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Think You Know These Celebs Real Names? Think Again!

by Emmy Griffiths Published on 28 May 2015
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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

We can't blame anyone called Dwayne from changing their names, ever.

6. Michael Caine - Maurice Joseph Micklewhite

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

AKON IS FINE. KEEP IT AS AKON.

10. Marilyn Monroe - Norma Jeane Baker

Norma isnt quite as iconic at Marilyn, agreed.

11. 50 Cent - Curtis James Jackson III

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

12. Wiz Khalifa - Cameron Jibril Thomaz

Keepin' it weird Whiz. We like it.

13. Tom Cruise - Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

HE SOUNDS LIKE A LORD.

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 @sofeminineUK

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