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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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529 277
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Elvis Died at 42 (1935-1977)

2
583 302
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Madonna age 59

3
472 336
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beyoncé age 36

4
443 283
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tupac Died at 25 (1971-1996)

5
418 308
Cher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Cher age 71

6
392 345
Adele is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Adele age 29

7
350 290
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shakira age 41

8
335 242
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Rihanna age 30

9
241 220
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
LeBron age 33

10
284 269
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Barack age 56

11
250 235
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aaliyah Died at 22 (1979-2001)

12
197 159
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sia age 42

13
243 291
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Aretha age 76

14
229 217
Usher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Usher age 39

Famous People with the Same Real Name

15
210 199
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shaquille age 46

16
224 216
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dolly age 72

17
253 249
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Charlize age 42

18
192 182
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
RuPaul age 57

19
145 138
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Ellen age 60

20
249 249
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Keanu age 53

21
187 166
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kobe age 39

Natural Beauties Who Don't Need No Make-Up

22
238 243
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Denzel age 63

23
117 116
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Ringo age 77

24
210 207
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sade age 59

25
150 205
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Alanis age 43

26
177 199
Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Farrah Died at 62 (1947-2009)

27
89 102
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added Ozzy age 69

28
149 180
Björk is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Björk age 52

Silliest Celebrity Name Changes

29
68 53
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
MattFisher added Britney age 36

30
102 128
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idris age 45

31
150 169
Seal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Seal age 55

32
149 200
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Uma age 47

33
132 163
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kesha age 31

34
49 48
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gbi KalibataCity added Axl age 56

35
138 171
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
pyriel2 added Kylie age 49

50+ Celebrities Who Have Almost Died

36
173 190
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kanye age 40

37
137 195
Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Channing age 37

38
45 56
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Hugh age 49

39
96 149
Enya is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Enya age 56

40
103 142
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gwyneth age 45

41
110 142
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Shania age 52

42
34 35
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Whoopi age 62

Stars Who Passed on Iconic Hollywood Roles

43
94 137
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Sinéad age 51

44
121 142
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Kiefer age 51

45
61 86
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Quentin age 55

46
27 30
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Eira Remejeene added Winona age 46

47
49 83
Idina Menzel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Idina age 44

48
92 140
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Beck age 47

49
36 89
Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added Bernadette age 70

50
89 142
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Zooey age 38