From Nicki Minaj To Meghan Markle: 11 Celebrities Who Changed Their Name For Their Careers

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John Legend

That’s right, the man, the myth, the legend himself was initially born with the title John Roger Stephens before deciding that he needed a surname with a bit more gravitas to make his way in Hollywood.

Nothing – not even a slightly awkward surname – will ever stop the truly great and powerful from achieving their dreams, which is exactly why the following eleven celebrities decided to switch up their moniker’s before they went on to become household names.

From Gigi Hadid to Meghan Markle, this lot all proved that riches beyond our wildest dreams are just one deed poll and a casual £110 away.

Let’s get checking out a bunch of celebrities who definitely copied each other…

Meghan Markle

The woman who eventually won Prince Harry’s heart actually shares a name with her fictional character in Suits. It’s still unclear why Meghan decided to ditch the moniker Rachel, but there’s no denying her current name rolls off the tongue just that little bit smoother.







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John Legend

That’s right, the man, the myth, the legend himself was initially born with the title John Roger Stephens before deciding that he needed a surname with a bit more gravitas to make his way in Hollywood.









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Gigi Hadid

The model was actually born Jelena Noura Hadid and only coined her nickname when a teacher needed a simple way to distinguish between her and a classmate called Helena. The rest, as they say, is history.









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Vin Diesel

Born with the slightly less threatening name Mark Sinclair, it was only when he began working as a bouncer in New York that his badass moniker of Vin Diesel first caught on. We have to say, it definitely suits him.









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Her Minajesty was born Onika Tanya Maraj, before deciding to mesh the components of her name together and come up with the now iconic amalgamation of Nicki Minaj.









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Calvin Harris

Born Adam Richard Wildes, it was only when then-girlfriend Taylor Swift gave a shout out to him at the 2016 iHeart Awards that people fully realized the producer wasn’t an OG Calvin.









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Olivia Wilde

If actor’s can win or lose roles on the strength of their name, it stands to reason why Olivia was forced to ditch her surname of Cockburn (pretty unfortunate tbh) in order to go by the slightly more glamorous option, Wilde.









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Emma Stone

Unfortunately for Emma, there was already someone who went by the name Emily Stone when she was first starting out in the industry. After dabbling with the name Riley for a while, she soon decided to find something a little closer to her original name.









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Miley Cyrus

Born Destiny Hope Cyrus, the singer/actor decided to legally change her name to Miley back in 2008 in reference to her childhood nickname, Smiley.









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Lorde

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that she isn’t legally named after God. Born Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, the New Zealand singer opted for something a little more dramatic when she kickstarted her music career.









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Lana Del Rey

This one might take you surprise. The Video Games singer didn’t always have a name that promised glamour and mystery, and was actually born with the respectable and wholly traditional moniker, Elizabeth Woolridge Grant.









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Who knew?

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