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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
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RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Age 60 from Bay City, Michigan, United States of America

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Cher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Age 72 from El Centro, California, United States of America

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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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Adele is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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Uma Thurman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Naima Kadik added Age 22 from Oakland, California, United States of America

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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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Björk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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Kesha is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Age 31 from Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
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Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Gbi KalibataCity added Age 57 from Lafayette, Fairfield Township, Indiana, United States of America

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Lorde is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Naima Kadik added Age 22 from Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand

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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names