We may love our Bravolebs unconditionally, but certain folks didn't feel the same way about their given names. So before fame and fortune came calling, they swapped their names for brand-new ones. From a handful of SURvers to a couple of the Shahs, we're taking a look at the folks who have changed their names.
Before she was blooping her way through The Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe was a young Georgia girl named Linnethia Monique Leakes.
Before his Vanderpump Rules days, you could call this SURver and Michigan native by his birth name: Jason Cauchi.
Shocker of the century: Captain Lee was actually born Harold Rosbach. Yet somewhere along the way, the Below Deck boss decided that he didn't want to use his first name and chose to hit the high seas as Captain Lee.
The Rachel Zoe Project fashionista was technically born Rachel Rosenzweig, before shortening it to "Zoe."
Nobody loves birthdays more than Stassi, but the New Orleans native decided that she didn't like her full name, Nastassia Bianca Schroeder, when she opted to just go by Stassi.
We first met the SURver as Scheana Marie, but it turns out that she didn't always have two first names. She was born with the name Scheana Marie Jancan, and, of course, has changed her last name to Shay after marrying her musician hubby in 2014.
No, the New Jersey native didn't always just have one name like Madonna or Cher. Before her TV career took off, the Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce actress' real name was Marietta Sirleaf.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills singer is quick to remind any of us that Erika Jayne is just her pop persona. In real life, you can call her Erika Girardi. And if you've ever wondered where that first name came from, well, it's an homage to All My Children bad girl Erica Kane.
We all know Below Deck's mermaid of the high seas as Rocky, but the curly-haired stew wasn't born with that feisty name. Instead, it's her nickname, short for Raquel Dakota Bartlow.
Shahs of Sunset star's full name is Mercedes Javid, but she opts for a shorter MJ.
Her Shahs pal did something similar, shortening Golnesa Gharachedaghi to the simple GG.
The singer and Styled to Rock host was actually born Robyn Rihanna Fenty. But the more surprising thing here is the fact that we've also been saying Rihanna wrong all these years — we'll let her explain.
Speaking of names, watch Kandi Burruss break down how she got her unique moniker, below.
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