Can You Correctly Spell These Tricky Celeb Names?

By: Beth Hendricks
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Can You Correctly Spell These Tricky Celeb Names?
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About This Quiz

We've seen J-Lo, K-Stew and ScarJo. There's been Kimye, Brangelina and Bennifer. 

Maybe the reason we're so obsessed with abbreviating celeb names and the names of celeb couples is that some of them are so darn hard to spell. Have you ever tried texting a friend about a new Arnold Schwarzenegger movie? Forget it! What about discussing Milo Ventimiglia with your coworkers? We can't spell or pronounce that one without difficulty. And don't forget Hollywood's big Ferrell versus Farrell versus Pharell debate! Technically, they're all right, but each belongs to a different guy.

Spelling can be hard for even the best spellers among us. What purpose does the "g" in Cara Delevingne serve, except to stump us? Is it Matthew McConaughey or Matthew McConohay? Does Zoey (or is it Zooey) Deschanel have one "o" or two? Ugh, these are the things we lose sleep over at night! OK, not really, but we're trying to hype up our quiz here.

What kind of celeb speller are you? Can you spell ScarJo's complete name ... and correctly? Can you decipher if Quentin is a Tarentino or a Tarantino? Put your spelling prowess to work in this celebrity-based "spelling bee" with some of Hollywood's trickiest names. We think you'll do just Fiennes ... or is it "fine"?

Matthew McConaughey Alright, alright, alright ... do you know how to spell this A-lister's name?
Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey has been around Hollywood for a minute, appearing in movies like "Dazed and Confused" and "A Time to Kill." You've probably also seen him in some TV commercials that will have you questioning all of your life choices.
Mathew McConahey
Matthew McConnahay
Mathew McConaughay

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Zooey Deschanel One "o" or two? That's the big question in this "New Girl's" name. Which one is correct?
Zoey Daychanel
Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel earned her name from a favorite book of her parents, titled "Franny and Zooey," written by J.D. Salinger. Deschanel played Jess on "New Girl" from 2011 to 2018, earning multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
Zooey Deshanel
Zoey Dechannel

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Scarlett Johansson How many double consonants can one name have? This "Black Widow" star's moniker is a tricky one as a result. Which is correct?
Scarlet Johansen
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson was born in the United States, but her family name has Nordic roots. Her father, Karsten Olaf Johansson, hails from Denmark, and the Johansson name is popular throughout the region.
Scarlett Johannsenn
Scarlett Johandson

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Will Ferrell This guy has been an "Anchorman," a "Step Brother," and an "Elf." Who do we know him as?
Will Farrell
WIl Ferell
Will Ferrell
Hollywood has a number of "Ferrells," but they don't all spell — or pronounce — their names in the same way. This guy, Will Ferrell, uses the more traditional pronunciation of "FARE-uhl."
Will Pharell

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Barbra Streisand You might know her as "Babs," but can you spell her real name?
Barbara Stresand
Barbra Streisand
Barbra, not Barbara, Streisand has had a career spanning multiple decades, working in film and music. Some call her by her nickname, "Babs," but she's another who changed her name — by removing an "a" — when she was younger.
Barbara Streisand
Barbra Strisand

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Saoirse Ronan An Irish-American actress, she won a Golden Globe for "Lady Bird" and has been nominated for four Academy Awards. Who is she?
Sorcery Ronen
Sorsey Ronan
Saoirse Ronan
Not only is Saoirse Ronan's name hard to spell, but it's also hard to pronounce! For the record, her first name follows a "SIR-sha" pronunciation, which rhymes with the word "inertia."
Soirse Ronnan

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Ellen DeGeneres She might be voted "Most Likely to Bust a Move" on her own talk show. Who is it?
Ellen Digineris
Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres has been dancing her way into our hearts on her syndicated talk show since 2003 and, before that, on a show that shared her name. Ellen has won nearly three dozen Emmy Awards and is known worldwide for her contributions to charitable causes.
Elen Degeneress
Ellen Degenaras

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Milo Ventimiglia "This Is Us" might tell you "this is how" you spell its beloved actor's name. Which is it?
Mélo Ventamilia
Milo Vintamiglia
Meelo Ventamelia
Milo Ventimiglia
Milo Ventimiglia's challenging name derives from his Italian-Sicilian heritage. (See all of those vowels?) Before earning the role on NBC's "This Is Us," Ventimiglia was known for his role on "Gilmore Girls."

