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First Names as Last Names Quiz #1

We have a list of 20 famous people whose last names are common first names. Guess who they are.
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Last updated: September 12, 2015
First submittedSeptember 4, 2010
Times taken46,860
Rating4.11
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Use These First Names
Aaron
Dean
Joel
Matt
Alexander
Dick
John
Meg
Anne
Dylan
Jordan
Michael
Arnold
Frank
Kelly
Paul
Billy
Gene
Kirk
Ryan
Bob
Hank
Lee
Shelley
Bruce
James
Lewis
Simon
Cameron
Jason
Louis
Steve
Clark
Jerry
Martin
Tom
Damon
Joe
Mary
Wayne
To Make These Full Names
Billy Joel
Anne Frank
John Wayne
Gene Kelly
Hank Aaron
Joe Louis
Jason Alexander
Michael Jordan
Tom Arnold
Paul Simon
Kirk Cameron
Mary Shelley
Dick Clark
Meg Ryan
Matt Damon
Steve Martin
James Dean
Jerry Lewis
Bob Dylan
Bruce Lee
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level 71
Sep 4, 2010
Really cool and creative...even though some answers would have worked (James Cameron, Dean Martin) you wouldn't have been able to complete the puzzle. Nice Work!
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level 57
Aug 3, 2016
Bruce Wayne
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level 35
Mar 4, 2017
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level 86
Oct 17, 2018
Paul Ryan
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level 75
May 3, 2019
Dylan Tom. Oh wait.
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level 46
Aug 23, 2019
Aaron Paul, James Kirk.
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level 16
Sep 5, 2010
Jerry Lee Lewis?
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level ∞
Sep 5, 2010
No, Jerry Lewis the comedian.
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level 52
Jun 20, 2011
Got them all! And guessed for half of them!
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level 30
Jul 23, 2011
I got them all!
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level 53
Sep 1, 2011
Yay I got them all- some I knew but the rest was guess work.
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level 16
Dec 4, 2011
woulda made it, but ran out of time :S
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level 34
Jan 1, 2012
I tried Bruce Wayne xD
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level 59
Jan 15, 2012
I think the directions need to be articulated a bit better.
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level 50
Jan 26, 2012
0:45 left
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level 51
Feb 23, 2012
Haha, I got so stuck on Bruce Wayne, before I figured it out. I realized you probably meant actual famous people. xD
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level 15
Oct 13, 2012
It wouldn't take Paul Ryan...
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level 71
May 22, 2016
Ha! Yep, I tried him too...
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level 37
Mar 28, 2017
lol it even says "Paul" and "Ryan" on the quiz
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level 48
Oct 14, 2017
my first guess was Aaron Paul
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level 48
Nov 7, 2012
Tried to make Jason Lee work and it wouldn't. That slowed me down, but still got it with :32 left
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level 45
Dec 30, 2013
wouldnt paul ryan work?
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level 71
Jan 7, 2014
Very Fun. Got them all the second time because I spent several minutes of my first go at it trying to figure out what the quiz was asking for. Good creative quiz!
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level 51
Feb 17, 2014
Matt Ryan, QB for Falcons could also work...
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level 35
Mar 24, 2014
I really wanted Bruce Wayne to work... :-)
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level 77
Apr 13, 2014
Aaron Paul and Paul Ryan jumped out at me right away but those weren't correct answers.
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level 32
Apr 13, 2014
Looks like there are some combinations which refer to other famous people not included here: James Cameron, Jason Lee, James (T.) Kirk, maybe more
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level 77
Apr 14, 2014
a lot more, actually.
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level 73
Apr 13, 2014
nice one!!
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level 84
Apr 14, 2014
Great fun! Sequel, please?
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level ∞
Apr 14, 2014
http://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/first-name-last-names-quiz-2.php
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level 33
Apr 15, 2014
Dean Martin?
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level 43
May 21, 2014
Let the names be used multiple times to allow for Dean Martin, James Cameron, etc. Then this would be a great setup. It got too easy as time went on due to elimination. I wouldn't have got 100% if not for that.
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level 49
Mar 22, 2017
That's how you solved the puzzle.
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level 43
Aug 23, 2014
I'll admit I'm happy that Mary Shelley is on here.
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level 63
Jan 25, 2015
Maybe a nice idea for a quiz like this would be to include all of the valid combinations.
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level 71
Nov 17, 2016
The way it's set up currently, it would be very complicated to do because then the other names left wouldn't match up. There can only be one pairing per name that works.
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level 48
Jun 12, 2015
I don't know why I tried Tom Jerry, even it doesn't make any sense. =S
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level 45
Nov 29, 2015
I almost tried Lewis Clark! haha
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level 58
Dec 8, 2015
Aaron Paul?
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level 62
Jan 15, 2016
Kind of frustrating trying all These names: Aaron Paul, James Cameron, Bruce Wayne, Dean Martin...
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level 62
Mar 21, 2016
Paul Ryan?
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level 76
Mar 23, 2016
Fun idea and good execution, thanks!
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level 81
May 15, 2016
Sorry but this wasn't the best idea for a quiz. As many people have noted in the comments there were many valid combinations that were not accepted, and could not be because it would leave other names without a pair. Basically, to get everything you have to be lucky and happen to guess the combinations that the quiz maker had in mind when he made the quiz.
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level 67
Jan 30, 2018
Strongly disagree. I enjoy the fact that it's a puzzle as much as it is trivia.
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level 63
Jul 30, 2019
It doesnt make it a bad idea for a quiz. It is a very good idea. And you can debate wheter or not that other possibilities were there made it a worse quiz or not. But the idea itself is definitely good, and I didnt find the red herrings too offputting.

