1. Olivia Wide
While some celebrities have to change their real names to avoid discrimination, others do it to escape bullying. Unfortunately, actress Olivia Wilde grew up having to deal with a lot of flack because of her original last name, Cockburn. So, when she got to Hollywood, she decided to change her name and leave the past behind. We can’t blame her!
But why did she change it to Wilde? Reportedly, Wilde changed her surname after playing Gwendoline in Oscar Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest. You see, Wilde comes from a family of writers, and critics still consider Oscar Wilde one of the greatest writers of all time. So, while she dropped her family name, Wilde still paid homage to her family line.
2. 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!