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You Thought You Knew Their Names But You Really Don't

There are a lot of stars out there who go by one name and it is enough for everyone to know them. There is only one Cher, one Madonna and one Liberace. Obviously they weren't born that way and they do have a full name, but how many of them do you actually know?

Some stars choose a whole new nickname, while others just drop the last name and hope their first name is enough to help them stand out. A lot of the time it really does work. Let's see if you know the REAL names of 15 of your favorite stars!

1. Ashanti

Ashanti's full name is Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas.

2. Aaliyah

Her full name is Aaliyah Dana Haughton.

3. Jewel

Jewel Kilcher is her full name.

4. Ja Rule

Ja Rule is actually Jeffrey Atkins.

5. Cher

The magnificent human being known as Cher is actually Cher Sarkisian.

6. Brandy

It feels like it's been forever since we have seen her, but her real name is Brandy Norwood.

7. Shakira

Her full name is actually Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll. Quite the mouthful, I see why she stuck with just Shakira.

8. Seal

You might think Seal is just a stage name, but it's not. His full name is actually Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel.

9. Liberace

Liberace is actually his last name. His name is Wladziu Valentino Liberace.

10. Pink

Pink is just her stage name, she is actually Alecia Beth Moore.

11. Nelly

Hi real name is actually Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr.

12. Enya

Enya's real name is actually Eithne Patricia Ní Bhraonáin.

13. Prince

His full name is actually Prince Rogers Nelson.

14. Charo

Charo's real name is actually Maria del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza. That is a name and a half!

15. Madonna

Her full name is actually Madonna Louise Ciccone.

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