10 Famous Celebrities That Changed Their Names

In September 16, 2014

A name can have a big impact on who you are and how you feel about yourself. That is why it should not be surprising that so many celebrities have changed their name. Next time you find yourself wondering if your name is the one you were destined to have, think about these 10 celebrities that changed their name and reached the heights of superstardom.

  • Madonna – Famous for her single name, she was actually born Madonna Louise Ciccone, but dropped the middle and last names as she chased fame.
  • Bruno Mars – With a name as cool as Bruno Mars, it isn’t surprising he wasn’t born with it. In fact, his name was actually Peter Hernandez before he launched his career as a musical superstar.
  • Vin Diesel – Another name too cool to be true is Vin Diesel’s. In reality, this action star was born Mark Vincent.
  • Elton John – This Crocodile Rock singer was actually born Reginald Dwight—a name change and iconic sunglasses helped launch this musician to superstardom.
  • Marilyn Monroe – One of the most famous cases of a changed celebrity name, young Marilyn Monroe was actually born Norma Jean Mortenson.
  • Jamie Foxx – Would Oscar winner Jamie Foxx had become the household name he is had he kept his rather ordinary birth name of Eric Bishop?
  • Miley Cyrus – Before Miley became the crazy singer of “Wrecking Ball,” she was born Destiny Hope Cyrus. While Destiny is a name that makes it seem she was destined for great things, would she have been as memorable as a Destiny Hope?
  • Lady Gaga – It probably doesn’t surprise anyone that Lady Gaga is not this artist’s given name. However, her “real” name is almost as crazy. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue as easy as Lady Gaga, does it?
  • Charlie Sheen – Famous son of Martin Sheen, Charlie Sheen (like his dad) is actually an Estevez—Carlos Estevez to be exact.
  • Lorde – One of the hottest names in music in 2014 has been Lorde—would we still be singing Royals at the top of our lungs if she hadn’t chosen to use a stage name instead of her given name of Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor?

We may never know if these names had any impact on the success of these celebrities. However, if you feel stardom calling you, changing your name legally is more difficult than simply making a decision. You will have to go through an official process which includes changing the name on your official birth certificate. Do not give up on your dreams, but keep this in mind before you become too attached to that crazy sounding name that’s bouncing around your head.

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8 Comments

  1. how would my fiancé get the suffix 1st added to his name? We named our son Troy Anthony Gray II and want to get my fiances birth certificate changed to Troy Anthony Gray I

    1. For any changes or corrections to a birth certificate, you should contact the vital record agency which issued the certificate (that will show on the actual certificate) and they can provide the appropriate information required to make any changes. Thank you.

  2. I WAS BORN IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA BUT LIVING IN MCALLEN, TX. I AM APPLYING FOR MY RETIREMENT BUT MY NAME ON MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE DOES NOT MATCH WITH ALL MY OTHER DOCUMENTE SUCH AS MY SOCIAL SECURITY, SCHOOL DOCUMENTS, ETC.

    ON MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE I AM REGISTERED AS RACHAL PEREZ AND ON MY OTHER DOCUMENTS I AM REGISTERED AS RAQUEL PEREZ, WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO CHANGE MY NAME OR MAKE A CORRECTION?

    THE LADY FROM THE SOCIAL SECURITY TOLD ME TO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU, TO SEE WHAT TO DO.

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I WILL BE WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY.

    1. Hello Raquel and thank you for your questions.
      Typically the social security office will only issue a card in the name that matches your birth certificate or if it has changed you must provide proof of how and why it changed. For example, if a name changes due to marriage you have to provide your certified marriage certificate to show how and why it changed. The social security office would then issue the card in your new legal name. Once you have changed your name with social security the Department of Motor Vehicles can then change your name on your drivers license or non driver photo I.D. to match. If you are wanting to change your name on your birth certificate to match all the documents then you may have to go to court and have a legal name change performed. I’m not sure what would be easier for you to have done, have social security correct your card to match your name on your birth certificate or go to court and have your name legally changed? It’s really up to you.
      You can also contact the corrections and amendments department with in the vital records office where you were born to see if there is another way for them to change your name instead of going through the courts legal name change process.
      Here is the contact number for the state of California amendments office (916) 445-2684.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  3. I would like to have my name changed to my mothers maiden name. I was born abroad of US parents. I have originals of all of my documents of birth. The county I live in wants a “certified copy of birth certificate” issued within 1 year of your petition with no pending amendments. I know for a fact that they do not know how or what to do with a foreign birth certificate from Germany. What should I do? What is a Certified Copy? Thank you.

    1. Hello Chistine – a certified birth certificate comes from the state or county vital records office. Each state and county may have a little different way to certify their records whether it be a raised embossed seal, water mark, the record printed on state issued security paper or all three. If you would like to change your name on your birth certificate you will need to 1st have a legal name change preformed. Once you have completed the name change through the courts you can then contact the vital records amendments and corrections department to have your birth certificate changed to reflect your new legal name. Since you stated that you are a US Citizen born abroad you will have to contact that specific vital records office to order your certificate and to make any changes once your change is official through the courts. We at VitalChek can assist you in ordering your current birth certificate along with the certificate AFTER the change has been made to your record. However VitalChek cannot assist with correcting or amending these records.
      Here is the application to order your certified birth certificate (REQUEST FOR CONSULAR REPORT OF BIRTH ABROAD) https://www.vitalchek.com/pdf/BIRTHABROAD_2016.pdf
      This will give you a little more information about the ordering process through our VitalChek service when it comes to US Citizens born abroad:
      https://www.vitalchek.com/content/bornabroad.aspx#

      Here is a link directly to the government office https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/abroad/events-and-records/birth/replace-or-amend-consular-report-of-birth-abroad.html

      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  4. can it be shipped any other way it is very expencive

    1. Hello Carolyn. Thank you for your question. The shipping methods available may vary depending on the state you are ordering your certificate from. While most states offer a choice between express delivery and regular mail, a few only offer express delivery. If you go to VitalChek.com, select the Processing Times tab on the top right and then select the Certificate Type and State from the drop down menus, you will see the shipping methods available for that state.

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