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. 

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632 332
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)

2
668 368
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 57

3
575 384
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 36

4
540 331
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 25 (1971-1996)

5
470 364
Cher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 71

6
414 328
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 41

7
451 384
Adele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 29

8
411 271
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 30

9
332 311
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 56

10
283 259
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 33

11
237 224
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 46

12
225 192
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 42

13
281 273
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 22 (1979-2001)

14
258 249
Usher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 39

15
220 192
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 39

16
281 277
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 53

17
221 213
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 57

18
250 247
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 72

19
261 320
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 76

20
172 172
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 60

21
262 265
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 63

22
143 141
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 77

23
270 278
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 42

24
114 120
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added age 69

25
100 79
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
MattFisher added age 36

26
225 229
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 59

27
195 212
Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 62 (1947-2009)

28
163 223
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 43

29
163 198
Björk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 52

30
164 218
Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 47

31
148 180
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 31

32
158 184
Seal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 55

33
112 147
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 43

34
149 188
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
pyriel2 added age 49

35
58 64
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gbi KalibataCity added age 56

36
190 213
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 40

37
48 51
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 62

38
107 160
Enya is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 54

39
42 43
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Eira Remejeene added age 46

40
149 213
Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 37

41
120 156
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 52

42
23 10
Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Naima Kadik added age 21

43
21 8
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Naima Kadik added age 21

44
109 162
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 45

45
127 157
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 51

46
50 75
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 47

47
67 100
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 55

48
99 152
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 51

49
55 94
Idina Menzel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 44

50
98 152
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 47