10 Celebs Who’ve Changed Their Names for Fame


2. Katy Perry

Photo: Sean MacEntee

Born Kathryn Hudson, the singer’s first record release was a Christian gospel album. She used her real name on it. Before she broke into the big time, though, she felt that the name Kathryn Hudson might one day be shortened to Kate Hudson, a name that was already famous in Hollywood. The name she chose was Perry, her mother’s maiden name.