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Hollywood Celebrities Whose Real Names Will Surprise You!

Written by: Chaitra

When you're in the showbiz industry, name is all that defines you. But, not all the celebrities were born with the names that they are recognized with.

You would be surprised to know about these Hollywood celebrities' real names as, we all mostly only know their stage names:


The Royals singer's actual name is Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor.

Nicki Minaj

Maybe Nicki Minaj wouldn't have been what she is with her real name Onika Tanya Maraj.

Natalie Portman

The Black Swan actress' real name was Natalie Hershlag.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry changed her name from Kate Hudson to her present name because she felt it would be a mix up with the famous K Hudson.

Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel is any day better than Mark Sinclair Vincent.


Though Rihanna has stuck on to her middle name, her full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

Portia De Rossi

The Scandal actress and wife of Ellen DeGeneres' real name was Amanda Rogers.

Elton John

Elton John's real name was Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus had an extremely funny name and it was Destiny Hope Cyrus.

Reese Witherspoon

The Legally Blond actress has a rather long real name and it is Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon.

One might wonder what are the reasons behind one's changing their real name to something so unusual. In fact, there are several reasons.

One of it being the showbiz world. To be recognized within the industry, it is very important for an artist to have a very unique and compatible name.

Most of the artists are always referred to using their stage name. For instance, majority of had assumed Lorde's actual name is only Ella.

Today we told you what her real name expands to. Her actual moniker wouldn't easily roll off your tongue the way Lorde does.

And, Bruno Mars' real name Peter Gene Hernandez reflects his ethnicity, which includes, Filipino, Spanish, Hungarian and Ukranian.

For some stars who believe in a certain super natural things, feel that change of name actually bring good luck to them and helps them rise to fame.

Sometimes, a few celebrities prefer shorter names. They feel it would easier to connect with fans through a name that's mouthful than too complicated.

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