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

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439 240
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Elvis Died at 42 (1935-1977)

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357 263
Cher is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Cher age 70

4
363 245
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tupac Died at 25 (1971-1996)

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368 291
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beyoncé age 35

6
324 308
Adele is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Adele age 28

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289 254
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shakira age 40

8
260 211
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Rihanna age 29

9
199 176
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
LeBron age 32

10
227 203
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Charlize age 41

11
232 226
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Barack age 55

12
212 249
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aretha age 75

13
179 169
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shaquille age 45

14
221 215
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Keanu age 52

15
194 185
Usher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Usher age 38

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156 125
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sia age 41

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194 182
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dolly age 71

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214 210
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Denzel age 62

19
159 129
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kobe age 38

20
94 86
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Ringo age 76

21
207 203
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aaliyah Died at 22 (1979-2001)

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110 105
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Ellen age 59

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155 151
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
RuPaul age 56

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69 52
Sting is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tim Schild added Sting age 65

25
191 179
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sade age 58

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88 88
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idris age 44

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156 163
Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Farrah Died at 62 (1947-2009)

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129 169
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Alanis age 42

29
128 145
Björk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Björk age 51

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60 60
Bono is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tim Schild added Bono age 56

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137 161
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Uma age 46

32
41 16
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
MattFisher added Britney age 35

33
121 123
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
pyriel2 added Kylie age 48

34
64 71
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added Ozzy age 68

35
135 133
Seal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Seal age 54

36
113 125
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kesha age 30

37
148 152
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kanye age 39

38
82 113
Enya is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Enya age 55

39
97 113
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shania age 51

40
88 103
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sinéad age 50

41
56 68
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Lucy Died at 78 (1911-1989)

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109 114
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kiefer age 50

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33 28
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Walt Died at 65 (1901-1966)

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91 110
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gwyneth age 44

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53 56
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Quentin age 54

46
119 161
Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Channing age 36

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58 66
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Mick age 73

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83 112
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Zooey age 37

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41 55
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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29 30
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Hugh age 48