POPSUGAR Celebrity

93 Stars Whose Real Names Will Surprise You

Jun 23 2016 - 6:00am

One thing that's never gone out of style in Hollywood? Cultivating a unique persona with the help of a stage name. Even today, as social media influences celebrities to be more authentic [1] and accessible, new stars have traded their names for shorter or more-memorable zingers. While some completely wipe the slate clean (we're looking at you, Lorde!), others simply replace a first or last name. Scroll through to discover the real names your favorite stars were born with, and when you're ready for even more surprises, check out stars whose real ages will blow your mind [2].

Kit Harington = Christopher Catesby Harington

Whoopi Goldberg = Caryn Elaine Johnson

Tom Cruise = Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

Reese Witherspoon = Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon

Jonah Hill = Jonah Hill Feldstein

Faith Hill = Audrey Faith Perry

Lucy Hale = Karen Lucille Hale

Skylar Astin = Skylar Astin Lipstein

Alicia Keys = Alicia Augello Cook

Julianne Moore = Julie Anne Smith

Betty Who = Jessica Anne Newham

Lily James = Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson

Prince = Prince Rogers Nelson

Emma Stone = Emily Jean Stone

Téa Leoni = Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni

Vin Diesel = Mark Sinclair Vincent

Paul Wesley = Paul Wasilewski

Kevin Spacey = Kevin Spacey Fowler

Common = Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.

Nelly = Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr.

Bruce Willis = Walter Bruce Willis

Nicki Minaj = Onika Tanya Maraj

Cee Lo Green = Thomas DeCarlo Callaway

Rihanna = Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Ludacris = Christopher Brian Bridges

Avicii = Tim Bergling

Calvin Harris = Adam Richard Wiles

Lil Wayne = Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.

Lady Gaga = Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Rooney Mara = Patricia Rooney Mara

Kesha = Kesha Rose Sebert

Charli XCX = Charlotte Emma Aitchison

Ne-Yo = Shaffer Chimere Smith

Stevie Wonder = Stevland Hardaway Judkins

Jason Derulo = Jason Desrouleaux

Natalie Portman = Natalie Hershlag

Jay Z = Shawn Corey Carter

Fergie = Stacy Ann Ferguson

50 Cent = Curtis James Jackson III

Aloe Blacc = Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III

Demi Lovato = Demetria Devonne Lovato

Mila Kunis = Milena Markovna Kunis

Olivia Wilde = Olivia Jane Cockburn

Jamie Foxx = Eric Marlon Bishop

Helen Mirren = Ilyena Lydia Mironoff

Lana Del Rey = Elizabeth Woolridge Grant

Hozier = Andrew Hozier-Byrne

Jessie J = Jessica Ellen Cornish

Tim McGraw = Samuel Timothy McGraw

T.I. = Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.

Meg Ryan = Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra

Drake = Aubrey Drake Graham

Portia de Rossi = Amanda Lee Rogers

Bruno Mars = Peter Gene Hernandez

Lea Michele = Lea Michele Sarfati

Ariana Grande = Ariana Grande-Butera

Dakota Fanning = Hannah Dakota Fanning

Shania Twain = Eilleen Regina Edwards

Elton John = Reginald Kenneth Dwight

Mandy Moore = Amanda Leigh Moore

Charlie Sheen = Carlos Irwin Estévez

Kat Dennings = Katherine Litwack

Shakira = Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll

Carmen Electra = Tara Leigh Patrick

Flo Rida = Tramar Lacel Dillard

Pitbull = Armando Christian Pérez

Joaquin Phoenix = Joaquin Rafael Bottom

Snoop Dogg = Calvin Cordozar Broadus

Demi Moore = Demetria Gene Guynes

Missy Elliott = Melissa Arnette Elliott

Ashton Kutcher = Christopher Ashton Kutcher

Ricky Martin = Jose Enrique Martin Morales

Sia = Sia Kate Isobelle Furler

Louis C.K. = Louis Szekely

Zedd = Anton Zaslavski

Aaron Paul = Aaron Paul Sturtevant

Tina Fey = Elizabeth Stamatina Fey

Pink = Alecia Beth Moore

John Legend = John Roger Stephens

Iggy Azalea = Amethyst Amelia Kelly

Kelly Rowland = Kelendria Trene Rowland

Adele = Adele Laurie Blue Adkins

Zachary Levi = Zachary Levi Pugh

Jack Black = Thomas Jacob Black

Miley Cyrus = Destiny Hope Cyrus

Nicolas Cage = Nicolas Kim Coppola

Macklemore = Ben Haggerty

Nina Dobrev = Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva

Theo James = Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis

Katy Perry = Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

Swizz Beatz = Kasseem Dean

Madonna = Madonna Louise Ciccone

Lorde = Ella Yelich-O'Connor


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