My Real Name Is What?!?

September 10, 2015 Abby Sandel
celebrity names

You know these famous faces from magazine covers and movie credits. But do you know their real names? These twelve celebrities all started out life with another name – often one far less glamorous and trend-setting than the names we know them by. Some stage names are subtle departures from birth names, while others are a complete makeover. By Abby Sandel

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Sometimes we’re surprised to learn a celebrity’s real name – and sometimes it is the celebrity who is surprised! Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal didn’t realize that her real name was Margalit until she sent away for a copy of her birth certificate. Somehow, everyone forgot that they’d named their baby this Hebrew cousin to Margaret.

About the author


Abby Sandel is nameberry's Senior Editor and resident Name Sage. Look for her baby name news round-ups every Monday, and her Name Sage columns on Wednesdays. Abby is the creator of the baby name blog Appellation Mountain and mom to Alex and Clio. For a chance to have your questions answered, contact Abby at

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