You Will Not Believe the Real Names of These Celebs ...

By Neecey

You Will Not Believe the Real Names of These Celebs ...

In the world of show business sometimes a name change is called for because someone else already has that name. Other times, a name needs to be shorter, or maybe just easier to pronounce. Sometimes it’s just because a real name doesn’t have “star quality”. Whatever the reason, let’s take a look at the real names of celebrities:

Table of contents:

  1. audrey hepburn
  2. meg ryan
  3. jason derulo
  4. lily james
  5. reese witherspoon
  6. katy perry
  7. elton john
  8. nina dobrev
  9. whoopi goldberg
  10. calvin harris
  11. demi moore
  12. macklemore
  13. fergie
  14. nicolas cage
  15. shania twain
  16. theo james
  17. julianne moore
  18. mila kunis
  19. jessie j
  20. kim cattrall
  21. helen mirren
  22. kit harington
  23. missy elliott
  24. charlie sheen
  25. jamie foxx
  26. gene simmons
  27. stevie wonder
  28. natalie portman
  29. kelly rowland
  30. joaquin phoenix
  31. avicii
  32. miley cyrus
  33. nelly
  34. adele
  35. michael caine
  36. cee lo green
  37. faith hill
  38. alicia keys
  39. olivia wilde
  40. lana del rey
  41. hozier
  42. vin diesel
  43. charli xcx
  44. ricky martin
  45. lady gaga
  46. jay z
  47. john legend
  48. lil wayne
  49. ludacris
  50. lorde
  51. iggy azalea
  52. pink
  53. portia de rossi
  54. judy garland
  55. john wayne
  56. snoop dogg
  57. rihanna
  58. bruno mars
  59. nicki minaj
  60. tina fey
  61. 50 cent
  62. natalie wood
  63. woody allen
  64. ben kingsley
  65. alan alda
  66. george michael
  67. carmen electra
  68. hulk hogan
  69. rock hudson
  70. joan crawford
  71. kirk douglas
  72. dido
  73. fred astaire
  74. cary grant
  75. marilyn monroe

1 Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn Glamorous, sophisticated, elegant and a style icon. Her changed name suits her. Maybe not so much her real name?

Real Name: Edda Kathleen vanHeemstra Hepburn-Ruston

2 Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan Hollywood actress and star of classics like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle and You’ve Got Mail.

Real Name: Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra


JASON DERULO This superstar R&B singer made his surname a little more simple for us to handle.

Real Name: Jason Desrouleaux

4 Lily James

Lily James Recent star of Disney’s Cinderella remake and much loved cast member of Downton Abbey.

Real Name: Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson

5 Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon Oscar winning actress for the Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line, and star of the Legally Blonde films.

Real Name: Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon


KATY PERRY American pop star who rose to fame with her hit song I Kissed A Girl. One of the most followed people on Twitter.

Real Name: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson


ELTON JOHN Legendary British singer songwriter whose biggest hits include Your Song, I’m Still Standing and Candle In The Wind.

Real Name: Reginald Kenneth Dwight

8 Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev Bulgarian Canadian model and actress who starred as Mia Jon on Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Real Name: Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva

9 Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg American treasure, comedian and actress who won an Oscar for her role in the supernatural romance Ghost.

Real name: Caryn Elaine Johnson


CALVIN HARRIS Scottish born singer and DJ who is currently making waves with a successfully residency in Las Vegas.

Real Name: Adam Richard Wiles

11 Demi Moore

Demi Moore Another actress who starred in Ghost, has previously been married to both Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher.

Real Name: Demetria Gene Guynes


MACKLEMORE American rapper whose song Thrift Shop become a global sensation in 2013.

Real Name: Ben Haggerty

13 Fergie

Fergie A former child star who became best known as the only female member of American hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas.

Real Name: Stacy Ann Ferguson


NICOLAS CAGE Oscar winning actor whose wacky performances in multiple movies has gained him a strong cult following.

Real Name: Nicolas Kim Coppola

15 Shania Twain

Shania Twain You would never have guessed that Shania Twain’s real name was so different to her catchy stage name.

Real Name: Eileen Regina Edwards

16 Theo James

Theo James One of the hottest young actors around right now, most well known for his role as Four in the Divergent series.

Real Name: Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis

17 Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore One of America’s greatest working actresses, who recently won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Still Alice.

Real Name: Julie Anne Smith

18 Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis A Ukrainian born American actress who rose to fame in That 70s Show and has appeared in Black Swan, Jupiter Ascending and Family Guy.

