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. 

list ordered by

1
663 352
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)

2
695 390
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 60

3
611 401
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 37

4
573 347
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 25 (1971-1996)

5
484 383
Cher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 72

6
432 338
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 42

7
465 399
Adele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 30

8
433 279
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 31

9
351 321
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 57

10
293 272
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 34

11
247 233
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 46

12
293 286
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Dec. at 22 (1979-2001)

13
234 221
RuPaul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 58

14
268 258
Usher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 40

15
292 286
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 54

16
262 255
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 73

17
229 200
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 40

18
270 328
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 76

19
233 207
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 43

20
269 271
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 64

21
148 148
Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 78

22
182 187
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Tom Islava added age 61

23
275 290
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 43

24
121 127
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
Nick Buisman added age 70

25
229 238
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names
age 60