While celebrities are known to millions of people around the world, what you might not know is that some celebrities do not bear the names they were given at birth.
From model Gigi Hadid to superstar singer Rihanna, discover the real names of these stars and the story behind why they changed them.
Gigi Hadid – Jelena Noura Hadid
While we all know the model as Gigi, she was born Jelena which is pronounced Yelena, but as a nickname was called Gigi by the family.
However, when she started school Jelena became difficult to pronounce, so she started going through ‘Gigi’ full time. “In the first or second grade there was a girl named Helena and it was getting confused with the teacher who should call our names, and then the teacher asked my mother,” If I had to call Jelena a nickname, what would be? -he ?’ And my mom said to me, “I call her Gigi sometimes,” and the name stuck, ”Gigi said. Vogue in a 2015 interview.
As for her middle name, Noura, which is her Arabic name, her father, Mohamed Hadid, told Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah earlier this year.
Marilyn Monroe – Norma Jeane Mortenson
Marilyn Monroe is one of the icons of old Hollywood. When she started her career at Tinsel Town in 1946, she went for the stage name we all know and love. Her first name was chosen by Ben Lyon, an executive at 20th Century-Fox, because it would have reminded him of Marilyn Miller. To match the first name, she took Monroe which was her mother’s maiden name.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex – Rachel Meghan Markle
While now known as Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex after marrying Prince Harry in 2018. Prior to that, the former Suit the star was known as Meghan Markle in the theater world. However, she was actually born Rachel Meghan Markle and chose to use her middle name when she first started acting.
Rihanna – Robyn Rihanna Fenty
The Grammy Award winner has always called herself by her middle name Rihanna, but some family members still call her by her birth name. “I get a little numb to hearing Rihanna, Rihanna, Rihanna,” she said Rolling stone in 2011. “When I hear Robyn, I pay attention. “
However, which surprised many fans in 2017 when she launched her beauty brand Fenty Beauty, many were unaware that the brand was named after her last name Fenty.
Miley Cyrus – Fate Hope Cyrus
As a child, the actress and singer was frequently called Miley (of Smiley origin) whom she later adopted as her stage name.
Shay Mitchell – Shannon Ashley Garcia Mitchell
The actress got her stage name because she is a huge J.Lo fan, her friends called her “Shay Lo”, who reverted to Shay when her acting career took off.
George Michael – Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
As the son of a Cypriot immigrant, the late singer decided to make his name more British. His surname Michael is derived from the father of a childhood friend, Michael Mortimer.
Travis Scott – Jacques Berman Webster II
The rapper’s stage nickname is very different from his birth name, Jacques Berman Webster II. His first and last names are an ode to his uncle.
Nina Dobrev – Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva
Born in Bulgaria, Nina Dobrev moved to Canada with her family when she was very young. Like many, she chose to shorten her name for ease when she first started playing.
Snoop Dogg – Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.
Due to his style, young Calvin Cordozar Broadus was nicknamed “Snoopy” by his mother. The latter of his recognizable name, Dogg, comes from his love for a famous cartoon character.
Brad Pitt – William Bradley Pitt
Quite simply, the actor uses his middle name as a pseudonym.
Mila Kunis – Milena Markovna Kunis
The actress shortened her name when she left Ukraine for the United States.
The Weeknd – Abel Makkonen Tesfaye
It’s probably pretty obvious that The Weeknd’s name isn’t his real nickname. Born as Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, the rapper left home at the age of 17. He switched to the stage name The Weeknd when he and a friend “went away for a weekend and never came home.” He had to remove the ‘e’ at the weekend because there was already a band called ‘The Weekend’ at the time.
Lady Gaga – Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
As you can guess, Lady Gaga is not the singer’s real name. Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, she switched to the stage name “Lady Gaga” when she started her career, inspired by Queen’s hit song. Radio Gaga.
Reese Witherspoon – Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon
Born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, the name ‘Reese’ is actually the maiden name of the actress’ mother, whom she chose to use as her first name early in her acting career.
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