15 Hollywood Celebrities that Go By Their Middle Names

There’s something captivating about Hollywood celebs and their names. We do know that famous people have an impact on the popularity of certain names.

So, if you’re looking for baby name inspiration from Hollywood’s biggest stars, we have a list that’ll surely pique your interest. You might not know it, but some of your favorite celebs have opted to use their middle names instead of their first names.

Can you guess who Audrey Perry is?

Dakota Fanning

Born Hannah Dakota Fanning, she became an international sensation at seven in the blockbuster drama I am Sam for which she received a Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) award nomination.

By the way, this lady isn’t only talented, she’s also crafty. She loves to knit and makes customized scarves for some of her co-stars.

In English, her middle name translates to ‘friend, ally.’

Elle Fanning

Following in the footsteps of her older sister Dakota, Elle also uses her middle name and not her first name Mary. At 18 months, he made her first on-screen performance playing the 2 year old Lucy Diamond Dawson, her sister’s character in I am Sam.

Elle is a variant of Helen that means ‘bright, shining one’ in Old Greek.

Faith Hill

If you guessed Audrey Perry’s Faith Hill, then you’re right! This multi-awarded country singer and record producer has starred in the 2004 satire The Stepford Wives and appearing in the notable 2015 crime drama Dixieland.

Her beautiful name Faith evolved from the Latin fides. In Roman Mythology, Faith was the goddess of trust. She’s often represented as a woman crowned with an olive wreath and a turtle dove in her hand.

Lucy Hale

Known early in her acting career as Lucy Kate Hale, this Pretty Little Liars star’s actual full name is Karen Lucille Hale. Her middle name Lucille is from her great-grandmother.

Interestingly, she went to Los Angeles to pursue a music career but ended up acting instead.

In Latin, Lucille and Lucy translate to ‘bright, born at daybreak.’

Téa Leoni

Madam Secretary‘s Tea Leoni has the classic first name Elizabeth. In 1998, she started acting as part of Angels 88, a remake of the ’70s show Charlie’s Angels.

Amazingly, an asteroid was named after her. Yes, the asteroid, discovered in 1993, is called Asteroid 8299 Téaleoni,

By the way, Tea is ‘gift from God’ in Old Greek.

Reese Witherspoon

The Southern belle who’s best recognized for playing the lead character in the movie Legally Blonde was born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon. Reese is actually her mom’s maiden name.

Aside from acting, she owns a clothing company called Draper James and actively supports children’s and women’s organizations. Fun fact about her: Her favorite holiday is Easter!

Her middle name suits her well since Reese means ‘ardor, enthusiasm’ in Welsh.

Rooney Mara

Best known for playing the title character in the crime thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney has a pretty common first name Patricia. She confessed though, in an interview with Paper Magazine, that she never ‘felt like a Patricia and Rooney’s more memorable.’

Sports, particularly football, is a big part of Rooney’s family. Believe it or not, her father’s side established the New York Giants while her mother’s side founded the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cool, right?

Her middle name Rooney, her mother’s middle name, is often used as a boy’s name and translates to ‘hero’ in the Celtic language.

Meghan Markle

The lovely Duchess of Sussex, in fact, has Rachel as her first name. Amazingly she played Rachel Zane, an ambitious lawyer in the hit legal TV series Suits.

Beyond acting, she’s a huge foodie. She loves to cook and enjoys the farm-to-table experience.

In Old Greek, Meghan means ‘great and mighty.’ What a powerful name!

Ashton Kutcher

This successful actor, whose first name’s Christopher, started out as model in Iowa when he was 19. The agency already had a model named Chris so he decided to go with Ashton. This ended up being the right decision as it led him to work with big fashion brands like Calvin Klein and Versace.

His big break came when he was cast as MIchael Kelso in the popular TV sitcom That ’70s Show. The rest, as they say, is history!

Ashton, a popular gender-neutral name, translates to ‘ashtree town’ in Old English.

Jude Law

Did you know this talented English actor was named after the Beatle song Hey Jude? And his first name’s David?

In 1999, he became an international sensation for his role in The Talented Mr. Ripley. This Londoner’s a fitness buff, working out and boxing five times a week.

His gender-neutral name means ‘he who is praised’ in  Hebrew.

Ryan Philippe

This heartthrob started out in the hit daytime drama One Life to Live. But before his acting debut, he was known by his first name Matthew.

Like other actors, he uses a pseudonym when booking a hotel. He goes by the name Jerome Brown, his favorite Philadelphia Eagles’player.

From the Celtic language, Ryan translates to ‘descendant of Rian.’

Jason Momoa

This popular actor’s known for being Khal Drogo, the Dothral leader, in the series The Game of Thrones and Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe. It’s a bit unclear why he chose Jason over his first name Joseph but it’s clearly working out to his advantage.

At 6 ft 4″, this imposing man has a lot of body ink. But most remarkable is a half-sleeve tattoo of nine rows of triangles or shark teeth, honoring his family god, or ‘aumakua,’ in Hawaiian mythology.

Jason is a biblical name that translates to ‘to heal’ in Old Greek.


Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt’s first leading roles in mainstream movies were in the drama film Legends of the Fall (1994) and horror film Interview with the Vampire (1994).

This multi-awarded actor also has his own production company, Plan B Entertainment, which he started in 2001 with actress Jennifer Aniston. It has produced some memorable movies such as  World War Z and 12 Years A Slave, the latter winning an Oscar in 2014.

If you’re a big Brad Pitt fan, you might be interested to know that the animated movie, How to Train Your Dragon made him tear up and his favorite candy is Twizzlers.

Brad is the short form of Bradley, a name that means ‘broad clearing’ in Old English. His given name’s William which is also his father’s name.

Bruce Willis

You might not be aware of it, but this brilliant actor has Walter for his first name. Growing up, he was fondly called by friends Bruno. He also had a stutter as a child but amazingly, it wasn’t there during an audition for a school play.

In Hollywood, he acquired international fame playing John McClaine in the Die Hard movies.

While born in Germany, his name’s origin is Old French and may have come from the Norman surname Braose.

Brody Jenner

TV personality, DJ, and model Brody Jenner was actually given Sam as his first name. He appeared in the eighth season of the reality TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

He’s also produced his own reality TV series Bromance which aired on MTV for one season.

Brody has Celtic roots and translates to ‘muddy place.’


Middle Names Take the Stage

While middle names don’t usually come into the picture, these names may just have helped these movie actors, movie actresses, and TV personalities foster their careers in Hollywood.

So, make sure to pick out the perfect middle name for your little one. It just might help him or her one day.