These 14 Celebrity Kids Had Valid Reasons For Changing Their Last Names

    Changing your name isn't easy, so you know the reasons mattered.

    What's in a name? When it's a famous one, quite a bit.

    Fame is a many-sided beast, so while some people crave to keep their famous family's name, others are more content to let it go.

    Some have to fight to have it in the first place.

    Elon Musk's 18-year-old child's decision to change their name (to not be associated with him among other things) got me thinking about how many other celebrity kids have undergone name changes, and for what reasons.

    Elon Musk attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022

    1. Musk's 18-year-old child changed their name to Vivian Jenna Wilson, in part to reflect their transition and in part due to "the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape, or form," per TMZ.

    Elon Musk pauses and looks down as he speaks during a press conference at SpaceX's Starbase facility in 2022

    2. Angelina Jolie made her stage name her legal name in 2002, partially to cement her estrangement from dad Jon Voight.

    teenage Angelina Jolie and father Jon Voight

    3. Few people are aware that Norah Jones is the daughter of Indian musician Ravi Shankar, one of the most accomplished sitar players of all time. The two reportedly didn't share a close relationship. Norah's birth name is Geethali Norah Jones Shankar.

    Norah Jones at the Disney Parks Christmas Parade 2021

    4. Elle King stopped using her legal name, Tanner Elle Schneider, in 1998 when she got into music. She didn't want her relationship with dad Rob Schneider to be part of why she succeeded in her field.

    Elle King and Rob Schneider pose at the Ice House Comedy Club in October 2009

    5. Mamie Gummer, daughter of Meryl Streep and Don Gummer, was credited in 1986's Heartburn, which she appeared in with her famous mom. She's credited as Natalie Stern to avoid press attention.

    Mamie Gummer in a pink peacoat and Meryl Streep in a red coat dress attend the Citymeals-On-Wheels Power Lunch at The Plaza Hotel in November 2015

    6. Emilio Estevez did a kind of reverse name change. Unlike the rest of his famous family, he didn't take a "Sheen" stage name, choosing to go by his legal moniker instead.

    Emilio Estevez attends WE Day UN 2019 at Barclays Center

    7. Liv Tyler was born Liv Rundgren because mom Bebe Buell believed "Hello It's Me" musician Todd Rundgren was her biological father. Liv learned the truth around the age of 9 and began to form a relationship with dad Steven Tyler, eventually changing her last name to his own.

    Liv Tyler in 1998

    8. Helene Boshoven Samuel has kept adopted dad Seal's last name as her legal name. In modeling circles, however, she's known as Leni Klum.

    Heidi Klum and Leni Klum attend the LuisaViaRoma for Unicef event at La Certosa di San Giacomo on July 31, 2021

    9. While in some professional circles, they're still regarded as Jaden and Willow Smith, both have chosen to drop the last name in their artistic pursuits as adults. Willow did it first, according to an interview Jaden did with The Zane Lowe Show.

    Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, Will Smith, Jaden Smith and Trey Smith attend the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

    10. Padma Lakshmi gave her daughter, Krishna, her last name only. When her dad Adam Dell's paternity was proven after a number of legal battles, her name was legally changed to Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell.

    Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell and Padma Lakshmi attend Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on December 2, 2015

    11. Model Dree Hemingway was born Dree Hemingway Crisman. The great-granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway and the daughter of Oscar-nominated actress Mariel Hemingway dropped Crisman when she started modeling and acting.

    Dree Hemingway wears a gold large chain necklace, a silver long chain pendant necklace, a white bra swimwear, a white asymmetric cropped t-shirt, blue faded large puffy denim jeans pants, outside the Thom Browne show, during Paris Fashion Week

    12. Meanwhile, Dree's younger sister, Langley Fox was born Langley Fox Hemingway. When she took up art and modeling, she dropped her surname and used her middle name instead.

    Langley Fox attends the Premiere Of HBO Documentary Film "Very Ralph" at The Paley Center for Media on November 11, 2019

    13. Micheál Richardson changed his name from his birth name, Micheál Neeson, to honor his late mother, Natasha Richardson, and with the support of dad Liam Neeson.

    Micheal Neeson walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Vox Lux' screening during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 4, 2018 in Venice, Italy

    14. Though Oliver and Kate Hudson have elected not to change their names, their biological dad Bill Hudson wishes they would. "I had five birth children, but I now consider myself a father of three. I no longer recognize Oliver and Kate as my own," he told the Daily Mail. "I would ask them to stop using the Hudson name. They are no longer a part of my life. dead to me now. As is Kate. I am mourning their loss even though they are still walking this earth."

    Oliver Hudson and Kate Hudson posing together in 2021

    What celebrity name changes are you predicting in the future? Will celeb kids lean into their parents' fame or run far from it? Sound off in the comments!