But what does a name really mean? When it comes to certain famous people, their names are everything. Here’s a list of celebrities, actresses, artists, athletes, and politicians with unusual first names. In point of fact, the names of these famous people are so recognisable that you would be hard-pressed to give them to your very own children. For instance, one might say, “This is my daughter, Madonna.” “RuPaul, did you eat the last cookie?” “Did you finish the last cookie?” No, giving a child any of these famous names is essentially naming him or her after a celebrity. Unfortunately, there is only room in the world for one Beyoncé.
The following celebrities are so well-known that even if you only hear one word associated with them, you will almost certainly be able to picture them in your head. These are the most famous people in history who are known only by their first name, and they range from historical figures who are no longer with us to some of the most famous people alive today. Take a look at these 25 famous people’s names.
#1 Ringo Starr
Anyone who has seen Degrassi will recognize the rapper’s full name, Aubrey Drake Graham. His middle name was given to him by his father, and he has used it for the majority of his life.
There is no need to make the Queen Bey introductions. Her mother’s maiden name is Beyoncé, however, this is solely due to a mistake on her birth certificate (the rest of the family spells it Beyince).
#5 Bruce Springsteen
There’s a reason why you may hear “BRRRUUUCCEEE” chants just by reading The Boss’s name. To put it succinctly, it is legendary.
Michael Peter Balzary, bassist for Red Hot Chili Peppers, was given his now-iconic name by his childhood friends who observed his jumpy and fidgety demeanor.
“My name is Prince, and I am funky/ My name is Prince, the one and only,” the late musician stated in his 1992 hit song. As it turned out, his real name was Prince Rogers Nelson. He was born in Africa.
#10 Leonardo DiCaprio
According to an interview that Saul Hudson gave to Metal Hammer, the rocker received the nickname “Slash” from the father of a friend because “I was hustling at the time and never had time to sit and chat.”
It’s not a particularly convoluted story, but the singer’s full name is actually Madonna Louise Ciccone. Since then, few new parents have ventured to name their child after the Queen of Pop—the most infants named Madonna in a single year was 212 in 1955.
Born Cherilyn Sarkisian, the actress officially changed her name to Cher—no last name. Indeed, that is how it appears spelled on her passport.
RiRi is another celebrity that goes by her middle name. She is Robyn Fenty when it comes to the most close friends and family members. According to a statement she gave to Rolling Stone, “I become numb hearing Rihanna, Rihanna, Rihanna.” When I hear Robyn, I make sure to pay attention.
The actress told Allure that she dropped her last name because she “just thought it was nice, like Cher or Prince.” As a result, the majority of Zendaya’s fans are unaware that her full name is Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman. She has stated that she was motivated to do so by the greats who came before her.
Not only did Alecia Beth Moore’s neon hair inspire her stage name, but the name itself was also a play on words. She said to Good Morning America that there were “plenty and lots and lots of reasons,” including the character Mr. Pink from Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs.
The singer Sealhenry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel is better known by his stage name, which is a shortened version of his full name. Are you going from five names to one? Iconic.
Elvis Presley was given his name in honor of his father, Vernon Presley, who also went by the name Elvis.
#21 Selena Quintanilla-Perez
#22 Kobe Bryant
The winner of a Grammy said “hello” to being a one-name star from the very beginning of his career. Adele Adkins, her full name, she once called “drab,” stating it “doesn’t have the same ring as Adele.”
Gordon Sting was conceived after a friend and fellow band member observed Matthew Thomas Sumner’s predilection for a particular sweater with yellow and black stripes, which Mr. Sumner wore on a regular basis.
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