12 Celebrities Who Changed Their Names

These days, it takes more than talent to make it in the entertainment industry. You need to be the perfect package of skills, appearance, drive, and marketability. Even your name matters. Unfortunately, if you were cursed with a name that’s typical, boring, or hard to pronounce, you may have to turn away from your dreams of stardom — unless you’re willing to change it.

Tons of celebrities have changed their names in order to appear more exciting and marketable to the public. Here’s a list of stars that have changed their names to further their careers.


Even diehard fans of Lorde’s music would never have recognized her if she went by her given name. The singer who uses Lorde as her stage name was actually born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor in Takapuna, New Zealand.

She decided to take the name Lorde once she became famous because of her fascination with royalty and the aristocracy — something that makes sense, since she grew up in a former colony of Britain. At first, she wanted to go with the name Lord, but decided it sounded too masculine, so added the ‘e’ at the end. Although she’s still young and her fortunes could change, it definitely seems like she picked an appropriate moniker.

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