Celebrities 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. 

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

2
655 360
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 59

3
563 379
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 36

4
529 326
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Died at 25 (1971-1996)

5
462 360
Cher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 71

6
408 324
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 41

7
444 380
Adele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 29

8
402 267
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 30

9
329 302
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 56

10
278 255
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 33

11
222 186
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 42

12
256 243
Usher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 39

13
278 268
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Died at 22 (1979-2001)

14
235 221
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 46

15
216 186
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 39

16
277 271
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 53

17
246 240
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 72

18
260 314
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 76

19
215 207
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 57

20
141 135
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 77

21
259 260
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 63

22
167 165
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 60

23
266 273
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 42

24
112 114
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added age 69

25
95 72
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
MattFisher added age 36

26
223 225
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 59

27
162 215
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 43

28
190 209
Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Died at 62 (1947-2009)

29
160 194
Björk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 52

30
162 214
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 47

31
145 177
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 31

32
110 142
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 43

33
155 181
Seal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 55

34
148 183
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
pyriel2 added age 49

35
57 60
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gbi KalibataCity added age 56

36
47 47
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 62

37
187 211
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 40

38
106 158
Enya is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 56

39
148 207
Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 37

40
119 153
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 52

41
39 40
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Eira Remejeene added age 46

42
108 158
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 45

43
99 149
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 51

44
126 155
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 51

45
66 97
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 55

46
55 92
Idina Menzel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 46

47
48 72
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 49

48
96 150
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 47

49
16 7
Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Naima Kadik added age 21

50
47 65
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
ElijahKaganer added age 41