13 Celebrities Who Changed Their Real Names Before Becoming Famous

Sometimes we are given names that are either too hard to pronounce or too long to keep in their entirety. And if you are someone with a normal 9-5 job, that is completely fine. But, if you are someone in the entertainment industry who wants your name to be known by everyone, this may not be the best thing. That’s why many people choose to either shorten their full names or completely change them.

1. Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus legally changed her name back in 2008 from Destiny Hope Cyrus to Miley Cyrus. The name Miley is a rendition of her childhood nickname “Smiley” in honor of her paternal grandfather.

2. Victoria Beckham

Prior to becoming known as the fashion diva, Victoria Beckham, back in the early days of the iconic group we love, Victoria Adams was the name used for her records. However, when the Spice Girls became rising stars, she changed her name to Posh Spice. Years later, she become the famous Victoria Beckham we know today.

3. Vin Diesel

At the age of 17, Mark Sinclair was a rather big guy. He even used to work as a bouncer at a nightclub called The Tunnel. Around that time he took the name Vin Diesel and started to shave his head regularly.

4. Rachel Weisz

Early in her career, she changed her name to Rachel Vyce, but when people told her that it was too difficult to pronounce, she changed it to Kenya Campbell. She decided to keep it that way for a while, but she soon realized that it sounded unpleasant. The actress then decided to stay with Rachel Weisz and made a lot of iconic movies.

5. Natalie Portman

It was in 1994 when a very young Neta-Lee Hershlag auditioned for Leon and landed her first role in a major production. While filming, the actress changed her name to “Natalie” and took her mother’s maiden last name. Apparently, she wanted to maintain her privacy because some scenes in the movie were polemical.

6. Alicia Keys

Her real name is Alicia Augello-Cook, but she changed it and decided to have her own different stage name with a special meaning behind it. She explained, “It’s like the piano keys, and it can also open a lot of doors,” and she ended up with the name Alicia Keys and broke multiple records in her career.

7. Jamie Foxx

Eric Marlon Bishop, now known as Jamie Foxx, tried out a couple of different names when he first started doing open mic nights. When he’d sign up to the open mic lists, he used the names Tracy Brown and Stacy Green but eventually landed on Jamie Foxx.

8. Iggy Azalea

Her birth name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly, and she ended up with Iggy Azalea because she has a dog named “Iggy,” and it became her nickname. She came up with the surname Azalea, as she explained, “Because that is a street name that my mom and family live on, and it sounds very feminine, and I thought it would balance out Iggy being so masculine.”

9. Lana Del Rey

The singer’s real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, but she’s now known as Lana Del Rey. When she began singing, she went by the name, “Lizzy Grant,” and also performed as “Sparkle Rope Jump Queen” until she landed on Lana Del Rey.

10. Tom Hardy

Before becoming Tom Hardy, his birth name was Edward Thomas Hardy, and he only used his first name before deciding to go by his middle name instead. Even though the Internet was aware of his true identity, it was not widely publicized.

11. Blake Lively

After Blake became an actress she decided to take the surname of her mother, Elaine Lively as her stage name.

12. Aaron Paul

His full name is Aaron Paul Sturtevant, but when he went to auditions, no one could pronounce his surname, “Sturtevant,” so he had to change it so that everyone could say it, and then he shortened it when he entered Hollywood.

13. Lorde

Lorde changed her original name at the age of 12 when she was signed to a development contract with the Universal Music Group after an agent of theirs saw footage of her singing at a middle school talent show. Her real name is Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor. The royalty hidden in the name Lord encouraged her in changing her original name, but she also added an “e” because she felt that Lord would be too masculine for a girl.

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This boy dreamt of buying his mom a home after living in subsidized housing with mice & became a millionaire star

This young man was raised as an average youngster in Stratford, Ontario, participating in sports like hockey and soccer. He is originally from London, Ontario.

This young man was raised as an average youngster in Stratford, Ontario, participating in sports like hockey and soccer. He is originally from London, Ontario.

His early interest for drumming was fostered during church visits where he would watch the drummer, saying, “Ever since I can remember, I’ve always loved music.” He went on to teach himself how to play the piano, guitar, and trumpet while taking drum classes.

The boy’s mother continued to be his greatest supporter despite their financial difficulties, posting videos of him performing soul covers on YouTube. Despite her inability to purchase drum kits, she got him drumsticks so he could drum on the ground.

When he was twelve years old, he entered a local talent competition and placed second with a performance of Ne-Yo’s “So Sick.” His mother posted footage of him performing on YouTube so that others could see how committed she was to promoting his potential.

The boy’s luck altered as his musical ability flourished. He made almost $3,000 doing everything from busking in front of a Stratford theater during the summer to shrieking pop songs while brushing his teeth.

With this fortune, he was able to take his family on their first-ever Disneyland vacation, realizing a dream for them. Once restricted by his lack of resources, the child now gets to walk into a restaurant and order without looking at the menu.

Justin Bieber thought back on his history and admitted that although they didn’t have much money, he had a happy childhood. His lack of riches gave him a profound respect for money.

Bruce Dale, Justin’s grandfather, said that despite Justin’s gifts and unwavering work ethic, he was a good youngster who rose to prominence in today’s popular music.

Scooter Braun, a rising star in the music industry and party promoter in Atlanta, saw Justin Bieber’s YouTube videos and took an interest in the singer-songwriter.

At first, Braun was looking for a different YouTube sensation, but his attention was drawn to Justin’s incredible vocal ability. Braun was determined to find Justin, so he tracked down the busking video, found his school, and persistently contacted Justin’s mother, Pattie.

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