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

    Gender: M LoveDislike

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

  • Beyonce

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    You know who Beyonce is. One of the most famous people in the world. When she was born, her name was truly unique; it was a riff on her mom's maiden name, Biyence, with an accent over the final... 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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