Whatever the reason behind it, these name changes are very important. After all, it is the name that people will associate with their fame.
Here are the 35 celebrity name changes that you probably did not know about.
Lorde: Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor
When asked by Interview magazine about her name, this was what she had to say.
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, so to make Lord more feminine, I just put an ‘e’ on the end! Some people think it’s religious, but it’s not.
Olivia Wilde: Olivia Jane Cockburn
To be honest, that surname can start all sorts of cock jokes. So she took the last name of Oscar Wilde – the author of a play that she starred in when she was in high school.
Elton John: Reginald Kenneth Dwight
He didn’t want a British name – which Reginald is.
Fetty Wap: Willie Maxwell
Fetty is actually the slang of money and Wap was inspired by his idol’s nickname Guwop.
Katy Perry: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
Perry is her mother’s maiden name. She didn’t want to be confused with the actress Kate Hudson.
Joaquin Phoenix: Joaquin Rafael Bottom
It was his parents who actually changed their names to mark a new beginning in their life.
Tyga: Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson
TYGA actually means Thank You God Always. He also said his nickname is connected to the way his mother called him Tiger Woods. We still don’t get it though.
Elle King: Tanner Elle Schneider
She simply didn’t want her rise to fame to be influenced by famous dad, Rob Schneider.
Julia Roberts: Julie Roberts
It’s just one letter but she had to change her name because there was already an actress registered as Julie Roberts.
Nicolas Cage: Nicolas Kim Coppola
The name Coppola was already known in the industry. He didn’t want any help from his name while he was building his own career.
John Legend: John Roger Stephens
It was a nickname that some friends called him so he stuck with it.
Aaron Paul: Aaron Paul Sturtevant
Can you pronounce his name? No? Casting Directors couldn’t do it as well.
Bruno Mars: Peter Gene Hernandez
He didn’t want to be a stereotyped Latin singer.
Ralph Lauren: Ralph Lifshitz
He simply didn’t like that his name had “shit” in it.
Jennifer Aniston: Jennifer Linn Anastassakis
Her father, who was also an actor, changed it to get more work.
Jason Derulo: Jason Joel Desrouleaux
Derulo was easier to pronounce.
Nina Dobrev: Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva
Her real Bulgarian name was – well, a mouthful.
Miley Cyrus: Destiny Hope Cyrus
Miley decided to use her childhood nickname “smiley”. As you may have guessed, she smiled a lot.
Iggy Azalea: Amethyst Amelia Kelly
Iggy was the name of a dog while Azalea is the street her family lives on.
Portia De Rossi: Amanda Lee Rogers
She liked the name Portia from Shakespeare’s The Merchant Of Venice.
Michael Caine: Maurice Joseph Micklewhite
His stage surname came from The Caine Mutiny.
Alicia Keys: Alicia Augello Cook
Keys seemed like a better surname for a piano player than Cook.
Lana Del Rey: Elizabeth Woolridge Grant
She wanted a gorgeous name and Lana Del Ray reminded her of the glamorous seaside.
Oprah Winfrey: Orpah Winfrey
Her name was mispronounced as Oprah anyway so she made it official.
Jamie Foxx: Eric Marlon Bishop
He observed that women were called first during open mic nights. That’s why he opted for a gender-neutral name.
Louis C.K.: Louis Szekely
His real surname is pronounced as See-kay. Genius.
Vin Diesel: Mark Sinclair Vincent
Vin Diesel = Intimidation. Need we say more?
Natalie Portman: Natalie Hershlag
She wanted to keep her private and public life separate that’s why she used her grandmother’s maiden name.
Liam Neeson: William John Neeson
Wil-LIAM. This is a no brainer.
Queen Latifah: Dana Elaine Owens
Latifah is Arabic for delicate and very kind. She found it in a book when she was 8-years old.
Nicki Minaj: Onika Tanya Maraj
She sang this in “Starships”
My name is Onika, you can call me Nicki.
Lea Michele: Lea Michele Sarfati
Her surname used to be bullied a lot: ‘Lea So-fatty’ or ‘Lea So-farty.’
Helen Mirren: Ilyena Lydia Mironoff
She just had to sacrifice a very beautiful foreign name for her public image.
Brad Pitt: William Bradley Pitt
Hmmm… Not really much of a change but…
Tina Fey: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey
She just removed the first 6 syllables of her name. No big deal.