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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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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)
2
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 60
3
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 37
4
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 25 (1971-1996)
5
Cher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 72
6
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 31
7
Adele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 30
8
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 42
9
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 57
10
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 34
11
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 54
12
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 76
13
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 73
14
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 22 (1979-2001)
15
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 40
16
Usher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 40
17
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 46
18
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 61
19
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 58
20
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 64
21
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 78
22
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 43
23
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added age 70
24
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 43
25
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
MattFisher added age 37