February 22, 2012

Stars' Real Names

Lana Del Ray - Elizabeth Grant

Charlie Sheen - Carlos Irwin Estevez

Elton John - Reginald Kenneth Dwight

Meg Ryan - Margaret Hyra

Michael Caine - Maurice Joseph Micklewhite

Elvis Costello - Declan Patrick MacManus

Miley Cyrus - Destiny Hope Cyrus

Portia De Rossi - Amanda Lee Rogers

Dakota Fanning - Hannah Fanning

Steven Tyler - Steven Victor Tallarico

Alicia Keys - Alicia Augello Cook

Chuck Norris - Carlos Ray Norris

Katy Perry - Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

Joaquin Phoenix - Joaquin Rafael Bottom

Tina Turner - Anna Mae Bullock

Demi Moore - Demetria Gene Guynes

Vin Diesel - Mark Vincent

Jamie Foxx - Eric Marlon Bishop

Tom Cruise - Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

Olivia Wilde - Olivia Jane Cockburn

Helen Mirren - Ilyena Vasilievna Mironoff

Natalie Portman - Natalie Hershlag

Whoopi Goldberg - Caryn Elaine Johnson

all images via zimbio

Have you thought about what your celebrity name would be?

I have, obviously.

I'd drop my last name and go by Misty Michelle.


Lisa said...

Here's what I've always wondered: For the stars whose names are completely different in real life, for instance Michael Caine/ Maurice or Elvis Costello/ Declan, what do they get called in their real lives? Do they fully adopt the celebrity moniker? Do all of them get a professional name change?

I know Miley is legally Miley now, and I assume Elton is legally Elton, but what about the rest?

Mrs. M said...

I like your famous name. I have no idea what I would pick...but one thing is clear Teri Milnes is not a good Hollywood name. I better get on in, you never know when you're going to get your big break. :-)

Lindsey said...

oh my goodness gracious. I thought I knew a lot about celebs, but I did not know 90% of these people's legit names. INTERESTING!!

Christina said...

Awesome post! Joaquin Bottom? I had no idea! I didn't know about a lot of these acutally. I think I'd use my maiden name: Christina Justice. It sounds important.

Beth said...

1. doesn't elton john not look like "duckface" from Full House?
2. Meg Ryan's estranged mother lives next door to my grandma. she just moved there about 6 months ago. #weird.
3. my celebrity name would be "Molly Crawford" or "Molly Anderson" but that could also be my stripper name.

Karen M. Peterson said...

I did know a few of them, but some others really surprised me. Definitely good changes!

I don't know what my celebrity name would be. I haven't really thought much about it, honestly.

jessica said...

this is so funny i didn't realize that so many celebrities change their names...makes sense since half of them were awful names. makes sense why marilyn monroe didn't go by norma jean lol. fun post.

i would probably go in the rap name direction with something like lil' jj or double j

Anonymous said...

I knew a few of these but some came as a total surprise. Some of the original names weren't all that bad, but in a couple of cases a name change was totally necessary! I have no idea what my celebrity name would be. Not like I'm on a clock to change it or anything! ☺

Macey said...

I knew a few of em...but holy crap. Whoopi is Caryn?! LOL!

Amanda said...

ok really weird that you just posted this because my hubby and i were just talking about this!!! how most of the stars have "fake" names different from the ones they were born with!

Nicole Marie said...

I knew a couple but WOW. I want a cool celebrity name but have no idea what it would be...let me think on this for a bit lol

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

I would do the same thing and go by Kristin Leigh!

Unknown said...

Holy cow - it is a good thing that most of those celebs changed their names - some are so off from what we know them as! Too funny!!

TLF said...

I think it's weird to change your name.. well, the ones that do it so drastically! The ones that make it short and sweet or similar, I think it neat. I wouldn't want to change mine. I's want everyooooone from my past to know it was me. But I'd defiantly go by my maiden name.

Date Girl said...

Some of those are so different! I can see why Katy perry had tp change hers. There's already a Kate Hudson! Oh and Destiny Cyrus just sounds like a stripper!

AMY said...

Some of these I knew....but some were a real surprise!

I LOVE info like this!
I like your celeb name, very sexy sounding.
I think I'd go to Amelia Levine!

navy and orange said...

great post! so katie holmes isn't mrs. cruise? interesting...

navy & orange

Adie said...

Yea Miley made hers official, weird I say. Its interesting to see how way off their stage names are from their real names.

I knew about Charlie Sheen cause of Emilio Estevez, he didnt want the sheen name!

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

Hey my middle name is Michelle too! :)

It's so funny what people change their names too. I wonder if anyone in hollywood keeps their name 100% i'm sure some do, but I bet the line is short.

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Sunkissed and Southern said...

so funny that these real names are not nearly as cool. my middle plus first still doesnt sound hollywood! haha. id have to make up a new last name i guess....