What Is Miley Cyrus’s Real Name? She’s Changed It — Twice

Since making her acting debut in the hit Disney Channel sitcom, Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus has become a household name over the years.

From her impressive acting career to her chart-topping songs, everyone practically knows who Miley Cyrus is.

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Miley Cyrus at Saint Laurent mens spring summer 20 show | Photo by Presley Ann/WireImage

However, before she found herself immersed in fame, Cyrus went by a completely different name the first few years of her life.

Miley was born Destiny Ray Cyrus

In 2006, many of us were first introduced to young actress Miley Cyrus as Disney Channel’s pop princess, Hannah Montana.

Cyrus landed the breakout role at the age of eleven and the show instantly become a phenomenon, ranking among the highest-rated series on basic cable.

Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and host Miley Cyrus during the 2008 Teen Choice Awards |Photo by K Mazur/TCA 2008/WireImage

Though she quickly became a household name and one of the top teen stars of the mid-2000s, “Miley Cyrus” is not the actress’ real name.

As it turns out, the singer/actress was born Destiny Hope Cyrus.

Even before Cyrus was born, her parents believed that she would achieve great things throughout her life and her birth name, Destiny Hope, expressed that belief.

At a young age, her parents had given her the nickname “Smiley,” which they later shortened to “Miley”, because she often smiled as a young child.

Once Cyrus started getting into acting, the actress decided to use her childhood nickname and began going by “Miley Cyrus” at the start of her career.

Miley shot to fame after appearing on Disney’s Hannah Montana as Miley Stewart, a normal teenager living a double life as a world-famous pop star.

Since she was only going by her stage name when it came to acting, Miley Cyrus legally changed her name in 2008, no longer going by Destiny Hope.

She recently took on a new last name

After going 10 years as Miley Cyrus, the “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” singer recently changer her name yet again.

In December 2018, Miley Cyrus and her on-and-off-again boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth, surprised everyone after revealing they tied the knot during a private ceremony in Nashville.

A few short months after their unexpected wedding, Hemsworth revealed on Live with Kelly and Ryan that Cyrus had surprised him by changing her last name to his.

“I honestly think that was one of the best things about it,” he said. “I didn’t ask her to take my name. And when I asked her, she said, ‘No, of course, I’m taking your name.'”

Though she is now ‘Miley Ray Hemsworth,’ the actor made it clear that his wife will still go by Miley Cyrus in her music career.