18 Celebrities Whose Real Names You'd Never Know

On their journey to fame, some celebrities may change their appearance through surgery, and others may choose to slightly tweak their name. Here's a list of some celebrities you may not have known to go by their middle name.


Birth Name: Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Angelina Jolie

She dropped her surname in 2002. Some believe it was to snub her father.

Birth Name: Angelina Jolie Voight

Paul McCartney

Birth Name: James Paul McCartney

Garth Brooks

Birth Name: Troyal Garth Brooks

Téa Leoni

Birth Name: Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni

Will Ferrell

Birth Name: John William Ferrell

Kevin Spacey

Birth Name: Kevin Spacey Fowler

Reese Witherspoon

Birth Name: Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon

Bruce Willis

Birth Name: Walter Bruce Willis

You may be surprised by some of the next ones.

Brad Pitt

Birth Name: William Bradley Pitt

Ashton Kutcher

He changed his name when he decided to pursue a career in acting and modeling.

Birth Name: Christopher Ashton Kutcher

Dakota Fanning & Elle Fanning

Birth Name: Hannah Dakota Fanning & Mary Elle Fanning


I couldn't imagine him as a rapper if he went by his real first name.

Birth Name: Aubrey Drake Graham

Jude Law

Birth Name: David Jude Law

Faith Hill

Birth Name: Audrey Faith Perry

Norah Jones

Birth Name: Geetali Norah Jones Shankar

Tim McGraw

Birth Name: Samuel Timothy McGraw

Sean Connery

The original James Bond said he used his middle name long before he became an actor.

Birth Name: Thomas Sean Connery

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