27 Celebrities Who Actually Go by Their Middle Names

Know who Robyn Fenty is? No? How about Robyn Rihanna Fenty? Plenty of stars, for whatever reason, use their middle name as the name we know and love them by — and we had NO idea! Check out the list of stars who actually go by their middle names.
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Reese Witherspoon
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The southern belle was born Laura Jeanne but legally changed her name to Reese, which is her mom's maiden name. Sweet!
2
Bruce Willis
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It's unclear why he traded Walter for Bruce, but he's one of the most recognizable names and faces in Hollywood, so we'd say it wasn't a bad choice!
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Jude Law
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It's a bit unclear why the British hottie chose Jude over David, but he was named after the famous Beatles song "Hey Jude", so we think that may have had something to do with it.
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Brad Pitt
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Yep, the famous heartthrob's given name was William, which is also his dad's name (aw!).
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Rihanna
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Rihanna was known to friends back home as Robyn, but ditched it to become the legend we know today. Perhaps because there's already a singer named Robyn?
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Drake
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Before becoming one of the most popular rappers ever, Drake started out as a star on the Canadian show Degrassi. He lost the Aubrey to become known as Drake, which gave him a bit more street cred, we'd say.
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Tina Fey
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Tina, who is of partially Greek descent, took her stage name from the latter part of her middle name. Who knew?
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Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling
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Mindy Kaling was born Vera Chokalingam. She picked out a more "Americanized" name when she decided to become a writer and actress, but we think both names are lovely.
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Ashton Kutcher
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Ashton, who started his career as a young model in Iowa, ditched Christopher as his career blossomed. The rest is history!
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Keke Palmer
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She's slaying us these days on Scream Queens, but many people don't know that Keke is actually just a childhood nickname given to her by her sister. Aw!
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Will Ferrell
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Whether he's John or Will, he's still our favorite funnyman of all time!
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Lance Bass
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Like many others on the list, Lance uses his middle name to distinguish himself from his dad, who is also named James.
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Paul McCartney
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Many people don't know that Paul's real name is James, after his dad -- in turn, Paul named one of his sons James. Keeping it all in the family!
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Téa Leoni
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Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni is better known to us all as Téa Leoni, and it's actually pronounced like Tay -a.
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Lucy Hale
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The Pretty Little Liars star has said she's gone by her middle name, Lucy, since she was a baby!
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Jason Sudeikis
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Jason has said he simply prefers his middle name to his first name, hence the switch up. We'll give him a hall pass for that!
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Faith Hill
Faith Hill
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Faith's full real name is Audrey Faith Perry, but she's always gone by Faith. Her adoptive parents gave her the name "Faith" because that was what it took for them to finally get a little girl. (Aw!) Hill is her married name from her first marriage to music publishing executive Daniel Hill.
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Tim McGraw
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The country crooner was raised as Samuel Timothy Smith until he was 11, when he learned the identity of his real father, major league pitcher "Tug" McGraw. He eventually shortened his name to Tim McGraw for his professional career.
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Dakota Fanning
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Dakota has been acting since the ripe old age of 7 and we can't believe we had no idea her name was actually Hannah!
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Elle Fanning
Elle Fanning
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Must be a Fanning family thing -- the little sis of Dakota also uses her middle name publicly!
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Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara
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Early in her career, Rooney was credited as Tricia Mara. But she changed her stage name to Rooney, which is her mom's maiden name.
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Marie Osmond
Marie Osmond
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Yes, her birth name is unusual, but it's the same name as her mom (perhaps that's why she goes by Marie?) and it obviously means something to her since she named one of her adopted daughters Abigail Olive May. Aw.
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Norah Jones
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Norah's made a name for herself in the music business, but it's not just a stage name -- the piano powerhouse legally changed her name to Norah Jones when she was only 16 years old!
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Garth Brooks
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Known publicly as Garth, he shares his real first name with his dad. Cute!
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Warren Beatty
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Believe it or not, Warren changed both his first and last name once he began acting. His original name, Henry Warren Beaty, is the name he enlisted in the California Air National Guard with in 1960, though!
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Kevin Jonas
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The eldest Jonas is actually a Jr. to Dad's Sr. It's about time we found out the truth!
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Brody Jenner
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Caitlyn's son was actually born Sam but has always gone by Brody.

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