There is one thing in Hollywood that is widely popular – the Stage Monikers. The stage names of these top stars helped them to create a unique persona of their own. Some of them have traded their names for shorter versions and some to memorable zingers. It is a Hollywood trend that’ll go on for generations. So, what do you think? Real name or stage name which suits these international personalities the best?
Let us walk you through the real names of top 15 International celebs that have moved to stardom with their stage names.
1. Katy Perry – Kathryn Hudson
Katy Perry was earlier producing Christian music using her birth name but later she adopted her mother’s maiden name to avoid any confusion with the actress Kate Hudson.
2. Drake – Aubrey Drake Graham
Drake played the role of Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian show “Degrassi” and went by the name Aubrey Graham. But later, in 2009 when he shifted his universe from acting to rapping, he started using “Drake”.
3. Miley Cyrus – Destiny Hope Cyrus
Miley was named “Smiley” by her father Billy Ray, due to her bubbly and cheery personality. Some years later, her father shortened her name legally to Miley in 2008.
4. Lorde – Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor
Lorde loved the opulence about royalty and aristocracy ever since she was a child and to her, name Lord was “super rad”. To make it sound more feminine, she added an “e” to it.
5. Louis C.K. – Louis Szekely
Louis’ surname’s pronunciation sounded “SEE-kay”. But people had difficulties to pronounce the Hungarian comedian’s name correctly, so he decided to change it to “C.K.” – the easier the better.
6. Nicki Minaj – Onika Tanya Maraj
Nicki Minaj was the name given to her by one of the initial production deals the rapper signed. Even though she hated it, this is what she is now.
7. Mila Kunis – Milena Markovna Kunis
Mila’s family moved from Ukraine to Los Angeles when she was 7. Her parents enrolled her in acting classes and shortened her name Mila for her first role on “The Days of Our Lives”.
8. Julianne Moore – Julie Smith
Moore changed her name that includes both her parents’ middle names. Per Julianne, she hated the idea but there was already Julie Smith and Julie Anne Smith, so she decided to go for it.
9. Lady Gaga – Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
Lady Gaga was born and brought up in NYC. In October 2013, she told Elle magazine in an interview that she changed her name as Stefani was a tortured artist.
10. Portia de Rossi – Amanda Lee Rogers
In 2005, Portia told advocate.com that at the age of 15, she changed her name legally so that she could re-define herself after she realized that she was gay.
11. Vin Diesel – Mark Sinclair Vincent
Vin told Conan O’Brien on “Late Night” that he changed his name when he started working as a bouncer in NYC nightclubs. Vin is a short version of his last name and Diesel was given by his friends.
12. Spike Jonze – Adam Spiegel
Spike got his name from his co-workers at the store of Rockville BMX. The “Her” director was named so as he came to work without a shower with his hair straight up.
13. Bruno Mars – Peter Gene Hernandez
Mars changed his name so that he could stop being stereotyped from performing Latin and Spanish music. Bruno was his nickname given to him by his father and Mars gives him the “edge”.
14. Emma Stone – Emily Jean Stone
Emma Stone changed her name as it is closer to her real name as well as to the Spice Girls. At the age of 16, her name was taken by one of the models in ‘Australia’s Next Top Model’.
15. Nina Dobrev – Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva
Nina Dobrev, originally from Bulgaria, moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the age of two. She changed her name to make it short and easy to remember.