9. Lady Gaga’s producer Rob Fusari nicknamed her “Gaga” after the Queen song “Radio Ga Ga,” and she added “Lady” because of its regal connotations.

"Poker Face" singer

She was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.

10. Nicki Minaj fought with a manager who wanted to change her name from “Maraj” to “Minaj,” and she’s “always hated it.


Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj.

11. Vin Diesel’s name is a combination of his stepfather Irving Vincent’s name and a nickname he earned as a “fueled up” club bouncer.

voice of Rocket Raccoon

His real name is Mark Sinclair.

12. Reese Witherspoon adopted her mother’s maiden name as her first name early in her acting career.

actor who plays Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde"

Her full name is Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon.

13. After dropping his first EP, Hozier shortened his name because he felt it would be “easier to remember.”


His full name is Andrew John Hozier-Byrne.

14. Jay-Z chose his stage name to honor Jaz-O, his mentor and producer.

"Dirt Off Your Shoulder" singer

His real name is Shawn Corey Carter.

15. Awkwafina’s stage name refers to the “high school kid that doesn’t really care about anything,” whom she repressed during college.

actor who played Peik Lin Goh in "Crazy Rich Asians"

Her real name is Nora Lum.

16. Olivia Wilde changed her last name to honor writer Oscar Wilde after playing Gwendolen in a high school production of The Importance of Being Earnest.

"Booksmart" director

Her real name is Olivia Jane Cockburn.

17. When he was 14, Eminem started rapping under the name “M&M,” which were his initials, and it evolved into “Eminem.”

"Stan" singer

His real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III.


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