1. Stevie Wonder
American musician Stevie Wonder remains one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century, if not of all time. However, he wasn’t always the man we know and love today. Wonder was born Stevland Hardaway Judkins. You can see why they sometimes called him “Stevie.” Then, when Wonder was just four years old, his mother changed his surname to Morris as she didn’t want him to carry the name of his absent father.
However, he got his much-loved name after earning the nickname “little wonder” for his incredible ability to play several instruments and sing at the same time. Over time, he started working as a child musician using the name Little Stevie Wonder. Using this name, he’d land his first record deal with Motown’s Tamla label at the age of just 11!
2. Emma Stone
Emma Stone’s real name is Emily Jean Stone. While that might not seem like much of a change, the actress actually went through multiple drafts before she selected “Emma.” Just like Julianne Moore, Stone went to join SAG and could not use her real name. So, after discovering that another actress had already taken her name, Stone had no other choice but to change her name!
As stated, Stone didn’t love Emma at first. “To ask a 16-year-old to pick a new name is an interesting prospect […] I was like ‘I’m going to be Riley. My name is going to be Riley Stone,'” she explained. “So my name was Riley Stone for about six months. Then I changed it to Emma because, you know, it’s closer to Emily, but most people call me ‘M’ that know me well.”