You’ve probably noticed that many celebrity names sound just a little too cool than what they were probably given at birth.
We may think we know quite a bit about the stars of today, but check out some of the birth names celebrities ditched for an awesome stage name! Many might surprise you!
Check out some of these celebrity name changes. Most were for the best!
Did you know that actress Jennifer Aniston was actually born Jennifer Linn Anastassakis? Now that’s a mouthful!
Singer Elton John was actually born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, but chose the name “Elton John” in homage to Bluesology saxophonist Elton Dean and Long John Baldry.
“Djano Unchained” star Jamie Foxx had an interesting reason for his name choice. His given name was Eric Marlon Biship, but when starting out in comedy he noticed women were called first on open mic nights so chose the name Jamie. The last name Foxx is a tribute to comedian Redd Foxx.
Action star and ass-kicker Chuck Norris’ real name is actually Carlos Ray Norris.
“Silence of the Lambs” actress Jodie Foster was actually born Alicia Christian Foster. She later used the name Jody, but by the late 70s she went by Jodie Foster.
Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman had the last Hershlag, but used her grandmother’s maiden name of Portman when she landed her role in “Leon: The Professional” to protect the privacy of her family. Natalie Hershlag doesn’t have a beautiful ring to it anyway.
The Academy Award-winning actor Christopher Walken was actually given the name Ronald at birth. A friend suggested the name Christopher seemed a better fit.
Former porn star Jenna Jameson was born Jenna Marie Massoli. She changed her last name to Jameson, after the whiskey she liked to drink.
Ashton Kutcher’s estranged wife Demi Moore was given the name Demi Gene Guynes at birth. She married singer Freddy Moore in the 80s when she was only 17 and kept his last name.
Supermodel Elle Macpherson, who is nicknamed “The Body”, was actually born Eleanor Nancy Gow before she made it in the modeling world.
Singer Katy Perry actually started out singing gospel music as Katy Hudson. But, she later changed her name to her mother’s maiden name of Perry because she thought her birth name was too close to the name of actress Kate Hudson.
The former “Jackass” star’s real name is Stephen Gilchrist Glover, who is the son of a president of Pepsi-Cola company. Steve-O definitely suits him better!
The “Jack Reacher” star was actually given the name Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. As a young man he wanted to be a priest, but later decided to go into acting.
Wild child Charlie Sheen, who loves porn stars, was actually born Carlos Irwin Estevez. He later took on his father, Martin Sheen’s stage name.
Miley Cyrus’ real name was Destiny Hope Cyrus, but later changed it to Miley after she was given the nickname “Smiley” as a child.