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, better known as Theo James, is an English actor. He is known for portraying Jed Harper in Bedlam, Walter William Clark, Jr. in the drama Golden Boy and ...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 is an American actress, producer, and model. She has appeared in several television series including The O.C., The Black Donnellys and House. She has appeared in the films Alpha ...more
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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1981-01-25
Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record ...more
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Blake Lively is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1987-08-25
Blake Lively is an American actress, model and celebrity homemaker. She starred as Serena van der Woodsen in the CW drama Gossip Girl, and has co-starred in such films as The Sisterhood of the ...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, better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter and occasional actress. She had limited exposure to secular music during her childhood and ...more
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Sasha Grey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1988-03-14
Sasha Grey is an American actress, model, author, musician, and former adult actress. She first made her name in mainstream media after appearing on several popular television programs and in ...more
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Lea Michele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1986-08-29
Lea Michele Sarfati, known professionally as Lea Michele, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and author, best known for her performance as Rachel Berry on the Fox television ...more
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Dove Cameron is listed (or ranked) 8 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
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John Legend is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1978-12-28
John Roger Stephens, better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He has won nine Grammy Awards, one Golden Globe and one Academy Award. In 2007, ...more
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Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1985-10-08
Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, voice actor, and choreographer. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii ...more
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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1981-06-09
Natalie Portman is an Israeli-born American actress, producer, and director. Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno, but mainstream ...more
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Ruby Rose is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1986-03-20
Ruby Rose Langenheim, better known as Ruby Rose, is an Australian model, DJ, actress, television presenter, MTV VJ and recording artist. She is the face of Maybelline NY in Australia.
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Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1992-11-23
Miley Ray Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her father is country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. She held minor roles in the television series Doc and the film Big Fish in her ...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 is an American actor, voice actor, former child star, and teen idol. He is known for his roles as the middle child Randy Taylor on the sitcom Home Improvement, as the ...more
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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
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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1982-12-08
Onika Tanya Maraj, better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian rapper, singer and songwriter. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, ...more
17
John Boyega is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1992-03-17
John Boyega is an actor.
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Willa Ford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1981-01-22
Amanda Lee Modano known by her stage names Willa Ford and often as Mandy Modano, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, model, television personality and film actress. She released her debut ...more
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Sarah Shahi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1980-01-10
Aahoo Jahansouz "Sarah" Shahi is an American television actress and former NFL Cheerleader. She played Kate Reed in the USA Network legal drama Fairly Legal in 2011–12 and currently ...more
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Skylar Grey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1986-02-23
Holly Brook Hafermann, who goes by the stage name Skylar Grey, is an American singer and songwriter from Mazomanie, Wisconsin. In 2004, under the moniker Holly Brook, at the age of 17, she ...more
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Kat Dennings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1986-06-13
Katherine Litwack (born June 13, 1986), known professionally as Kat Dennings, is an American actress. After making her acting debut in an episode of the HBO dramedy series Sex and the City, ...more
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Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1981-12-13
Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist. She is co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence. She cites ...more
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Christina Milian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1981-09-26
Christine Flores, better known as Christina Milian, is an American actress and singer-songwriter. At the age of 19, Milian signed a contract with Def Jam. In 2001, Milian released her ...more
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Alison Brie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1982-12-29
Alison Brie Schermerhorn, known professionally as Alison Brie, is an American actress. She is known for portraying Annie Edison on the NBC / Yahoo sitcom Community and Trudy Campbell on the AMC ...more
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Sofia Carson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Millennials Who Use Stage Names
1993-04-10
Sofía Daccarett Char (born April 10, 1993), better known as Sofia Carson, is an American singer and actress. Her first appearance on television was as a guest star on the Disney Channel ...more