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Last Names in U.S. History

Guess the last name shared by each pair of people from American History.
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Last updated: December 4, 2019
First submittedJune 21, 2014
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First Names
Last Name
Theodore, Eleanor
Roosevelt
Martin Luther, Billie Jean
King
George, Booker T.
Washington
Thurgood, George
Marshall
Louis, Neil
Armstrong
Brigham, Cy
Young
Noah, Daniel
Webster
Meriwether, Jerry
Lewis
Lyndon B., Andrew
Johnson
Orville, Wilbur
Wright
Andrew, Dale
Carnegie
First Names
Last Name
Henry, Gerald
Ford
Andrew, Stonewall
Jackson
Cary, Ulysses S.
Grant
Nelson, John D.
Rockefeller
Cotton, Increase
Mather
James, Dolley
Madison
Sandra Day, Flannery
O'Connor
Edwin, Elizabeth Cady
Stanton
Jefferson, Miles
Davis
Cornelius, Gloria
Vanderbilt
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level 43
Jul 7, 2014
yay! first!
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level 52
Aug 2, 2014
Yay, second? Almost a month later?
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level 77
Aug 2, 2014
better to be third and 100% with 2:41 left! :)
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level 45
Aug 3, 2014
Oooohhh....you just beat me. I got 'em all with 2:33 left!
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level 76
Aug 3, 2014
3:15.
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level 54
Jul 23, 2018
3:22 left Fun! Would like to see more names added to this list.
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level 63
Aug 2, 2014
"Noah and Daniel - do Bible people even have last names?" I need to go to bed.
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level 45
Aug 3, 2014
They're the Webster dictionary people, not bible people..... Or were you just kidding?
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level 66
Aug 4, 2014
Sure they do. Isaac would be Isaac Abrahamson (son of Abraham). Jacob would be Jacob Isaacson (son of Isaac) and so on. :P And Jesus would be Jesus Carpenter if you do the jobs thing instead of the "son of" thing. Or Jesus Godson for son of God. :D Of course, they'd probably use Hebrew or Aramaic spellings of those words, though. :D
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level 38
Jul 23, 2018
bin ibrahim; bin iakov; bin yusef.
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level 63
Jun 30, 2019
Godson hehe I like that. :)
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level 44
Aug 2, 2014
I had to read about Elizabeth Cady Stanton to find out who she was - and was a bit embarrassed that I didn't already know. She was a HUGE factor in both abolitionist and suffrage movements.
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level 47
Aug 2, 2014
11/21 for a Dutch person. I say that's pretty nice :) Good quiz! Some of these first names are rather interesting!
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level 76
Jul 11, 2016
...especially the Mathers!
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level 75
Aug 2, 2014
Love the juxtaposition of Miles and Jefferson Davis.
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level 29
Aug 2, 2014
Cotton and Increase are names?
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level 45
Aug 3, 2014
They must have been big at one time. Kind of like the "Aidan" and "Sophia" of the 17th century......
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level 76
Aug 4, 2015
They were unusual, even for their time. Increase (the father) is biblical and is derived from the original Hebrew for Joseph, meaning "(may God grant) increase." Cotton (son) was named after his mother's father, John Cotton. They were all Puritan ministers.
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level 77
Aug 2, 2014
Am I the only one who thought "Cornelius Fudge"?
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level 42
Aug 3, 2014
All I could think was that monkey in the Planet of the Apes (the original, not that Tim Burton abomination)
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level 63
Aug 4, 2014
I tried that, too! :)
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level 71
May 17, 2017
I actually typed Bennett. (linebacker for the Buffalo Bills) D'OH!
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level 67
Aug 4, 2014
Surely there was a Cornelius Estefan.
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level 64
Dec 19, 2016
Has nobody pointed out that there is a clue where BOTH people - Cotton and Increase - have ridiculous names? I laughed when I saw both of those beside one another. Didn't get it, though.
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level 63
Jun 30, 2019
Em they have.. about two years before you..amazing that noone has pointed that out before, since your comment has been here for 2,5 years allready

and people love to respond to old comments (since it doesnt matter if the comment was written last week or 3 years ago. The chance of the other reading it is nearly the same)

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level 40
Apr 26, 2017
Who names their child "increase?"
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level 71
May 17, 2017
I see a whole lot worse nowadays, where people seem to be reaching into a bag of Scrabble tiles to name their kids, then throwing in a random hyphen or apostrophe. I think I'm gonna name my next kid B@rf-shmi'qwiyu$.
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level 79
Mar 26, 2018
Unusual names, though sometimes regrettable, are nothing new: Moon Unit, Apple, Blue Ivy, Velveeta to mention a few. i do agree with Don that there seems to be an evolution from unusual to" what the heck does that spell?" My niece is in school with a little girl named Laquandenisha Happysong.
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level 64
Oct 30, 2018
Walking by the bulletin board outside a kindergarten classroom is genuinely depressing, all the ludicrous names on it.
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level 63
Jun 30, 2019
Or can give you a good laugh (but yea.. then when you thimk about it you get sad again, even if someone is named happy song)

Then again, does it matter that they are weird? "Normal" names can suck atleast as hard. Wouldnt want to be called harriet or something (this generation, not for the people that are 80 now)

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level 80
Jul 10, 2019
His father Richard, a Puritan clergyman. He was father to Increase and grandfather to Cotton.
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level 67
Oct 8, 2017
Interesting quiz, as a Brit I was happy with 14, bang average. A few I recognised when I saw the answers and a few that were new to me. Good quiz though.
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level 79
Jul 23, 2018
Might want to use someone other than Cary for that clue. Since most people would consider him British first even though he never went back for any substantial time after making it big. It can be someone fairly obscure just because the other one is so well know. Maybe Albert the admiral? That's the best that I can come up with.
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level 79
Jul 23, 2018
I think it's fine. The quiz title is "U.S. History," not "Famous Americans." If you start getting too technical, you'd have to get rid of Andrew Carnegie (Scottish) and the Mathers (dead decades before the U.S. even existed) as well. George Washington, Noah Webster, Meriwether Lewis, Andrew Jackson, James and Dolley Madison were also all technically born in the British Empire. Being born in the U.S. has never been a requirement for being a significant figure in U.S. history.
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level 38
Jul 23, 2018
^Thank you! - Cary Grant is associated with the U. S. No one gives a turkish bath where he was born.
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level 63
Jun 30, 2019
A turkish bath haha never heard of that expression :D