Ringo. Cher. Drake. the following. Standing out in Hollywood isn’t easy – but these stars manage to do it with one name. Elegance, personality and talent must be present to create a larger-than-life personality. If you’ve got all three, celebrities like Bruce and Britney prove that you don’t even need a unique name to be known by just one person. From legends who are no longer with us to some of the biggest faces today, these are the most memorable one-name icons throughout history.
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English Drummer Ringo Starr
While the names John, Paul, and George may be more common, there’s nothing wrong with Ringo. His real name is Sir Richard Starkey. His famous nickname was a nickname given to him because of the many rings he wore on his hands.
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Anyone ever watched Degrassi Knows that the full name of the rapper is Aubrey Drake Graham. His father gave him his middle name, and he went by it most of his life.
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Coinpay needs no introduction. Her mother’s maiden name is Beyoncé, but only because of a typo on her birth certificate (the rest of the family spell it Beyoncé).
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The U2 singer, whose real name is Paul David Hewson, got his nickname from the Latin word bonavox – which translates to “good voice.” Can’t argue with that.
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There’s a reason you can hear “BRRRRUUCCCEEE” just by reading the name The Boss. Simply put, it is creative.
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Michael Peter Balzari, bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, has got his iconic name now after childhood friends have noticed his tense and turbulent personality.
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The late artist put it best in his 1992 hit song: “My name is Prince, and I’m funky/My name is Prince, the only one.” As it turns out, his name was really Prince Rogers Nelson.
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Melissa Vivian Jefferson has Jay-Z to thank for her epic stage name. As a teenager, she took the nickname Lissa, before switching it to Lizzo after the rapper’s song “Izzo (HOVA)”.
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Speaking of Jay-Z, or should we say Shawn Corey Carter, he chose his stage name as a reference to the J/Z subway station near his home in Brooklyn.
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Today, there is only one Leo in Hollywood – but there has never been one. When he first got his start, agents tried to get the young actor to change his name to Lenny Williams. Fortunately, he did not take their advice.
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Usher Raymond IV is a bite, but just an eyebrow that’s hard to forget. The singer often puts his name in his hit songs. We dare you not to start humming “Yes!” Immediately.
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A native of Marshall Bruce Mathers III, the rapper took the stage name M&M, after his initials – before switching it to Eminem. Much better on paper than candy.
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No big back story here: the singer’s real name is Madonna Louise Ciccone. Not many new parents have dared to name their child after the Queen of Pop since then – most children named Madonna in one year were in 1955, when there were only 212.
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Born Cherilyn Sarkisian, the star legally changed her name to just Cher — with no last name. Yes, it has it written on it passport from that way.
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RiRi is another star with her middle name. About close friends and family, however, she is Robin Fenty. She said, “I feel numb hearing about Rihanna, Rihanna, and Rihanna.” rolling rock. “When I hear Robin, pay attention.”
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The actress’s full name is Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, which most fans don’t know, because she was inspired by the greats who came before her. Lure: “me [dropped my last name because I] I think he was cool, like Cher or Prince.”
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Alicia Beth Moore’s stage name wasn’t just a nod to her neon hair color. I told good morning america There were “lots, lots of reasons” behind this, including the character of Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarantino Tank dogs.
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The singer shortened his full name, Sealhenry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel, once he began performing. Going from five names to one? creative.
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The King of Rock and Roll is named after his father, Vernon, and his middle name is Elvis.
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Selena Quintanilla Perez
she was The Selena in the 80’s and 90’s. The Latin singer made a big name for herself, including winning a Grammy, before her tragic murder in 1995.
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It’s okay to admit that you’re yelling “Kobe!” While shooting a basket. He was one of the greatest players with a great name to match.
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The Grammy winner said “hello” to being a one-name star the moment she entered the world of cinema. She once called her full name, Adele Adkins, “monotonous,” saying it “doesn’t have the same ring as Adele.”
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While the model’s name is rare in the United States, it is very popular in Italy. And in case you’re curious, he has a family name, which is Lanzoni.
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Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner officially became a Sting once a friend and bandmate noticed his love for the yellow and black striped jacket – which he was wearing Much.
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Although the athlete usually uses his full name, he does not have to. In true GOAT fashion, searching for “LeBron” on Googling gives you news of him and no one else.
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Born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, the singer’s first name means “thankful” in Arabic – which is probably how she feels about being famous enough to fit in on her own.
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Keanu – which means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian – almost changed his name not once, but twice. When his clients suggested he use a stage name, the actor gave them two options: Chuck Spadina or Templeton Page Taylor. Keanu, it is!
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There are a lot of tigers in the jungle, but there is only one tiger on the golf course. Born Eldrick Twenty Woods, the athlete got his famous nickname from a friend of his father, a South Vietnamese colonel also known as “Tiger”.
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If someone says Shack, you instantly know who they’re talking about. “Shakeel is an Islamic name meaning young, and Rashawan means warrior.” [My mother] He said, “You are my little warrior. I fought with you, I fought for you,” he told OWN.
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