- You may know Lady Gaga, Drake, Mila Kunis, and Rihanna by their stage names, but do you know their real names?
- Insider rounded up over 50 real names of celebrities and some of the stories behind their name changes.
- Miley Cyrus’ name was inspired by a nickname. Michael Keaton didn’t want to be confused with Michael Douglas. Kit Harington’s real name is Christopher.
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Sometimes you need to change your name to make it in Hollywood or the music business. Plenty of today’s biggest celebrities don’t go by their birth names, such as Lady Gaga or Natalie Portman.
But you probably aren’t familiar with how they ended up with their current monikers.
The reasons why they changed their names vary. Katy Perry and Emma Stone opted for a change to avoid clashing with stars who shared their birth names. Others, like Bruno Mars and Michael Caine, were simply inspired. Some stars, including Halsey and G-Eazy, didn’t like their birth names.
People search company Intelius provided Insider with even more real names of celebrities to supplement our research. Keep reading to learn the story behind some of music and Hollywood’s biggest names.
Aly Weisman and Jethro Nededog contributed to a previous version of this story.
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