11 Famous People, Who Choose to Change Their Real Names – Who Is Stefani Germanotta?

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It happens, that celebrities completely change or just shorten their real names. Why do you think they do that? Well, let’s find out.

Nexter.org has a list of famous people who preferred to use pseudonyms.

Miley Ray Cyrus — Destiny Hope Cyrus

Source: Gazette Review

As a child Destiny got a nickname Miley because she was a very smiley girl. Her middle name is in honor of her grandfather, Democratic politician Ronald Ray Cyrus.

Whoopi Goldberg — Caryn Elaine Johnson

Source: Variety

Caryn also got her nickname when she was a child because other kids called her “whoopee cushion.” And later her mother advised her to take Goldberg as her last name.

Vin Diesel — Mark Sinclair

Source: Time Magazine

Mark has always been a pretty big guy and around the age of 17 he started to shave his head and took the name Vin Diesel.

Freddie Mercury — Farrokh Bulsara

Source: Mashable

When Farrokh was in school, he used to call himself Freddie and later, in 1972 he changed his last name to Mercury in honor of the planet. By the way, Farrokh means “happy” or “wonderful” and Bulsara is a small town near Mumbai.

Jean-Claude Van Damme — Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg

Source: Slash Film

Everyone will agree that it is pretty difficult to say his real name, that is why he took the name of his friend who passed away to honor him.

Nicolas Cage — Nicolas Kim Coppola

Source: Revenge of The Fans

The reason why Nicolas changed his name is pretty obvious – he just didn’t want people to compare him to his uncle Francis Ford Coppola. By the way, his last name was inspired by Marvel’s Luke Cage.

Lady Gaga — Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Source: Los Angeles Times

At the beginning of her career, Stefani started working with songwriter Rob Fusari and once she spoofed Freddie Mercury singing Radio Ga-Ga and Rob called her Lady Gaga.

Lana Del Rey — Elizabeth Woolridge Grant

Source: NME

Elizabeth used to call herself Lizzy Grant and was known as Sparkle Jump Rope Queen. During one of her trips to Miami, she got so inspired by speaking a lot of Spanish that she changed her name to Lana Del Rey.

Tom Cruise — Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

Source: W Magazine

Thomas chose to shorten his name so that it didn’t sound awkward. As simple as that.

Jean Reno — Juan Moreno y Herrera Jiménez

Source: Useless Daily

In 1960, his family moved from Casablanca to France where Juan changed his name to Jean Moreno. Later, Jean just omitted the 2 first letters and became Jean Reno.

Winona Ryder — Winona Laura Horowitz

Source: Film Inquiry

Michael Horowitz, Winona’s father, was a big fan of Mitch Ryder, a soul and rock singer and this is where Winona took her last name from.

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