Musical sensation Lorde was given the name Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor at birth. We'd probably go with Lorde, too.
Courtney Love's birth name was Courtney Michelle Harrison. Courtney Harrison sounds way too straight-laced for the Hole rocker.
Emma Stone's birth name? Emily Jean Stone. The slight variation on her given name adds to her appeal.
Professional wrestler and reality TV star Hulk Hogan was born Terry Gene Bollea. That just didn't have the right ring to it.
Rocker-musician Pink was born Alecia Moore but picked up her moniker after watching the film Reservoir Dogs.
Nicki Minaj, who might actually be crazy, was born Onika Tanya Maraj.
Does it make Bruno Mars more or less awesome to learn that his name is actually Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez?
Faith is actually Faith Hill's middle name, but we're not sure where she got Hill from. Her given name at birth was Audrey Perry, which is quite pretty.
Portia de Rossi
Portia de Rossi was born Amanda Lee Rogers. Talk about going with something totally different.
The beautiful, talented, amazing Adele didn't change her name so much as adopt the Madonna-persona by dropping the rest of her name: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins.
Martin Sheen was born Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez. Only one of his sons built a professional career with the family name.
Charlie Sheen followed in his father's footsteps and changed his name from Carlos Irwin Estevez.
Before he was on DeGrassi, before he was rapping, BEFORE he was dating Rihanna, Drake was Aubrey Clark Graham.
Rihanna and Drake have more than just a love of basketball and music in common. They also use stage names. Sort of. Rihanna was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
Before he was schmoozing with the Kardashians, French Montana was Karim Kharbouch.
Rapper 50 Cent's stage name is no surprise. He was born Curtis James Jackson III.
Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag. Her birth name is a lot less pretty than her chosen one.
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey, who performed for Kimye's wedding, was born Elizabeth Grant.
Joaquin Phoenix would still be an Oscar-worthy actor if we knew him as Joaquin Rafael Bottom. Probably.
Playboy model Carmen Electra was born Tara Leigh Patrick. Her given name is perfectly suitable for a girls next door issue of the skin mag.
U2 frontman Bono was born Paul Hewson. whether he's Paul Hewson or Bono, he's still dissing Diddy.
Snoop Dogg/Lion/Diggity Dogg was born Calvin Cordozar Broadus. That's just not as easy to rhyme.
Miley Cyrus was born Destiny Hope Cyrus. With a name like that, everything she's become is because of her parents.
Dakota Fanning was born Hanna Fanning which is a little too close to Hannah Montana and Dakota is definitely not a Disney star.
It's no secret that Jay Z's name is Shawn Carter, but did you know his stage name comes (in part) from a subway line he took as a kid? Yep. It's true.
Vin Diesel adopted his stage name when he was a bouncer. His real name is Mark Vincent and he's appeared on the stage.
Rock god Steven Tyler was born Steven Victor Tallarico. His birth name lacks a little sex appeal.
Alicia Keys' name is Alicia Augello Cook, but Keys suits her skills at tickling the ivories.
Would Jack Bauer be Jack Bauer by any other name? No. And Chuck Norris wouldn't be Chuck Norris if we knew him as Carlos Ray Norris.
What's Joan Rivers hiding under all that plastic surgery? Her age. And her name: Joan Alexandra Molinsky.
Katy Perry was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson. She also got her start as a Christian pop singer.
Funny girl Tina Fey took her stage name from her given name: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey. That middle name's kind of a mouthful.
Jack Black is such a good stage name we're SHOCKED it's not the actor's real name, which is actually Thomas Jacob Black.
Christopher Walken was born Ronald Walken. We would love this guy no matter what name he used.
Jamie Foxx, superstar, was born Eric Marlon Bishop. Foxx sounds way more star-like.
It's hard to believe, we know, but Flavor Flav's name isn't actually FLAVA-FLAAAAAV. Let's try William Jonathan Drayton, Jr.