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List Rules Only real first names - no pseudonyms or stage names

What's in a name? For some famous folks, naming is everything. Here's a list of celebrities, actors, musicians, sports stars, and politicians who have one-of-a-kind real first names. In fact, these stars' names are so unique that you can't even really steal them for your own kids. Like, what, "This is my daughter, Madonna"? "Did you eat the last cookie, RuPaul"? No, if you give a child any of these iconic names, you are basically just naming him or her after a celebrity. Sorry, but there can be only one Beyoncé. 

What are the most unique celebrity names? This list only includes real given first names - no stage names or pseudonyms. Many listed are mononymous people who are known just by a single name, like Shakira, Kesha, and Prince. Others have well-known surnames, even if they don't need them, like Charlize Theron and Kanye West. Many of the names on this list are popular in other cultures or on other continents, but are not common in North America. Other names may be used by more than one famous person or even fictional character, but everyone knows who the true Elvis is (i.e. not Elvis Costello, whose real name is Declan anyway) and the true Cher (i.e. not Cher from Clueless). 

Anyway, these famous people names are the ones for whom you don't need clarification. You are never like, "Wait, which Tupac?" Vote up the ones that are so unique that you hope to never find out that a person you know has give their baby the same name. 

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Madonna age 58

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441 240
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Elvis Died at 42 (1935-1977)

3
360 263
Cher is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Cher age 70

4
371 292
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beyoncé age 35

5
364 246
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tupac Died at 25 (1971-1996)

6
326 308
Adele is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Adele age 28

7
290 255
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shakira age 40

8
263 212
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Rihanna age 29

9
228 204
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Charlize age 41

10
200 177
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
LeBron age 32

11
196 182
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dolly age 71

12
214 249
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aretha age 75

13
233 227
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Barack age 55

14
222 216
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Keanu age 52

15
181 170
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shaquille age 45

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158 125
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sia age 41

17
195 186
Usher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Usher age 38

18
161 130
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kobe age 38

19
215 211
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Denzel age 62

20
208 204
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aaliyah Died at 22 (1979-2001)

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95 87
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Ringo age 76

22
112 106
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Ellen age 59

23
157 152
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
RuPaul age 56

24
192 180
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sade age 58

25
133 169
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Alanis age 42

26
89 89
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idris age 44

27
157 164
Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Farrah Died at 62 (1947-2009)

28
130 147
Björk is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Björk age 51

29
121 125
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
pyriel2 added Kylie age 48

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138 162
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Uma age 46

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42 17
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
MattFisher added Britney age 35

32
66 71
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added Ozzy age 68

33
137 134
Seal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Seal age 54

34
114 126
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kesha age 30

35
149 153
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kanye age 39

36
84 114
Enya is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Enya age 55

37
98 114
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shania age 51

38
111 114
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kiefer age 50

39
88 105
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sinéad age 50

40
120 163
Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Channing age 36

41
84 113
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Zooey age 37

42
91 112
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gwyneth age 44

43
53 59
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Quentin age 54

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42 56
Idina Menzel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idina age 45

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30 31
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Hugh age 48

46
32 67
Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Bernadette age 69

47
14 6
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Eira Remejeene added Winona age 45

48
84 119
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beck age 46

49
66 109
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Joni age 73

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12 9
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Whoopi age 61