If a name doesnt work, you move on.

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level 51
Aug 19, 2016
Great quiz. Puzzling.
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level 69
Sep 1, 2016
I knew this would be hard when I tried Dean Martin and James Cameron and neither worked
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level 71
Nov 17, 2016
Loved it, very fun to do! Possibly because I am a foreigner and know only the "big names" from the US, the first pairing I could think of for each name was always the "correct" one. Except for Bruce Wayne, which I had to type twice before I realized why it wasn't working, lol :).
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level 63
Jul 30, 2019
Yea I got caught up on bruce wayne and james cameron. typed both more than once, first one after retyping for spelling I dismissed, because I figured, it is because it is fictional. But with james cameron, I was scrutinizing the spelling and doubting if he was who I thought he was, is he really james? suddenly I started to doubt myself...
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level 24
Dec 5, 2016
Bruce Wayne? Haha
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level 54
Dec 5, 2016
Nice quiz. Got em all with 1.31 left; maybe less time or some names used more than once for extra degree of difficulty
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level 50
Dec 5, 2016
paul ryan
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level 62
Feb 16, 2017
Paul Ryan?
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level 49
Mar 22, 2017
I appreciate that Jerry Lewis is right while Dean Martin is the wrong combo!
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level 68
Apr 12, 2017
How about world famous Steve Bruce? I'm really hoping there's some Brits out there who sympathise with my disappointment when it didn't work...
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level 43
Aug 21, 2017
Paul Douglas.
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level 67
Oct 27, 2017
The problem with this quiz is that there are several names you can make out of the pieces you're given that are "wrong" answers, even though they're perfectly legitimate. Dean Martin is as famous as anyone included in the quiz. Paul Ryan is US Speaker of the House right now, and makes the news on pretty much a weekly basis. These aren't wrong answers, they're just not the names you were thinking of. One possible fix would be to add those names and then put two of whichever name is used twice up in the answer key. As it is now, this quiz is little better than "guess what celebrity I'm thinking of right now."
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level 77
Oct 27, 2017
it's fine the way it is
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level 63
Jul 30, 2019
You could see the multiple possibilities as a downside or challenge. But either way not much of a big deal. (It would be if it was filled with mostly obscure ones and a lot of famous ones left out, but as it is I dont see a problem. john wayne and brucce lee instead of bruce wayne ( which is fictional anyway) is fine imo for example. Same goes for James dean + kirk cameron (though maybe less known, but paired with dean) Is good enough instead of james cameron.
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level 63
Jul 30, 2019
It might be usefull though (to stop from further whining, atleast from those that actually read the description, either before playing or atleast before complaining) To add in the description. That there are many names possible combinations here but not all are given, So the name they have in mind might not always work
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level 22
Oct 27, 2017
''cough'' daniel day lewis ''cough''
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level 67
Jan 30, 2018
What about him?
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level 48
Oct 28, 2017
Cool idea for a quiz :) I would like to see another where it's actually their true birth-given name and not something like "Jason Alexander"
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level 23
Dec 31, 2017
For the next quiz you could put James Mason and Grace Kelly.
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level 38
Feb 18, 2018
GREAT QUIZ!!!
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level 58
Feb 18, 2018
Aaron Paul is famous.
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level 58
Feb 18, 2018
Paul Ryan?
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level 60
Jun 1, 2018
James Cameron? Paul Ryan? James Kirk?
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level 55
Jun 20, 2018
I was one of the dimwits who could not figure out what was being asked! felt quite daft when the answers were revealed
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level 46
Sep 24, 2019
No Bruce Wayne?