7 Stars Whose Real Names I Bet You Didn't Know Before

Performers in the music and acting industries may frequently choose memorable stage names in order to raise their reputation in the public eye. The complete names of some people are simply shortened, while others choose to keep the monikers they were given when they were younger. When searching for the ideal stage name, some famous people even go through the process of changing their stage names many times.
Researching our heroes' birth names helped us have a deeper understanding of the people we look up to. You'll find proof supporting the claim that famous people are legally allowed to change their surnames for charitable reasons at the article's conclusion.

1. A$AP Rocky as Rakim Athelaston Mayers

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A$AP Rakim Athelaston Mayers performs under the stage moniker "Rocky." Why did the rap star pick that particular one? The meaning of A$AP is "Always Strive and Prosper." His mum gave him the nickname "Rocky."

2. Travis Scott as Jacques Berman Webster II

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Jacques Berman Webster II, better known as Travis Scott, went with that moniker for a purpose. The names have significant meanings: Travis honors his late uncle, and Scott pays homage to his favorite musician, Scott Mescudi as Kid Cudi.

3. Machine Gun Kelly as Colson Baker

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The stage moniker Machine Gun Kelly belongs to Colson Baker. His career and signature rapping style suddenly took off, leading to the adoption of this moniker. A well-known criminal from the twentieth century is also alluded to by this name.

4. Gigi Hadid as Jelena Noura Hadid

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Jelena Noura Hadid is the model's true name. And Gigi was her childhood nickname, given to her by her mother and later adopted by Jelena.

5. Shania Twain as Eilleen Regina Edwards

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She was given the name Eilleen Edwards at birth. Eilleen adopted the surname Twain from her stepfather after her mother remarried. She changed her name when she started her singing career. She says, "I met somebody with the name Shania, thought it was beautiful, and Shania Twain was born."

6. Jennifer Lopez as Jennifer Affleck

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Jennifer Lopez officially changed her surname after her Las Vegas wedding. Jennifer Garner was Jennifer Affleck.

7. Ben Kingsley as Krishna Pandit Bhanji

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Krishna Pandit Bhanji was his birth name. He changed his foreign name after he got popular in the theater industry so that it wouldn't be a barrier to people learning his name.
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