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Think You Know The Real Names of These Celebs? Think Again!

Emmy Griffiths
by Emmy Griffiths Published on May 28, 2015

We have to admit, we can't blame some of these celebs for deciding to change their names! How can you be famous if your surname is Cockburn? Really?! Here are all the celebs who changed their name for fame...

1. Eminem - Marshall Bruce Mathers III

Or, you know, Slim Shady.

2. Avicii - Tim Bergling

This one is also unsurprising. No one can be called Avicii for real, right?!

3. Bono - Paul David Hewson

Hehehe, Bono's real name is Paul. PAUL.

4. Olivia Wilde - Olivia Jane Cockburn

Ah, Olivia. That is unfortunate.

5. Lil Wayne - Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.

Dwayne just doesn't have the same ring to it.

6. Michael Caine - Maurice Joseph Micklewhit

The utter epitome of a British name. We think Michael Maurice should have stuck to life known as a Micklewhit, it is fantastic.

7. Jude Law - David Jude Heyworth Law

To be fair, no one that handsome was ever called 'Dave', amirite? *Cue fury from all the David's out there*

8. Joaquin Phoenix - Joaquín Rafael Bottom

Yeah, Phoenix is better.

8. Akon - Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam


10. Marilyn Monroe - Norma Jeane Baker

Norma isn't quite as iconic at Marilyn, agreed.

11. 50 Cent - Curtis James Jackson III

We kind of love the name Curtis. 50 Cent, why did you change it?!

12. Wiz Khalifa - Cameron Jibril Thomaz

Keepin' it weird, Wiz. We like it.

13. Tom Cruise - Thomas Cruise Mapother IV


14. Nicki Minaj - Onika Tanya Maraj

"My name is Onika, you can call me Nicki."

15. Marilyn Manson - Brian Hugh Warner

Brian, King of the goths.

16. Sting - Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner

How did he get to 'Sting'?! HOW?

17. Vin Diesel - Mark Sinclair

We're actually kind of ashamed we didn't wonder what his real name was before now, because it obviously couldn't have been 'Vin Diesel'.

18. Pitbull - Armando Christian Perez

We kind of like Armando. Why change it Pitbull?!

19. Katy Perry - Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

Soooo she'd be Kate Hudson, right?

20. Tim Allen - Timothy Alan Dick

Tim Dick. Yeah we can understand your reasons.

22. Iggy Azalea - Amethyst Amelia Kelly

Of all the names, why decide to call yourself 'Iggy'. Really?!

23. Jay Z - Shawn Corey Carter

Shawn-Z. How we wish he'd kept his first name.

Did any of these names surprise you? Tweet us @wewomenUSA.

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