Real Name: Milena Markovna Kunis

19 Jessie J

Jessie J British singer, known for her hit songs Bang Bang and Price Tag. Has previously been a judge on The Voice UK.

Real Name: Jessica Ellen Cornish


KIM CATTRALL Sex in The City's Samantha was born in Liverpool, England and raised in Canada.

Real Name: Clare Woodgate

21 Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren Oscar winning British actress who won dozens of awards for her role as the Elizabeth II in The Queen.

Real Name: Ilyena Lydia Mironoff

22 Kit Harington

Kit Harington Young British acting star, best known for playing the role of Jon Snow in HBO’s Game Of Thrones.

Real Name: Christopher Catesby Harington

23 Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott American hip-hop legend, responsible for One Minute Man, Get Your Freak On and Gossip Folks.

Real Name: Melissa Arnette Elliott


CHARLIE SHEEN American actor and former star of Two And A Half Men. Son of Martin Sheen and brother of Emilio Estevez.

Real Name: Carlos Irwin Estevez

25 Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx An American singer turned actor who applied both his professions to Oscar winning effect in the biopic Ray.

Real Name: Eric Marlon Bishop


GENE SIMMONS The front man of the scariest rock band in the world - Kiss.

Real Name: Chaim Witz

27 Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder American singer who is famously blind, singer of classic songs like I Just Called To Say I Love You and Superstition.

Real Name: Stevland Hardaway Judkins


NATALIE PORTMAN Oscar winning actress whose performances include Padme in the Stars Wars prequels and the lead character in Black Swan.

Real Name: Natalie Hershlag

29 Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland American R&B singer, one third of successful girl group Destiny’s Child and solo singer of hit Stole.

Real Name: Kelendria Trene Rowland


JOAQUIN PHOENIX Enigmatic actor who has played roles as an American country legend, a Roman Emperor and a man who falls in love with a computer voice.

Real Name: Joaquin Rafael Bottom

31 Avicii

Swedish DJ and music producer whose biggest hits include Wake Me Up, Hey Brother and I Could Be The One.

Real Name: Tim Bergling


MILEY CYRUS Former Disney Channel star of Hannah Montana who has become a worldwide pop phenomenon with songs like Wrecking Ball and We Can’t Stop.

Real Name: Destiny Hope Cyrus

33 Nelly

Nelly American rapper whose main success came in the early 2000s with hits like Ride Wit Me, Hot In Herre and Batter Up.

Real Name: Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr.

34 Adele

Adele British singer songwriter, arguably the most famous singer in the world right now. Her biggest hits include Someone Like You and Rolling In The Deep.

Real Name: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins


MICHAEL CAINE British acting royalty –Sir Michael has appeared in more than 115 movies and is still going.

Real Name: Maurice Joseph Micklewhite

36 Cee Lo Green

Cee Lo Green American R&B singer who has had solo success and was part of the group Gnarls Barkley who sang Crazy.

Real Name: Thomas DeCarlo Callaway

37 Faith Hill

Faith Hill Famous American country singer whose biggest hits include There You’ll Be from the movie Pearl Harbor, The Way You Love Me and Breathe.

Real Name: Audrey Faith Perry

38 Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys Grammy award winning American R&B who has had huge success with songs including Fallin’, Girl On Fire and Empire State Of Mind.

Real Name: Alicia Augello Cook


OLIVIA WILDE American actress who is best know for starring in the TV show House and for film roles in Tron: Legacy and Her.

Real Name: Olivia Jane Cockburn

40 Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey American singer and model who rose to fame with her haunting song Video Games.

Real Name: Elizabeth Woolridge Grant

41 Hozier

Hozier An Irish singer songwriter who achieved worldwide success in 2014 with his song Take Me To Church.

Real Name: Andrew Hozier-Byrne


VIN DIESEL One of Hollywood's top 10 earning actors in 2015.

Real Name: Mark Sinclair Vincent

43 Charli XCX

Charli XCX A British singer songwriter who has achieved fame and notoriety collaborating with artists including Iggy Azalea and Icona Pop.

Real Name: Charlotte Emma Aitchison

44 Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin Peurto Rican singer who rose to fame in the late 90s with hits like Livin’ La Vida Loca and She Bangs.

Real Name: Jose Enrique Martin Morales

45 Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga American singer and actress who has recently given a Golden Globe winning performance in American Horror Story: Hotel.

Real Name: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

46 Jay Z

Jay Z American hip-hop superstar who together with wife Beyonce, is one half of the most powerful couple in show business!

