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Celebs With Just One Name

March 28, 2011

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The latest news from Lindsay Lohan is that she’s planning on dropping her last name and will be known only as “Lindsay” from now on. Some people think it makes sense, since she’s pretty much the only famous person named Lindsay. But other think she’s not a big enough star to be known by one name only. So we thought we’d count down the top 10 celebs famous for going by just one name…

No. 10: Beyonce

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Well, like most newer celebs with one main name, most of us know that Beyonce’s last name is Knowles. But that’s not the point :)

No. 9: Cher

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Cher is among the most famous celebs with only one name. However, her current name is actually a shortened version of her real, full name: Cherilyn Sarkisian. She officially changed it way back in 1979.

No. 8: Diddy

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Diddy’s changed his name so many times (Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and now just Diddy), we think he’ll eventually go back to using his full name: Sean John Combs.

No. 7: Madonna

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She’s TRULY a one-name gal. Hardly anyone knows that Madonna was actually given the name Madonna Louise Ciccone when she was born. She’s so famous now, the Ciccone part doesn’t even count!

No. 6: Usher

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Not only was Usher born Usher Raymond, but he was actually the fourth male in his family to have the name, officially making him Usher Raymond IV.

No. 5: Prince

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OK, so he’s no longer even Prince – just a squiggle. In any case, Prince’s real name (at birth) was Prince Rogers Nelson. Now he’s just a symbol.

No. 4: Shakira

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Shakira’s name at birth was Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll. That’s quite a mouthful – no wonder she shortened her name to just one!

No. 3: Rihanna

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She hasn’t been a celebrity for THAT long, but barely anyone knows that Rihanna’s full name is actually Robyn Rihanna Fenty. Maybe she decided to use her middle name instead of her first name because there are already a couple musicians in the biz that just go by Robyn…

No. 2: Elvis

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Elvis’ unique name, plus the fact that he’s such a legend, mean that you really don’t need to hear the Presley part to know who is being talked about.

No. 1: Oprah

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Legally, she’s Oprah Winfrey. But when you’re THIS big a celeb, people really don’t need to you’re your last name to know EXACTLY who you are!

There’s lots more, too. Pink, Eminem, Bjork, Jewel, Ashanti, Seal, Ciara, Jay-Z, Drake…who else did we miss on our list? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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