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List of Celebrities and Their Real Names

Updated on August 5, 2017
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Lena Kovadlo is a writer for various content sharing websites. She's an author of 10 books and helps other authors publish their books.

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What do celebrities like Jay-Z, Eminem, Natalie Portman, and Jennifer Aniston have in common? These are not their real names. It is obvious that Jay-Z and Eminem are not the celebrities' real names but it may not seem so obvious when it comes to Natalie Portman and Jennifer Aniston.

There are many celebrities in the entertainment world - whether recording artists, actors, or others - who do not go by their real names (the names they were born with). It is always interesting to know the real names of celebrities. Here is a list of some of the well known celebrities and their real names.

Celebrities Real Names - Recording Artists

  • 50 Cent: Curtis Jackson
  • Akon: Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam
  • Alicia Keys: Alicia Augello Cook
  • Busta Rhymes: Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr.
  • Cher: Cherilyn Sarkisian
  • Clay Aiken: Clayton Holmes Grissom
  • David Bowie: David Robert Jones
  • Dido: Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong
  • Donna Summer: LaDonna Adrian Gaines
  • Dr. Dre: Andre Romelle Young
  • Elvis Costello: Declan Patrick MacManus
  • EMINEM: Marshall Bruce Mathers III
  • Faith Hill: Audrey Faith Perry
  • Gene Simmons: Chaim Witz
  • Jay-Z: Shawn Corey Carter
  • Katy Perry: Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson
  • Lady Gaga: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
  • Lil’ Bow Wow: Shad Gregory Moss
  • Lil’ Kim: Kimberly Denise Jones
  • Madonna: Madonna Louise Ciccone
  • Master P: Percy Robert Miller
  • Missy Elliott: Melissa Arnette Elliott
  • Nas: Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones
  • Pink: Alecia Beth Moore
  • Queen Latifah: Dana Elaine Owens
  • Randy Jackson: Randall Darius Jackson
  • Tina Turner: Anna Mae Bullock

Celebrities Real Names - Actors/Actresses

  • Al Pacino: Alfredo James Pacino
  • Alec Baldwin: Alexander Rae Baldwin III
  • Anthony Hopkins:Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins
  • Bernie Mac: Bernard Jeffrey McCullough
  • Cedric the Entertainer: Cedric Antonio Kyles
  • Chuck Norris: Carlos Ray Norris
  • Dwayne Johnson was known as The Rock during his wrestling days.
  • Jack Nicholson: John Joseph Nicholson
  • Jane Seymour: Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg
  • Jennifer Aniston: Jennifer Linn Anastassakis
  • Johnny Depp: John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II
  • Jude Law: David Jude Heyworth Law
  • Kirk Douglas: Issur Danielovitch
  • Meryl Streep: Mary Louise Streep
  • Natalie Portman: Natalie Hershlag
  • Portia de Rossi: Amanda Lee Rogers
  • Steve Martin: Stephen Glenn Martin
  • Tom Cruise: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
  • Whoopi Goldberg: Caryn Elaine Johnson
  • Will Smith: Willard Christopher Jr
  • Zack Efron: Zachary David Alexander Efron

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      babynology 4 years ago from New York

      I love your new hub theme! It's very nice. And a lot easier to read than old one, Actually.

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      rauffray 7 years ago from BC, Canada

      You are welcome, Lena. I enjoy reading your articles.

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      Lena Kovadlo 7 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Thank you for your comment Regis. It is appreciated as always.


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      rauffray 7 years ago from BC, Canada

      Another interesting hub, Lena. I can certainly understand why many of them would change their names. Thank you for sharing this information.