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There are some celebrity names so singular that the celebrity in question barely needs a last name -- and often doesn't even use one. While a handful of these names start out as one-of-a-kind only to spawn a legion of little namesakes (case in point: Elvis), others remain indelibly linked to the personages who inspired them. Our picks for this distinctive group;
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  • Kanye

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    The popularity of the charismatic rapper-producer Kanye West has propelled his name into the Top 900. In addition to its African derivation, it is a Hawaiian name meaning 'free'. Read More 

  • Keanu

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    An evocatively exotic name brought from Hawaii to the mainland by Keanu Reeves, who was born in Beirut to a part-Hawaiian, part-Chinese father; has moved into the Top 1,000.  Read More 

  • Lebron

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    The best-known bearer of this name by faris basketball superstar LeBron James.  Read More 

  • Madonna

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    There's only one. Okay, two. Read More 

  • Mariska

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    Actress Hargitay made us notice this one, it makes a robust, energetic Slavic impression.  Read More 

  • Minka

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  • Newt

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    Rarely used on its own and irrevocably tied to former House Speaker Gingrich -- who was christened Newton.  Read More 

  • Oprah

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    The misspelling that created an indelibly one-person name.  Read More 

  • Rihanna

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    Rihanna, the name of the Barbados-born singer, whose birth name was Robyn Rihanna, attracted a fair number of parents for several years, but has now declined to Number 830. It has also generated se... Read More 

  • Rush

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    Might suggest speed, excitement, even danger, were it not for its best-known bearer, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh.  Read More 

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