Amelia Kelly. “I had a dog called Iggy, who I loved very, very much," she said of her late pet. “I got a name-plate necklace made in his honor. Everybody started to think that my name was Iggy so it kind of became my nickname and I took it on board and started rapping with it."
Jamie Foxx changed his name from Eric Marlon Bishop because he thought a more androgynous name would give him more of a chance to be booked at comedy clubs. It looks like it worked!
With a name like Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva, we understand why Nina Dobrev shortened it!
DJs always need a stage name, but we would have never guessed that Zedd’s name is Anton Zaslavski!
Lucy Hale prefers to go by her middle name, Lucille, instead of her first name Karen.
Although Bruno Mars’ real name is Peter Gene Hernandez, he told GQ that his resemblance to boxer Bruno Sammartino is what sparked the name change!