You Thought You Knew Their Names But You Really Don’t

There are a lot of stars out there who go by one name and it is enough for everyone to know them. There is only one Cher, one Madonna and one Liberace. Obviously they weren’t born that way and they do have a full name, but how many of them do you actually know?

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Some stars choose a whole new nickname, while others just drop the last name and hope their first name is enough to help them stand out. A lot of the time it really does work. Let’s see if you know the REAL names of 15 of your favorite stars!

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1. Ashanti

You Thought You Knew Their Names But You Really Don't

Ashanti’s full name is Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas.

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2. Aaliyah

You Thought You Knew Their Names But You Really Don't

Her full name is Aaliyah Dana Haughton.

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3. Jewel

You Thought You Knew Their Names But You Really Don't

Jewel Kilcher is her full name.

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4. Ja Rule

You Thought You Knew Their Names But You Really Don't

Ja Rule is actually Jeffrey Atkins.

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5. Cher

You Thought You Knew Their Names But You Really Don't

The magnificent human being known as Cher is actually Cher Sarkisian.

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6. Brandy

You Thought You Knew Their Names But You Really Don't

It feels like it’s been forever since we have seen her, but her real name is Brandy Norwood.

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7. Shakira

You Thought You Knew Their Names But You Really Don't

Her full name is actually Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll. Quite the mouthful, I see why she stuck with just Shakira.

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8. Seal

You Thought You Knew Their Names But You Really Don't

You might think Seal is just a stage name, but it’s not. His full name is actually Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel.

9. Liberace

You Thought You Knew Their Names But You Really Don't

Liberace is actually his last name. His name is Wladziu Valentino Liberace.

10. Pink

You Thought You Knew Their Names But You Really Don't

Pink is just her stage name, she is actually Alecia Beth Moore.

11. Nelly

You Thought You Knew Their Names But You Really Don't

Hi real name is actually Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr.

12. Enya

You Thought You Knew Their Names But You Really Don't

Enya’s real name is actually Eithne Patricia Ní Bhraonáin.

13. Prince

You Thought You Knew Their Names But You Really Don't

His full name is actually Prince Rogers Nelson.

14. Charo

You Thought You Knew Their Names But You Really Don't

Charo’s real name is actually Maria del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza. That is a name and a half!

15. Madonna

You Thought You Knew Their Names But You Really Don't

Her full name is actually Madonna Louise Ciccone.

Did you know these singers real name? Share with your friends to see if they know who’s who!

Emma C
Freelance Writer