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Historical Middle Names Quiz

Guess the "middle" names of these famous historical figures.
This quiz does not suggest that these are birth names
Quiz by Quizmaster
First submittedOctober 12, 2010
Last updatedAugust 30, 2018
Times taken43,497
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Martin Luther King
Johann Sebastian Bach
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
John Jacob Astor
William Jefferson Clinton
John Paul Jones
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Billie Jean King
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Hillary Rodham Clinton
John Wilkes Booth
Arthur Conan Doyle
Francis Scott Key
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Henry David Thoreau
Thomas Alva Edison
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Edgar Allan Poe
Robert Louis Stevenson
Hans Christian Andersen
William Henry Harrison
Boutros Boutros-Ghali
George Walker Bush
William Jennings Bryan
level 24
Apr 15, 2011
i cant spell mozarts name...amadeus?
level 60
Feb 6, 2015
I think there are harder ones to spell :D
level 43
Apr 20, 2011
What about George Herbert Bush?
level 80
Jun 27, 2014
It was George Herbert Walker Bush. Two middle names.
level 27
Jul 13, 2011
That would be George Herbert Walker Bush.
level 38
Oct 11, 2016
Um: The father is George Herbert Walker Bush. The son is George Walker Bush
level 44
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.
level 40
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.
level 32
Mar 14, 2013
Well it's actually interesting to get enlightened about this.
level 72
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...
level 65
Jul 28, 2017
And his father and 5 of his sons, as well as a few grandsons.
level 51
Sep 21, 2012
100% 2:42 to spare.
level 48
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!
level 33
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.
level 15
Aug 1, 2013
Actually the other way around. Edgar Poe was his birth name, and he was adopted by the Allan family.
level 38
Oct 11, 2016
Who CARES!!! He was KNOWN as Edgar Allen Poe. Save the superciliousness for a more appropriate forum.
level 76
Oct 8, 2017
Jetpunk is, I think, an entirely apt forum for such pedantry.
level 38
Jun 11, 2013
Only 42% Of People Got Thomas Alva Edison? That's Sad.
level 80
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. :-)
level 72
Apr 25, 2015
The second "Boutros" is part of his surname Boutros-Ghali, not a middle name.
level 66
Feb 29, 2016
why do I always think it's Thomas Alba Edison. sigh
level 58
Apr 6, 2019
Totally tried Alba first.
level 57
Aug 20, 2019
I said that too &@$!!
level 15
Apr 19, 2017
Accept gotlieb for mozart!
level 71
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.
level 38
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.
level 46
Dec 11, 2017
Where’s Alexander THE Great?!
level 32
Jan 1, 2018
Hillary Clinton's middle name is Diane. Rodham is her surname.
level 35
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.
level 74
Jun 1, 2018
It's nice that you included Led Zeppelin's bass player.