Some nicknames are not just famous — they’re the main names we recognize people for. Take Sting, for example. Very few people actually know his real name outside of his nickname that later became his stage name. In a similar vein, most people will refer to Jennifer Lopez using her nickname, J.Lo, which is undeniably famous.
Bright Side has dug up 14 celebrity nicknames that will truly catch you off guard.
1. Keanu Reeves, a.k.a. “The Wall”
The acclaimed actor was so good as a hockey goalie, it earned him his nickname. Luckily for all of us, he decided to follow his second passion later in life, which was acting.
2. Mila Kunis, a.k.a. “Goldfish”
3. Queen Elizabeth, a.k.a. “Gary”
The story says that at one time, a young Prince William fell inside Kensington Palace and yelled, “Gary!” A staff member approached him and asked him who Gary was. Right at that moment, Queen Elizabeth arrived and replied that she was “Gary.” It was probably William’s difficulty with pronouncing “granny” that brought about the funny nickname.
4. Jennifer Lawrence, a.k.a. “Nitro”
The actress used to be so hyperactive when she was a kid that her brothers gave her this suitable nickname. They still use it to this day just to annoy her.
5. Hugh Jackman, a.k.a. “Sticks”
We might know Hugh Jackman as a muscular, fitness enthusiast, but he wasn’t always like that. Growing up, he used to have very skinny legs, something that rightfully earned him his nickname.
6. Tom Hardy, a.k.a. “Weasel”
The actor was a wild kid who used to dislike school and would hang out in the streets with his friends instead. He acted out a lot as a kid and got close to getting expelled from his secondary school. And because of this phase in his life, he acquired this nickname.
7. Bella Thorne, a.k.a. “Pickle”
8. Lewis Hamilton, a.k.a. “Hawkeye”
According to the F1 driver’s friends, he is a perfectionist who sees small details that others can’t see. He will notice a small gap that will put him ahead of his opponents or even a thread that’s out of place during a photo shoot.
9. Liam Payne, a.k.a. “Cheesy Head”
His love for cheesy chips is the one and only reason for the funny nickname that followed him throughout his childhood. And, of course, his sister is the one who came up with it.
10. Lea Michele, a.k.a. “Grandma”
The actress has confided that her friends have given her the unusual nickname. The reason for it is because she doesn’t like what people her age typically like, such as going to clubs or listening to loud music. Instead, she prefers sitting at home and watching a good TV show.
11. Priyanka Chopra, a.k.a. “Mimi”
“Mitthoo” was the actress’s first nickname because she was very chatty as a kid, repeating everything and everyone. However, her mom used to call her “Mimi” due to her resemblance to the French actress, Mimi Rodgers. And Priyanka showed a preference for “Mimi” simply because of it being more positive than “Mitthoo.”
12. Blake Shelton, a.k.a. “Toad”
Young Blake used to love catching bugs and frogs and bringing them back home. That’s why his mom started calling him “Toad.” She has also said that Blake loved all animals, and when she killed a fly one time, he started crying.
13. Daniel Radcliffe, a.k.a. “Shrimpy”
The actor used to be very pale and skinny when he was a kid. So it made sense for those around him to think of a nickname that would poke fun at his figure.
14. Cameron Diaz, a.k.a. “Skeletor”
The actress’s upbringing was quite tough, mainly because she was a fair-skinned kid with a Spanish name living in a predominately Latino neighborhood. This is one reason why other kids would make fun of her. Another reason was for her skinny figure, which earned her the nickname.
Did you have any funny or annoying nicknames while growing up? And do these nicknames still follow you to this day?