42 Celebrities Who Were Born with Different Names

Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva has a certain ring to it, no?

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"That's not my name. That's not my name." —the Ting Tings and the following 42 stars, who, for whatever reason, decided to adopt 42 different pseudonyms.

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<p>In a previous life, she was known as Stacy Ann Ferguson. Then she did the duchess thing.&nbsp;</p>
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Fergie

In a previous life, she was known as Stacy Ann Ferguson. Then she did the duchess thing. 

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<p>Goes by his middle name&nbsp;(from&nbsp;Christopher Ashton Kutcher)<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">.&nbsp;</span></p>
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Ashton Kutcher

Goes by his middle name (from Christopher Ashton Kutcher)

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<p>It's "Kelendria Trene Rowland."&nbsp;</p>
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Kelly Rowland

It's "Kelendria Trene Rowland." 

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<p>Much sexier than Tara Leigh Patrick<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">, TBH.&nbsp;</span></p>
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Carmen Electra

Much sexier than Tara Leigh Patrick, TBH. (Props to the belated Prince for coming up with the new version.)

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<p>Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"> has a certain ring to it, but might be a bit difficult for American audiences.&nbsp;</span></p>
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Nina Dobrev

Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva has a certain ring to it, no? 

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<p>It takes balls to go from&nbsp;John Roger Stephens<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"> to "Legend," but he did it.&nbsp;</span></p>
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John Legend

It takes balls to go from John Roger Stephens to "Legend," but he did it. 

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<p>One name is *always* better than three, even if it's "Alecia Beth Moore<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">."</span></p>
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Pink

One name is *always* better than three, even if it's "Alecia Beth Moore."

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<p>Born&nbsp;Blake Ellender Brown, she adopted her mom's last name when she started acting.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"> &lt;3</span></p>
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Blake Lively

Born Blake Ellender Brown, she adopted her mom's last name when she started acting. <3

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<p>Some of her squad members/friends still call her Ella (Yelich-O'Connor<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">).&nbsp;</span></p>
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Lorde

Some of her squad members/friends still call her Ella (Yelich-O'Connor). 

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<p>Meanwhile, though <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/news/a21624/lady-gaga-and-taylor-kinney-break-up/" target="_blank">they're no more</a>, ex-fiancé Taylor Kinney definitely called her by her given name Stefani (Joanne Angelina Germanotta<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">)</span>.&nbsp;</p>
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Lady Gaga

Meanwhile, though they're no more, ex-fiancé Taylor Kinney definitely called her by her given name Stefani (Joanne Angelina Germanotta)

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<p>To quote a fellow editor: "My fave different name is Reese Witherspoon, because her name is Laura. And it's like, you look way more like a Laura, TBH." (Reese is her second middle name.)&nbsp;</p>
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Reese Witherspoon

To quote a fellow editor: "My fave different name is Reese Witherspoon, because her name is Laura. And it's like, you look way more like a Laura, TBH." (Reese is her second middle name.) 

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<p>You <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/news/a15726/rihanna-beauty-line-launch/" target="_blank">know about the Fenty part</a>. But did you know her real first name's Robyn?&nbsp;</p>
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Rihanna

You know about the Fenty part. But did you know her real first name's Robyn? 

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<p>Because "Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>" wouldn't fit on a marquee/anything, really.&nbsp;</p>
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Theo James

Because "Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis" wouldn't fit on a marquee/anything, really. 

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<p>It's actually Patricia.</p>
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Rooney Mara

It's actually Patricia.

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<p>Elizabeth Grant would not get summertime sadness. Lana Del Rey freaking&nbsp;*invented* summertime sadness.&nbsp;</p>
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Lana Del Rey

Elizabeth Grant would not get summertime sadness. Lana Del Rey freaking *invented* summertime sadness. 

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<p>She&nbsp;<a href="http://celebritybabies.people.com/2008/01/28/miley-cyrus-leg/" target="_blank">legally changed her name</a>&nbsp;to Miley Ray Cyrus from "Destiny Hope."<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
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Miley Cyrus

She legally changed her name to Miley Ray Cyrus from "Destiny Hope."

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<p>Last name Litwack, first name still Kat (from&nbsp;Katherine).&nbsp;</p>
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Kat Dennings

Last name Litwack, first name still Kat (from Katherine). 

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<p>Another one who&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.bustle.com/articles/32836-is-jon-stewart-a-self-hating-jew-i-asked-the-daily-show-host-and-heres-what-he" title="Link: http://www.bustle.com/articles/32836-is-jon-stewart-a-self-hating-jew-i-asked-the-daily-show-host-and-heres-what-he">legally changed</a>&nbsp;his name—from&nbsp;Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">—to what he goes by on stage.&nbsp;</span><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
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Jon Stewart

Another one who legally changed his name—from Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz—to what he goes by on stage. 

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<p>You know this one:&nbsp;Shawn Corey Carter<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">.&nbsp;</span></p>
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Jay Z

You know this one: Shawn Corey Carter

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<p>And probably this one, from that GIF of young Aubrey Graham dancing in a tiny vest.&nbsp;</p>
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Drake

And probably this one, from that GIF of young Aubrey Graham dancing in a tiny vest. 

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<p>Before they were kaput/sworn enemies, Taylor Swift called him by his real name:&nbsp;Adam Richard Wiles<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">.&nbsp;</span></p>
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Calvin Harris

Before they were kaput/sworn enemies, Taylor Swift called him by his real name: Adam Richard Wiles

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<p>Milena Markovna Kunis sounds pretty too.&nbsp;</p>
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Mila Kunis

Milena Markovna Kunis sounds pretty too. 

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<p>True story: &nbsp;She <a href="http://www.mtv.co.uk/emma-stone/news/emma-stone-reveals-she-changed-her-name-because-of-baby-spice" target="_blank">changed her name</a>&nbsp;to Emma from Emily Jean because of her obsession with the Spice Girls, particularly Baby Spice/Emma Lee Bunton.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
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Emma Stone

True story:  She changed her name to Emma from Emily Jean because of her obsession with the Spice Girls, particularly Baby Spice/Emma Lee Bunton.

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<p>Onika Tanya Maraj<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">, which is like an anagram. IS IT AN ANAGRAM?&nbsp;</span></p>
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Nicki Minaj

Onika Tanya Maraj, which is like an anagram. IS IT AN ANAGRAM? 

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<p>It's Peter Gene Hernandez. But he'll always be Bruno in our hearts.</p>
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Bruno Mars

It's Peter Gene Hernandez. But he'll always be Bruno in our hearts.

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<p>Amethyst! Amelia! Kelly!</p>
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Iggy Azalea

Amethyst! Amelia! Kelly!

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<p>ICYMI, she's British. Which explains the Clare Woodgate.&nbsp;</p>
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Kim Cattrall

ICYMI, she's British. Which explains the Clare Woodgate. 

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<p>Because William Bradley Pitt sounds like the friend of a friend of a Founding Father.&nbsp;</p>
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Brad Pitt

Because William Bradley Pitt sounds like the friend of a friend of a Founding Father. 

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<p>No Norma Jean Mortensen for this one. </p>
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Marilyn Monroe

No Norma Jean Mortensen for this one.

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<p>Yup—Diane Hall, like Annie Hall.&nbsp;</p>
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Diane Keaton

Yup—Diane Hall, like Annie Hall. 

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