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35 Celebrities Who Actually Go By Their Middle Name

Everyone chooses to go with their first and last name, both personally and professionally. Yet there remain a few who chose to use their middle name and make it big. If you think you know everything about your 'favourite star' then you need to think again. Because your favourite could be on this list of 35 celebrities who do not go by their actual name. Shocked? Well, that's actually more or so a fact. Not every celebrity actually likes to go by their birth name, some choose pseudonyms, some just change their names. But this list contains people who have actually used their 'middle name' throughout their careers and you probably haven't even realised it. Well, no worries, we have just rounded up most of them that you will be surprised to learn about, who have been lying to you all this while. (Just for the name) Scroll to be shocked!

Ashton Kutcher

Ashton confessed that his real name was 'Chris' at the Teen Choice Awards, and said he feels like a fraud as the fans didn't even know his real name. This handsome dude ditched the name 'Christopher' at the age of 19 to become 'Ashton' just when he had started off as a young model The name rocks anyway!

Brad Pitt

This heartthrob's name was William, but he sure stole a million hearts with his name 'Brad Pitt'. Aww!

Brody Jenner

Actually born as Sam, he has always gone by the name Brody! 

Bruce Willis

Not sure why this guy went from 'Walter' to 'Bruce' but we cannot deny the fact that he's one famous guy and it sure wasn't a bad choice after all.

Dakota Fanning

Had you any idea her name was actually Hannah? Miley must be happy about this.


"You can call me Drake" (Call me on my cell phone) The Hotline Bling rapper gave up "Aubrey" to be known as "Drake."

Elle Fanning

This runs in the family I guess! She is the little sister of Dakota and she too uses her middle name.

Faith Hill

Now Faith's real name is actually 'Audrey Faith Perry'. She was an adopted child, and so her parents gave her the name 'Faith'. Aww, that's really beautiful!

Garth Brooks

Garth shares his real name with his dad!

Jason Sudeikis

This guy simply prefers his middle name over his first name. Okay Jason, that's a valid point!

Jude Law

This hottie chose 'Jude' over 'David', and we have no idea why? Probably the Beatles' famous song "Hey Jude" had something to do with it.

Keke Palmer

Keke was actually a childhood nickname given to her. That's so cute!

Kevin Jonas

He is the eldest member of the Jonas Brothers and is actually a Jr. to Dad's Sr! 

Lance Bass

Lance uses his middle name just to distinguish himself from his dad. Now that's understandable!

Lucy Hale

This cutie 'Pretty Little Liar' star said she's gone by her middle name, Lucy, even when she was a baby!

Marie Osmond

Her birth name is the same as her mom's and that's probably why she changed it to Marie. She also named one of her adopted daughters as Abigail Olive May.

Mindy Kaling

Born as Vera Chokalingam she went for a more American name. Anyway, both the names sound so lovely!

Norah Jones

She changed her name to Norah Jones when she was just 16 years old!

Paul McCartney

Paul's real name is James, after his dad and he also named one of his sons as James. He loves the name so much, doesn't he? 

Reese Witherspoon

This beauty's real name is 'Laura Jeanne', but she legally changed her name to 'Reese' which is her mum's maiden name. Now that's sweet!


This 'Shine Like a Diamond' star was known as 'Robyn', but she kicked it off to become 'Rihanna'. There's no doubt the name truly makes her shine like a diamond!

Rooney Mara

Rooney was calleld Tricia Mara, but she changed her stage name to Rooney, which is her mother's maiden name.

Téa Leoni

Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni is better known to us all as Téa Leoni. Her name is actually pronounced as Tay -a. Nice!

Tim McGraw

The country star was named as 'Samuel Timothy Smith' until he was 11 when he learned the identity of his real father, major league pitcher "Tug" McGraw. He then shortened his name to Tim McGraw!

Warren Beatty

Can you believe Warren changed his first and last name once he began acting? His real name is Henry Warren Beatty.

Will Ferrell

This funnyman's real name is John William Ferrell!

Ryan Phillippe

His real is name Matthew Ryan Phillippe! Wonder why he goes by his middle name?

Lea Michele

This Rachel Berry star was born as Lea Michele Sarfati and she goes by the name Lea Michele.

Angelina Jolie

We so love her as Angelina Jolie. Her real name is Angelina Jolie Voight.

Jason Momoa

Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa is better known as Jason Momoa. Now, that's a really long name, no wonder he goes by Jason Momoa!And Aquaman! Yes, we love this name even better.

Theo James

Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis, really? We love the short name though!

Kevin Spacey

We love this guy, don't we? His real name is Kevin Spacey Fowler.

Aaron Paul

 He was actually known as Aaron Paul Sturtevant.

Tina Fey

Elizabeth Stamatina is her real name.

Casey Affleck

This guy went from Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck to Casey Affleck. Probably his long name could be the reason to change his name.They may have changed their names but they are all 'Superstars' anyway! What do you think?