Today is National Name Yourself Day! You can rename yourself for the day or get it permanently changed, it’s completely up to you. Take a look at these celebrities who changed their name.

1. John Legend

John Legend was born John Rodgers Stephens. The “Legend ” part of his name came from a childhood nickname that turned into his stage name.

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2. Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne’s real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.

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3. Bruno Mars

Bruno’s real name is Peter Gene Hernandez. He changed his name so that he wouldn’t become a stereotype in Latin music.

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4. Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys real name is Alicia Augello Cook. She’s an amazing piano player no naturally she changed her name to Keys.

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5. Jamie Foxx

Foxx’s real name is Eric Marion Bishop. When he was first starting out as a comedian, Foxx noticed that female comedian would get called first so he chose a gender-neutral name.

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6. Nicki Minaj

Nicki’s real name is Onika Tanya Maraj.

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7. Drake

Drake’s real name is Aubrey Drake Graham. I think you can guess why he goes by Drake, however, Aubrey is a great name.

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8. Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel’s real name is Mark-Sinclair Vincent. He used to be a bouncer in New York before making it big and he wanted a shorter name to use when checking people’s ID’s.

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9. Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi was born Caryn Elaine Johnson. That’s nowhere near close to her stage name. In the pass, she’s said that her name comes from whooppee cushion.

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10. Jay-Z

Jay-Z’s real name is Shawn Carter. As a kid he was called Jazzy but when he got older he wanted to pay tribute to Jay-O so he choose Jay-Z.

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