Celebrity Husbands Who Took The Last Name Of Their Wives
When Zoe Saldana announced that her husband had taken her last name, eyebrows raised all over Hollywood. But Marco
Perego Saldana isn’t alone. These Hollywood husbands took the names of their wives as well.
When Beyoncé and Jay Z married, Sean Carter allegedly changed his last name to Shawn Knowles-Carter. Why? The couple wanted to keep the name “Knowles” because Beyoncé’s parents don’t have any sons.
After John Lennon and Yoko Ono tied the knot in 1969, Lennon announced, “Yoko changed her name for me, I’ve changed mine for her. One for both, both for each other.” When Lennon died, his legal name was John Winston Ono Lennon.
When actor Lorenzo Lamas married Shawna Craig in 2011, he hyphenated his name to Lorenzo Lamas-Craig.
For years everyone thought Jack and Meg White of the White Stripes were siblings. But they were actually married, and Jack (born John Gillis) took Meg’s last name. Since “Jack White” was the name he reached stardom with, he kept it after they divorced in 2000.
The choice isn’t always your last name or mine. When former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villar married his wife Corina Raigosa in 1987, he blended their last name. They are known as Antonio and Corina Villaraigosa (even though they’re now divorced).
Are blended celebrity names the future? When actor Carlos Peña married his wife, Alexa Vega, they jumped on the bandwagon and changed their last names to Penavega.
Former Gary Unmarried star Jay Mohr changed his last name to Ferguson Cox Mohr as a two-year anniversary present to his wife, Nikki Cox.
Sometimes taking her name is just easier for the fans. When Todd Baechle, the lead singer of The Faint, married Orenda Fink, the lead singer of Azure Ray, he took her last name.
Todd said, “I just thought she should still be Orenda Fink…it’s easier to spell and say Fink than my name. I couldn’t think of any reason except for expectation not to change my name instead of hers. So I did. I like change.”
When Zoe Saldana’s husband, Marco Perego, decided he was going to take her last name, she was unsure at first. “I tried to talk him out of it.” She told him, “If you use my name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world.” But he simply said, “Ah Zoe, I don’t give a sh–.”
You don’t always have to be married to take a woman’s last name. Actress Julia Stiles took her mother’s last name and not her father’s (O’Hara).
Marilyn Monroe took her mother’s last name too. She was born Norma Jeane Mortenson but changed her last name to her mother’s maiden name, Baker, before changing to Marilyn Monroe.
Portia de Rossi
While “husband” and “wife” don’t really apply to Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres, DeRossi did take DeGeneres’ last name — at least legally. She still uses de Rossi as her stage name to keep the fans from getting confused.
Sometimes taking your wife’s last name is all about pronunciation. The owner of TheDirty.com, Nik Richie’s real name is Hooman Abedi Karamian. So when he married The Bachelor winner Shayne Lamas, he jumped at the chance to change his name to Nik Lamas and leave behind a name he said he couldn’t even pronounce.