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List of people known by one name

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This is a list of people famous enough to be known unambiguously by one of the following:
  • A one word nickname (Shaq)
  • A one word first name (Madonna)
  • Their only known name (Aristotle)
  • A one word stage name or pseudonym (Houdini)
  • A one word pen name (Voltaire)

The reason for such distinctions is that countless artists, composers, philosophers, politicians, writers, scientists and sports figures are known for their last name (e.g. Mozart, Shakespeare, Hitler, etc.). It is quite common and regular for last names to be used to identify historic and pop culture figures. It is another thing all together to be known uniquely within the criteria listed above.

Note that this list does not include fictional characters, such as Gandalf (from J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth books) or Neo (from the 1999 movie The Matrix).

Note also that most names in the list will be unusual since common names are likely to be ambiguous and to need a context.

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