How Famous Celebrities Got Their Stage Names
Names are unique to every individual. For celebrities, most times, the name rings a bell before the face does. A character can sell you, especially when it is unique to just you alone.
That’s why some celebrities have ensured that they go by the right stage name, even if it means adopting one.
Today we will be checking out some celebrities’ real names and how they got inspired in selecting a stage name.
How Do Actors Come Up With Stage Names?
- The Weeknd
Born: Abel Makkonen Tesfaye
According to the singer, he hated his real name as a teenager.
After dropping out of high school at 17 and running away from home one weekend with his friends, he decided to change his name to “The Weeknd.
- Gigi Hadid
Born: Jelena Noura Hadid
The famous model revealed that Gigi was a nickname used by her family. According to the renowned supermodel, her mother called her Gigi when she was a kid, so she too was called Gigi by her mom.
While in grade school, a girl in her grade was called Helena, so it got confusing for the teacher, so instead, her nickname Gigi was used, and the name stuck.
- Lady Gaga
Born: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
Popstar Lady Gaga got her now-famous name from the 1984 Queen song, “Radio Ga Ga. The name seems to fit her personality, which has been what she has been known globally.
- Miley Cyrus
Born: Destiny Hope Cyrus
Miley was a delighted child, always grinning, which gave her the nick Smiley. The name later evolved to be Miley, which is what she is professionally known by.
How Famous Celebrities Got Their Stage Names?
- Olivia Wilde
Born: Olivia Cockburn
After playing the role of Gwendolen in Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” in high school, actress Olivia Cockburn decided to change her last name to Wilde as an ode to Oscar Wilde.
Born: Ashley Frangipane
Pop singer Halsey’s stage name is not an anagram of her first name, as many have speculated.
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According to the singer, her stage name was inspired by a street in Brooklyn, where she spent her weekends making music at her friends’ place.
- Whoopi Goldberg
Born: Karen Johnson
According to the actress, she got her stage name Whoopi from acting like a whoopee cushion while starting her acting career. Karen revealed that she a pretty noisy and gassy back then, which gave her the nickname Whoopee cushion.
- Demi Moore
Born: Deme Gene Guynes
Actress Demi was married to Freddy Moore when she was 17 years. Although the marriage lasted less than five years, the actress decided to keep his surname and make it her stage name.
- Bruno Mars
Born: Peter Gene Hernandez
According to pop Singer Bruno as a toddler, he looked like the famous wrestler Bruno Sammartino which gave him the nickname Bruno. He later adopted the Mars surname as a replacement for Hernandez.