11 Celebrities Who Changed Their Names For Fame

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  • 1. Miley Cyrus: Born Destiny Hope Cyrus, the singer/actor decided to legally change her name to Miley back in 2008 in reference to her childhood nickname, Smiley.

  • 2. Emma Stone: Unfortunately for Emma, there was already someone who went by the name Emily Stone when she was first starting out in the industry. After dabbling with the name Riley, she soon decided to settle on something a little closer to her given name.

  • 3. Calvin Harris: Born Adam Richard Wildes, it was only when then-girlfriend Taylor Swift gave a shout out to him at the 2016 iHeart Awards that people fully realized the producer wasn’t an OG Calvin. You think you know a person...

  • 4. Lorde: It doesn’t take a genius to figure out this one isn't real. Born Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor, the New Zealand singer opted for something a little more dramatic when she kickstarted her music career as a teenager.

  • 5. Olivia Wilde: If actor's can win or lose roles on the strength of their name, it stands to reason why Olivia was forced to ditch her surname of Cockburn (pretty unfortunate tbh) in order to go by the slightly less suggestive option, Wilde.

  • 6: Nicki Minaj: Her Minajesty was born Onika Tanya Maraj, before deciding to mesh the components of her name together and come up with the now iconic amalgamation of Nicki Minaj.

  • 7. Vin Diesel: Born with the slightly less threatening name Mark Sinclair, it was only when he began working as a bouncer in New York that his badass moniker of Vin Diesel first properly caught on. It suits him.

  • 8. John Legend: That’s right, the man, the myth, the (self-proclaimed) legend himself was initially born with the title John Roger Stephens before deciding that he needed a surname with a bit more gravitas to make an impact in Hollywood.

  • 9. Meghan Markle: The woman who won Prince Harry’s heart actually shares a name with her fictional character in Suits. It’s up for debate why she decided to show Rachel the door, but there’s no denying the alliteration in her current name rolls off the tongue just that bit smoother.

  • 10. Gigi Hadid: The model was actually born Jelena Noura Hadid and only coined her nickname when a teacher at school needed a simple way to distinguish between her and a classmate called Helena. The rest is history.

  • 11. Lana del Rey: This one might take you surprise. The Video Games singer didn’t always have a name that promised glamour and mystery, and was actually born with the respectable and wholly traditional moniker, Elizabeth Woolridge Grant.

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    Nothing – not even a slightly awkward surname – will ever stop the truly great and powerful from achieving their dreams, which is exactly why the following eleven celebrities decided to switch up their moniker’s before they went on to become household names.

    From Nicki Minaj to Gigi Hadid – check out the celebrities who changed their name in the gallery above!

    Tuesday, 15. May 2018