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First Name + Initial Quiz

These famous people are commonly known by a first name and an initial. Guess their last names.
Includes two fictional characters
Last updated: September 24, 2013
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First + Initial
Last Name
Harry S.
Truman
George W.
Bush
Robert E.
Lee
Samuel L.
Jackson
F. Scott
Fitzgerald
Edward R.
Murrow
Cecil B.
DeMille
Hunter S.
Thompson
Warren G.
Harding
First + Initial
Last Name
Susan B.
Anthony
Michael J.
Fox
George C.
Scott
James K.
Polk
Mary J.
Blige
Booker T.
Washington
Craig T.
Nelson
John F.
Kennedy
Ulysses S.
Grant
First + Initial
Last Name
Dwight D.
Eisenhower
J. Edgar
Hoover
H. Ross
Perot
Pearl S.
Buck
M. Night
Shyamalan
L. Ron
Hubbard
Philip K.
Dick
Alex P.
Keaton
Homer J.
Simpson
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level ∞
Sep 24, 2013
Updated and expanded!
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level 34
Oct 2, 2013
George C. could also be George C. Marshall, the Chief of Staff of the Army during WWII
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level 76
Nov 14, 2013
That was my first guess as well.
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level 67
Nov 14, 2013
same here
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level 72
Oct 28, 2016
I was tempted to try Looney
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level 58
May 28, 2018
Yeah! Definitely!
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level 81
Oct 25, 2013
With two mentions, it seems like a no-brainer that this should have a picture of Michael J. Fox at the top.
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level 75
Jan 9, 2017
I'm betting it's much harder to find a picture of Fox not subject to copyrights, than a picture of a long-dead president.
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level 78
Nov 1, 2013
I was thinking Samuel L. Clemens!
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level 73
Nov 14, 2013
I have had it with these mother#$%#@ frogs in this mother#$%*# county!!!!
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level 67
Nov 14, 2013
That's basically the best thing I've read on here all day.
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level 57
Nov 14, 2013
I was too.
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level 37
Nov 14, 2013
I thought Samuel L. Clemens too.
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level ∞
Nov 15, 2013
He never went by Samuel L. Clemens, as far as I know. It was either Samuel Clemens or Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
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level 19
Nov 14, 2013
Hmmm... A lot of women in this quiz.
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level 75
Jun 1, 2017
Yeah, a whopping three. I guess most of us don't use initials.
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level 71
Jan 29, 2019
prominent women mustn't be as pretentious
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level 34
Nov 15, 2013
Several presidents on here...what about Rutherford B. Hayes?
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level 41
Nov 15, 2013
i thought it was just warren g
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level 66
Jun 1, 2017
warren g. funk-era
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level 64
Nov 15, 2013
How is Philip K Dick the lowest?!?! He was only one of the best sci-fi writers ever. The movies Total Recall, Blade Runner, The Adjustment Bureau, Minority Report, Next, A Scanner Darkly, and Paycheck were all based on his works.
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level 55
May 11, 2014
I agree!
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level 75
Jun 1, 2017
Of the movies you mentioned, I've only heard of Total Recall and Blade Runner and I've never seen those. Different genres for different folks.
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level 45
Nov 15, 2013
Who the heck is "Alex P. Keaton"???? Got them all but him, whoever he is!
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level 44
Nov 24, 2013
If only there was a way to quickly look stuff up on your computer...
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level 67
Jun 1, 2017
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level 75
Jun 1, 2017
He was a character on the sitcom, "Family Ties".
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level 51
Jan 12, 2014
samuel l. jackson could be samuel l. mitchill the physician and politician from new york
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level 38
May 25, 2017
And I bet at least 90% of the quiz takers would have the foggiest idea of who he is, and thus identify him! - Get real, or ask Scotty to beam you up.
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level 34
May 7, 2014
Petty pedantry: The "S" in Ulysses S Grant does not stand for anything, so the period should be removed...
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level 55
May 11, 2014
I think you mean Truman.
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level 50
Aug 8, 2014
No, because Ulysses S Grant was originally Hiram Ulysses Grant(yes, his initials were HUG), but somebody accidentally messed up his name as Ulysses S Grant, and he decided to keep that to help his campaign, because now his initials were USG, and that could be United States, or Uncle Sam, anything but HUG. So the S really doesn't stand for anything.
