Top Ten Celebrity Names that are Hardest to Pronounce

Have you ever avoided getting into a conversation about certain celebrities because you couldn't pronounce their name and fear you'll be laughed at if you knot your tongue when when trying to say it but failing miserably? I can't be alone in this.

Here are ten famous names I have the most trouble with. If you know of anymore, feel free to add.

The Top Ten

1 Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, filmmaker, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, former professional bodybuilder and former politician.

I know how to pronounce it, but I agree. - SpinelliFan

It's actually pretty easy to pronounce... I don't have a problem with it.

There is no bathroom!

Not as bad as some other names. His name is actually quite easy to pronounce. - astroshark

2 Famke Janssen Famke Beumer Janssen is a Dutch actress, director, screenwriter and former fashion model. She played Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye, Jean Grey / Phoenix in the X-Men film series, Ava Moore on Nip/Tuck and Lenore Mills in the Taken film trilogy.

What I don't even know either name first or last

3 Amanda Seyfried Amanda Michelle Seyfried is an American actress, model, and singer. She has appeared in movies such as Mean Girls, Mamma Mia!, and Les Misérables. Her work on TV includes CSI Las Vegas, Veronica Mars, and As The World Turns.

" Say Fried"? " Sey Freed"? What IS it?! - Britgirl

Sea fried? Say fraid? I DON'T KNOW! - astroshark

4 Ralph Fiennes Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (born 22 December 1962) is an English actor, director and producer. A noted Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre. more.
5 Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No.1 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

It's actually not that hard

This one's easy.

6 Charlize Theron Charlize Theron is a South African and American actress and film producer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and the Silver Bear for Best Actress.
7 Matthew McConaughey Matthew David McConaughey is an American actor and producer. He first gained notice for his breakout role in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused, and went on to appear in films such as the slasher Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, the legal thriller A Time to Kill, Steven Spielberg's more.

So hard to pronounce

8 Martin Scorsese Martin Charles Scorsese is an American director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and film historian, whose career spans more than 53 years. He is best known for directing films such as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, The Last Waltz, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, After Hours, The Last Temptation of Christ, more.

SKOR-SESS-EE. Not SKOR-SAY-SEE. - BeatlesFan1964

9 Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger, born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente on June 29, 1978, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and television personality . She first rose to fame as the lead singer of the pop/r&b group The Pussycat Dolls. In fact, Nicole was pretty much the only girl in the group more.

"That girl from the Pussycat Dolls her name is Nicole isn't it? "

- average Joe

"Damn, that girl, Nicole...Nicole something, I don't know her last name but she fine, I'd love to do nasty things to her! What's her name though? "

- average horny dude

It's not even that hard lol! - Sportsdude

Neither do I have trouble with this one... oh well.

Everybody else seems to have trouble with it, I never did though. - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan

I always thought it was Nicole Schwarzenegger. LOL!

10 Milo Yiannopoulos Milo Yiannopoulos, or pen name Milo Andreas Wagner, is a British polemicist, political commentator, public speaker and writer. Yiannopoulos is a former senior editor for Breitbart News, who describes himself as a "cultural libertarian".



The Contenders

11 Mia Wasikowska Mia Wasikowska is an Australian actress best known for starring as Alice Kingsleigh in Johnny Depp and Tim Burton's adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

How do I even start? - ListElla

It's actually pronounced Vashikovska

It is so hard to say I think I would end up saying Mia walskioswka

This one is so hard. Is it Wasisawa? Wakisowa? What is it? - Anonymousxcxc

12 Ray Liotta

Laugh if you must but it won't change the fact that I just can't say his surname. Why is it so hard? - Britgirl

Come on, this isn't hard.

I just pronounced it. - TwilightKitsune

13 Benjani Mwaruwari

What the hell are you supposed to say - TheHabsFan

14 Marianne Muellerleile

She was on an episode of Ben 10 Ultimate Alien.

And BOY is her name herd to pronounce - 445956

15 Zach Galifianakis

Hmm...wonder how he'd react if I tongue-tied his name. He looks like he would possibly eat me. - Britgirl

16 Jake Gyllenhaal Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal (born December 19, 1980) is an American actor, known for his work in films like "Donnie Darko", "Brokeback Mountain", "Prisoners" and "Nightcrawler". He is the son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner. Jake and his sister Maggie have been more.


