Have you heard of Elton John? The famous British singer, pianist and a composer. What if we tell you that it wasn't his real name; as his real name is Reginald Kenneth Dwight. These days it has become a trend for Hollywood celebrities to use pseudonyms, and their alias has become more important and even more recognisable than their actual names.
There are tons of reasons why would a celebrity want to change their name on their way to make it big, maybe for privacy concerns or some stars still want to have a level of anonymity - either in their private or legal dealings. Although one can never really know what made them choose another name, on the way to fame, you can still know who went for a pseudonym to take away attention from their real identity.
Have a look!
This American actress was famous for playing 'dumb blonde' characters, she had many names until she legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe.
She modelled under the names Jean Norman and Mona Monroe, her initial idea for a screen name was Jean Adair but she signed into hotels as Zelda Zonk and into a psychiatric clinic as Faye Miller until she got her name as Marilyn.
Katy Perry's full name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, but she later changed her name to avoid confusion with the actress Kate Hudson. She later adopted the 'Perry' for the stage from her mother, as it is her maiden name. However, it has been reported that she was in thoughts of changing her last name to her new husband Russell Brand's name.
Nicki Minaj's real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, and the rapper who was recently in the news for dating rapper NAS performs under the name Nicki Minaj.
The Fast and the Furious star's real name suits him, it is Mark Sinclair Vincent.
His real name is Peter Gene Bayot, but there is an interesting story behind his stage name. His stage name, "Bruno Mars," was inspired by the wrestler Bruno Sammartino, because as a child Bruno was confident, independent and strong-willed, like the wrestler. The 'Mars' came along because girls used to say he was "out of this world," so he used the planet Mars as his last name.
Lady Gaga's name was inspired by the Queen song, 'Radio Gaga', but then it is not her real name. Lady Gaga's real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.
Mila Kunis who rose to worldwide fame with her supporting role in the film Black Swan (2010) has another real name as well, and it is Milena Markovna.
Gigi Hadid's real name is Jelena Hadid.
"My grandmother used to call my mother Gigi, as her nickname. But only around the house. In first or second grade, there was a girl named Helena and it got confusing with the teacher who had to call out our names, and so the teacher asked my mum if I needed to call Jelena a nickname, what would it be? And my mom was like, I call her Gigi sometimes, and the name stuck," reports Style.com
Emma Stone, whose real name is Emily Jean Stone shares that at the age of 16 she found that she doesn't want to go with her real name, Emily Jean Stone; so she thought of changing it into, Emily J. Stone. However, before finalising this name, she realised that it's quite similar to Michael J. Fox and she didn't want that. Later, she chose Emma Stone as her pseudonym.
His real name was David Robert Jones and he changed it in order to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees
The entire world says Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in Game of Thrones (TV Series) knows nothing. But how of them do really know the real name of this small screen superstar? Well, Kit Harrington's real name is Christopher Catesby Harington.
It was Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer and now it's just Julie Bowen, perhaps to sound more like she was part of a modern family.
The actress with the dual American and Israeli citizenship and the one who was part of the iconic Star Wars prequel trilogy has managed to hide her real name from most of her fans. The real name of Natalie Portman is Neta-Lee Hershlag.
Nicolas Kim Coppola is a nephew of the director Francis Ford Coppola and actress Talia Shire, and the cousin of directors Sofia Coppola and Roman Coppola.
Winner of almost all the prestigious awards in the music industry, our Bad Girl Riri's real name is not Rihanna, instead, it is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
Famous for random flings, former love interest of Rihanna, rapper Drake's real and official name is Aubrey Drake Graham, who was born in the year 1986.
All time high, rapper Snoop Dogg's real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.
His name is terrible even to remember; it is Armando Christian Pérez.
That's all, folks!