When it comes to how they’re known in public, most famous people tend to go by their first name. Both in professional and private terms.
But did you know that there are actually quite a few active celebrities that go by their middle name? Ashton Kutcher and Brad Pitt for example. Their first names aren’t actually Ashton and Bradley respectively.
Surprised? I’m going to assume you are. Here are 26 celebrities who go by their middle name, as brought to us by Univverse.
1. Ashton Kutcher
His full birth name is actually Christopher Ashton Kutcher. He admitted that his actual name was “Chris” at Teen Choice Awards, and he also stated that he feels like a fraud because fans don’t know his real name.
For some reason, he looks a lot more like a Chris now that I know his real name. Do you agree?
2. Brad Pitt
His birth name is William Bradley Pitt, but he’s touched so many hearts in his 30 years of being active, that he will forever be known as Brad Pitt.
3. Brody Jenner
He was born as Sam Brody Jenner, but he’s been going as Brody ever since we first knew about him.
4. Bruce Willis
The Fifth Element and Die Hard actor was actually born as Walter Bruce Willis, and he was actually born in Idar-Oberstein, Germany!
5. Dakota Fanning
Who would have thought that the voice actress for the titular character in the 2009 stop motion animated film Coraline‘s first name was Hannah?
The Canadian rapper and record producer’s full birth name is actually Aubrey Drake Graham. But… for us he’ll always be Drake.
7. Elle Fanning
Dakota’s sister also goes by her middle name, her first name being Mary. Guess it runs in the family…
8. Faith Hill
Audrey Faith Perry is this actress’ real name. She was actually an adopted child, and her adoptive parents gave her the name “Faith”.
9. Garth Brooks
This country singer’s first name is actually Troyal. Sounds like a combination of “Troy” and “royal”, and I’m willing to bet that’s how the name actually came to be.
Oh, and he also shares his first name with his dad.
10. Jason Sudeikis
Jason Sudeikis is actually Daniel Jason Sudeikis. He just prefers his middle name over his first, and to be honest, that’s a fair point.
11. Jude Law
The Talented Mr. Ripley actor was actually born as David Jude Law. Jude actually sounds better. More… badass, if you ask me.
12. Keke Palmer
This talented young singer’s real name is actually Lauren Keyana Palmer. Keke was actually a name that she was given as a child.
You might already know this, but the Work singer’s real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, and she originally was known as just Robyn, but my best guess is that she wanted to avoid confusion with the Swedish singer of the same name.
14. Kevin Jonas
The oldest Jonas brother is actually a junior, when comparing to his dad, Paul Kevin Jonas Sr.
15. Lance Bass
Lance simply uses his middle name to distinguish himself from his dad. Fair reason.
16. Lucy Hale
The Pretty Little Liars actress’ full name is Karen Lucille Hale, and she has stated that she’s gone by Lucy ever since she was a baby.
17. Marie Osmond
Her birth name, Olive Marie Osmond is the same as her mom’s, so I imagine that’s the reason why she goes by Marie instead.
18. Mindy Kaling
Her real name is a bit of a mouthful: Vera Mindy Chokalingam. Both names seem lovely, but she went for Mindy Kaling to make it a bit more… American.
19. Norah Jones
This is the true definition of going by your middle name, as her full birth name is Geetali Norah Jones Shankar.
She apparently changed it at the age of 16.
20. Paul McCartney
Interestingly, as well as his first name being James, he also named one of his sons James. The McCartney family really loves that name, as it turns out.
21. Reese Witherspoon
So Reese actually goes by her second middle name. So would that be the three quarters name? Her mom’s maiden name is Reese which is why she changed it.
22. Rooney Mara
She used to be known as Tricia Mara, before changing her stage name to her mother’s maiden name, which was Rooney.
23. Téa Leoni
Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni will always be known to us as Téa Leoni.
24. Tim McGraw
He was named as Samuel Timothy Smith when he was born, but after discovering the identity of his real father at the age of 11, he shortened it to Tim McGraw.
25. Warren Beatty
Warren actually changed his name once he began acting, as his real name is Henry Warren Beatty.
26. Will Ferrell
What is arguably the funniest person in the entire Hollywood scene’s real name is actually John William Ferrell. He will always be Will Ferrell for us though.