Entertainment 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
1
698 359
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)
2
720 400
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 60
3
641 410
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 34
4
592 356
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 25 (1971-1996)
5
450 343
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 42
6
501 390
Cher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 69
7
485 403
Adele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 30
8
452 284
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 31
9
366 331
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 57
10
306 280
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 34
11
305 291
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 54
12
257 242
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 46
13
282 335
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 76
14
273 262
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 73
15
301 293
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 22 (1979-2001)
16
276 266
Usher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 40
17
242 230
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 58
18
240 209
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 40
19
279 274
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 64
20
242 214
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 43
21
156 152
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 78
22
193 193
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 61
23
128 130
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added age 70
24
278 297
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 43
25
114 97
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
MattFisher added age 37