Names The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names  

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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. 

list ordered by

1
685 356
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)

2
714 396
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 60

3
632 407
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 37

4
584 354
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 25 (1971-1996)

5
445 342
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 42

6
496 389
Cher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 72

7
479 402
Adele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 30

8
445 283
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 31

9
361 328
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 57

10
301 279
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 34

11
301 290
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 54

12
255 241
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 46

13
270 259
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 73

14
299 292
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 22 (1979-2001)

15
278 333
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 76

16
237 205
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 40

17
239 228
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 58

18
273 265
Usher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 40

19
240 211
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 43

20
276 273
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 64

21
189 191
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 61

22
152 151
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 78

23
277 295
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 43

24
126 130
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added age 70

25
205 223
Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 62 (1947-2009)