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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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531 278
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Elvis Died at 42 (1935-1977)

2
586 303
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Madonna age 59

3
473 339
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beyoncé age 36

4
444 284
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tupac Died at 25 (1971-1996)

5
419 308
Cher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Cher age 71

6
393 346
Adele is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Adele age 29

7
351 290
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shakira age 41

8
336 242
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Rihanna age 30

9
241 221
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
LeBron age 33

10
285 270
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Barack age 56

11
251 236
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aaliyah Died at 22 (1979-2001)

12
198 160
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sia age 42

13
230 217
Usher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Usher age 39

14
244 292
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aretha age 76

Famous People with the Same Real Name

15
225 217
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dolly age 72

16
254 250
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Charlize age 42

17
210 200
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shaquille age 46

18
192 183
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
RuPaul age 57

19
146 139
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Ellen age 60

20
250 249
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Keanu age 53

21
188 167
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kobe age 39

Natural Beauties Who Don't Need No Make-Up

22
240 243
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Denzel age 63

23
118 116
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Ringo age 77

24
211 208
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sade age 59

25
152 205
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Alanis age 43

26
151 180
Björk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Björk age 52

27
70 53
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
MattFisher added Britney age 36

28
177 200
Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Farrah Died at 62 (1947-2009)

Silliest Celebrity Name Changes

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90 102
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added Ozzy age 69

30
151 200
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Uma age 47

31
102 129
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idris age 45

32
150 170
Seal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Seal age 55

33
132 164
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kesha age 31

34
49 49
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gbi KalibataCity added Axl age 56

35
138 172
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
pyriel2 added Kylie age 49

50+ Celebrities Who Have Almost Died

36
173 191
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kanye age 40

37
36 35
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Whoopi age 62

38
139 195
Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Channing age 37

39
98 149
Enya is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Enya age 56

40
112 142
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shania age 52

41
46 57
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Hugh age 49

42
104 143
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gwyneth age 45

Stars Who Passed on Iconic Hollywood Roles

43
96 137
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sinéad age 51

44
63 86
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Quentin age 55

45
29 30
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Eira Remejeene added Winona age 46

46
122 142
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kiefer age 51

47
51 83
Idina Menzel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idina age 44

48
93 140
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beck age 47

49
90 142
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Zooey age 38

50
36 90
Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Bernadette age 70