Celebrities' real names and how they got their stage names

By Fay Ngina | 1 month ago
Celebrities' real names and how they got their stage names.

You may know of Cardi B, Ne-yo, Lady Gaga, or Vin Diesel by their stage names, but do you know their real names? Unfortunately, very few celebrities, especially in Hollywood, use their real names, and you are probably not familiar with how they ended up with their monikers. Today, we take a look at why your favourite celebrities ditched their real names; some of the stories behind their name changes will surprise you. 


We grew up listening to Akon's songs, from 'Smack That' to 'Lonely' and many other great hits. The singer first revealed his real name on the Ellen Show in 2009, but since social media was not very popular back then, it never became a topic of discussion among people. However, many were taken aback when someone on Twitter wrote Akon's full name, consisting of 12 words and 52 characters. On google search, the singer's real name is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam. It is obvious why he chose to use Akon as his stage name. 

Lady Gaga

The Grammy Award winner, popularly known for hits 'Just Dance' and 'Bad Romance', was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta and raised in New York. In October 2013, during an interview with Elle Magazine, Gaga said she changed her name because she associated Stefani with a "perpetually tortured artiste."


Cardi B

Cardi became a household name after her hit song 'Bodak Yellow' went viral, but most people don't know that her stage name came from Instagram. In 2016, the WAP singer tweeted that people referred to her as Bacardi growing up because of her sister's name Hennessy. 

On Instagram, she used to call herself Bacardi B but eventually shortened it to Cardi B because her page kept getting deleted. 


"It sounded cool. I took out the 'e' because there was already a Canadian band named the weekend," he said.


When producer Deon 'Big D' Evans told Ne-yo, real name, Schaffer Chimere Smith Jr., that he was like the "Neo" of the music industry, he did not know that the nickname would stick.

During an episode of Vevo's "A.K.A", Ne-Yo recalled being told by his producer, "It is like you see music the way Neo sees the Matrix."


Miley Cyrus

Due to her cheery personality, the singer's father, Billy Ray, nicknamed her 'Smiley'. 

Over the years, Cyrus, real name Destiny Hope Cyrus, shortened the nickname to Miley and legally changed her name in 2008. 


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Vin Diesel 

The 'Fate of the Furious' star's real name is Mark Sinclair Vincent, which he changed while working as a bouncer at nightclubs in New York. 

Vin is the short form of his last name, while Diesel was a nickname by friends who said he 'ran off fuel' due to his energetic person?a.

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