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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) 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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425 221
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Elvis Died at 42 (1935-1977)

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475 244
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Madonna age 58

3
346 241
Cher is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Cher age 70

4
353 225
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tupac Died at 25 (1971-1996)

5
353 272
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beyoncé age 34

6
278 236
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shakira age 40

7
312 289
Adele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Adele age 28

8
191 155
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
LeBron age 32

9
244 194
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Rihanna age 29

10
210 229
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aretha age 75

11
226 207
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Barack age 55

12
218 201
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Keanu age 51

13
172 153
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shaquille age 45

14
206 193
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Charlize age 41

15
92 77
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Ringo age 76

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203 193
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aaliyah Died at 22 (1979-2001)

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184 173
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dolly age 71

18
153 123
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kobe age 38

19
186 179
Usher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Usher age 38

20
208 207
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Denzel age 62

21
147 120
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sia age 41

22
87 80
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idris age 44

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66 46
Sting is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tim Schild added Sting age 65

24
189 174
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sade age 58

25
148 147
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
RuPaul age 56

26
99 99
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Ellen age 59

27
60 53
Bono is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tim Schild added Bono age 56

28
127 162
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Alanis age 42

29
153 157
Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Farrah Died at 62 (1947-2009)

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125 139
Björk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Björk age 51

31
135 155
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Uma age 46

32
116 118
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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33
134 129
Seal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Seal age 54

34
62 69
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added Ozzy age 68

35
80 109
Enya is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Enya age 55

36
31 13
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
MattFisher added Britney age 35

37
109 110
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kiefer age 50

38
87 99
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sinéad age 50

39
31 24
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Walt Died at 65 (1901-1966)

40
105 125
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kesha age 30

41
94 110
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shania age 51

42
53 65
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Lucy Died at 78 (1911-1989)

43
52 53
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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140 150
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kanye age 39

45
58 62
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Mick age 73

46
118 159
Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Channing age 36

47
89 108
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gwyneth age 44

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80 111
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Zooey age 37

49
39 51
Idina Menzel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idina age 45

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26 28
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Hugh age 48