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Updated on Nov 25, 2019. Posted on Nov 22, 2019

These Celebs Have Stage Names, But What Were They Named By Their Parents?

What's in a name? I guess it's time to find out!

  1. Let's start off easy – what's Riri's real name?

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    Robyn Rihanna Fenty!

    Rihanna named her makeup, lingerie, and high fashion brands after her surname.

  2. If you don't know Lady Gaga's real name, I have no hope for you...

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    Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

    The album, Joanne, was an homage to the singer's aunt, Joanne Stefani Germanotta, who she was named after.

  3. Okay, what was the name Miley Cyrus was given at birth?

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    Destiny Hope Cyrus!

    She was nicknamed Smiley as a kid and it eventually got shortened to Miley, and she legally changed it to Miley Ray Cyrus in 2008.

  4. What about Nicki Minaj?

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    Onika Tanya Maraj

    She originally started rapping as Nicki Maraj, until the CEO of Dirty Money Records gave her the name "Minaj."

  5. You might be surprised to learn that Elton John isn't his real name. What is it?

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    Reginald Kenneth Dwight!

    The star took his first name from his former bandmate Elton Dean and his surname from the singer John Baldry. Bonus fact: his self given middle name is Hercules.

  6. What about Cardi B?

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    Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar

    Cardi got her rap name from the rum brand Bacardi!

  7. And Lana Del Rey?

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    Elizabeth Woolridge Grant

    Actress Lana Turner was the inspiration for this stage name. Before she landed on the moniker we know and love, she went by various names including "Sparkle Jump Rope Queen" and "Lizzy Grant and the Phenomena."

  8. Calvin Harris might sound like his real name, but it's not. What is it?

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    Adam Richard Wiles

    Speaking about his choice of stage name, he said: "My first single was more of a soul track, and I thought Calvin Harris sounded a bit more racially ambiguous. I thought people might not know if I was black or not. After that, I was stuck with it." Okaaay then...

  9. And what was Bruno Mars called before he became the man he is today?

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    Peter Gene Hernandez

    As a child, his dad thought he looked like the wrestler Bruno Sammartino, and the singer later took inspiration from this for his stage name.

  10. You could probably guess that Lil Nas X isn't his ~real~ name, but what is it?

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    Montero Lamar Hill!

    His stage name is a tribute to the rapper Nas, whose real name is Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones.

  11. And finally, what does it say on Oprah's birth certificate?

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    Orpah Gail Winfrey

    She was named after the biblical figure "Orpah," but people pronounced it wrong so often that "Oprah" stuck.

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