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15 Celebrities Reveal Their REAL Names – How Many Of These Did You Know?

4. Gigi Hadid

Born: Jelena Noura Hadid
She may be one of the biggest names in modeling, but Gigi isn’t even her real name! According to Style, her mother Yolanda Foster gave her the nickname to avoid confusion. “In first or second grade, there was a girl named Helena and it got confusing with the teacher who had to call out our names, and so the teacher asked my mom, “If I needed to call Jelena a nickname, what would it be?”‘ Gigi explained. “And my mom was like, ‘I call her Gigi sometimes,’ and the name stuck.”

5. Kit Harington

Born: Christopher Catesby Harington
The Game of Thrones star claimed in an interview with Glamour that he didn’t know his real name was Christopher until he was 11: “I think they could see that I wanted to be Kit, but Christopher was a bit of a tradition. My brother’s name is Jack, but his real name is John. Kit is traditionally an offshoot of Christopher, it’s just not used that often.”

6. Emma Stone

Born: Emily Jean Stone
The talented actress told W Magazine last year:“My real name is Emily. But it was taken at SAGI was 16…. So to ask a 16-year-old to pick a new name is really an interesting process, because I was like, ‘I’m going to be Riley.’ And so my name was Riley Stone for about six months.” According to Stone, she kept forgetting to respond to her new name on set. “So then I changed it to Emma, because you know, it’s closer to Emily, but most people call me ‘M,’ that know me well.”

 

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