41 Celebrities Who I Had No Idea Changed Their First Or Last Names Before They Were Famous

41 Celebrities Who I Had No Idea Changed Their First Or Last Names Before They Were Famous

1.Jason Sudeikis was born Daniel Jason Sudeikis.

Jason Sudeikis on the red carpet wearing a dark three-piece suit with a light pink shirt and a dark tie at a GLAAD event

2.Mindy Kaling was born Vera Mindy Chokalingam.

Mindy Kaling on the red carpet in a floral off-shoulder dress at the Warner Bros. Discovery event
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3.Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle.

Meghan Markle at a public speaking event, sitting on a black chair, wearing a light-colored long-sleeved dress, and holding a microphone
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4.Ryan Phillippe was born Matthew Ryan Phillippe.

Ryan Phillippe in a tailored gray suit with a black shirt, at a red carpet event for "All N Films."
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5.Kevin Jonas was born Paul Kevin Jonas II.

Kevin Jonas stands in front of a pool and greenery, wearing a vintage-style short-sleeve shirt with dark trim and matching pants

Kevin's father's name is Paul Kevin Jonas Sr.

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6.Tina Fey was born Elizabeth Stamatina Fey.

Busy Philipps in a tailored black vest and matching pants at a "Girls5Eva" event backdrop

7.Ashton Kutcher was born Christopher Ashton Kutcher.

Ashton Kutcher in a black tuxedo with a bow tie, standing on the red carpet at the Breakthrough Prize event

8.Tom Hardy was born Edward Thomas Hardy.

A man in casual attire with a stylish jacket poses at a celebrity event beside a motorcycle display
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9.Will Ferrell was born John William Ferrell.

Will Ferrell in a suit and tie, standing and smiling
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10.Tim McGraw was born Samuel Timothy McGraw.

Tim McGraw attends an iHeartRadio event, wearing a cowboy hat, a buttoned-down shirt, jeans, and a large belt buckle, smiling for the cameras
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11.Johnny Knoxville was born Philip John Clapp.

Johnny Knoxville in a light green suit and striped tie at a red carpet event, smiling at the camera

He wanted a "snappier" name, so Johnny came from his middle name, and Knoxville came from where he was born — Knoxville, Tenessee.

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12.Guy Fieri was born Guy Ferry.

Guy Fieri at a Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Variety event wearing a black leather jacket, black shirt, dark sunglasses, and silver chain necklaces

13.Kevin James was born Kevin Knipfing.

Kevin James stands in front of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon sign, wearing a black outfit and jacket
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14.Gigi Hadid was born Jelena Hadid.

Gigi Hadid on the red carpet in an off-shoulder white gown adorned with green leaves and yellow flowers

15.Meryl Streep was born Mary Streep. Just Mary.

Meryl Streep on the red carpet wearing an elegant long-sleeved white gown, holding a clutch, and wearing glasses

16.Bruno Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez.

Bruno Mars smiling and seated at an event, wearing a fedora, aviator sunglasses, a navy blazer, a white shirt with a wide collar, and checkered pants

17.Lucy Hale was born Karen Hale.

Lucy Hale poses in a black lace strapless top and matching pants, accessorized with a purple flower necklace and ring

18.Macy Gray was born Natalie Renée McIntyre.

Macy Gray attends outdoor event in a velvet dress with layered necklaces and fingerless gloves

19.Liam Neeson was born William John Neeson.

Liam Neeson stands in front of a movie premiere backdrop wearing a black blazer over a striped shirt and blue jeans
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20.Will Smith was born Willard Carroll Smith.

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21.Alicia Keys was born Alicia Augello Cook.

Alicia Keys at a red carpet event, wearing an elegant off-shoulder dress adorned with sequins and matching long gloves, with her hair styled in an updo

22.Olivia Wilde was born Olivia Cockburn.

Olivia Wilde stands at a restaurant wearing a white tank top and black pants with a double-belt detail, smiling at the camera

23.Erykah Badu was born Erica Abi Wright.

Erykah Badu at a celebrity event, wearing an elaborate outfit with floral patterns and vibrant designs, paired with a tall black headpiece

24.Joaquin Phoenix was born Joaquin Rafael Bottom.

Joaquin Phoenix on the red carpet, wearing a black suit with a white dress shirt and black tie, smiling

25.Demi Moore was born Demi Gene Guynes.

Demi Moore holding a small dog, dressed in a blazer over a shirt with a brooch, standing in front of a backdrop

26.Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith.

Julianne Moore on the red carpet wearing an elegant green off-the-shoulder gown, surrounded by photographers

27.John Legend was born John Roger Stephens.

John Legend on stage, wearing a black shirt with a deep V-neck and matching pants. Another person in the background holds a notebook

28.Blake Lively was born Blake Ellender Brown.

Blake Lively poses in a sleeveless sequined dress with a mermaid scale pattern and flowing wavy hair

29.Aaron Paul was born Aaron Paul Stutevant.

Aaron Paul poses in a stylish, black double-breasted suit at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

30.Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola.

Nicolas Cage at an American Cinematheque event, wearing a studded leather jacket over a white shirt. Step and repeat backdrop with event logo in the background

31.Tim Allen was born Timothy Allen Dick.

A man in a red and black checkered shirt smiling in front of a colorful poster with cartoon characters

32.Katy Perry was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson.

Katy Perry in a one-shoulder, form-fitting dress, smiling while walking on a red carpet event with a crowd and photographers in the background

33.Jonah Hill was born Jonah Hill Feldstein.

Jonah Hill, wearing a light-colored suit with a necklace and floral brooches, poses on the red carpet. He has a beard and curly hair

His sister is actor Beanie Feldstein and she uses their family's last name.

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34.Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag.

Natalie Portman smiles, wearing a red outfit adorned with large rose designs, posing in front of a green hedge wall

35.Chelsea Kane was born Chelsea Kane Staub.

Woman in an off-the-shoulder black top with sheer sleeves at a red carpet event

36.Courtney Love was born Courtney Michelle Harrison.

Courtney Love wearing a black dress with intricate gloves and pearl necklace at a public event

37.Julie Bowen was Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer.

Julie Bowen on the red carpet in a one-shoulder, sequined dress
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38.Theo James was born Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis.

Theo James poses in a navy blazer and white shirt at Netflix's FYSEE event

39.Michael Keaton was born Michael Douglas.

Michael Keaton smiling in a brown corduroy jacket and black shirt at Warner Bros. event at CinemaCon

40.Stevie Wonder was born Steveland Judkins.

Stevie Wonder on the red carpet wearing a patterned jacket and a black hat

41.Winona Ryder was born Winona Laura Horowitz.

Winona Ryder speaks on stage holding a microphone, wearing a tailored black suit with a button featuring a woman's face