Middle names are usually swept under the rug, but some celebrities wear them with honor.

Today is Middle Name Pride Day (yes, this actually exists), but some A-listers don't need a designated day to feel proud about this. Many of our favorite actors and singers have actually decided to use their middle name as their first name.

Of course, there are also some famous folks who were given slightly ridiculous middle names and have tried their very best to sweep them under the rug.

Check out our roundup of 20 celebrities who either use their middle name as their first or made sure it will never see the light of day!

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1. FAITH HILL

(Audrey Faith Hill)

2. REESE WITHERSPOON

(Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon)

3. RIHANNA

(Robin Rihanna Fenty)

4. ASHTON KUTCHER

(Christopher Ashton Kutcher)

5. BRAD PITT

(William Bradley Pitt)

6. BRUCE WILLIS

(Walter Bruce Willis)

7. KELSEY GRAMMER

(Allen Kelsey Grammer)

8. PAUL MCCARTNEY

(James Paul McCartney)

9. SEAN CONNERY

(Thomas Sean Connery)

10. SYLVESTER STALLONE

(Michael Sylvester Stallone)

11. WILL FERRELL

(John William Ferrell)

 

And then there are those celebrities who are smart to keep their middle names as hidden as possible...

12. Uma KARUNA Thurman

Her father was ordained as a Buddhist monk. Uma is taken from the Tibetan term “dbuma chenpo” meaning “great middle way”, while karuna is the “perfect virtue of compassion.”

13. Peaches HONEYBLOSSOM MICHELLE CHARLOTTE ANGEL VANESSA Geldof

A name of this length may seem excessive for the British socialite/model, but it runs in the family. Her father is Sir Bob FREDERICK XENON Geldof.

14. Mel COLMCILLE GERARD Gibson

The Colmcille part of Mel's name comes from the parish in Ireland’s County Longford where his mother was born.

15. Arnold ALOIS Schwarzenegger

Alois may be an unusual name stateside, but it's a fairly common surname in The Governator's homeland of Austria.

16. Orlando JONATHAN BLANCHARD Bloom

The second part of Orlando's middle name is normally a surname and comes from the French “blanc” for white.

17. Kiefer WILLIAM FREDERICK DEMPSEY GEORGE RUFUS Sutherland

Should we be surprised about the unusual middle names considering he was given "Kiefer" as a first name?

18. Hugh JOHN MUNGO Grant

Mungo comes from the word "beloved," but we wouldn't feel too beloved if our parents us cursed us with this middle name.

19. Sir Elton HERCULES John

Elton was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, but obviously felt that name wasn't powerful enough.

20. Dido (Real name: Florian CLOUD DE BOUNEVIALLE O'MALLEY Armstrong)

Dido's mother was a poet, but Dido obviously is more of a fan of brevity. She said that she finds her odd birth name "embarrassing."

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What's your favorite celebrity middlle name?

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