March 10th is Middle Name Pride Day. While most people tend to forget about their middle name, or at least not use it in their everyday lives, a small contingent have done away with normal tradition, instead opting to use their middle names in place of their given first names. These people celebrate Middle Name Pride Day every single day, even if they don’t feel the need to shout the offbeat nature of their naming choices to the world. Still stranger? Some of these people are genuine superstars, famous people who adopted their new names before they even had fans to scream them.
1. William Bradley Pitt
The actor was named after his father, though the pair only shares a first name, not a middle one.
2. Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon
The actress’ unusual middle name—and the one she’s used since she started acting at age 14—is actually her mother’s maiden name.
3. Hannah Dakota Fanning
The actress’ name was reportedly the result of her parents’ inability to settle on just one first name for their daughter.
4. John William Ferrell
The funnyman has always gone by an abbrievated version of his middle name, even if plenty of fake Twitter accounts want fans to think differently.
5. James Paul McCartney
This Beatle was named after his father, with his family later opting to use his middle name to avoid confusion.
6. Marvin Neil Simon
The playwright and screenwriter was also known as “Doc” when he was in high school.
7. Walter Bruce Willis
When he was a kid, the future actor’s friends called him Bruno.
8. Mary Elle Fanning
Just like her big sister, Elle Fanning also uses her middle name both personally and professionally.