There's Only One Oprah

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;

  • Aretha

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    There's still only one. Read More 

  • Arsenio

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    Long considered Mr. Hall's exclusive property, it's now ready to be adopted by others. Read More 

  • Beyonce

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    There's only one Beyonce (well, not really, but all the others were named after the original). The singer's name was created from her mom's maiden name, Biyence, also with an accent over the... Read More 

  • Cher

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    For years there was only one Cher, and then along came the charming heroine of the movie "Clueless." The world now officially has enough Chers in it. Read More 

  • Condoleezza

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    Made famous by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, whose parents fashioned her name from a musical term meaning "with sweetness". Read More 

  • Demi

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    Demi appeared in the US as a baby name thanks to a single celebrity, actress Demi Moore, who put it on the Top 1000 throughout the 1990s. As her star faded, so did the visibility of the name,... Read More 

  • Denzel

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    This old Cornish name took on a whole new identity via Denzel Washington, who has inspired several thousand namesakes. The actor was named after his father, who was named for a Dr. Denzel, who... Read More 

  • Dougray

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    Scottish actor Dougray (born Stephen) Scott made us aware of this name when he took on his French grandmother's surname as his stage name. Read More 

  • Dweezil

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    One of the oft-mocked Zappa kid names; it supposedly was a nickname his father had for his wife's pinkie toe. Read More 

  • January

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    Thanks to two cultural influences, January has joined March, April, June and August as a plausible month name.

    The first was a character named January Wayne in a bestselling 1973... Read More 

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