What exactly is in a name? For celebrities…a lot! A name is so important, especially for their careers and the industry that they’re in. Names are very individual to a person and can often make or breaks a person’s legacy, which is why many famous people change their birth name to a stage name or a nickname. We can’t deny the feeling when we learn that our favorite celebs have completely different names than what we know them as. So let’s take a look at which celebs have changed their names.
John Roger Stephens aka John Legend
While John Legend may not really sound like a made up name, its a really a nickname that was given to him by his friends from his childhood which eventually grew as a stage name and we’re so glad it stuck! John’s birth name is actually John Roger Stephens. He has said before that ‘Legend’ may have not been a name he would’ve chosen for himself but sure he’s glad that its been part of his huge success.
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson aka Katy Perry
We all know and love the marvelous American pop-singer, Katty Perry. She, herself elected to change her name from Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson only because she was worried that once she began her career, people would perhaps be confused with actress the famous Kate Hudson. So after a short time referring to herself as Katheryn Perry, she finally settled on Katy Perry. Perry is her mother’s maiden name, so it was easy enough for the young singer to adopt the nickname and we definitely agree it worked so well for her, Go Katy!
Reginald Kenneth Dwight aka Elton John
The English singer, songwriter and world-famous icon was actually born with the name “Reginald Kenneth Dwight”. Later in life, Elton John chose his stage name that would pay tribute to two blues legends by the name of Elton Dean and singer Long John Baldry. It often says that being called Reginald Kenneth Dwight often brought him too many unhappy memories but when he became Elton John it was as though he gained a new lease on life.
Jelena Noura Hadid aka Gigi Hadad
This gorgeous supermodel hasn’t always gone by the name Gigi. In fact, it’s actually not her real name at all but simply a nickname that was given to her by her mom. Gigi was Jelena Noura Hadid, however, she has gone by the name Gigi ever since elementary school and has stuck with the name ever since.
Onika Tanya Maraj aka Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj is a famous Trinidadian-born rapper. However, neither of those names is written on her birth certificate. Nicki Minaj’s full name is actually Onika Tanya Maraj. She began her rap career using the name “Nicki Maraj” before she later decided on the name Nicki Minaj. Rumors speculated she wasn’t so keen on the name “Minaj” as it had some kind of inappropriate connotations but later accepted the title. Clearly was a good choice, because she’s doing amazing things!
Mark Sinclair aka Vin Diesel
This may be quite obvious by Vin Diesel was not given this name at birth. It was actually Mark Sinclair but seemed as though the name didn’t sound masculine enough when he was working as a New York City bouncer before he got his big career break. The story goes that the star shortened his mother’s maiden name- Vincent to get his new first name. As for “Diesel,” he claims that he was given the name by his friends who said he was always full of energy. Seems fitting, right?
Rachel Meghan Markle aka Meghan Markle
Currently, she is the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry’s leading lady but Meghan Markle wasn’t given Meghan her first name at birth. Fans might be stunned but actress’s middle name is Meghan. So what exactly is her name then? Her parents gave her the name Rachel Meghan Markle, Rachel is the same name as her character in Suits. But since becoming a royal she goes by Rachel Meghan Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex.