These people might be household names today, but they sure weren’t born that way! A lot of people change their names before making it big in Hollywood — whether they’re told to, or out of necessity(you’ll see what we mean…) — but we bet you didn’t know (most) of these celebs picked a different moniker for themselves!
From Olivia Wilde to Dakota Fanning, see who has dubbed themselves something new — and find out their OG names! — by clicking through the gallery below!
Would you ever change your name like any of these celebs? Tell us in the comments section!
This one you might know, but Miley Cyrus' OG name was Destiny Hope! Apparently, her dad named her that because he thought it was her "destiny" to bring "hope" to the world. Does hope also mean twerking?
Olivia Wilde might be the future Mrs. Jason Sudeikis, but did you know her real last name is Cockburn? Apparently, she was inspired by Oscar Wilde for the name change.
Sarfati. Lea Sarfati. Yes, Lea Michele didn't do too much leg work when it came to changing her name, she basically just dropped her last name, and made her middle name her new last name.
No, Drake didn't change his name from Jimmy Brooks -- that's his Degrassi character. Back in the good ol' days when the Canada rapper was merely just a teen actor, he was known as Aubrey Graham. Started from the bottom, we guess?
Emma Stone is a name you know (and love!) but before she was Emma, she was Emily. Not too much of a change.
We've got another Little Liar on our hands here! (See what we did there?) Apparently, Shay's real first name is Shannon. We kind of like Shay better! Is that weird?
If you watched the 2013 Teen Choice Awards, you'll know that Ashton Kutcher talked about his real name -- Christopher -- during his acceptance speech for the being named the Ultimate Choice. Ashton is his middle name.
We can't imagine Lucy Hale as anything but that, but apparently she was born Karen Lucille Hale. Hey, that's kinda cute too! This girl could work any name.
Dakota is a pretty cool name, right? Well, Miss Fanning's real first name is Hannah. We like that too! Guess it's a win-win for her.
Just like her big sister Hannah, er, Dakota, Elle Fanning isn't her given name -- Mary is.
Katy Perry had to change her name not because she necessarily wanted to -- it's because she had to! Katy's real name is Katheryn Hudson, and as you probably know, there's already a pretty famous "Kate" Hudson out there. We think Katy Perry suits her perfectly!
Natalie Portman is an Oscar winning actress, but we bet you didn't know her real last name -- Hershlag!