It's pronounced "YEE-LIN-HAAAL" - ListElla

17 Lupita Nyong'o

I could not pronounce this girls name ever since Star Wars came out. - TristGamer

Is more easy this: Lupita Moñoñongo

18 M. Night Shyamalan Manoj "M. Night" Shyamalan is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots and twist endings.
19 Agnetha Faltskog

Woke up this mornin', really faltskog. Thought, "Agnetha nuther drink, but it might just make it worser." But sumpin' in my head kept saying', "Take a chance, take a chance, take a chance..."

20 Benedict Cumberbatch Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch is an English actor and film producer who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio.

Bent-dick (cu)cumber-bitch

21 Friedrich Nietzsche Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history.
22 Dimash Kudaibergen Dinmukhamed Kanatuly Kudaibergenov, commonly known as Dimash Kudaibergen (born May 24th, 1994) is a Kazakh singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Dimash is best known as a contestant of Chinese talent show "Singer 2017" where he was declared a runner-up. He is also known for possessing a wide more.
23 Gal Gadot Gal Gadot Varsano (born 30 April 1985) is an Israeli actress and model. At age 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. Gadot's first international film role came as Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious (2009), a role she reprised in subsequent installments of the film franchise.

Yeah I see it

24 Djimon Hounsou
25 Tuomas Holopainen Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen (born 25 December 1976) is a Finnish songwriter, multi-instrumentalist musician (but mainly keyboardist) and record producer, best known as the founder, leader, keyboardist and songwriter of symphonic metal band Nightwish. He also studied jazz and classical styles.

Hullo pain in (wherever).

26 Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette. more.


27 Roger Federer Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in history for a male tennis player. He has held the world No. 1 spot more.

So hard

28 Martina Navratilova
29 Jet Li Li Lianjie, better known by his English stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and wushu champion who was born in Beijing.

More like easiest - 445956

Yeah. Probably the hardest one.

30 Mila Kunis Milena Markovna "Mila" Kunis is an American actress . In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from the Ukrainian SSR to Los Angeles with her family .
31 Avril Lavigne Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.


32 Saoirse Ronan Saoirse Úna Ronan is an Irish and American actress. She is a two-time Academy Award nominee; receiving a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Atonement, and a Best Actress nomination for Brooklyn.

Crazy difficult to say.

33 Rick Astley Richard Paul "Rick" Astley (Born February 6, 1966 in Newton-le-Willows, U.K.) is a British singer/songwriter, also known for "Rickrolling" . However before that he started in a church choir and a couple of local bands, before attaining success as a popular singer in the late 80s and early 90s, known more.

An anagram of his name is Tickly Arse. Not hard to say, just more fun :). - Britgirl

34 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She was born on June 26th 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She is best known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and its spin-off show Sam & Cat. more.
35 Milla Jovovich Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich, known professionally as Milla Jovovich, is an American actress, model and musician.
36 Shia LaBeouf Shia Saide LaBeouf is an American actor, performance artist, and director who became known among younger audiences as Louis Stevens in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens.
37 Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck more.

Not really a celebrity. He's an underground metal musician.

38 Nicki Minaj Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj (born December 8, 1982) is a Trinidadian/American rapper / pop music artist. Minaj is most known for her songs such as "Anaconda", "Super Bass", "Starships" and her feature on "Bang Bang". more.

Not hard to pronounce. Just painful to look at and impossible to listen to.

39 Daniela Hantuchova

"Hantuchova." Sounds like instruction for folding a flag.

40 Frida Lyngstad
41 Wenche Myhre
42 Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.
43 Ross Bagdasarian Sr.

Even Nostalgia Critic can't pronounce his name.

44 Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records more.
45 Paul Verhoeven
46 Bjork Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. She is most famous for her eclectic music styles and experimentation on electronic pop music.
47 Ajit Pai Ajit Varadaraj Pai (born January 10, 1973) is a telecommunications director who serves as the Chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He is the first Indian American to hold the office. He has served in various positions at the FCC since being appointed to the commission more.
48 Ioan Gruffudd

Ralph Fiennes? Easy. THIS is hard to pronounce. - 445956

49 Quvenzhané Wallis
50 Alden Ehrenreich
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