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Five famous people known by their middle name

March 9, 2019

Editor’s note: Each March 10 (or this coming Sunday) brings us Middle Name Pride Day. In honor of the annual event, we bring you five famous individuals who are known by their middle names.

William Bradley Pitt

Popular American film actor Brad Pitt was born William Bradley Pitt on Dec. 18, 1963, in Shawnee, Okla. He carries his father’s first name, but the pair have different middle names.

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon

Another popular American film star, Witherspoon was born March 22, 1976, in New Orleans. Reese is her mother’s maiden name, and she has used it ever since she began acting at age 14.

James Paul McCartney

One of the legendary Beatles, McCartney was born June 18, 1942, in Liverpool, England. He is named for his father, and the family chose to call young McCartney by his middle name to avoid confusion.

Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Now known simply as Rihanna, the successful-singer songwriter was born Feb. 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados. She has used the single name ever since beginning her prolific career.

Keith Rupert Murdoch

The media mogul and current executive co-director of Fox Corporation, Murdoch was born March 11, 1931, in Melbourne, Australia. He has been referred to by his middle name since infancy.

Source: mentalfloss.com