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    Celebrities With Alternate Real Names

    These celebrities’ birth names may surprise you. Not only are the actual names unusual (hello, Neta-Lee Hershlag)-the reasons for adopting other monikers are often intriguing as well. Bruno Mars, we’re looking at you!

    <p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Real name:</strong> Olivia Cockburn </p><p>Wilde hails from a family of writers and journalists, so it's no wonder she modeled her last name on novelist Oscar Wilde. She told <em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor"><a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20071211231244/http://www.observer.com/2007/wilde-heart" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">The Observer</a></em>, "At the time, I was doing <em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">The Importance of Being Earnest</em>—I was playing Gwendolen, and I was so in love with it. Oscar Wilde is someone who I respect for so many reasons—a revolutionary, a comedian, and a profound thinker. I had all these reasons—but what I didn't foresee is that people would think of it as a sexy adjective. So now it's got a pornographic quality I never considered."</p>

    Wilde, Olivia

    Olivia Cockburn is her real name.

    Wilde comes from a family of authors and journalists, so it’s unsurprising that her surname is derived from the novelist, Oscar Wilde. “At the time, I was performing Earnest-I was playing Gwendolen” she told The Observer. Oscar Wilde is someone I admire for a variety of reasons-he was a revolutionary, a comic, and a deep thinker. I had all of these justifications. However, what I did not anticipate was that it would be seen as a seductive adjective. As a result, it now has a pornographic aspect that I had never considered. “

    <p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Real name:</strong> Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span> </p>

    Witherspoon, Reese

    Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon is her given name.

    <p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Real name:</strong> Peter Gene Hernandez<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"> </span></p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">The "That's What I Like" singer was nicknamed Bruno for the cutest reason: because he was a chubby baby. He explained to <em data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="em"><a href="http://www.rap-up.com/2010/05/11/10-questions-for-bruno-mars/" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Rap Up</a>, </em>"Bruno is after Bruno Sammartino, who was this big, fat wrestler. I was this chunky little baby, so my dad used to call me that as a nickname. Mars came up because a lot of girls say I'm out of this world!"<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></span></p>

    Mars, Bruno

    Peter Gene Hernandez is his real name.

    The vocalist of “That’s What I Like” has been given the adorable moniker Bruno since he was a fat baby. “Bruno is chasing Bruno Sammartino,” he revealed to Rap Up. As a chubby little baby, my father used to refer to me as such. Mars was mentioned because many females have exclaimed, “I’m out of this world!”

    <p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Real name:</strong> Jelena Hadid </p><p>Gigi is a nickname that the model's <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2997748/Gigi-Hadid-not-birth-nickname-mother-Yolanda-Foster-gave-child.html" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">mother gave her</a> when Jelena became "too confusing."</p>

    Hadid, Gigi

    Jelena Hadid is her real name.

    Gigi is a nickname given to the model by her mother after she got “too confused” about Jelena.

    <p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Real name:</strong> Katheryn Hudson <br><br>Perry <a href="http://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/photography/a606/katy-perry-interview-1210/" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">adopted her mother's last name</a> to avoid being confused with actress Kate Hudson. <br><br></p>

    Perry, Katy

    Katheryn Hudson is her real name.

    Perry took her mother’s surname to avoid confusion with the actress.

    Hudson, Kate.

    <p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Real name: </strong>Neta-Lee Herslag<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">Portman is the actress' grandmother's maiden name. </span></p>

    Portman, Natalie

    Neta-Lee Hershlag is her real name.

    Portman is the maiden name of the actress’s grandmother.

    <p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Real name: </strong>Demetria Gene Guynes<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

    Moore, Demi

    Demi Gene Guynes is her real name (some sources claim her first name was Demetria at birth, but Demi denies it).

    <p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Real name: </strong>Joaquín Rafael Bottom<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">Phoenix's parents ditched the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/jul/09/rain-phoenix-river-joaquin-family" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">last name Bottom in 1979</a> and reinvented themselves as the Phoenix family. </span></p>

    Phoenix, Joaquin

    Joaqun Rafael Bottom

    Phoenix’s parents dropped the surname Bottom and rebranded as the Phoenix family in 1979.

    <p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Real name:</strong> Christopher Catesby Harington </p><p>Harington didn't know his real name was Christopher until he was 11 years old. "I think they could see that I wanted to be Kit, but Christopher was a bit of a tradition," he explained to <a href="http://www.glamour.com/story/kit-harington-interview" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link"><em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Glamour</em></a>. "My brother's name is Jack, but his real name is John. Kit is traditionally an offshoot of Christopher, it's just not used that often. My middle name is Catesby."<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

    Harington, Kit

    Christopher Catesby Harington is his real name.

    Harington was unaware of his given name until he was 11 years old. “I believe they saw my desire to be Kit, but Christopher was a bit of a tradition,” he told Glamour. “My brother’s given name is Jack, but he goes by the name John. Kit is a traditional derivation of Christopher. Nevertheless, it is not often used. My given name is Catesby.”

    <p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Real name:</strong> Julie Anne Smith <br><br>A drama teacher once told Moore that her given name wasn't unique enough, so she created a mashup of her other family members' names. In an interview with the<em data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="em"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2001/02/11/movies/film-hello-again-clarice-but-you-ve-changed.html" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link"> New York Times</a></em><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">, she said,</span> "My father's middle name is Moore; my mother's name is Anne. So I just slammed the Anne onto the Julie. That way, I could use both of their names and not hurt anyone's feelings. But it's horrible to change your name. I'd been Julie Smith my whole life, and I didn't want to change it.''<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

    Moore, Julianne

    Julie Anne Smith is her real name.

    Moore’s given name was considered too common among actors’ unions, so she invented a mash-up of the names of her other family members. “My father’s middle name is Moore, and my mother’s name is Anne,” she said in an interview with The New York Times. As a result, I just smashed Anne into Julie. That way, I could use both of their names without offending anybody. However, changing one’s name is a nightmare. I’d been Julie Smith my whole life and had no desire to change. “

    Foxx, Jamie

    Eric Marlon Bishop is his real name.

    On The Late Show with David Letterman, Foxx revealed the covert cause of his name change. When he first began doing stand-up, he observed that female comedians were so uncommon that they invariably landed a spot. “So I went to the list and jotted down masculine and feminine names. Tracy Brown, Stacy Green…Jamie Foxx! And I was the first to be contacted. ‘Is Jamie Foxx here?’ he inquires. ‘No, brother, it is not me,’ I said. And then I take the stage, where I get a standing ovation.”

    Prince Harry

    Henry Charles Albert David is his given name.

    Calvin Harris

    Adam Richard Wiles is his real name.

    To begin altering people’s views of him, the Scottish singer changed his name. “My first song was more soulful, and Calvin Harris sounded more ethnically ambiguous,” he said in an interview with ShortList. “I reasoned that people may be unaware of my race. Following that, I was shackled to it. “

    Pitt, Brad

    In real life, he is known as William Bradley Pitt.

    Lorde

    Ella Marija Lani Yelich-real O’Connor’s name is Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor.

    The New Zealand singer was always attracted to the moniker “Lord,” but disliked the spelling. “Since I was a little child, I’ve been fascinated with royalty and aristocracy, so I just added an e to the end of ‘Lord’ to make it more feminine!”Some people think it’s religious, but it’s not,” she explained in an interview.

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