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Celebrities with the most unusual names

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Written by Mary Fetzer   

Celebrities have any number of ways of getting our attention and making a memorable impression. The famous folks here turn heads with the mere mention of their unusual names. Would you give your baby-to-be a name that stands out in a crowd?

The most unusual

Some names are tough to steal because they will always be attached to a particular famous person, like these:

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Okay, we'll admit that some of these performers use stage names, but that's because they're so much more interesting than the names they were given at birth. Would Lady Gaga have made as big a splash if she went by the name on her birth certificate: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta?

  • Alice Cooper, aka Vincent Damon Furnier
  • Aloe Blacc, aka Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III
  • Beyonce, aka Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter
  • Bruno Mars, aka Peter Gene Hernandez
  • Clay Aiken, aka Clayton Holmes Aiken
  • French Montana, aka Karim Kharbouch
  • Jas Prince, aka James Prince
  • Kesha, aka Kesha Rose Sebert
  • Madonna, aka Madonna Louise Ciccone
  • Miley Cyrus, aka Destiny Hope Cyrus
  • Prince, aka Prince Rogers Nelson
  • Seal, aka Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel
  • Tiny Tim, aka Herbert Khaury

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Oscar winners and nominees

These celebs stand apart for the craft as well as their memorable monikers. What's not to love about the unique names of these Oscar-worthy actors, actresses and directors?

See more of the most acclaimed actors and actresses of all time >>

Disney stars

The Disney Channel is a springboard for aspiring young performers, and the latest generation sports names that are truly cutting-edge:

  • Calum Worthy
  • China Anne McClain
  • Dove Cameron
  • Raven-Symoné
  • Shia LeBeouf
  • Zendaya

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U.S. Presidents

Even the leader of the free world can sport an unusual name. (And these are particularly awesome because the surnames make great first names, too!)

See the names of all of the Presidents and their First Ladies >>

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