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Nicolas Cage He's the nephew of movie director Francis Ford Coppola, but that first name is a doozy. Which is the proper spelling?
Nickolaus Cage
Nicholas Cage
Nicolas Cage
With a non-traditional spelling of Nicolas, we're not surprised Cage dropped the "Coppola" last name in favor of something — shall we say — easier to spell? Cage has been around the Hollywood block, starring in various films, including the "National Treasure" series.
Nikolus Cage

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Courteney Cox She'll "be there for you": How do you spell the former "Friends" actress' name?
Kourtney Cox
Cortney Cox
Courteney Cox
Don't forget the "e"! Courteney Cox has an extra one in there that you don't typically see with most Courtneys. Of course, there's also a Kourtney out there, but she's a Kardashian.
Courtney Cox

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Charlize Theron She played notorious serial killer Aileen Wuornos (another tricky name to spell). How do you spell her real name?
Sharlise Therron
Charlese Therone
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron won an Academy Award for her role as Aileen Wuornos in "Monster" in 2003. The actress is of South African and American heritage; her last name comes from Occitan, a language spoken in parts of France and Italy.
Sharliese Theron

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Kaley Cuoco Penny from "The Big Bang Theory" has a much more difficult name to spell in real life. Do you know which it is?
Callie Kuoco
Kaley Cuoco
Kaley Cuoco played Penny on "The Big Bang Theory" from 2007 to 2019, earning various awards for her portrayal of the waitress and aspiring actress. Cuoco herself has been an actress since a TV movie appearance in 1992.
Kelli Coco
Kalley Couco

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Ginnifer Goodwin This actress changed from Snow White to Mary Margaret Blanchard in the TV series "Once Upon a Time." In real life, what did she change her name to?
Jenifer Goodwen
Genefer Godwin
Jennifer Goodwin
Ginnifer Goodwin
Once upon a time, this actress was born Jennifer Goodwin. However, the actress took it upon herself to change her name's spelling to "Ginnifer," in part to differentiate herself from all those other Jennifers out there.

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M. Night Shyamalan It's pronounced "SHAH-ma-lan," but it's not spelled that way. Do you know which is correct?
M. Knight Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan
Hollywood director M. Night Shyamalan is better known by the abbreviated version of his name than his given name, Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan. He changed it — officially — when he was in college.
M. Night Shamalamn
M. Night Shamallon

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Cara Delevingne This model-turned-actress is noted for her roles in "Paper Towns" and "Suicide Squad." How do you spell her name?
Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne is another one of those names that seems to have more letters than it should. The model/actress pronounces her last name "Day-la-VEEN." She has appeared in campaigns for Burberry, in addition to her acting roles.
Cara Deleveene
Kara Delevine
Carra Delevigne

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Charlie Hunnam The ladies love this "Sons of Anarchy" star, but can they spell his name right?
Charlie Hunnam
Charlie Hunnam, who was born in the United Kingdom, is a hit with the ladies — and the TV shows. He was nominated for several awards for his role on "Sons of Anarchy," which ran for seven seasons.
Charlie Humman
Charlie Hunamn
Charlie Human

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Kristen Wiig She's been a Bridesmaid and a Ghostbuster, but can you spell her unusual name?
Kristen Wiig
You may know funny lady Kristen Wiig from her work on "Saturday Night Live," but Wiig has also had a successful film career, including in the movie "Bridesmaids," which she co-wrote and starred in.
Kristin Wig
Kristen Wieg
Kristin Wiig

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Pharrell You met an "Elf" in a previous question, but this singer-songwriter who shares a similar-sounding name is "Happy." Which spelling does he use?
Pharrell
Will Ferrell, meet Pharrell (pronounced fuh-REL). Pharrell Williams, a singer, songwriter and producer, has created numerous hits, including "Happy" from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack.
Farrell
Ferrell
Pherell

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Ralph Fiennes He paid his "dues" as a Nazi war criminal in "Schindler's List." What is this actor's name?
Rolf Fiennes
Ralph Fennes
Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes (pronounced "rafe fines") earned multiple award nominations for his role in "Schindler's List." He has a storied acting career outside of that, appearing in the "Harry Potter" and "James Bond" film series.
Ralph Fines

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Joaquin Phoenix In an unusual move, his parents changed his last name instead of his first. Which of these is the proper spelling?
Joaquin Phenixx
Joaquine Phenix
Jaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix's parents did, in fact, name him Joaquin, but he was originally born a "Bottom." It wasn't until his parents fled from a cult that they changed the family's last name to Phoenix.

