Elton John ... And 6 Other Celebs Who Changed Their Names for Fame

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Nicole Camille Escovedo
Nicole Camille Escovedo changed her surname at the age of nine when she was formally adopted by pop sensation Lionel Richie.
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Photo by: PacificCoastNews.com
Nicole Camille Escovedo
Nicole Camille Escovedo changed her surname at the age of nine when she was formally adopted by pop sensation Lionel Richie.
Related: The 33 worst celebrity baby names ... EVER less 
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Fri, Mar 1, 2013 4:26 PM EST
Unfortunately for Hollywood, not every celebrity out there is born with a rock star name (although if you have parents like Gwen Stefani or Mariah Carey, you could be in luck!) For the not-so-lucky ones, changing your name from Reginald Hercules Dwight to Elton John might just make you the coolest cat in the universe! Did you know that Kate Middleton's real name is Catherine Elizabeth Mountbatten-Windsor or that Whoopi Goldberg was actually born Caryn Elaine Johnson? These stars not only took it upon themselves to change their looks and their lifestyles, but their entire names, too! Check out our photo gallery of other celebrities who have changed their names for fame! - By Joanna Mazewski



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