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

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460 247
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Elvis Died at 42 (1935-1977)

3
375 274
Cher is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Cher age 70

4
403 299
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beyoncé age 35

5
379 255
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tupac Died at 25 (1971-1996)

6
305 262
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shakira age 40

7
337 321
Adele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Adele age 28

8
282 216
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Rihanna age 29

9
210 185
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
LeBron age 32

10
235 213
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Charlize age 41

11
223 258
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aretha age 75

12
245 235
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Barack age 55

13
202 190
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dolly age 71

14
218 207
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aaliyah Died at 22 (1979-2001)

15
203 191
Usher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Usher age 38

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164 131
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sia age 41

17
227 224
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Keanu age 52

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119 112
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Ellen age 59

19
184 179
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shaquille age 45

20
162 154
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
RuPaul age 56

21
218 219
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Denzel age 62

22
162 137
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kobe age 38

23
97 93
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Ringo age 76

24
137 173
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Alanis age 42

25
195 184
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sade age 58

26
92 94
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idris age 44

27
160 170
Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Farrah Died at 62 (1947-2009)

28
127 129
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
pyriel2 added Kylie age 48

29
133 152
Björk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Björk age 51

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72 75
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added Ozzy age 68

31
138 168
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Uma age 46

32
46 23
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
MattFisher added Britney age 35

33
141 138
Seal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Seal age 54

34
117 129
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kesha age 30

35
89 116
Enya is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Enya age 55

36
152 158
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kanye age 39

37
99 118
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shania age 51

38
113 118
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kiefer age 50

39
122 168
Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Channing age 36

40
89 110
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sinéad age 50

41
92 116
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gwyneth age 44

42
54 63
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Quentin age 54

43
84 119
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Zooey age 37

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31 35
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Hugh age 48

45
42 61
Idina Menzel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idina age 45

46
32 73
Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Bernadette age 69

47
85 123
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beck age 46

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16 12
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Whoopi age 61

49
15 11
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Eira Remejeene added Winona age 45

50
67 113
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Joni age 73