Real Name: Peter Gene Hernandez
The singer explained when he was a kid he looked like the famous wrestler Bruno Sammartino. "Hernandez" was ditched because everyone told him to do Latino Music instead of what he wanted. “A lot of girls say I'm out of this world, so I was like I guess I'm from Mars."
Real Name: Mark Sinclair Vincent
Clearly, Vin is short for Vincent, and Diesel came from his friends joking that he was so energetic he runs on diesel fuel. He worked as a bouncer at a New York City nightclub and decided to go for Vin Diesel as his fake name to protect himself.
Real Name: Abel Makkonen Tesfaye
Do you really believe someone is named 'The'? Canadian Singer and composer, Abel always hated his real name so he chose the stage name all of us know at an important time in his life. He was 17 years old when he left home and a friend tagged along. “(We) left one weekend and never came back home.” There was already a Canadian band name 'The Weekend' so he took out an “e”
Real name: Margaret Constance Williams
Williams has three older siblings, James, Beth, and Ted called her Maisie after the little girl in the classic newspaper cartoon strip 'The Perishers.'
Real Name: Nicolas Kim Coppola
Coppola is a well-renowned name in Holywood, take for example Cage's uncle Francis Ford Coppola. He decided to change his name so nobody would link him to his relatives and instead be judged by his own merits. Artist John Cage and the Marvel character Luke Cage were the inspiration behind.
Real Name: Jelena Noura Hadid
American Model and Vogue's muse Jelena chose a nickname her mother gave her since a child but has a beautiful story behind it. Gigi's mother Yolanda Hadid who is a Dutch-American model and former star on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" was nicknamed Gigi by her mother. Maybe Jelena will call her daughter like that too? Yelena also explained when she was in third grade and had a schoolmate names Helena and was confusing for her teacher, so when the professor asked Yelena's mom what nickname could she use, “Gigi” was the first choice.
Real name: Eric Marlon Bishop
Foxx explained in an interview with David Letterman that he changed his name for more stage time. When he started his career doing standup comedy he noticed 1,000 guys showed up but only three girls, and those three girls always got a spot, so he picked a unisex name. What a clever boy!
Real name: Destiny Hope Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cyrus believed even before her birth that their daughter would achieve great things in life which is why they decided to go for a name that expressed their belief, Destiny Hope. The singer and actress changed her name but not because she wanted. When she was asked something she did not answer just looked at her parents and smiled so she won the nickname “Smiley.” Drop out the “s” and you get what we know.
Real name: Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt
Benjamin Geza was a horrible name according to the actor. Everyone called him “Ben Gay” so he called out his parents as “the worst namers in the world” but then his mother told him the story of a Hungarian friend of hers. "He had left from a train during the Holocaust taking Jews to death camps, and he went back and saved several others returning to break them out," the actor explained. "She told me six million Jews were murdered and that men like him were brave and selfless. That name has never been short of a tremendous honor to me since that day."
Real Name: Emily Jean Stone
Stone changed her name because someone from Australia's Next Top Model already had it. The actress recalled her younger days at school when she asked her teacher to call her Emma because she wanted to be Baby Spice from the Spice Girls
Real Name: Krishna Pandit Bhanji
Ben Kingsley is a mixture of his father's and grandfather's nicknames but the real reason was the actor changed his name to a commercial one because he was afraid people would fear a foreign name.
Real Name: Neta-Lee Hershlag
Her traditional Hebrew name was given thanks to her Israeli heritage but back in 1984 when emigrating to the United States and following most immigrant's idea, she and her family changed her last name to Portman. Neta-Lee became Natalie.
Maurice Joseph Micklewhite
The name came after Humphrey Bogart's character in "The Caine Mutiny"
“Bogart was my hero, and even though he came from a sort of snobby, aristocratic family — he was a distant relation of Princess Diana — when I was a kid I thought he was a tough guy," said Caine. "Any person with my working-class background would be a villain or a comic cipher, usually badly played, and with a rotten accent. There weren't a lot of guys in England for me to look up to."
Real Name: Joaquin Rafael Bottom
Rain, Liberty, Summer, and a half-sister Jodean were all together with his brother Joaquin Rafael when their parents joined the religious cult 'Children of God' and years later left changing their last name to Phoenix to symbolize 'new beginning.' Have you heard about Leaf Phoenix? In an attempt to fit with her brothers and sisters, Joaquin changed his name but reconsidered at 15.
Real Name: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
We had an idea that “Katy” came from something like “Katheryn” but then why not Katy Hudson? The singer explained she was always upset with the world and her solution was to create an alter-ego out of protection. "I didn’t want to be Katheryn Hudson. I hated that, it was too scary for me, so I decided to be someone else.” Another good reason is she wanted to avoid confusion with actress Kate Hudson.
Michael John Douglas
This one is an easy one. The Batman actor changed his name to avoid confusion with actor Michael Douglas (whose real name is Michael Danielovitch ). Keaton has revealed on several occasions he likes his real name using it in real life. “What's great is, I use my real name, Michael John Douglas, for everything, except when I'm on a marquee or a gig. So, people get very confused because I'll be going somewhere and they'll be a driver with a sign saying 'Michael Douglas', and then I show up. And they look so confused “
Real Name: Onika Tanya Maraj
Fighting with “tooth and nail” someone changed Onika's last name. She always hated her father's name so in the end, she was convinced.
Real Name: Pedro Balmaceda
Balmaceda is a hard last name to pronounce and was one of the main reasons to make the change to Pascal. But where does 'Pascal' come from? When Pedro Pascal's mother died suddenly, the actor told he decided to change his last name to hers as a tribute.
Real Name: Carlos Irwin Estevez
Having immigrant grandparents from Spain and Ireland, “Sheen” is taken as a more American name. Carlos is the Latinized form of Charles- Charlie, and he took his dad's last name as a way to honor him. Also, "Charlie Sheen just sounds better than Charlie Estevez," he said.
Real Name: Mary Louise Streep
The Oscar-winning actress's mother and grandmother were also both named Mary and according to her mother “three Marys were a lot to have in one family.”