Would you ever change your name? Even if a lot of us don’t like our names, many of us would have a hard time changing it. Your name is a part of you and for many there is sentiment behind it; either it is a family name or you were named after your mother's favorite flower or something like that - names are meaningful.
Your name is the first thing that defines you as a person; it is your identifier, which is why it is so weird that so many celebrities have changed their names completely. In a society that is borderline obsessed with celebrities, it comes as a shock that so many celebrities have dropped their birth names for their stage names.
Hollywood is a shallow world and I guess even your name can make it or break it. Those who want to make it in the big leagues have been modifying their names for years to make them easier for fans to say and remember, like Doris Day who was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff.
However, for some, changing their name all together is much more simple. The following celebrities are all well-known, extremely famous and talented people and yet most of their fans don’t know what their real names are. The next 13 celebrities not only changed their names, but the names they originally had were quite peculiar. Although some of the following legal names are unique and beautiful, we wonder if any of the next celebs would have ever been stars had they kept these unconventional names.
13 Demi Moore: Demetria Guynes
Demi Moore has been around for years but she has not always gone by this name. The actress was born Demetria Guynes in Roswell, New Mexico. Her biological father was named Charles Harmon, and he left her mother Virginia after two months of marriage. Moore wasn’t even born at the time of her biological father's departure. When Demi was three moths old, her mother married Dan Guynes who Moore always considered her father.
Moore had a rough childhood, not only was her biological father absent her entire life, her mom had a long list of arrests including arson and drunk driving. Her rough childhood and lack of connection to her Greek roots led her to change her name from Demetria Guynes to Demi Moore. Her two ex-husbands have also changed their names; Bruce Willis was born Walter Willis and Ashton Kutcher born Christopher Kutcher.
12 Tina Fey: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey
11 Olivia Wilde: Olivia Jane Cockburn
10 Nina Dobrev: Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva
9 Whoopi Goldberg: Caryn Elaine Johnson
8 Shania Twain: Eilleen Regina Edwards
7 Carmen Electra: Tara Leigh Patrick
Although no one has ever heard of Tara Leigh Patrick, almost everyone has heard of Carmen Electra. What most people don't know is that they are the same person. Carmen Electra changed her name when she entered show biz because she thought it would give her an edge, and who are we to argue with her? She is known for so many things such as acting, modeling and being a television personality. Carmen gained her fame after posing in Playboy magazine and became even more popular when she became a cast member on Baywatch. Carmen Electra left Tara behind when she found fame and we don’t think she has ever looked back.
6 Katy Perry: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
5 Aloe Blacc: Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III
Aloe Blacc has one of the coolest names in the music industry, it’s a shame he was not born with it. Aloe Blacc was born Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, which is a name that has been passed down in his family. Although the name has a lot of sentimental value, he knew it would not cut it in the industry he wanted to work in. He renamed himself Aloe Blacc and gained a fan base rather quickly. Aloe Blacc has an incredible and soothing voice and is getting more and more popular as the years go on. However, we do secretly wish his stage name was Egbert…he looks like an Egbert!
4 Elton John: Reginald Kenneth Dwight
3 Stevie Wonder: Stevland Hardaway Judkins
2 Kelly Rowland: Kelendria Trene Rowland
1 Nelly: Cornell Iral Haynes Jr.
Once upon a time Nelly was the coolest guy in the music industry. With his face full of Band-Aids, Nelly made himself a household name. When Nelly entered the music industry he wanted his stage name to be short and simple unlike his real name, Cornell Iral Haynes Junior. We are not too sure how he turned into Nelly but he made himself known as Nelly, plain and simple. This Saint Louis native has yet to settle down and have children but when he does, we can't wait to see if he keeps the family name alive or he ends it with himself...only time will tell.