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Historical Middle Names #2 Quiz

Guess the "middle" names of these historical figures.
This quiz does not suggest that these are birth names.
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First submittedAugust 27, 2011
Last updatedMay 14, 2013
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Name
Frank Lloyd Wright
John Stuart Mill
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
William Butler Yeats
James Fenimore Cooper
Lyndon Baines Johnson
William Makepeace Thackeray
Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Name
Lee Harvey Oswald
Franz Joseph Haydn
George Washington Carver
Henry Cabot Lodge
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Sandra Day O'Connor
Alexander Graham Bell
Jean-Paul Sartre
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Mary Baker Eddy
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Ho Chi Minh
June Carter Cash
John Maynard Keynes
George Bernard Shaw
John Quincy Adams
William Tecumseh Sherman
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level 61
Aug 27, 2011
Kennedy isn't her middle name. It is her maiden name.
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level 38
Dec 7, 2018
Kennedy was her first married name. Her maiden name was Bouvier.
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level 43
Aug 27, 2011
My wife took her maiden name as her middle name once we got married. Jackie O did the same, except instead of her true "maiden" name, she kept her name from her previous marriage.
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level 36
Aug 28, 2011
Most of these middle names sound more like surnames than middle names to me. Are a lot of them double-barrell surnames ?
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level 59
May 15, 2013
I think at least most of them are middle names. A lot of people pick old family surnames for their children's middle names, especially a mother's maiden name. My middle name, for example, is McGee, which was my grandmother's maiden name. I think it's a fairly common practice.
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level 44
Mar 6, 2013
She was born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacqueline_Kennedy_Onassis
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level 76
May 15, 2013
How'd I forget Tecumseh.. very memorable middle name..
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level 73
May 15, 2013
There is some pathetic nitpicking amongst these comments. An enjoyable quiz in all.
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level 58
May 15, 2013
I agree. I hope for the sake of the nitpickers that 'This quiz does not suggest that these are birth names' was added after those comments were posted.
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level 44
May 15, 2013
Ho Chi Minh does not have a middle name - Ho is a surname and Chi Minh means "with the will of light" or something like that. Plus, Jean-Paul is one first name, there is no middle name there.
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level 35
May 15, 2013
True and Ho Chi Minh isn't even a real name. They should've put it as Nguyen Sinh Cung which was actually his real name but still people called him by Ho Chi Minh.
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level ∞
May 16, 2013
Yo, read the disclaimer. If the quiz had Nguyen Sinh Cung that wouldn't be any fun at all.
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level 71
Jun 25, 2014
Missed only langhorne, by spelling it longhorn
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level 79
Jun 27, 2014
Dang, was typing "Wordsworth". At least I learned something today!
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level 58
Jan 22, 2015
People here seem to have assigned to the phrase "middle name" some God-given strict definition of "alternative first name". Patently here, historical figures are known by three names, you're given the first name and the last name, please give the one in the middle. Sometimes that's a hyphenated surname, sometimes a hyphenated first name, sometimes a maiden name. And sometimes, as with General Sherman or Lee Oswald, it's simply a middle name which happens to be well known.
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level 75
Jan 31, 2015
You could have saved all the nitpicking by placing the word "middle" in quotation marks to let people know they aren't all official middle names, and you might also add a caveat that the names aren't necessarily birth names. Oh, wait...
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level 73
Dec 3, 2016
nice one. The quotation marks answer pretty much all nit-picking. But still it's good to warn that the concept of a middle name seems to be a very American thing. In Europe there are usually personal names and family names, and both can be composed of several parts. There are tons of exceptions of course.
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level 68
Jun 2, 2019
I am English, and I have 3 forenames and a surname. So I have 2 middle names. Having at least one middle name is very common (although more than 3 is a dead giveaway for being posh...).
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level 77
Apr 27, 2015
It used to be common for women to legally change their maiden surname to their middle name after marriage as a way to preserve something of their own family heritage.
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level 38
Dec 7, 2018
A woman who adds her maiden name to her married name has two last names, not a middle name. For example: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy should, technically, be written Jacqueline Bouvier-Kennedy. While in Jacqueline Lee Bouvier-Kennedy, "Lee" is her middle name. (and, an interesting side note, "Lee" was her mother's maiden name. Both Jacqueline and Caroline Bouvier had "Lee" as a middle name. Caroline dropped her first name and became known as "Lee" Radziwill).
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level 71
May 2, 2019
Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the concept of "legally changing" one's name? You file paperwork, you pay money, hoops are jumped through. Sometimes you even have to appear before a judge! If Jaqueline legally changed her middle name to Kennedy and her last name to Onassis, "Lee" is no longer a part of her name. It would not appear on her passport, driver's license, tax return, etc.
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level 44
May 25, 2015
I believe the description at the top of this quiz (guess the "middle" name) is just fine. It doesn't have to be their legal middle name, just the name that comes between two others. Quit being so nitpicky, and enjoy the quiz, people!
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level 61
Jan 2, 2017
I said "what the hell" and tried Franz {Ferdinand} Haydn. Surprisingly, it was wrong.
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level 54
Apr 8, 2018
100% with 3:07 left. I'm guessing that those who are nitpicking about what "middle name" means probably didn't do very well on the quiz. Come on, people, lighten up!
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level 61
Apr 10, 2018
Ho Chi Minh did not have a middle name. The name is simply 'Chi Minh'. As far as I know, the concept of middle name does not exist in Vietnamese.
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level 38
May 18, 2019
Siamco: Yes it would. I have a first name. two middle names, a maiden name and a married name and they all appear on both my passport and my driver's license. One does not "lose" a name by simply not using it.
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level 68
Jun 2, 2019
If it's not 'first' or 'last', but rather lies between them, it's 'middle'. What's the problem?