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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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537 283
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Elvis Died at 42 (1935-1977)

2
594 306
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Madonna age 59

3
479 345
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beyoncé age 36

4
450 288
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tupac Died at 25 (1971-1996)

5
425 313
Cher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Cher age 71

6
398 352
Adele is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Adele age 29

7
357 294
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shakira age 41

8
339 246
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Rihanna age 30

9
244 227
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
LeBron age 33

10
253 240
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aaliyah Died at 22 (1979-2001)

11
285 277
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Barack age 56

12
199 164
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sia age 42

13
232 221
Usher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Usher age 39

14
227 219
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dolly age 72

Famous People with the Same Real Name

15
255 251
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Charlize age 42

16
212 202
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shaquille age 46

17
245 295
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aretha age 76

18
195 184
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
RuPaul age 57

19
253 251
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Keanu age 53

20
191 169
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kobe age 39

21
122 116
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Ringo age 77

The Hottest Celebrities of All Time

22
147 143
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Ellen age 60

23
242 245
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Denzel age 63

24
213 208
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sade age 59

25
153 206
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Alanis age 43

26
75 56
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
MattFisher added Britney age 36

27
93 103
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added Ozzy age 69

28
179 201
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
152 182
Björk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Björk age 52

30
153 201
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Uma age 47

31
152 171
Seal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Seal age 55

32
103 131
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idris age 45

33
134 165
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kesha age 31

34
50 50
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gbi KalibataCity added Axl age 56

35
140 175
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
pyriel2 added Kylie age 49

15 Famous People Who Went to Med School

36
175 194
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kanye age 40

37
37 37
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Whoopi age 62

38
99 150
Enya is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Enya age 56

39
139 197
Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Channing age 37

40
113 145
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shania age 52

41
105 145
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gwyneth age 45

42
46 61
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Hugh age 49

Stars Who Passed on Iconic Hollywood Roles

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30 31
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Eira Remejeene added Winona age 46

44
97 138
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sinéad age 51

45
123 144
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kiefer age 51

46
64 88
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Quentin age 55

47
52 84
Idina Menzel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idina age 44

48
94 141
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beck age 47

49
91 145
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Zooey age 38

50
37 94
Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Bernadette age 70