The Real Names of 18 Most Famous Celebrities in the World

Posted on Jun 06, 2016

The use of aliases and pseudonyms is common in the entertainment industry, and these celebs dropped their birth names for those that could catch on with ease.

1. Chevy Chase

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This famous comedian was born Cornelius Crane Chase and he named himself Chevy from the traditional English song "The Ballad of Chevy Chase".

2. Reese Witherspoon

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Reese Witherspoon's stage name is just part of her real name, which was Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon.

3. Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj
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Nicki was born Onika Tanya Maraj, but that was deemed as an uncatchy name, so she changed it.

4. Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah was born with the biblical name of Orpah, but the people kept mispronouncing her name, so she chose to keep Oprah.

5. Olivia Wilde

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Olivia Wilde was born as Olivia Jane Cockburn, and she changed that name as it wouldn't be successful in the movie industry.

6. Whoopi Goldberg

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Whoopi's real name is Caryn Johnson, but she'll always be remembered for her alias.

7. George Michael

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George Michael's birth name is Georgios Panayiotou. He's Greek. Surprised?

8. Woody Allen

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The legendary director and actor, Woody Allen, was born as Allan Konigsberg to a Jewish family.

9. Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars was originally Peter Gene Hernandez but changed it because of the music industry.

10. Meg Ryan

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Meg Ryan was born with a long name of Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra but kept it short to suit her image.

11. Shania Twain

Shania Twain
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The famous country pop star was born as Eilleen Regina Edwards but changed it to something that suited her image better.

12. Lana Del Rey

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Elizabeth Grant chose Lana Del Rey as her stage name the first time she started singing professionally.

13. Rihanna

Rihanna
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Rihanna was born in Barbados as Robyn Fenty.

14. Hulk Hogan

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As a professional wrestler, Terry Jean Bollette changed his name to Hulk Hogan to symbolize his strength and toughness in both body and spirit.

15. Katy Perry

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Katy Perry already had a musical career before she decided to change her image and genre. Before she did, she was known as Kate Hudson, just like the famous actress.

16. Stevie Wonder

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Stevland Hardaway Morris is the birth name of the legendary musician.

17. Joaquin Phoenix

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Joaquin Phoenix sure is a unique name that isn't easy to forget. But his birth name was Rafael Bottom!

18. Portia De Rossi

Portia De Rossi
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Portia De Rossi has an exotic ring to it, but her real name is Amanda Lee Rogers.
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