12 Celebs Who Changed Their Real Names For Amazing Reasons

It’s no surprise if fans know everything about celebrities who they love. The private lives of celebs have been public on social media so that we have anything we need only by a few moments of searching. Still, there are so many things we don’t know, such as their names and the meaning behind them. Because we’re all familiar with their names and naturally consider that these names are their original names. For example, when it comes to Michael Keaton, some people believe it must be his real name because it sounds like a normal name.
When it comes to celebrities' stage names, it tends to be special, unique, and unusual. Who changes their name into names that sound similar to the old ones, or kind of normal? Indeed, it happens, and there are a lot of stories behind it to explain why.  Today, we have compiled a list of 12 celebrities who made their names change and the reason behind them. Keep scrolling down and enjoy!

#1 Miley Cyrus — Destiny Hope Cyrus

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Back in 2008, the famous singer legally changed her name from Destiny Hope Cyrus to Miley Cyrus, which refers to her childhood nickname “Smiley”. Miley revealed that she did that to honor her paternal grandfather.

#2 Michael Keaton — Michael John Douglas

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Changing names is something regular in Hollywood. Michael Keaton unexpectedly changed his name. He had to rename himself to enter the actor’s union since his real name was actually taken by another future Academy Award nominee.

#3 Charlie Sheen — Carlos Irwin Estevez

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Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estevez. His change was to avoid the confusion between him and his uncle, who is also called Carlos. Sheen is his father’s last name.

#4 Lorde — Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor

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Lorde changed her real name at age 12 as she signed in a development contract with the Universal Music Group after an agent of theirs saw footage of her singing at a middle school talent show. Indeed, the royalty hidden in the name Lord encouraged her in changing her original name, but the singer also added an “e” because she considered that Lord would be too manly for a girl.

#5 Gene Simmons — Chaim Witz

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Gene Simmons was born in Israel in 1949 and emigrated to the United States with his mother at the age of 8. After arriving in New York, he took on his mother’s maiden name and became Eugene Klein. In the early 1970s, he changed his name again to Gene Simmons.

#6 Bruno Mars — Peter Gene Hernandez

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Bruno Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez after changing his name as he said to Latina magazine.
“My dad nicknamed me Bruno since I was 2 years old. I was going to go by “Bruno,” one name. Mars just kind of came joking around because that sounds bigger than life. That was it, simple as that.”

#7 Wiz Khalifa — Cameron Jibril Thomaz

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The famous rapper Wiz Khalifa was born Cameron Jibril Thomaz but named himself Wisdom. His uncle then added Khalifa, which is also Arabic, and means “successor.” Later, he abbreviated his name to Wiz when he was 15 years old because his friends called him young Wiz all the time since he was “good at everything.”

#8 Demi Moore — Demetria Gene Guynes

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Sometimes less is Moore! The movie star was originally Demetria Gene Guynes and later decided to shorten her first name to Demi. Her last name is a holdover from her first marriage with famous singer Freddy Moore.

#9 Frank Ocean — Christopher Edwin Breaux

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Frank Ocean, who is known as an American singer, songwriter, and rapper, has a stage and comes from a combination of Frank Sinatra’s first name and the 1960s film Ocean’s 11, in which Sinatra starred in. 

#10 Jessie J — Jessica Ellen Cornish

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If you wonder what the letter J in Jessie stands for, here is the answer. Actually, it stands for different things, which rely on the day and her mood. Still, there are particular things known, her favorite nicknames are, “Jessie Jazz-hands” and “Jessie Jetlag.”

#11 Marilyn Monroe — Norma Jean Mortenson

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Marilyn renamed herself to have a better-sounding stage name, in 1956, she legally changed it from Norma Jean Mortenson to Marilyn Monroe. For explanation, the studio executive Ben Lyon recommended that she go with something that sounds more impressive and that’s how the name Marilyn Monroe was born.

#12 Elsa Pataky — Elsa Lafuente Medianu

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Elsa is known as a Spanish model and actress who appeared in the Fast and Furious franchise. Her full name is Elsa Lafuente Medianu is her, but she takes the surname Pataky in homage to her maternal grandmother, Rosa Pataky.
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