24 Celebrities I Never Realized Use Stage Names

1. Lucy Hale

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Real name: Karen Lucille Hale

Who would’ve thought Lucy Hale is actually a Karen???

2. Travis Scott

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Real name: Jacques Berman Webster II

Travis Scott totally sounds like it could be someone’s actual name, so I’m letting myself off the hook on this one.

3. Nina Dobrev

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Real name: Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva

A simple shortening I personally never expected.

4. John Legend

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Real name: John-Roger Stephen

I guess this one’s on me for thinking his last name was actually Legend.

5. Natalie Portman

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Real name: Neta-Lee Hershlag

Neta-Lee = Natalie. Makes

6. Bruno Mars

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Real name: Peter Gene Hernandez

Huh, who knew? Certainly not me.

7. Gigi Hadid

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Real name: Jelena Noura Hadid

A small but significant change!

8. Meryl Streep

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Real name: Mary Louise Streep

She’ll always be Meryl to me, but Mary Louise is still a nice name.

9. Elton John

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Real name: Reginald Kenneth Dwight

Just like his stage name, his real name is regal as hell.

10. Tina Fey

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Real name: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey

This one really threw me for some reason.

11. Meghan Markle

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Real name: Rachel Meghan Markle

But I guess her NEW new name is Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

12. Jamie Foxx

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Real name: Eric Marlon Bishop

Not at all what I was expecting.

13. Mila Kunis

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Real name: Milena Markovna Kunis

I actually love the name Milena, TBH.

14. Alicia Keys

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Real name: Alicia Augello-Cook Dean

Because she’s amazing at playing the piano! Ahhh, I get it.

15. Courtney Love

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Real name: Courtney Michelle Harrison

This one’s not too far off, but still.

16. Olivia Wilde

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Real name: Olivia Jane Cockburn


17. Rihanna

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Real name: Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Robyn…Rihanna…she’s still the queen of Fenty so whatevs.

18. Halsey

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Real name: Ashley Nicolette Frangipane

Raise your hand if you were today years old when you realized “Halsey” is an anagram for “Ashley.”

19. Whoopi Goldberg

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Real name: Caryn Elaine Johnson

Whoopi is so iconic, she can call herself whatever she wants.

20. Calvin Harris

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Real name: Adam Richard Wiles

Yes, I know, Taylor Swift called him Adam at that awards show one time, but I completely forgot about that.

21. Spike Lee

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