10 Celebrities Whose Real Names You Never Knew #vindiesel #StevieWonder #DemiMoore #CardiB
Real Name: Demi Gene Guynes
Ghost star Demi Moore didn’t randomly choose her new last name. Long before she was linked to Bruce Willis or Ashton Kutcher, she was briefly married to a singer named Freddy Moore. But even before they made it official, she decided to borrow his surname to use professionally. And though their relationship didn’t stick, that moniker did.
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Real Name: Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar
Rapper Cardi B’s stage name is adapted from a nickname she got during her childhood in the Bronx, New York. Since her older sister is named Hennessy and the two were always together, she was often called Barcardi—another boozy beverage.
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Real Name: Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore
Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali’s pastor mother picked his name out of the Bible, according to the Guardian. He changed his last name from Gilmore to Ali when he converted from Christianity to Islam in 2000, and several years later shortened his first name in the hopes that it would advance his career.
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Real Name: Diane Hall
It’s pretty wild that actor Diane Keaton was actually born Diane Hall, when she’d go on to fame playing a character who shares her original last name. Keaton is her mother’s name, which the star chose to go by before she hit it big.
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Real Name: Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell
Music superstar Billie Eilish goes by her first and middle names professionally. Her full name is as impressive as her catalog and includes a second middle name picked out by her older brother and collaborator Finneas O’Connell (Pirate) as well as both of her parents’ last names.
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Real Name: Steveland Judkins
When Stevie Wonder first signed with Motown, he legally changed his name from Steveland Judkins to Steveland Morris, taking on his mother’s maiden name. However, when Motown record executive Berry Gordy started calling him “Wonder,” Stevie changed his name yet again, and thus the musician’s stage name was born.
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Real Name: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey
While Fey is her real last name, Tina is actually a shortened version of her middle name, Stamatina. Funnily enough, the actress’ given first name is Elizabeth, which she used as the inspiration for the name of her 30 Rock character, Liz Lemon.
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Real Name: Paul David Hewson
Bono may only have one name now, but the U2 frontman was born with three: Paul David Hewson. As for his cognomen, the musician found his inspiration in his hometown of Dublin—from the name of a hearing aid shop, of all things.
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Real Name: Christopher Catesby Harington
The Game of Thrones star’s real name is Christopher Catesby Harington, but he didn’t know his name wasn’t Kit Harrington until he was 11 years old. He told Glamour: “Kit is traditionally an offshoot of Christopher, it’s just not used that often. My middle name is Catesby.” For more pairs like Harrington and Rose Leslie, check out 15 Onscreen Couples You Totally Forgot Dated in Real Life.
Real Name: Mark Sinclair
That’s right, pick your jaw off the floor: Vin Diesel is not the name on the action star’s birth certificate. He was first given the much more traditional name of Mark Sinclair. While the actor hasn’t confirmed the origin of his stage name, it supposedly stems from Vincent—the last name the family took on when his mother remarried—and his own energetic personality. Another Hollywood legend is that he had to change his name to protect himself when he worked as a bouncer, pre-stardom.
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