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The surprising real names of 41 celebrities

INSIDER Logo By Kirsten Acuna of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 42: <p>Sometimes you need to change your name to make it in Hollywood or the music business. Plenty of today's biggest celebrities don't go by their birth names, such as Lady Gaga or Natalie Portman. </p><p> But you probably aren't familiar with how they ended up with their current monikers.</p><p> The reasons why they changed their names vary. Katy Perry and Emma Stone opted for a change to avoid clashing with stars who shared their birth names. Others, like Bruno Mars and Michael Caine, were simply inspired. And yes, Snoop Dogg's stage name was influenced by the famous cartoon dog. </p><p>People search company <a href="https://www.intelius.com/">Intelius</a> provided INSIDER with even more real names of celebrities to supplement our research. Keep reading to learn the story behind some of music and Hollywood's biggest names.</p><p>Aly Weisman contributed to a previous version of this story.</p>

Sometimes you need to change your name to make it in Hollywood or the music business. Plenty of today's biggest celebrities don't go by their birth names, such as Lady Gaga or Natalie Portman.

But you probably aren't familiar with how they ended up with their current monikers.

The reasons why they changed their names vary. Katy Perry and Emma Stone opted for a change to avoid clashing with stars who shared their birth names. Others, like Bruno Mars and Michael Caine, were simply inspired. And yes, Snoop Dogg's stage name was influenced by the famous cartoon dog.

People search company Intelius provided INSIDER with even more real names of celebrities to supplement our research. Keep reading to learn the story behind some of music and Hollywood's biggest names.

Aly Weisman contributed to a previous version of this story.

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