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The Real Names of Some of Our Favorite Latin Celebrities

Have you ever wondered to yourself when hearing an usual name of a celebrity, “Is that their real name? If not, what could it possibly be?”

Well, here are the real names of some: Bruno Mars’ real name is actually Peter Gene Hernandez. He changed his name to avoid being labeled as a Latin artist. 

Prince Royce is actually named Geoffrey Royce Rojas. He said that most friends call him Royce and only his parents actually call him by his first name.

Pitbull's actual name is Armando Christian Perez. He chose his stage name partially because pit bulls are outlawed in Dade County. Not only is he the only pit bull with his papers in Miami, but also he’s inspired by the dog’s tenacity. “Pit bulls bite to lock,” he said. “The dog is too stupid to lose… They’re basically everything that I am. It’s been a constant fight.”

Demi Lovato's actual name is Demetria Devonne Lovato, but she goes by the cute nickname instead.

As opposed to using her first or middle name, Fergie decided to shorten her last name for her on-stage persona. Fergie's actual name is Stacy Ann Ferguson.

Rita Moreno’s real name is Rosa (Rosita) Dolores Alverío. When she was just 17-years-old, MGM requested her to change her name to the catchier Rita Moreno. “Moreno was my stepfather’s last name,” she said. “And I wasn’t happy about Rita. Although it’s pretty if you pronounce the T. I was in England for a while, and they always called me Ri-ta.”

And there you have it!

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  • Very interesting blog! I think that what you said Maria is unfortunately very true. There seem to be a lot of artists today who are very easily persuaded to neglect their ethnic identity when creating their image in order to appease the "mainstream audience".

    Posted by Mitchell Carey, 24/07/2014 10:09pm (3 years ago)

  • This article makes me wonder if certain artists choose different stage names to hide the fact that they are Latinos. Perhaps they are being guided by those in higher positions to make themselves more "marketable," meaning "less Latino." Just something to ponder...

    Posted by Maria Aguiar, 21/07/2014 6:50pm (3 years ago)

  • Cool blog! I never knew half of these celebrities' real names. Now they're not mysteries anymore.

    Posted by Elias Rivera, 14/07/2014 12:59pm (3 years ago)