Real Nicknames of 23 Celebs That Go By One Name

Cher really threw me for a loop…

A lot of actors, like Lil Nas X, go by stage names, while others, like Harry Styles, just stick to their real names.

Some, however, opt for the best of both worlds—they only go by their actual first or middle names. While their last names aren’t necessarily secret, seeing them can be a little jarring.

Here are the real last names of 23 celebs we all know by one name:


Adele is actually Adele Adkins.

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Zendaya is actually Zendaya Stoermer Coleman.

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Usher is actually Usher Raymond IV.

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Kesha is actually Kesha Seibert.

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Cher was born as Cherilyn Sarkeesian, but in 1978, she was legally Changed Her name is simply Cher.

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Shakira is actually Shakira Mebarak Ripoll.

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Brandi’s real name is Brandi Norwood.

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Madonna is actually Madonna Ciccone.

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Beck was born Beck Campbell, but when his parents separated, he Adopted His mother’s maiden name (a teacher changed his maiden name to a more “traditional” spelling) and became Beck Hansen.

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Girls Aloud member Cheryl was born Cheryl Tweedy, but changed her surname to Cole when she married Ashley Cole in 2006. She then took the last name Fernandez-Versini when she married Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in 2014. However, they divorced, and legally, she is now Cheryl Tweedy again.

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Prince’s full name was Prince Rogers Nelson.

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Mo’Nique was born Monique Iams, but changed her name to Monique Hicks after marrying Sidney Hicks in 2006.

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Lalaine is actually Lalaine Vergara-Paras.

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Beyoncé was born Beyoncé Knowles, but after marrying Jay-Z (aka Sean Carter) in 2008, she changed her name to Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

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Ciara was born Ciara Harris, but changed her name to Ciara Wilson when she married Russell Wilson in 2016.

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Fabio is actually Fabio Lanzoni.

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Selena was born Selena Quintanilla, and she changed her name to Selena Quintanilla-Perez in 1992 after marrying Chris Perez.

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Rihanna’s full name is Robin Rihanna Fenty.

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Alia’s full name was Alia Houghton.

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Tiffany is actually Tiffany Darvish.

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The jewel is actually the jewel cultivar.

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Drake’s full name is Aubrey Drake Graham.

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And finally, Björk’s full name is Björk Gusmundsdottir.

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