Many celebrities use stage names or pseudonyms throughout their careers. The Screen Actors Guild has a rule where no two members can have identical names, often resulting in a stage name or the less dramatic inclusion of a middle initial. Some celebrities might just be trying to make their names sound simpler, more attractive, or even hide their ethnicity. Here is a list of 15 of the more surprising celebrity birth names.
1. Olivia Wilde
It is easy to surmise the reason that Olivia Wilde decided to change her name, which was originally Olivia Jane Cockburn.
The surname ‘Wilde’ is derived from the famous writer, Oscar Wilde.