20 Celeb Names You've Been Pronouncing Incorrectly for Years

Noelle Devoe, Carolyn Twersky, Stacey Grant
·4 min read

From Seventeen

There's the way you pronounce your fave celeb's name in your head and then there's the way it's actually pronounced. And based on how many syllables the name has, or which consonants are next to each other, you might not even know your fave celeb's actual name because you're botching it so badly. Yet, you don't exactly interact with said celeb on the regs, so you probably don't even know.

Here are all the most commonly mispronounced celeb names — and how you really say them, so you can annoy all your friends by correcting them.

1. Andre Swilley

How you say it: Ahn-dray Swi-lay

How it's actually pronounced: Ahn-dray Swil-lee

2. Kouvr Annon

How you say it: Coo-ver A-non

How it's actually pronounced: Ko-ver Anne-on

Now that you know how to correctly say Kouvr's first and last name (it's around the 4:01 mark in the above video), try pronouncing her middle name. Even her boyfriend, Alex Warren, had a hard time doing it.

3. Kio Cyr

How you say it: Kee-O Sir

How it's actually pronounced: Kee-O Seer

In an interview with Famous Birthdays, Kio shared he has two middle names. After he said them, he said, "Good luck spelling that."

4. Abby Rao

How you say it: Ab-be Row

How it's actually pronounced: Ab-be Ray-O

5. Rihanna

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How you say it: Ri-ha-na

How it's actually pronounced: Ri-anne-uh

British Vogue posted a video of Rihanna discussing her fashion line, Fenty. And while the clothes are fabulous, the Internet was more hung up on the way the singer pronounces her name.

That's right, you've probably been pronouncing this icon's name wrong for years. Granted, Ri isn't such a stickler for the correct pronunciation like some other celebs, but we really should know better. She did inform us of the correct way to say it years ago!

6. Chrissy Teigen

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How you say it: Kris-eee Tee-gen

How it's actually pronounced: Kris-eee Tie-gen

7. Ariana Grande

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How you say it: R-ee-ana Grahn-day

How it's actually pronounced: R-ee-ana Gran-dee

8. Jacob Tremblay

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How you say it: Jay-cobb Trim-blay

How it's actually pronounced: Jay-cobb Trahm-blay

9. Avan Jogia

How you say it: A-vahn Joe-gee-a

How it's actually pronounced: Aaah-van Joe-gee-a

10. Anneliese van der Pol

How you say it: An-a-leese van-der-Pole

How it's actually pronounced: Ahn-a-lee-sa van-der-Pole

11. Niall Horan


How you say it: Neal Hore-anne

How it's actually pronounced: Nye-ull Hore-in

12. Louis Tomlinson

How you say it: Lew-iss Tom-lin-sun

How it's actually pronounced: Lew-ey Tom-lin-sun

13. Zendaya

How you say it: Zen-die-a

How it's actually pronounced: Zen-day-a (aka, how it's spelled.)

14. Cara Delevingne

How you say it: Care-a Del-a-vine

How it's actually pronounced: Car-a Del-a-veen

15. Austin Mahone

How you say it: Aww-stin Ma-hone-ey

How it's actually pronounced: Aww-stin Ma-hone

16. Rowan Blanchard

How you say it: R-oww-an Blan-chard

How it's actually pronounced: Row-in Blan-cherd

17. Amanda Seyfried

How you say it: Amanda See-freed or Amanda Say-fry-d

How it's actually pronounced: Amanda Sigh-frid

18. Alessia Cara

How you say it: Ah-lee-sha Car-a

How it's actually pronounced: A-less-ee-uh Car-a

19. Quvenzhané Wallis

How you say it: Kwah-von-zane or Ka-ven-za-knee Wall-iss

How it's actually pronounced: Kwah-van-ja-nay Wall-iss

20. Chloe Lukasiak

How you say it: Klo-ee... from Dance Moms.

How it's actually pronounced: Klo-ee Loo-kay-zee-ak

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