50 Celebrity Real Names that you Never Knew

6 | Caryn Elaine Johnson — Whoopi Goldberg

Once upon a time, this comedienne was known by friends and family as Caryn Elaine Johnson. However, when she decided to try her luck in Hollywood, Caryn changed her name entirely, with “Whoopi” coming from her fondness for flatulence and “Goldberg” because her mom felt that being perceived as Jewish would give her a leg-up.