Real Name: Shawn Corey Carter

47 John Legend

John Legend American R&B singer whose biggest hits include All Of Me, She Don’t Have To Know and Ordinary People.

Real Name: John Roger Stephens

48 Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne American rapper who is just as well known for his copious amounts of tattoos as his catchy, distinctive hip-hop songs.

Real Name: Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.

49 Ludacris

Ludacris American rap artist and actor who achieved great success in the 2000s with songs like What’s Your Fantasy and Stand Up.

Real Name: Christopher Brian Bridges

50 Lorde

Lorde New Zealand born singer songwriter who rose to fame in mid-2013 with her hit song Royals.

Real Name: Ella Yelich-O’Connor

51 Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea Australian female hip-hop artist who has had great success with songs like Fancy, Trouble and Black Widow.

Real Name: Amethyst Amelia Kelly

52 Pink

Pink American pop singer who has had a long and successful career including hit songs Just Like A Pill, So What and Who Knew.

Real Name: Alecia Beth Moore

53 Portia De Rossi

Portia De Rossi Australian actress and model, wife of Ellen Degeneres and known for her performances in Ally McBeal, Arrested Development and Scandal.

Real Name: Amanda Lee Rogers

54 Judy Garland

Judy Garland Superstar songstress and actress and will be forever in our hearts as Dorothy Gale.

Real Name: Frances Ethel Gumm

55 John Wayne

John Wayne A bit like “ A Boy Named Sue”, this cowboy’s real name didn’t really fit the incredible niche he carved out in his movies.

Real Name: Marion Robert Morrison

56 Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg American rapper with his own special language – ferschnizlle my drizzle or whatever. He was nicknamed 'Snoopy' by his parents because of his appearance

Real Name: Calvin Cordozar Broadus

57 Rihanna

Rihanna Barbadian pop sensation.

Real Name: Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

58 Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars Nicknamed 'Bruno' by his father at the age of 2, because of his resemblance to professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino.

Real Name: Peter Gene Hernandez

59 Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj Real Name: Onika Tanya Maraj

60 Tina Fey

Tina Fey Real Name: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey

61 50 Cent

50 Cent Real Name: Curtis James Jackson III

62 Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood Born to Russian immigration parents, the young actress changed it to blend into the Hollywood times, like the Swedish Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, better known as Greta Garbo.

Real Name: Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko

63 Woody Allen

Woody Allen Come to think of it, Allen doesn’t sound very Jewish, does it?

Real Name: Allen Konigsberg

64 Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley Like Barack Obama, Kingsley was born to a white mother and Kenyan father — of Indian Muslim descent.

Real Name: Krishna Pandit Bhanji

65 Alan Alda

Alan Alda Alda’s last name was concocted by putting together the first two letters of his first and last name. AL + DA = Alda.

Real Name: Alphonso d’Abruzzo

66 George Michael

George Michael He should have just changed his name to “Glory Hole.” At least it’s truth in advertising.

Real Name: Georgios Panayiotou


CARMEN ELECTRA An American glamour model, singer, actress and dancer who came to fame following an appearance in Playboy magazine.

Real Name: Tara Leigh Patrick

68 Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan If I wanted to scare someone, I’d tell them my name was Hulk, too.

Real Name: Terry Jean Bollette

69 Rock Hudson

Rock Hudson Either way, he was still ridiculously hot — and gigantic. He was “6’5,” which basically makes him a skyscraper.

Real Name: Leroy Harold Scherer, Jr.

70 Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford It makes a lot of sense that she and Lucille Bluth would have the same first name, because they’re basically the same person.

Real Name: Lucille LeSueur

71 Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas I really like his actual name. There’s something appropriately commanding about a man named “Issur Demsky.”

Real Name: Issur Danielovitch Demsky

72 Dido

Dido I almost wish that she had used her real name as her stage name, just to see that whole thing on a concert poster or an album cover. “Stan” by Eminem ft. Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong takes it to a whole other level.

Real Name: Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong

73 Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire His famous dance partner, Ginger Rogers, was born Virginia Katherine McMath.

Real Name: Frederick Austerlitz

74 Cary Grant

Cary Grant There really is no way to make “Archibald Leach” roll off the tongue, is there?

Real Name: Archibald Alexander Leach

75 Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe According to Monroe, she used to get picked on in school for being ugly. So no matter how hideous you’re feeling today, remember that there was a universe in which Marilyn Monroe was not considered a golden paradigm of hotness. It gives you some perspective.

Real Name: Norma Jean Mortensen

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