Jonathan Elton GreenGregory Anthony WhiteReginald Kenneth DwightSamuel Eggars Knight
Elton John's real name is Reginald Kenneth Dwight.
"Elton John" is an homage to Bluesology saxophonist Elton Dean and Long John Baldry.
Louis SzalaLouis SzekeresLouis SzakacsLouis Szekely
Louis C.K.'s real name is Louis Szekely.
C.K.'s stage name is derived from an approximate English pronunciation of his Hungarian surname, Szekely (See-Kay).
Thomas Cruise MapotherThomas Cruise Mapother IIThomas Cruise Mapother IIIThomas Cruise Mapother IV
Tom Cruise's real name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV.
No word on whether or not Suri Cruise's real name is Thomas Cruise Mapother V.
Stephen WonderStephano RalphioStevland JudkinsSteven Vönda
Stevie's real name is Stevland Judkins.
He's the eighth wonder of the world, hence his stage name.
Julianne SmithJulie Anne SmithJulia SmithJulianne Schmidt
Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith.
As she explains, "There was already a Julie Smith, a Julie Anne Smith, there was everything. My father's middle name is Moore; my mother's name is Anne. So I just slammed the Anne onto the Julie. That way, I could use both of their names and not hurt anyone's feelings. But it's horrible to change your name. I'd been Julie Smith my whole life, and I didn't want to change it."
Helena PyotrAlexandrina Eva MatildaHelen Lydia MironoffBetty Wilson
Helen Mirren's real name is Helen Lydia Mironoff.
And she's an ageless wizard.
Ryan Gerald GonzalesTerry Donald RossChad Eric GrossmanShad Gregory Moss
Bow Wow's real name is Shad Gregory Moss.
Great rapper, or greatest rapper? Oh, neither? OK.
Miracle Grace CyrusDestiny Hope CyrusDiaspora Faith CyrusGemini Twerk Cyrus
Miley's real name is Destiny Hope Cyrus.
Because of course it is.
Georgia Stavros StathopoulosGeorgios Kyriacos PanayiotouGregory DemopoulosGeorge-Michael Bluth
George Michael's full name is Γεώργιος Κυριάκος Παναγιώτου, aka Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou.
Sherry ZakaryanSharon BogosianCheryl EskadarianCherilyn Sarkisian
Cher's real name is either Cherilyn Sarkisian, or "Divine Goddess of Pop."
Take your pick.
Maurice MicklewhiteBen HaggertyCharles Van WhiteEugene Lewis
Michael Caine's real name is Maurice Micklewhite.
Fun fact: Before choosing "Michael Caine" as a stage name, he went by "Michael Scott."
Jean Bon JeauvéJohn BongioviSean Bon JoviPoindexter Eisenhower
Jon Bon Jovi's real name is John Bongiovi.
He got reeeeeal creative with his stage name.
Amanda Lee RogersMary Anne SpierDawn SchaferKristy Thomas
Portia De Rossi's real name is Amanda Lee Rogers. The rest of those names are members of "The Babysitter's Club."
Portia chose the given name of Portia, a character from William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice," and an Italian last name.
Joaquín Michaelangelo TopJoaquín Rafael BottomJoaquín Leonardo VersatileJoaquín Donatello Flip-Flop
Joaquin's birth name is Joaquín Rafael Bottom.
He and his siblings all adopted the surname "Phoenix."
Albert EinsteinIsaac NewtonNikola TeslaAlan Turing
Albert Brooks' real name is Albert Einstein.
It's pretty obvious why he changed it.
Norma Jeane MonroeNorma Jeane MillerNorma Jeane MortensonNorma Jeane McCormick
Marilyn's real name was Norma Jeane Mortenson.
A movie executive thought "Marilyn Monroe" was sexy, had a "nice flow," and would be "lucky" due to the double M.
Walter O'DonnellFelix O'ConnorThomas O'TooleHoward O'Brien
Anne Rice's real name is actually Howard O'Brien.
ROBERT VAN WINKLE
Vanilla Ice has the least rap name ever, with Robert Van Winkle.