Celebrities 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. 

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

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654 358
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Madonna age 59

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561 378
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beyoncé age 36

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

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

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408 323
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shakira age 41

7
444 379
Adele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Adele age 29

8
402 266
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Rihanna age 30

9
329 300
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Barack age 56

10
278 254
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
LeBron age 33

11
222 185
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sia age 42

12
256 242
Usher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Usher age 39

13
278 267
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aaliyah Died at 22 (1979-2001)

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235 220
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shaquille age 46

15
216 185
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kobe age 39

16
277 270
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Keanu age 53

17
246 239
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dolly age 72

18
260 313
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aretha age 76

19
215 206
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
RuPaul age 57

20
141 134
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Ringo age 77

21
167 164
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Ellen age 60

22
259 259
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Denzel age 63

23
266 272
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Charlize age 42

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112 113
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added Ozzy age 69

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95 71
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
MattFisher added Britney age 36

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223 224
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sade age 59

27
162 214
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Alanis age 43

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190 208
Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Farrah Died at 62 (1947-2009)

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160 193
Björk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Björk age 52

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162 213
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Uma age 47

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144 176
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kesha age 31

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110 141
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idris age 45

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155 180
Seal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Seal age 55

34
57 59
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gbi KalibataCity added Axl age 56

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147 183
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
pyriel2 added Kylie age 49

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47 46
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Whoopi age 62

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187 210
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kanye age 40

38
106 157
Enya is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Enya age 56

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148 206
Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Channing age 37

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39 39
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Eira Remejeene added Winona age 46

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119 152
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shania age 52

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108 157
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gwyneth age 45

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99 148
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sinéad age 51

44
66 96
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Quentin age 55

45
126 154
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kiefer age 51

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55 91
Idina Menzel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idina age 46

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48 71
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Hugh age 49

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96 149
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beck age 47

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16 6
Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Naima Kadik added Zendaya age 21

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Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
ElijahKaganer added Ronaldo age 41