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Historical Middle Names #1
Guess the "middle" names of these famous historical figures.
This quiz does not suggest that these are birth names
Last updated: August 30, 2018
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October 12, 2010
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Apr 15, 2011
i cant spell mozarts name...amadeus?
Feb 6, 2015
I think there are harder ones to spell :D
Apr 20, 2011
What about George Herbert Bush?
Jun 27, 2014
It was George Herbert Walker Bush. Two middle names.
Jul 13, 2011
That would be George Herbert Walker Bush.
Oct 11, 2016
Um: The father is George Herbert Walker Bush. The son is George Walker Bush
Jan 27, 2012
Amadeus (actually Amadè) is not his name at all but a nickname he gave himself based on one of his middle names. His name listed in baptismal records was: Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart.
Mar 5, 2013
What's the point of all this pedantry? It's a name and it's in the middle... therefore it's a middle name. Deal with it.
Mar 14, 2013
Well it's actually interesting to get enlightened about this.
Jun 2, 2014
Also, that other cultures have very different naming systems. On classical composers news, Johann Sebastian Bach would have gone by "Sebastian" in his life- most of his brothers were also Johann Bachs...
Jul 28, 2017
And his father and 5 of his sons, as well as a few grandsons.
Sep 21, 2012
100% 2:42 to spare.
Mar 14, 2013
Can't believe I didn't get Marquez, have 100 years of solitude sitting on the desk right in front of me!
Mar 15, 2013
Also, "Allan" was not Edgar Allan Poe's middle name. It was his surname given at birth, while "Poe" was the surname he took on when he was adopted.
Aug 1, 2013
Actually the other way around. Edgar Poe was his birth name, and he was adopted by the Allan family.
Oct 11, 2016
Who CARES!!! He was KNOWN as Edgar Allen Poe. Save the superciliousness for a more appropriate forum.
Oct 8, 2017
Jetpunk is, I think, an entirely apt forum for such pedantry.
Jun 11, 2013
Only 42% Of People Got Thomas Alva Edison? That's Sad.
Jun 27, 2014
Not sure why this is sad. I'm sure nearly everyone knows Edison, but it's not that important that they know his middle name, is it? Besides, Tesla > Edison. :-)
Apr 25, 2015
The second "Boutros" is part of his surname Boutros-Ghali, not a middle name.
Feb 29, 2016
why do I always think it's Thomas Alba Edison. sigh
Apr 6, 2019
Totally tried Alba first.
Aug 20, 2019
I said that too &@$!!
Apr 19, 2017
Accept gotlieb for mozart!
Jun 25, 2017
Everyone's objections could be addressed in one fell swoop by changing the description to guessing the middle name these people *were most known by*, or something to that effect.
Jul 6, 2017
Sorry bkemp2001 - Your argument doesn't hold water. I'm not sure about boutros- but as to Garcia Marquez and Joyner-Kersee: Marquez was his mother's maiden name (just as Fitzgerald was JKF's mother Rose's middle name. Joyner was Joyner-Kersee's maiden name before she got married.
Dec 11, 2017
Where’s Alexander THE Great?!
Jan 1, 2018
Hillary Clinton's middle name is Diane. Rodham is her surname.
Apr 10, 2018
Well her maiden name rather than surname but we know what you mean. I think this quiz is more about the extra names that they were known by rather than their legal middle names.
Jun 1, 2018
It's nice that you included Led Zeppelin's bass player.
Mar 9, 2020
Eehhh.... I know this is way late, and perhaps won't be read... but anyway: Gabriel García Márquez doesn't qualifies for this quiz, at least in the "middle name" sense. Let me break his name:
Gabriel: First name. Just the way almost every language uses it.
García: Paternal surname. This one is what you (English-speakers) use as last name.
Márquez: Maternal surname. This is what you call "maiden last name", but with a catch:
The women in Spanish-speaking countries
lose their surnames due to marriage. They might add their husbands' first surname
their first surname, prefixed with "de" ("of"), for example: "Luisa Márquez
" (in case you wonder, Gabriel's mother). And even this practice is losing ground faster and faster.
So, García's "everyday's" name is Gabriel García. But, since this is a rather common name-surname combo, the maternal surname is used to further identify him: Gabriel García Márquez.
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