Millennials

Millennials Who Use Stage Names  

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List Rules Vote on the most surprising given name of these celebrity millennials

These celebrity millennials knew that it's tough to break into show business, but that a good stage name might give you a leg up in a sea of all the other Michaels, Matthews, Amandas, and Jessicas that were born between 1981 and 1996. Especially when you consider everything else they have to work against.

A number of people on this list simply dropped their last names to make what they were called catchier or easier to remember. Janelle Monáe and Alison Brie both have last names they no longer use, since their first and middle names were catchier on their own.

This list of famous stage names includes millennials who go by nicknames and famous people who have changed their names. It does not, however, include millennials who use their married surnames professionally, had their names legally changed as children, or celebrities with obviously theatrical stage names. Adele must have a last name and we know that ASAP Ferg and ASAP Rocky aren't related.

But not every millennial celebrity chose a stage name that stands out. It's hard to imagine that the JTT that covered every Tiger Beat and teen mag in the 90's could have been "JTW" if Jonathan Taylor Thomas hadn't changed his name from Jonathan Taylor Weiss. Which of these millennials have the most surprising birth names?

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Theo James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1984-12-16
Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis (born 16 December 1984), better known as Theo James, is an English actor, director, producer and model, known for portraying the role of Tobias ...more
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Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1984-03-10
Olivia Wilde (born Olivia Jane Cockburn; March 10, 1984), is an American actress, producer, director, and activist. She is known for her role as Remy "Thirteen" Hadley on the ...more
3
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1981
Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. A classically-trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age ...more
4
Blake Lively is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1987-08-25
Blake Ellender Lively (née Brown; August 25, 1987) is an American actress. Lively is known for starring as Serena van der Woodsen in the CW drama television series Gossip Girl ...more
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Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1984-10-25
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and television judge. After singing in church during her childhood, she ...more
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Dove Cameron is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1996-01-15
Dove Olivia Cameron (born January 15, 1996) is an American actress and singer. She is known for playing a dual role as both title characters in the Disney Channel sitcom Liv and Maddie and for ...more
7
Lea Michele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1986-08-29
Lea Michele (born Lea Michele Sarfati on August 29, 1986) is an American actress, singer and author. She began her career as a child actress on Broadway, appearing in productions of Les ...more
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Sasha Grey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1988-03-14
Sasha Grey (born Marina Ann Hantzis, March 14, 1988) is an American actor, model, musician, and writer. Grey began her acting career in the adult film industry, winning 15 awards for her work ...more
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Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1985-10-08
Peter Gene Hernandez (born October 8, 1985), known professionally as Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer. He is known for his stage ...more
10
John Legend is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1978-12-28
John Roger Stephens (born December 28, 1978), known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and philanthropist. Prior to the release of Legend's debut ...more
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Ruby Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1986-03-20
Ruby Rose Langenheim (born 20 March 1986) is an Australian model, actress, and television presenter. Rose came to attention as a presenter on MTV Australia (2007–2011), followed by several ...more
12
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1981-06-09
Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag; June 9, 1981) is an actress and filmmaker with dual Israeli and American citizenship. She is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy ...more
13
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1992-11-23
Miley Ray Hemsworth (née Cyrus, born Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. After playing minor roles in the television series Doc and the ...more
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Jonathan Taylor Thomas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1981-09-08
Jonathan Taylor Thomas (born Jonathan Taylor Weiss; September 8, 1981) is an American actor, voice actor, and director. He is known for portraying Randy Taylor on Home Improvement and voicing ...more
15
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1985-06-21
Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, known by her stage name Lana Del Rey and former stage name "Lizzy Grant", is an American singer-songwriter. Del Rey started songwriting at the age of 18 and ...more
16
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1982-12-08
Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj (), is a Trinidad and Tobago-born rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and model. Born in Saint James, Port of ...more
17
John Boyega is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1992-03-17
John Adedayo B. Adegboyega (born 17 March 1992), known professionally as John Boyega, is an English actor known for playing Finn in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its 2017 sequel ...more
18
Skylar Grey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1986-02-23
Holly Brook Hafermann (born February 23, 1986), known professionally as Skylar Grey, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and model from Mazomanie, Wisconsin. In 2004, at the age ...more
19
Willa Ford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1981-01-22
Amanda Lee Williford (born January 22, 1981), known by her stage name Willa Ford, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, model, television personality and film actress. She released her ...more
20
Sarah Shahi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1980-01-10
Aahoo Jahansouz "Sarah" Shahi (Persian: آهو جهانسوز سارا شاهی‎; born January 10, 1980) is an Iranian-American television actress and former NFL Cheerleader of Iranian and Spanish ...more
21
Kat Dennings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1986-06-13
Katherine Victoria Litwack (born June 13, 1986), known professionally as Kat Dennings, is an American actress. She is best known for starring as Max Black in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls ...more
22
Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1981-12-13
Amy Lynn Hartzler (née Lee; born December 13, 1981), known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock ...more
23
Brie Larson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1989-10-01
Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers (born October 1, 1989), known professionally as Brie Larson, is an American actress and filmmaker. Noted for her supporting work in comedies when a teenager, she has ...more
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Christina Milian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1981-09-26
Christine Flores (born September 26, 1981), better known as Christina Milian (), is an American actress, singer and songwriter. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and raised in Maryland, Milian ...more
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Alison Brie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1982-12-29
Alison Brie Schermerhorn (born December 29, 1982) is an American actress. Brie starred as Annie Edison in the comedy series Community (2009–2015) and Trudy Campbell in the drama series Mad Men ...more