The truth is that not every Hollywood star out there has been automatically born into stardom. Many of our favorite celebs had to work really hard to reach the level of fame they have today, following a number of steps to reinvent themselves. In order to create an authentic persona, many celebs opt to use pseudonyms instead of their real names. While some of them wipe their birth certificate names completely, some choose to change either their first name or the last. From Woody Allen to Meghan Markle, find out the real names of our favorites stars, and the story behind why they chose to give up on their birth names.
It’s hard to imagine that Stevie Wonder was born with a different name. The surname ‘Wonder’ seems to be perfectly fit to one of the best musicians in the world, so how come this isn’t the name given by his parents? Well, when he was just a young boy, his peers gave him the nickname “little wonder’, due to his ability to play so many instruments at such a young age.
With time, he adopted the name, and became ‘Little Stevie Wonder’. But in truth, he was actually born Stevland Hardaway Judkins. When he was four years old, his surname changed to Morris, when his mother decided he should have her surname instead of his abstent father’s. Years after, he changed his name completely and became the Stevie Wonder we know.