12 Celebrities You (Probably) Didn’t Know Changed Their Names

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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!

Miley Cyrus

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

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.


Lea Michele

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

Emma Stone is a name you know (and love!) but before she was Emma, she was Emily. Not too much of a change.


Shay Mitchell

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?


Ashton Kutcher

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.


Lucy Hale

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 Fanning

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.


Elle Fanning

Just like her big sister Hannah, er, Dakota, Elle Fanning isn't her given name -- Mary is.


Katy Perry

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

Natalie Portman is an Oscar winning actress, but we bet you didn't know her real last name -- Hershlag!


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  • faith

    Faith hills real name is Faith Perry

  • rowan

    emma is short for emily tou dumbass

  • Reaper

    Drake’s name is still Aubrey Drake Graham -.-

  • Sam

    Katy Perry’s name is still Kathryn Hudson, Katy perry is just her stage name. I think most of these are stage names, just like lady gaga is a stage name

  • Zean Diaz

    David Bowie’s real name is David Robert Jones

  • NINFan

    Trent Reznor’s real first name is Michael. Trent is his middle name.

  • Emma

    You know David Tennant’s real last name was McDonald? He had to change it too because there was another famous David McDonald

  • Rachel

    That gif at the top is cute. I knew Miley, Ashton and Dakota.
    Did you know Louis William Tomlinson was born Louis Troy Austin?

  • Sammy

    I knew Miley changed her name.