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20 Celebrities Whose Names Aren’t What You Think

What’s in a name? When it comes to many of our favourite celebrities, their name is their brand — but what we call them often isn’t the moniker that they were born with, grew up with or even use in their day-to-day life.

So why do celebrities change their names or go by different names? Sometimes, it’s about creating a more memorable or unique “stage” name. Sometimes, it’s because their legal name is already spoken for (though, Michael B. Jordan seems to have done just fine). Other times, the reason may have more to do with leaving their past or family name behind, going by a nickname or simply shortening a name for professional reason.

Whatever the reason, you may be surprised to learn that you don’t know the names of these famous celebs.

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