Names 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. 

list ordered by

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664 352
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)

2
696 391
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 60

3
613 401
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 37

4
574 347
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 25 (1971-1996)

5
433 338
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 42

6
484 384
Cher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 72

7
466 399
Adele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 30

8
434 279
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 31

9
352 321
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 57

10
294 272
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 34

11
248 233
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 46

12
235 221
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 58

13
269 258
Usher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 40

14
293 287
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 22 (1979-2001)

15
263 255
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 73

16
293 286
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 54

17
230 200
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 40

18
270 329
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 76

19
234 207
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 43

20
270 271
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 64

21
183 187
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 61

22
148 149
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 78

23
275 291
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 43

24
121 128
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added age 70

25
229 239
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 60