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Celebrities change their names all the time, and it's not always because Cruise sounds cooler than Mapother. A lot of times there's a truly interesting, if not juicy, story behind a famous person's stage name.

For example ...

My real name is Robert Elias. -Robert Downey Jr. The Iron Man star revealed that his father, filmmaker Robert Downey Sr., changed his name sO he cou

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CRACKED.COM Brie Larson's given surname is Desaulniers, but she wanted one that's easier to say. So she took the surname of Kirsten Larson, her favori

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Martin Sheen's real name is Ramon Gerardo Antonio Estevez. BE a Due to prejudices against Hispanics in 1950s New York, he named himself Martin after

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John Simon Ritchie was named Sid Vicious after a hamster. PRU ARUS JRITY CCALISTS Bandmate Johnny Rotten's pet hamster was named Sid, and he mocking

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IGGY AZALEA Iggy came from her dog's name. Azalea was derived from the street her mom lived on.

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Adam Spiegel got nicknamed Spike Jonze by his dirtbike shop co-workers. He didn't shower before work, so his hair stuck out in spikes. CRACKED.COM

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