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93 Stars Whose Real Names Will Surprise You

Apr 18 2015 - 11:25am

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].

Meg Ryan = Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra

Lily James = Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson

Aaron Paul = Aaron Paul Sturtevant

Reese Witherspoon = Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon

Nina Dobrev = Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva

Whoopi Goldberg = Caryn Elaine Johnson

Demi Moore = Demetria Gene Guynes

Fergie = Stacy Ann Ferguson

Louis C.K. = Louis Szekely

Jason Derulo = Jason Desrouleaux

Dakota Fanning = Hannah Dakota Fanning

Shania Twain = Eilleen Regina Edwards

Theo James = Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis

Emma Stone = Emily Jean Stone

Carmen Electra = Tara Leigh Patrick

Julianne Moore = Julie Anne Smith

Tim McGraw = Samuel Timothy McGraw

Bruce Willis = Walter Bruce Willis

Katy Perry = Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

Aloe Blacc = Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III

Mila Kunis = Milena Markovna Kunis

Zachary Levi = Zachary Levi Pugh

Jessie J = Jessica Ellen Cornish

Helen Mirren = Ilyena Lydia Mironoff

Elton John = Reginald Kenneth Dwight

Paul Wesley = Paul Wasilewski

Kit Harington = Christopher Catesby Harington

Kesha = Kesha Rose Sebert

Calvin Harris = Adam Richard Wiles

Missy Elliott = Melissa Arnette Elliott

Jamie Foxx = Eric Marlon Bishop

Nicolas Cage = Nicolas Kim Coppola

Stevie Wonder = Stevland Hardaway Judkins

Kelly Rowland = Kelendria Trene Rowland

Avicii = Tim Bergling

Ashton Kutcher = Christopher Ashton Kutcher

Macklemore = Ben Haggerty

Nelly = Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr.

Jack Black = Thomas Jacob Black

Adele = Adele Laurie Blue Adkins

Cee Lo Green = Thomas DeCarlo Callaway

Faith Hill = Audrey Faith Perry

Alicia Keys = Alicia Augello Cook

Lana Del Rey = Elizabeth Woolridge Grant

Tom Cruise = Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

Hozier = Andrew Hozier-Byrne

Zedd = Anton Zaslavski

Charli XCX = Charlotte Emma Aitchison

Miley Cyrus = Destiny Hope Cyrus

Charlie Sheen = Carlos Irwin Estévez

Ricky Martin = Jose Enrique Martin Morales

Lady Gaga = Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Jay Z = Shawn Corey Carter

John Legend = John Roger Stephens

Mandy Moore = Amanda Leigh Moore

Lea Michele = Lea Michele Sarfati

Natalie Portman = Natalie Hershlag

Lil Wayne = Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.

Olivia Wilde = Olivia Jane Cockburn

Demi Lovato = Demetria Devonne Lovato

Ludacris = Christopher Brian Bridges

Lorde = Ella Yelich-O'Connor

Iggy Azalea = Amethyst Amelia Kelly

Pink = Alecia Beth Moore

Portia de Rossi = Amanda Lee Rogers

Shakira = Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll

Snoop Dogg = Calvin Cordozar Broadus

Téa Leoni = Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni

Rihanna = Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Flo Rida = Tramar Lacel Dillard

Pitbull = Armando Christian Pérez

Jonah Hill = Jonah Hill Feldstein

Bruno Mars = Peter Gene Hernandez

Swizz Beatz = Kasseem Dean

Lucy Hale = Karen Lucille Hale

Sia = Sia Kate Isobelle Furler

Joaquin Phoenix = Joaquin Rafael Bottom

Drake = Aubrey Drake Graham

Skylar Astin = Skylar Astin Lipstein

Vin Diesel = Mark Sinclair Vincent

Ariana Grande = Ariana Grande-Butera

Nicki Minaj = Onika Tanya Maraj

Betty Who = Jessica Anne Newham

Tina Fey = Elizabeth Stamatina Fey

Common = Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.

50 Cent = Curtis James Jackson III

Kevin Spacey = Kevin Spacey Fowler

Kat Dennings = Katherine Litwack

Prince = Prince Rogers Nelson

Ne-Yo = Shaffer Chimere Smith

Madonna = Madonna Louise Ciccone

T.I. = Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.

Rooney Mara = Patricia Rooney Mara


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