20 Celebrities Who Actually Have Different Names
A good stage name is an important step to becoming successful. That’s why it’s no surprise that many of the people who are successful and in the spotlight were born with completely different names than we know them as.
Bright Side has studied the biographies of many celebrities, uncovering hidden aliases that not too many people know about. You probably had no idea that these were their original names.
Rihanna — Robyn Rihanna Fenty
This Barbados singer chose her middle name as her stage name when she moved to the U.S.
Woody Allen — Allan Stewart Konigsberg
Even when he was a teenager, Allan Stewart Konigsberg wrote plays, experimented with scripts, and did stand-up shows. This was when he needed an alias. Let’s look at this story from a different angle: Allan also played the clarinet, and his idol was the jazz musician, Woody Herman. This is why Allan is now Woody, the same name of the jazz musician.
Mila Kunis — Milena Markovna Kunis
This is pretty straightforward: When this actress moved to the U.S., she shortened her original name to make it sound more “American”.
Brad Pitt — William Bradley Pitt
The actor simply used his middle name as his alias.
Gigi Hadid — Jelena Noura Hadid
This was the idea of her mother and top model, Yolanda Hadid.
Snoop Dogg — Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.
This rapper’s mother called the young Calvin Cordozar Broadus “Snoopy” thanks to his style. So when Calvin needed an alias as any rapper does, he chose Snoop Doggy Dogg after a character from the famous cartoon.
Natalie Portman — Neta-Lee Hershlag
The actress chose Portman, the maiden name of her Jewish-Russian grandmother as her stage name.
Bruno Mars — Peter Gene Hernandez
His father called him “Little Peter Bruno” because he was a little plump like the famous wrestler, Bruno Sammartino. When he grew up, Bruno lost weight but everyone always told him that he was weird as if he was from a different planet. And the talented young man would answer, “Yes, I’m from Mars”. This is how his stage name came to be.
Nicki Minaj —Onika Tanya Maraj
The CEO of the Brooklyn music label, Dirty Money Entertainment convinced the eccentric rapper to change her exotic name to something shorter and simpler.
Jennifer Aniston — Jennifer Linn Anastassakis
Jennifer is the daughter of Giannis Anastasakis, who is a Greek man from Crete. The entire family shortened their last name to “Aniston” to make it easier for Americans to pronounce.
Jamie Foxx — Eric Marlon Bishop
Young Eric Marlon Bishop needed a catchy alias for his stand-up shows. So, he took the name of a famous comedian, Redd Foxx.
Miley Cyrus — Destiny Hope Cyrus
During childhood, Destiny had the nickname, Miley (derived from smiley) which later became her stage name.
Demi Moore — Demetria Gene Guynes
This explanation is simple: Demi is a shortened version of her name, Demetria, and Moore is the last name of her first husband, Freddy Moore.
George Michael — Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
Son of a Cypriot immigrant, Georgios, made his name a little bit more British with George. He got the second part of his name from Michael Mortimer, the father of his childhood friend.
Helen Mirren — Helen Lydia Mironoff
Helen’s father is a Russian immigrant named Vasily Mironoff. He changed his daughter’s name when she was a child to make her life in Britain easier.
Katy Perry — Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
The singer took an alias to avoid being confused with Kate Hudson.
Nina Dobrev — Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva
Nina Dobrev is a Canadian version of a Bulgarian name.
Michael Keaton — Michael John Douglas
We think that if a young actor had the same name as an already popular actor, they’d change their name. That’s exactly why Michael Keaton changed his last name.
Blac Chyna — Angela Renée White
Nobody knows why this American celebrity took away her last name, White and took on an alias. The only story we know of is that she once met a guy in a strip club with the name and decided to borrow it.
Elton John — Reginald Kenneth Dwight
The talented musician borrowed this name from a saxophone player named Elton Dean and a singer named John Baldry who played in the same band with him, called Bluesology.
If you had to, what alias would you take?