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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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1
518 272
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Elvis Died at 42 (1935-1977)

2
578 295
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Madonna age 59

3
465 329
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beyoncé age 36

4
439 275
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tupac Died at 25 (1971-1996)

5
413 302
Cher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Cher age 71

6
384 342
Adele is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Adele age 29

7
346 285
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shakira age 41

8
330 235
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Rihanna age 30

9
281 262
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Barack age 56

10
249 228
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aaliyah Died at 22 (1979-2001)

11
236 215
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
LeBron age 33

12
194 154
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sia age 42

13
227 211
Usher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Usher age 39

14
252 243
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Charlize age 42

Famous People with the Same Real Name

15
241 286
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aretha age 76

16
248 241
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Keanu age 53

17
144 134
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Ellen age 60

18
186 157
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kobe age 39

19
206 196
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shaquille age 46

20
189 178
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
RuPaul age 57

21
220 214
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dolly age 72

Natural Beauties Who Don't Need No Make-Up

22
238 236
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Denzel age 63

23
116 110
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Ringo age 77

24
149 189
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Alanis age 43

25
67 39
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
MattFisher added Britney age 36

26
208 201
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sade age 59

27
86 88
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added Ozzy age 69

28
174 184
Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Farrah Died at 62 (1947-2009)

Silliest Celebrity Name Changes

29
146 164
Björk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Björk age 52

30
101 109
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idris age 45

31
132 143
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kesha age 31

32
148 150
Seal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Seal age 55

33
148 182
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Uma age 47

34
136 149
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
pyriel2 added Kylie age 49

35
169 171
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kanye age 40

Celebrities With Problem Children

36
31 21
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Whoopi age 62

37
95 130
Enya is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Enya age 56

38
109 127
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shania age 52

39
43 46
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Hugh age 49

40
135 179
Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Channing age 37

41
101 129
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gwyneth age 45

42
27 19
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Eira Remejeene added Winona age 46

Stars Who Passed on Iconic Hollywood Roles

43
94 125
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sinéad age 51

44
60 77
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Quentin age 55

45
119 132
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kiefer age 51

46
48 75
Idina Menzel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idina age 44

47
89 134
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Zooey age 38

48
35 84
Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Bernadette age 70

49
90 135
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beck age 47

50
70 123
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Joni age 74