Celebrities with Pseudonyms – Just Who Do They Think They Are?

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You might be surprised by just how many celebrities with pseudonyms there are out there. We were. While there are countless singers, actors, and entertainers who use stage names, we’ve picked out twenty of the most popular.

From John Legend to Miley Cyrus, these stars may not actually be who you think they are. Want to find out their real names? Then you’ll just have to take a look at our list of celebrities with pseudonyms.

20.  John Legend

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 On December 28, 1978, superstar John Legend was born John Roger Stephens. As for the name “Legend,” well, he was given the name by some of his friends when he was younger. In an interview with MTV News in 2008, he explained, “People are going to pay attention and I’m going to either live up to my name or I’m not.” Judging by his success, we’d say he’s definitely lived up to the legendary name.

19.  Tina Fey

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 Many celebrities with pseudonyms just use variations of their given name, like in the case of Tina Fey. Her actual name is Elizabeth Samatina Fey. Tina, of course, is just a shortened version of her middle name. In her acclaimed TV series 30 Rock, her character’s name actually references her own first name – Elizabeth, aka Liz.

18.  Calvin Harris

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 Who knew that Calvin Harris was actually born Adam Richard Wiles? When it comes to celebrities with pseudonyms, his most certainly deviates from his given name. As it turns out, he decided to adopt a pseudonym upon release of his first single. The plan was to choose a more “racially ambiguous” name, so people wouldn’t be sure if he was black or not. After his single took off, he says he was simply “stuck with it.”

17.  Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj, born Onika Tanya Maraj, didn’t really have much choice in her stage name. According to her, the person in charge of one of her first deals really wanted her name to be Minaj. She explained in a 2012 interview with The Guardian that she’s actually “always hated it.” She also doesn’t like when friends or family call her Nicki Minaj.

16.  Miley Cyrus

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We can’t help but love that Miley Cyrus got her pseudonym from an adorable childhood nickname. Apparently, Cyrus’s family would call her “Smiley” when she was a child because she was always grinning. The nickname eventually developed into her stage name. And in 2008, she took things a step further and legally changed her name from Destiny Hope to Miley Ray. Yep, she was originally born Destiny Hope Cyrus.

15.  Alicia Keys

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Alicia Keys wanted to change her original name, Alica Augello-Cook, to something that would sound better in the spotlight. However, her first idea wasn’t the greatest. Initially, she wanted to call herself Alicia Wild, but her mother told her, “it sounds like you’re a stripper.” Thus, she looked for something music-related and the Alice Keys pseudonym was born.

“It’s like the piano keys. And it can open so many doors,” she told the Associated Press back in 2007.

14.  Bruno Mars

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 Talk about celebrities with pseudonyms, the name Bruno Mars is certainly a far cry from his birth name. The wildly popular singer-songwriter was born Peter Gene Hernandez, though he was given the nickname Bruno at a young age. According to an interview from 2013 with GQ, it was because he looked like Bruno Sammartino, a famous wrestler. However, the last name Hernandez constantly tied him to the Latin side of the music industry. Thus, the surname Mars was adopted instead.

13.  Lady Gaga

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Although it may come as a shock to some, Lady Gaga is not her real name. Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, the singer/songwriter got her nickname from the Queen Song “Radio Ga Ga.” Although she hasn’t legally changed her name to Lady Gaga, she has stated that she will be billed under the pseudonym for all projects.

12.  Lorde

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Lorde, born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, told ABC News Radio that she had “always liked the idea of having, like a one-named alias.” She also said that she didn’t really think her birth name was all that amazing. When coming up with her pseudonym, she felt that Lorde was “really strong” and had “this grandeur to it.”

11.  Frank Ocean

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The name Frank Ocean was the result of one Christopher Edwin Breaux not feeling like his name was “cool enough.” Unlike some of the other celebrities with pseudonyms on this list, Ocean didn’t just want a stage name. He legally changed his name in 2011, referring to it as “the most empowering sh**.” He has since recommend others do the same if they don’t like their name.

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