She was always just being Miley. It turns out Miley Cyrus is just a stage name — and her real name is actually really inspiring. On a recent episode of The Voice, Miley revealed her birth name while trying to convince a contestant to join her team, and all we can say is her parents had really high hopes for their daughter.
"My name, it wasn't always Miley," the 24-year-old pop star said on the reality singing competition. "My name was Destiny Hope when I was born because my dad said it was my destiny to bring hope to the world." See, we weren't exaggerating when we said she had big shoes to fill. So, how did she go from Destiny to Miley?
According to the former Disney Channel star, her dad Billy Ray Cyrus would call her "Smiley" when she was a baby because she always had a grin on her face. That was eventually shortened to Miley — and when she was 15 years old, she legally changed her moniker to Miley Ray Cyrus. Her middle name is in homage to her famous father and grandfather.
Her dad also explained her nickname in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2008. "I had this vision that it was her destiny to bring hope to the world,” Billy Ray said. “And as a baby, she just kept smiling all the time. So her name was Destiny Hope, but I started calling her Smiley. Then as you start talking to a baby, you start dropping the S’s off the front end, and pretty soon Smiley became Miley.”
Her lawyer at the time also explained the legal name change in court documents, stating, "She was never referred to as Destiny Hope, ever since childhood she has been Miley Ray and the family wanted her common name to be her legal name." We wonder what her fiancé Liam Hemsworth calls her?