Many famous and rather infamous people have gone to the “one name” moniker, especially lately in the world of music. The one who seemed to start it for me was the famous Brazilian soccer superstar, Pele. He was known all over the world, both in sports, and as a good will ambassador. Since, then not only soccer players, but other athletes, along with musicians have joined the club. I would imagine some of it is ego, and the other part is marketing or public relations. Here are some that I found.
Elvis Also known as the King, a music icon, and perhaps roaming the streets of Pittsburg, CA or the island of Kauai.
Jack The greatest golfer of all time has been known as Jack even before Jack Nicholson or Jack Sprat.
Fidel Though our enemy for the longest time, he kept the island nation together by any means possible, even if sold out his countrymen.
Mao Perhaps the most far-reaching and lasting leader of our era. If he could see the mess now!
Gandhi The Mahatma should be here to help us with the Middle East, Libya, North Korea, Wisconsin. (real name: Bob Jones)
Magic The big smile and the charismatic game changed professional basketball forever. (real name: Earvin Johnson)
Sting Float like a butterfly, sing like a Sting? (real name: Gordon Sumner)
Ali Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. A true world ambassador and boxing icon.
Tiger Despite his problems, he is still Tiger, with a chance to be the greatest golfer of all time.
Enya Lover her songs, never seems to go on a concert tour, a real mystery.
Kramer With a first name like Cosmo, I can see why he is simply, Kramer.
Medusa I have seen worse hair in my life, but none that would turn me to stone.
Bono You two could be a rock star with U2. Was confused with Sonny until his accident. (real name: Paul David Hewson)
Sade I first thought she was Sadie, like in Hawkins (real name: Helen Folasade Adu)
Seal He has a very pretty wife in Heidi Klum (real name: Seal Henry Olusegun Kwassi Olumide Adelo Samuel)
Attila The most famous Mongolian, whose last name was not “the Hun”.
Buddha Famous philosopher, immortalized all over the world.
Michelangelo Call him Mick for short, but long on his artistic prowess.
Twiggy British actress, model, faded into the sunset along with her skinny body. Also describes some organic cereals I have eaten.
Plato The famous Greek philosopher who actually had a toy product named after him, Play Dough.
Bob My younger brother. (real name: Bob Kataoka)
Kenbob My friend, the former Surgeon General (real name: Admiral Ken Moritsugu)
Alice Sister of Sandra Dee, but gained fame for her hallucinations. Also had a restaurant in LA for some time.
Ichiro An easy Hall of Famer if he spent hire entire career in the US.
Joe The one and only, Joe Montana, the greatest quarterback in Nine history.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John Four guys I play golf with and also known as the Four Apostles. Also the first four guys in the White Sox batting order.
Brutus Better known as Caesar’s slayer, but also the name of my car.
Cinderella From humble beginnings, ended up marrying well and living happily ever after, I think.
Gilligan Perhaps better known as the bumbling idiot on an island named after him. Where is Ginger?
Popeye Popularized eating spinach for strength and winning the heart of a skinny girl.
Tarzan Legendary strong man of the jungle, had problems with English.
Woody Toy Story character, or ??
Santa Known all over the world as the rotund, jolly man bearing gifts, with superhuman ability.
Pinocchio Speaking of woody, a rather wooden puppet who had a nose that grew longer. Often confused with Woody.
Linus He made the security blanket cool again.
Kermit Did anyone ever thing a frog could be an icon, unless you are eating frog’s legs?
Igor Is it Ee-egor or Eye-gor?
Hamlet Before I read Wild Willie Shakespeare’s classic, I though it was a small piece of ham.
Gidget She of the cute pony tail, why did she have to grow up?
Candide The young innocent kid in the French play by Voltaire, not the kind you eat.
Casanova The Italian super stud, these days replaced by Viagra.
Cupid Was a very skilled archer, until changing his name to make hip hop albums under the name, Q-pid.
Elle The supermodel, has a magazine, and cavorted naked on the beach with Kramer.
Faust He sold his soul to Mephistopheles, who started a line of shoes named Mephisto.
Goofy The cute Disney character of a dog that now endures any air brained person in their natural state.
Jonah Anybody who spends three days and three nights in a whale’s belly should merit some recognition.
Raphael Did a fair amount of painting before becoming a Ninja turtle.
Samson A really strong guy until he got a haircut. Then I heard he became a female State Farm agent.
Satan The dude in the red suit and long pitch fork should become mascot of the Tea Party.
Snuffalupagus The imaginary friend of both Big Bird, and George W. Bush, served as his Secretary of Agriculture.
Spock Was a respected pediatrician until beamed up to space to become a Vulcan first mate of the Priceline guy.
Thor Mythical man with a big hammer, after selling sandals outside of the old World Trade Center, specializing in pediatrics.
Uma David Letterman’s famous words, eventually heard so much by Mr. and Mrs. Thurman, they named their daughter Uma.