Hollywood is a shallow world where your name can make it or break it. Those who want to make it in the big leagues have been modifying their names for years so that it will be easy for their fans to remember. In a society that is borderline obsessed with celebrities, it comes as a shock that so many celebrities have dropped their birth names for their stage names. It might be difficult for us to change our names but for some changing their name all together is much simpler. The following celebrities are all well-known, extremely famous and talented people and yet most of their fans don’t know their real names.
Shania Twain: Eilleen Regina Edwards
Shania Twain is a stunning Canadian singer and songwriter. She has received many awards including five Grammys and she has been referred to as “The Queen of Country Pop”. But many of us are not aware of the fact that she was born with the name Eilleen Regina Edwards.
Katy Perry: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
Katy Perry is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Perry rose to fame in 2008 with the release of the singles “I Kissed a Girl”. Perry has received many awards, including four Guinness World Records but very few are aware of the fact that Katy Perry is only her stage name and her real name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson.
Tina Fey: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey
Tina Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer who broke into comedy as a featured player in the Chicago-based comedy group “The Second City.” She has received eight Emmy awards, two Golden Globe Awards and was also nominated for the Grammy Award. She is famous by her stage name but her real name is Elizabeth Stamatina Fey.
Demi Moore: Demetria Guynes
Demi Moore is an American actress, filmmaker, former songwriter and model. She decided to drop out of high school at age of 16 to pursue an acting career. She has won many awards but very few are aware of the fact that Demi Moore is not her actual name. Her real name is Demetria Guynes which is a fact for most of you.
Olivia Wilde: Olivia Jane Cockburn
Olivia Wilde is an American actress, producer and activist who holds both American and Irish citizenship. She is well known for her television role as Dr. Remy in “Thirteen”. Wilde derived her stage name from Irish author Oscar Wilde. Her real name is actually Olivia Jane Cockburn. She changed her surname while in high school, to honour the writers in her family.
Chevy Chase: Cornelius Crane Chase
Chevy Chase is an American comedian, actor and writer. He was born into a prominent New York family and he is well known for his portrayal of the character Clark Griswold in five National Lampoon’s Vacation films. Chase was named for his adoptive grandfather Cornelius while the nickname Chevy was bestowed by his grandmother. He kept his stage name as Chevy Chase just to keep his name simple and easy to remember for his fans.
Miranda July: Miranda Jennifer Grossinger
Miranda July is a American film director, screenwriter, actor, author, artist and her body of work includes film, fiction, monologue, digital media presentations and live art performance. Very few actually know her real name as she is very popular as Miranda July but her real name is Miranda Jennifer Grossinger.
The Rock: Dwayne Douglas Johnson
Dwayne Douglas Johnson known by his ring name “The Rock” is an American and Canadian actor, producer and a professional wrestler signed with WWE. He is famous by his ring name but his original name is Dwayne Douglas Johnson which can be clearly witnessed in the films he has acted.
John Cena: John Felix Anthony Cena
John Felix Anthony Cena famously known as “John Cena” by his ring name is an American professional wrestler, rapper and an actor signed to WWE. He is the face of WWE and very famously known as John Cena, so people hardly know his real name which is much lengthier to pronounce. Perhaps this might be the reason why the superstar has kept his real name a secret from the public.
Nina Dobrev: Nikolina Konstatinova Dobreva
Nina Dobrev is a Bulgarian Canadian actress and model. Dobrev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria as Nikolina Konstatinova Dobreva and moved to Canada at the age of two. Very few are aware of her real name as she is famous in public as Nina Dobrev.