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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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531 259
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Madonna age 58

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461 249
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Elvis Died at 42 (1935-1977)

3
377 275
Cher is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Cher age 70

4
405 300
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beyoncé age 35

5
382 255
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tupac Died at 25 (1971-1996)

6
305 264
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shakira age 40

7
338 322
Adele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Adele age 28

8
284 216
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Rihanna age 29

9
237 214
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Charlize age 41

10
210 187
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
LeBron age 32

11
223 260
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aretha age 75

12
245 237
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Barack age 55

13
204 191
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dolly age 71

14
219 208
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aaliyah Died at 22 (1979-2001)

15
204 192
Usher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Usher age 38

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165 133
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sia age 41

17
227 226
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Keanu age 51

18
219 221
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Denzel age 62

19
119 115
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Ellen age 59

20
162 156
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
RuPaul age 56

21
184 182
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shaquille age 45

22
162 139
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kobe age 37

23
97 95
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Ringo age 76

24
137 175
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Alanis age 42

25
196 186
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sade age 56

26
93 95
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idris age 44

27
161 170
Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Farrah Died at 62 (1947-2009)

28
73 75
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added Ozzy age 68

29
134 153
Björk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Björk age 51

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127 130
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
pyriel2 added Kylie age 48

31
47 23
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
MattFisher added Britney age 35

32
138 169
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Uma age 46

33
141 139
Seal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Seal age 52

34
118 131
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kesha age 30

35
89 118
Enya is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Enya age 55

36
152 159
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kanye age 39

37
101 118
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shania age 51

38
114 119
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kiefer age 49

39
123 170
Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Channing age 36

40
94 118
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gwyneth age 44

41
89 113
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sinéad age 50

42
55 65
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Quentin age 54

43
85 121
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Zooey age 37

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31 37
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Hugh age 48

45
42 64
Idina Menzel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idina age 45

46
32 75
Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Bernadette age 69

47
85 125
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beck age 46

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17 13
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Whoopi age 61

49
16 12
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Eira Remejeene added Winona age 45

50
67 115
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Joni age 73