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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645 339
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)

2
677 376
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 59

3
586 389
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 36

4
552 337
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 25 (1971-1996)

5
475 375
Cher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 71

6
460 389
Adele is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 29

7
420 335
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 41

8
421 273
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 30

9
340 317
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 56

10
288 264
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 33

11
242 229
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 46

12
287 280
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 22 (1979-2001)

13
288 280
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 53

14
256 249
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 72

15
262 254
Usher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 39

16
225 196
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 39

17
230 200
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 42

18
225 217
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 57

19
179 176
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 60

20
264 324
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 76

21
265 268
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 63

22
274 281
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 42

23
145 144
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 77

24
117 122
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added age 69

25
226 232
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 59

26
101 84
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
MattFisher added age 36

27
196 216
Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 62 (1947-2009)

28
164 226
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 43

29
164 201
Björk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 50

30
151 182
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 31

31
164 222
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 47

32
114 150
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 45

33
159 187
Seal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 55

34
62 66
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gbi KalibataCity added age 56

35
151 193
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
pyriel2 added age 49

36
52 52
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 60

37
193 217
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 40

38
108 163
Enya is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 54

39
152 215
Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 37

40
43 46
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Eira Remejeene added age 46

41
29 13
Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Naima Kadik added age 21

42
121 159
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 52

43
112 164
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 45

44
23 12
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Naima Kadik added age 21

45
69 103
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 55

46
128 160
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 51

47
52 79
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 49

48
57 97
Idina Menzel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 44

49
100 155
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 51

50
99 156
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 47