Celebrities are celebrities because people know them. Whether they are actors, athletes, singers, dancers or anything, we largely know them by their name. But what if I was to tell you that a ton of these famous people aren’t really who they say they are? While they are the same person, they are using a different name than the one their parents gave them at birth. So read on and check out these 18 celebrities who changed their names (or simply use another name) for one reason or another. Just wait until you read number 5. Your jaw will drop!
#18 Miley Cyrus
#17 Ralph Lauren
If you know about or wear luxury clothing brands, you likely know about the brand Ralph Lauren, which is named after the founder of the company. The company is very successful and Lauren himself has a net worth of over 5 Billion dollars. But it’s likely that if he went by his birth name of Ralph Lipshitz, he would never have made this company.
#16 Natalie Portman
Despite being a world famous actor in largely American-made films, Portman was actually born in Jerusalem. She also attended Harvard, which is extremely impressive. Her name is one of the most elegant in Hollywood, but she was actually born as Neta-Lee Hershlag. Check out number 8 to see another world famous actress who doesn’t go by her birth name.
#15 Whoopi Goldberg
While she is a solid actress and personality, no doubt Goldberg’s name has a lot to do with her fame. But that was actually not her birth name, as her parents decided to name her Caryn Elaine Johnson. The person at the number four spot is also someone else who has become more famous because of the uniqueness of their name.