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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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546 286
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Elvis Died at 42 (1935-1977)

2
602 310
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Madonna age 59

3
485 349
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beyoncé age 36

4
458 293
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tupac Died at 25 (1971-1996)

5
426 319
Cher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Cher age 71

6
362 296
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shakira age 41

7
402 355
Adele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Adele age 29

8
343 248
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Rihanna age 30

9
246 229
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
LeBron age 33

10
288 278
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Barack age 56

11
253 244
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aaliyah Died at 22 (1979-2001)

12
200 168
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sia age 42

13
234 224
Usher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Usher age 39

14
213 204
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shaquille age 46

Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous

15
246 298
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aretha age 76

16
196 186
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
RuPaul age 57

17
227 223
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dolly age 72

18
255 255
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Charlize age 42

19
255 254
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Keanu age 53

20
123 118
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Ringo age 77

21
148 145
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Ellen age 60

Silliest Celebrity Name Changes

22
191 171
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kobe age 39

23
243 247
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Denzel age 63

24
213 210
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sade age 59

25
153 207
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Alanis age 43

26
76 57
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
MattFisher added Britney age 36

27
93 104
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added Ozzy age 69

28
179 202
Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Farrah Died at 62 (1947-2009)

Stars Who Passed on Iconic Hollywood Roles

29
152 183
Björk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Björk age 52

30
154 202
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Uma age 47

31
152 172
Seal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Seal age 55

32
104 132
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idris age 45

33
135 166
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kesha age 31

34
50 51
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gbi KalibataCity added Axl age 56

35
140 176
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
pyriel2 added Kylie age 49

The Greatest Former Child Stars

36
175 195
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kanye age 40

37
99 150
Enya is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Enya age 56

38
37 38
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Whoopi age 62

39
139 198
Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Channing age 37

40
113 146
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shania age 52

41
105 146
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gwyneth age 45

42
46 61
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Hugh age 49

How Truman Capote Went From A New York City "Party Boy" – To A Social Ruiner

43
97 139
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sinéad age 51

44
30 32
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Eira Remejeene added Winona age 46

45
123 145
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kiefer age 51

46
64 89
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Quentin age 55

47
52 85
Idina Menzel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idina age 44

48
94 142
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beck age 47

49
91 146
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Zooey age 38

50
37 95
Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Bernadette age 70