From Reginald Hercules Dwight To Elton John: Celebrities Who Have Changed Their Name For Their Careers (Photos)

Screen Shot 2013-02-21 at 2.26.07 PMUnfortunately for Hollywood, not every celebrity out there is born with a rock star name (although if you have parents like Gwen Stefani or Mariah Carey, you could be in luck). Fortunately though, changing your name from Reginald Hercules Dwight to Elton John will make you the coolest cat in the universe, ever.

Sure, we might know many of our favorite celebrity moms and dads by their Hollywood names (like for example Amber Rose rather than her birthname of Amber Rosenchuck), but did you know that Kate Middleton’s real name is Catherine Elizabeth Mountbatten-Windsor or that Whoopi Goldberg was actually born Caryn Elaine Johnson? These stars not only take it upon themselves to change their looks and their lifestyles, but their entire names, too!

Check out our photo gallery of other celebrities who have changed their name for their sake of their celebrity, and let us know what you think. You will never guess who Eleanor Gow was back in the day!

  • Nicole Camille Escovedo 1 of 10
    Nicole Camille Escovedo
    Nicole Camille Escovedo changed her surname at the age of nine when she was formally adopted by pop sensation Lionel Richie.
    Source via Glamour
  • Laura Jean Witherspoon 2 of 10
    Laura Jean Witherspoon
    She looks so much like a Laura, doesn't she? Reese Witherspoon dropped the LJ out of her name quick and adopted her mother's maiden name before hitting it big in Hollywood.
    Source via Glamour
  • Natalie Hershlag 3 of 10
    Natalie Hershlag
    Natalie Portman changed her last name from Hershlag, because quite frankly, I'm sure a lot of journalists would have mixed up her name and called her Natalie Hersey's Bar anyway. Good thinking, Nat!
    Source via Buzzfeed
  • Liv Rundgren 4 of 10
    Liv Rundgren
    Liv Tyler's mother claimed that rockstar Todd Rundgren was her biological father, until Liv began to ask one too many questions when she met Steven Tyler's daughter, Mia - her likeness was uncanny. Her mum confessed and Liv changed her surname to Tyler.
    Source via Glamour
  • Reginald Hercules Dwight 5 of 10
    Reginald Hercules Dwight
    What? You didn't think that Reginald Dwight would have been one of the hippest, happening singers and performers of all time, either? Yeah, Elton John had that feeling too!
    Source via Buzzfeed
  • Eleanor Gow 6 of 10
    Eleanor Gow
    Eleanor Gow changed to Elle Macpherson, taking her stepfather's surname and shortening her forename, to further her career.
    Source via Buzzfeed
  • Marco Antonio Muñiz 7 of 10
    Marco Antonio Muñiz
    And this whole time I've been thinking that Mac Anthony and Jennifer Lopez's children were named Max and Emme Anthony-Lo.
    Source via Glamour
  • Eileen Regina Edwards 8 of 10
    Eileen Regina Edwards
    The locals at her DMV would never have guessed that she was Shania Twain when she went to go renew her driver's license, either.
    Source via Buzzfeed
  • Michael Keaton 9 of 10
    Michael Keaton
    Michael Keaton was actually born Michael Douglas, but because he didn't want to add to any of the confusion in Hollywood between the two actors, he changed his last name. The things you do for your celebrity!
    Source via Glamour
  • Demetria Gene Guynes 10 of 10
    Demetria Gene Guynes
    Because nothing says "Sexy Hollywood Actress" like Demetria Gene Guynes, right? Plus, Demi Moore is so much easier to spell!
    Source via Buzzfeed

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