Celebrities tend to change their names to be catchier, easier to spell or simply different from another similarly named famous person. But what we like about the following stars is that their memorable, unusual or cool names were given to them at birth, before they were famous.
Why do celebrities go by different names?
A performer will often take a stage name because their real name is considered unattractive, dull, or unintentionally amusing; projects an undesired image; is difficult to pronounce or spell; or is already being used by another notable individual, including names that are not exactly the same but still too similar.
Do celebrities legally change their names?
Some actors choose to legally change their names in court, but many can use and register stage names without ever having to legally change it. In fact, some actors choose to simultaneously use their real names and stage names to keep their work and personal lives separate.