Top Ten Celebrity Names that are Hardest to Pronounce

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

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

Haha "Angledangle Bumperhumper" seriously made me laugh out loud! A very VERY funny parody name of Englebert Humperdinck (who I've never heard of by the way) ;)
Haha Angledangle Bumperhumper... Priceless :D - Britgirl

V 5 Comments
2 Famke Janssen Famke Janssen

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

3 Ralph Fiennes 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. ...read more.
4 Amanda Seyfried 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

Actually, it's pronounced "Mathilde Guggenheim." She's just a really spad beller.

5 Novak Djokovic 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. V 2 Comments
6 Charlize Theron Charlize Theron
7 Tuomas Holopainen 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. V 1 Comment
8 Yngwie J. Malmsteen 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.
9 Matthew McConaughey 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 ...read more.

So hard to pronounce

10 Saoirse Ronan 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.

The Newcomers

? Dimash Kudaibergen Dimash Kudaibergen Dinmukhamed Kanatuly Kudaibergen (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 a talent show "Singer 2017" in China where he was declared a runner-up. He is also known for possessing a wide ...read more.

The Contenders

11 Friedrich Nietzsche 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.
12 Nicole Scherzinger 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 ...read more.

"That girl from the Pussycat Dolls Nicole...um something...um 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

My brother calls her, Nicole " S.., slinger" or "Shirtswinger" - Britgirl

V 2 Comments
13 Milo Yiannopoulos Milo Yiannopoulos

how?

YEE-ON-UH-POU-LOS? - ListElla

14 Marianne Muellerleile

She was on an episode of Ben 10 Ultimate Alien.

And BOY is her name herd to pronounce - 445956

15 Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova
16 Martin Scorsese 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, ...read more.

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

17 Mia Wasikowska 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

18 Ray Liotta 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

V 2 Comments
19 Paul Verhoeven
20 Ioan Gruffudd

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

21 Lupita Nyong'o Lupita Nyong'o

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

Is more easy this: Lupita Moñoñongo

22 M. Night Shyamalan 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.
23 Agnetha Faltskog 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..."

24 Jon Lajoie Jon Lajoie Jonathan "Jon" Lajoie is a Canadian comedian, actor, rapper, singer, musician, and Internet celebrity from Montreal, Quebec.
25 Jake Gyllenhaal 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 ...read more.

Easy.

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

26 Benjani Mwaruwari

What the hell are you supposed to say - TheHabsFan

27 Zach Galifianakis Zach Galifianakis

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

28 Gal Gadot Gal Gadot

Yeah I see it

29 Djimon Hounsou Djimon Hounsou
30 Benedict Cumberbatch 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

31 Roger Federer 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 ...read more.

So hard

32 Jet Li 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.

33 Mila Kunis 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 .
34 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne

Easy

35 Rick Astley Rick Astley Richard Paul "Rick" Astley (Born February 6, 1966 in Newton-le-Willows, U.K.) is a British singer/songwriter, best 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 ...read more.

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

36 Ariana Grande 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. ...read more.
37 Milla Jovovich Milla Jovovich

Not many people know how to pronounce her name. - gothictomboy66

38 Shia LaBeouf 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.
39 Chuck Schuldiner 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 ...read more.

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

40 Justin Bieber 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. ...read more.

What?!

41 Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian American rapper / pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Only", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe" . Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James Trinidad and Tobago. ...read more.

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

42 Daniela Hantuchova

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

43 Frida Lyngstad
44 Wenche Myhre
45 Ross Bagdasarian Sr.

Even Nostalgia Critic can't pronounce his name.

46 Hansi Kürsch 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 ...read more.
47 Bjork 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.
48 Ajit Pai Ajit Pai Ajit Pai is the chairman of the FCC. He has became infamous for passing the repeal of net neutrality as of December 14, 2017. He used to be a lawyer for Verizon.
49 Quvenzhané Wallis
50 Alden Ehrenreich
PSearch List

Related Lists

Top Ten Countries with the Hardest Names to Pronounce Hardest Language Names to Pronounce (In English) Top Ten Hardest English Words to Pronounce Top 10 Plant and Animal Binomials that are Hardest to Pronounce Top Ten Two-letter Combinations That Are Hardest to Pronounce

List Stats

100 votes
51 listings
1 year, 300 days old

Top Remixes (4)

1. Marianne Muellerleile
2. Milo Yiannopoulos
3. Arnold Schwarzenegger
TheFourthWorld
1. Novak Djokovic
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger
3. Amanda Seyfried
Arcxia
1. Arnold Schwarzenegger
2. Famke Janssen
3. Amanda Seyfried
Britgirl

WRemix
View All 4

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P