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level 66
Jun 1, 2017
I don't know about Grant, but I thought that Truman added the "S" to sound more presidential. (And thus, not standing for anything, it read Harry S Truman.) (But now I just did a little checking, and while it stood for nothing, he usually signed his name S-dot. So I don't know.)
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level 75
Jul 8, 2018
Hiram Ulysses Grant became Ulysses S. Grant due to a typographical error. The S came from his mother's maiden name Simpson. Harry S. Truman's middle name was just "S."- it wasn't to sound more presidential that's what he was actually named. Both of his grandfathers had "S" names and it was meant to honor them both.
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level 68
Feb 28, 2019
kalb is right on both counts here.
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level 66
Sep 25, 2014
When I came to 'James K', my initial thought was, of course, the famous New Zealand poet of the mid 20th century, James K Baxter, who is always regarded with the initial, making him a suitable candidate for this quiz. When I typed him in I was not wrong, I just picked the wrong James K. I think this should therefore be removed from the quiz to avoid further confusion.
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level 66
Sep 25, 2014
By the way, James K Baxter is an awesome poet. Would recommend any of his work; Ballad of Calvary Street, Maori Jesus, Wild bees, On the death of her body, the list goes on.
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level 71
Feb 10, 2015
I also tried James K Baxter and blanked on anything else. Maybe allow two answers there (or 2 boxes?)
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level 71
Apr 9, 2015
I was just thinking of Robert E. Howard and typing it over and over again and thinking there was a bug or something. Then it turned out it was another guy entirely. :(
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level 69
Sep 16, 2015
Wasn't Fry on Futurama Phillip K ?
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level 66
Nov 4, 2015
No, I think he was Philip J Fry.
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level 68
Dec 13, 2015
Micheal I fox the j is made up his middle name is in fact andrew
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level 73
Jan 11, 2016
Shouldn't Booker T. Jones (of Booker T. and the MG's fame) also work?
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level 60
Jan 15, 2016
For some reason I always thought M. Night Shyamalan was M. Night Shamalayan.
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level 75
Jun 1, 2017
I appreciated the extra type-ins on that one. I finally came up with one that worked.
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level 68
Mar 5, 2016
Thought Cecil B. referred to Moore, as in the Philadelphia train station.
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level 77
Mar 31, 2016
Kept typing Patton for George C. Somehow got the man and his most famous role mixed.
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level 59
Jun 6, 2016
Marshall ought to be accepted for George C. (as in the chief of staff of the US army during WWII)
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level 67
Jul 10, 2016
This messed with me- I kept subconsciously thinking that the initial stood for the surname. No fault of the quiz though- decent idea.
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level 66
Dec 14, 2016
The first thing I tried for Mary J. was Watson...as in, you know, spider-man. Was a bit dissapointed
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level 58
Jan 31, 2017
I kept trying Murray for Edward r!
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level 65
Mar 6, 2017
Glad to see Coach make the cut !!!
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level 39
Jun 1, 2017
Quite a few US presidents, don't ya think?
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level 39
Jan 11, 2018
Would just like to say that I thought of Francis Scott Key first. I did get it eventually.
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level 66
Jan 28, 2019
If it makes you feel any better, that's who F. Scott Fitzgerald was named after. Key was his second cousin, three times removed on his father's side.
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level 74
Jan 27, 2018
No James K Baxter? Never heard of Polt before, although that could be because I'm not American.
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level 22
Mar 16, 2018
I only got 18/27! D'oh!
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level 50
Jun 1, 2018
Mary J Blige, I would like you to meet James K Polk.
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level 21
Jun 12, 2018
Harry Truman's middle name was just S. So there shouldn't be a period after it.
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level 53
Jul 8, 2018
The S in Harry S Truman actually doesn't stand for anything. It isn't an initial for a name.
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level 75
Jul 8, 2018
Never heard of Pearl Buck
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level 58
Aug 25, 2018
Yank Alex Keaton & Homer Simpson out of the quiz; except for them all names are actual people. They don't belong.
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level 59
Jan 28, 2019
Yeah Keaton and Simpson! You gotta have some fun SgtMac. Smile man...
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level 42
Feb 28, 2019
For Robert E. Lee, all I could think of was Robert (Bob) E. Lee Ewell from To Kill A Mockingbird
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level 64
Feb 28, 2019
There's a Danish rapper called L:Ron:Harald...