James Corden has an unusual middle name - but so do these 23 celebrities

James Corden has an unusual middle name - but so do these 23 celebrities

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Celebrities often change their names when they get into showbusiness, but whether their names are self-chosen or gifted by parents - many of them have very unusual middle names. From celebrities whose middle names are identical to their first name, to celebrities named after family members of the opposite sex, there are many 'different' choices out there.

One celebrity has a colour for a middle name, another chose his middle name for a TV horse.

Online games site Unscrambled Words has researched some of the most bizarre, unique, and just plain right funny celebrity middle names.

How many of these did you know?

Adele

Full name: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins

It's weird to think that Grammy award-winning singer Adele has any other names at all when in fact, she has two middle names, Laurie and Blue. Adele told British Vogue in 2012 that Blue was almost her first name – could this have inspired Beyonce to name her daughter Blue Ivy Carter?

Billie Eilish

Full name: Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell

Singer Billie Eilish's last name isn't Eilish; it is O'Connell. The singer adopted her middle name, Eilish, as her stage name. Her middle name, Pirate, was given to her after her brother Finneas called her Pirate while she was still in her mother's womb.

Macauley Culkin

Full name: Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin

Yes, you read that right. Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin is officially called Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin. The actor legally changed his after fans voted in a public poll, beating "Shark Week" and "Kieran".

Elton John

Full name: Elton Hercules John

British singer Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, but he felt the name didn't have any star quality. He later changed it to Elton John to pay homage to two members of the blues band Bluesology: saxophonist Elton Dean and vocalist Long John Baldry. He chose the middle name Hercules after he saw a horse called Hercules on the sitcom show Steptoe and Son.

Kate Hudson

Full name: Kate Garry Hudson

American actress Kate Hudson has an unconventional middle name, Garry. However, there is a reason for this. Her mother, Goldie Hawn, gave her this middle name as her late uncle, Garry, passed away just before Kate was born.

Richard Gere

Rull name: Richard Tiffany Gere

Star of Pretty Woman, Sommersby, and Runaway Bride, Richard Gere didn't choose to include his rather unusual middle name, Tiffany, in his professional career. He was given this middle name as it was his mother's maiden name.

James Corden

Full Name: James Kimberley Corden

Actor and TV host James Corden has a surprising middle name, Kimberley. However, the comedian revealed on The Late Late Show in 2019 that his family has a tradition of passing down the middle name to sons born into the family.

Other funny, unique, or bizarre celebrity middle names:

Celebrity

Full Name

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton Wykeham Fiennes

Dido

Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong

Ben Affleck

Ben Geza Affleck

Tina Fey

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey

Hugh Grant

Hugh John Mungo Grant

Matt Damon

Matt Page Damon

Hilary Duff

Hilary Erhard Duff

Courteney Cox

Courteney Bass Cox

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Kim Coppola

Nicholas Hoult

Nicholas Caradoc Hoult

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Jaymes Stewart

Drew Barrymore

Drew Blyth Barrymore

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio

Beyonce

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter

Will Smith

Willard Carroll Smith

A spokesperson for Unscrambled Words said: "Many celebrities, such as Reese Witherspoon, go by their middle name (her real name is Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon), yet some stars completely ignore their middle names altogether.

"Some middle names pay homage to a close friend or relative, while others are random and creative."