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Celebrity Real Names

You think you know your favourite celebrity well? Guess again! Here’s a list of celebrity real names. Who would have thunk?

Cher. The diva, was known as Cherilyn Sarksian.
Cher. The diva, was known as Cherilyn Sarksian.
Pink was named Alecia Beth Moore. "Pink" was a nickname given to her because she blushed when she becomes embarrassed.
Pink was named Alecia Beth Moore. “Pink” was a nickname given to her because she blushed when she becomes embarrassed.
'Black Swan' actress and Oscar winner, Natalie Portman, was born with the surname 'Hershlag'. She used her grandmother's maiden name in order to protect her privacy and her family's.
‘Black Swan’ actress and Oscar winner, Natalie Portman, was born with the surname ‘Hershlag’. She used her grandmother’s maiden name in order to protect her privacy and her family’s.

Carmen Electra moved to California in 1991 as Tara Leigh Patrick. She soon met Prince and signed a record deal with him.
Carmen Electra moved to California in 1991 as Tara Leigh Patrick. She soon met Prince and signed a record deal with him.
Liv Tyler was born Liv Rundgren because her mom told her rock star Todd Rundgren was her father. When she was 9-years-old, she found out that Aerosmith's Steven Tyler was her real father. She later changed her name to match his.
Liv Tyler was born Liv Rundgren because her mom told her rock star Todd Rundgren was her father. When she was 9-years-old, she found out that Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler was her real father. She later changed her name to match his.
Jodie Foster has been a household name for decades. Her first name Jodie, went through a few spelling changes thoughout the years. First it was spelled as Jody then changed to Jodi. In the 1970's it was changed to Jodie and that has stuck ever since.
Jodie Foster has been a household name for decades. Her first name Jodie, went through a few spelling changes thoughout the years. First it was spelled as Jody then changed to Jodi. In the 1970’s it was changed to Jodie and that has stuck ever since.
Elizabeth Banks' real name is Elizabeth Mitchell. The "Hunger Games" actress changed her name because she did not want people to confuse her with Elizabeth Mitchell from Lost.
Elizabeth Banks’ real name is Elizabeth Mitchell. The “Hunger Games” actress changed her name because she did not want people to confuse her with Elizabeth Mitchell from Lost.
Stevie Wonder's real name is Stevland Hardaway Morris. Oh such a mouthful. It doesn't sound as wonderful as his stage name. Motown's Berry Gordy named in Little Stevie Wonder in 1961 when he was signed under Motown's Tamia label.
Stevie Wonder’s real name is Stevland Hardaway Morris. Oh such a mouthful. It doesn’t sound as wonderful as his stage name. Motown’s Berry Gordy named in Little Stevie Wonder in 1961 when he was signed under Motown’s Tamia label.
Tina was born Elizabeth Stamatina Fey. Now we know WHY she changed it.
Tina was born Elizabeth Stamatina Fey. Now we know WHY she changed it.
Katy Perry was a gospel singer named Katy Hudson. When she burst into the music scene, she changed her name to Perry, her mother's maiden name. She also thought Katy Hudson sounded too much like Kate Hudson.
Katy Perry was a gospel singer named Katy Hudson. When she burst into the music scene, she changed her name to Perry, her mother’s maiden name. She also thought Katy Hudson sounded too much like Kate Hudson.
Demi Moore was named Demi Gene Guynes. When she married singer Freddy Moore in 1980, she changed her last name. After that Moore kept the last name.
Demi Moore was named Demi Gene Guynes. When she married singer Freddy Moore in 1980, she changed her last name. After that Moore kept the last name.
Dakota Fanning used her middle name as her stage name. Her real name is Hannah Fanning.
Dakota Fanning used her middle name as her stage name. Her real name is Hannah Fanning.
Are you ready for this? Stefani Joanne Angelina Germonotta. Lady Gaga is much easier to remember, right?
Are you ready for this? Stefani Joanne Angelina Germonotta. Lady Gaga is much easier to remember, right?
Shelton Jackson Lee is none other than the famous director, Spike Lee.
Shelton Jackson Lee is none other than the famous director, Spike Lee.
Jamie Foxx was Eric Marlon Bishop. He says females were usually called first during open mic nights, so he changed his name to Jamie Foxx. And his new name is a tribute to comedian Redd Foxx.
Jamie Foxx was Eric Marlon Bishop. He says females were usually called first during open mic nights, so he changed his name to Jamie Foxx. And his new name is a tribute to comedian Redd Foxx.
Sengalese rapper, Akon, admitted in interviews that his real name is Aliaune Damala Akon Thiam. But the rapper has other names attributed to him like Aliaune Thiam and Aliaune Badara Thiam, and Alioune Badara Thiam. Which one is the real one? We're still not sure.
Sengalese rapper, Akon, admitted in interviews that his real name is Aliaune Damala Akon Thiam. But the rapper has other names attributed to him like Aliaune Thiam and Aliaune Badara Thiam, and Alioune Badara Thiam. Which one is the real one? We’re still not sure.
Chuck Norris' real name is Carlos Ray Norris. Carlos Ray doesn't work with the Chuck Norris jokes, so we like Chuck better.
Chuck Norris’ real name is Carlos Ray Norris. Carlos Ray doesn’t work with the Chuck Norris jokes, so we like Chuck better.

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  • Dickson

    This story is so fantastic, at-least now we know their real name. oh Please some name are so angry, it is so unbelievable

  • Shalon Marcars

    Celebrities always have so many secrets. so it is not a wonder they don’t use their real names

  • Ruth Jons

    I knew it they couldn’t use their real names on stage, It would sound odd their funs

  • Agel Mercy

    Some had no reason of changing their names because the names are very sweet

  • Peter Dellick

    All this celebrities had good reasons to change their names,and it is okay with me

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