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11 Celebrity Names You’re Probably Definitely Pronouncing Wrong

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Unless you decide to legally change your name — or you’re a celebrity and create a dope stage name — you’re stuck with your birth name for the rest of your life. Some people have simple names like Sam Smith, Chris Pratt or Jennifer Lawrence. Other people have names that aren’t so easy to pronounce — and we’ve got 11 for you right here:

Let’s start with…

1. Zendaya

Say it with us now: ZEN-DAY-UH. Not Zen-die-uh.


Next up is a woman who has often times been called a *wonder*. Yup, we’re talking about Wonder Woman herself…

2. Gal Gadot

So this is a harder one, but with practice, you’ll get it.

Two of the Fifth Harmony members made the list, as well as a former member who we will start with now. We’re talking about the talented “Havana” singer…

3. Camila Cabello

Not Cuh-mill-uh Cuh-bell-oh. Or Cuh-mee-ya Cuh-by-oh. Camila, why don’t you tell the good people how to say it?

Now, on to her former bandmates.

4. Normani Kordei

Let’s break it down: Nor-mah-nee. Kor-day. Normani Kordei. Simple as that.

5. Lauren Jauregui

Lauren’s name is a little harder. Not only does she have to worry about people saying her name wrong, but most people can’t even spell it. Listen here:

Alright, moving on from the girls from Fifth Harmony…

6. Milo Ventimiglia

Milo has a difficult last name for some to pronounce. But once you know how to say it, it’s not that hard. Billy Bush says it super confidently:

Speaking of hit shows, you may know him as Jaime Lannister from HBO’s Game of Thrones, but his real name isn’t the easiest to say. Hailing from Sweden is…

7. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

NCW probably has no trouble with people pronouncing his name in his home country, but here in the States, it looks a little complicated to pronounce. Now you never have to worry ’cause we’ll just tell you — it’s Nee-ko-LY COS-ter Wall-DOW.

8. Tove Lo

Tove Lo’s “Disco Tits” solves the mystery:

9. Macklemore

For the longest time, there was a debate on whether it was Mack-el-more or Mack-LE-more. Luckily, Macklemore cleared the air with a simple tweet:


Any Dancing with the Stars fans out there? If you are — or even you aren’t — you’ve probably heard of Maksim…

10. Maksim Chmerkovskiy

If you’re having trouble just looking at the name, here’s a helpful video:

And finally, there’s…

11. Emily Ratajkowski

If you just realize that the J in Ratajkowski is silent, it’s really not that hard.

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