23 Real Last Names Of Celebs Who Go By One Name

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Lots of performers, like Lil Nas X, use their stage names, while others, like Harry Styles, stick to their real names.

However, some choose the best of both worlds – they just go by their real first or middle names. While their last names aren’t necessarily a secret, seeing them can be a bit unsettling.

Here are the real names of 23 famous people 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 Raymond IV’s Usher.

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Keisha is actually Keisha Seibert.

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Cher was born Sherilyn Sarkissian, but in 1978, she legally changed her name to Cher.

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Shakira is actually Shakira Mubarak Ripoll.

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Brandy’s real name is Brandy Norwood.

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Madonna is actually Madonna will be.

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Beck Campbell was born, but when his parents divorced, he adopted his mother’s maiden name (along with the “traditional” spelling that the teacher changed his first name to) and became Beck Hansen.

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Girls Aloud member Cheryl Tweedy was born but took the last name 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 separated and, legally, she is now Cheryl Tweedy again.


Prince’s full name was Prince Rogers Nelson.

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She was born Monique Emes, but changed her name to Monique Hicks after her marriage to Sydney 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 (also known as 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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Born Selena Quintanilla, she changed her name to Selena Quintanilla-Perez when she married Chris Perez in 1992.

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Rihanna’s full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

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Alia’s full name was Alia Houghton.

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Tiffany is actually Tiffany Dervish.

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The gem is actually Joel Kilcher.

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Drake’s full name is Aubrey Drake Graham.

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Finally, Björk’s full name is Björk Gumundsdottir.

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