These 20 Celebrities’ Real Names Will Make Your Jaw Hit the Floor


Her Real Name Will Make Your Jaw Drop
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Most parents don’t have “future superstar” in mind when naming their beloved children. And perhaps that’s why so many celebrities seem to ditch their birth names in favor of alternatives that are a bit more, well, fabulous. But just who are Elizabeth Grant, Stefani Germanotta and Onika Maraj?

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20. Olivia Wilde

It’s perhaps understandable that Olivia Wilde ditched her given last name in high school; she was born Olivia Cockburn, after all. Why did she choose “Wilde”? Because she comes from a family of writers – and Oscar Wilde was one of the best scribes around.


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19. Lana Del Rey

Singer Elizabeth Grant struggled to make a meaningful impact on the music scene in the late noughties. However, after a masterful – and somewhat controversial – reinvention, Grant became Lana Del Rey, and a star was born.