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Quvenzhané Wallis In 2013, this then-nine-year-old became the youngest ever to be Academy Award-nominated for Best Actress. How do you spell her name?
Cavenzhané Wallis
Kwavenzhany Wallace
Qwavhanzhane Walles
Quvenzhané Wallis
Quvenzhané Wallis has all of the letters of the alphabet that are used infrequently in names — "Q," "V," "Z" — all in her first name! Her Academy Award nomination came for her role in "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

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Alexander Skarsgård An Emmy winner for "Big Little Lies," this actor played Perry Wright in the HBO series. What is his name?
Alexander Skarsgård
Alexander Skarsgård was born in Stockholm, Sweden, which is where his interesting surname originates. He comes from a famous family, the son of another actor, Stellan Skarsgård.
Alekzander Skarsgård
Alexander Scarsguard
Alexander Skårsguard

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Quentin Tarantino He's the well-known director of interesting films like "Kill Bill" and the recent "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." Do you know how to spell his name?
Quenten Tarantino
Quentin Tarentino
Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino has developed quite a reputation as a filmmaker and director for his unconventional style of storytelling. Other films to his credit include "The Hateful Eight" and "Inglourious Basterds."
Quntin Tarintino

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Gabourey Sidibe We first met her as "Precious," but that's not her name. How do you spell her real name?
Gabourney Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe
So many vowels! Gabourey Sidibe has at least one of each in her interesting name, which originates from the Senegalese language. Her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is from Senegal, while her mother is American.
Gaborie Sadibe
Garouey Sidabe

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Mariska Hargitay Her famous mother, Jayne Mansfield, also had an unusually spelled name. Which of these is the correct version of the "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" star's name?
Mariska Hargitay
We get it — you probably don't know who Jayne Mansfield was. Other than being Mariska Hargitay's mother, she was a celebrity in her own right as one of the first Playboy Playmates, a singer and an actress.
Marissa Hartigay
Marishka Hargitey
Mariska Hargity

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Can you spell this action star's name?
Arnold Schwazanager
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger has one of the more challenging spellings and pronunciations in all of Hollywood, but that doesn't appear to have impacted his career. He has been a successful film star and even governor of his adopted state of California.
Arnald Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwartzanayger

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Idris Elba "I" before "E" or nah? Can you spell this multitalented superstar's name?
Idris Elba
He's been People's "Sexiest Man Alive," but we might have to vote him one of the hardest names to spell. We can never get it right! Which vowel does his first name start with? Which one begins his last name? So confusing!
Edris Alba
Idres Ilba
Idris Alba

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Taraji P. Henson Don't mess with Cookie, but don't mess with this actress who portrays her on "Empire," either. How is her name spelled?
Taraje P. Hinson
Terahji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. (the "P." is for Penda) Henson first starred as Cookie on the TV series "Empire" in 2015. We love her sassy personality on the hit show, but truth be told, Taraji carries that personality with her everywhere she goes!
Turaji P. Hennson

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Martin Scorsese "Taxi Driver," "Cape Fear" and "Goodfellas" have this influential director in common. How do you spell his name?
Martin Scorseyse
Martin Scoresayse
Martin Scorsaze
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese is, simply put, Hollywood royalty. He's the director of many successful films, including the ones mentioned in the question, as well as "Raging Bull," "Casino" and "The Irishman."

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Julianne Hough This dancer has a famous brother who shares her last name. How do you spell it?
Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough and her brother, Derek Hough, have both appeared on the televised dancing competition "Dancing With the Stars." Both have also pursued careers in singing and acting, in addition to dance.
Julienne Huff
Juliane Houff
Julianne Hufe

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Amanda Seyfried She first appeared on soap operas in the early 2000s, but you may know her best from "Mean Girls" memes. What is her name?
Amanda Seyfriend
Amanda Sayfreide
Amanda Sigfried
Amanda Seyfried
Even though she had early acting jobs on daytime soap operas, Amanda Seyfried didn't make her official film debut until 2004's "Mean Girls." Checked your meme collection yet? You'll find her there in spades.

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Dan Aykroyd He was a "Blues Brother" who cofounded House of Blues. How do you spell his name?
Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd got his start in acting, but that wasn't enough for him. He created the Blues Brothers as part of a skit on "Saturday Night Live," turning it into an actual band, a movie and then a business, cofounding House of Blues.
Dan Akyroyd
Dan Akroid
Dan Akroyd

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Zach Galifianakis It's all Greek to us! Can you spell the name of this actor from "The Hangover" and "Due Date"?
Zack Galifinakis
Zach Galifianakis
As a tyke, Zach Galifianakis probably took a while to learn how to spell his name. To help the rest of us learn, Stephen Colbert and Z. G. created a song on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."
Zach Galefenakes
Zack Galifinakiss

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Kristin Cavallari This reality TV star is "Very _________." Can you fill in the blank and spell her name?
Kristen Callavari
Kristin Cavallari
Coming to fame in the reality show "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County," Kristin Cavallari has continued with her reality roots. These days, she stars alongside her former NFL player husband Jay Cutler in "Very Cavallari."
Kristin Cavalleri
Kristen Cavilari

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Chiwetel Ejiofor He was the voice behind Scar in 2019's "The Lion King." Which of these is the proper spelling of his name?
Chawetel Okofor
Chewettel Egofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
British-Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor was a part of the 2019 blockbuster remake of "The Lion King," alongside Beyoncé and Donald Glover. Ejiofor was award-nominated for his role in "12 Years a Slave."
Chiwetel Ecofore

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