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Names of Historical Figures Quiz

Guess the first names of these famous historical figures.
  • If multiple answers work, guess the most famous
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Aug 21, 2014
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First Name
Last Name
Churchill
Washington
Lincoln
Stalin
Lenin
Thatcher
Mozart
van Beethoven
Hugo
Mandela
First Name
Last Name
Gandhi
Newton
Mussolini
Edison
Hitler
Einstein
Shakespeare
Columbus
Darwin
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Last Name
Bonaparte
Bolivar
Dumas
Machiavelli
da Vinci
Descartes
de Soto
Grant
Boleyn
Disraeli
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level 20
Jul 20, 2011
Can't accept Mahatma for Gandhi??
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level 40
Apr 15, 2013
Not his birth name. Mahatma was what the Indian people gave him. It means like great soul or something.
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level 29
Jun 11, 2017
Well said. Glad the quiz didn't fall into THAT trap!!!
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level 31
Jan 30, 2015
He was born Mohandes K Gandhi. Mahatma was a title given to him. It would be like arguing that president is an acceptable alternative for George Washington's first name.
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level 55
Aug 12, 2015
Except Nelson wasn't his birthname either, but a name given to him by the apartheid regime
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level 57
Oct 20, 2015
Fog91, I think you may be confusing Gandhi with Mandela...
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level 40
Feb 16, 2016
Fog91, that is not the point, Nelson was still his official name whereas mahatma is a title.
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level 22
Nov 6, 2015
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was his "human" name :-D :-D :-D
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level 31
May 27, 2016
You often find in the UK he is much more commonly referred to as Mahatma Gandhi. I didn't know Mohandes until I was about 14 or something.
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level 36
Dec 8, 2016
Same thing with the United States
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level 18
Jul 24, 2011
29/30! (missed Descartes)
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level 34
Sep 10, 2011
Went blank on Newton.
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level 66
Aug 29, 2014
It's Cam, isn't it? QB for the Carolina Panthers? :P
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level 55
Mar 24, 2016
No it's Fig
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level 50
Mar 10, 2017
Fig Newtons were named for Newton, Massachusetts. Not Issac Newton!
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level 60
Nov 29, 2015
No, it's Wayne.
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level 68
May 1, 2017
Bert
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level 25
Aug 22, 2016
I just forgot how to spell Isaac
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level 47
Sep 14, 2011
Also, President/General US Grants real first name was Hiram, not Ulysses.
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level 40
Apr 15, 2013
So his initals were HUG? Lol
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level 64
Feb 17, 2014
That's why he started going by Ulysses...he thought going with his initials would torpedo his political career
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level 25
Jul 24, 2014
he changed his name after someone wrote it out as "Ulysses S Grant" by mistake. He was entering the military and liked the idea that his initials would now spell "US" for Uncle Sam.
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level 34
Jan 8, 2015
How do you even do that? Accidentally put Ulysses instead of Hiram?
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level 43
Mar 30, 2017
His birth name was Hiram Ulysses Grant. I'm pretty sure the "S" didn't stand for anything. Harry Truman's middle initial also was just "S," he didn't have a middle name.
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level 40
Jun 14, 2017
And that is significant, why? He is listed in the register of presidents as Ulysses S. Grant. He could have been born as Quasimodo, but he was known as ULYSSES. Please take a deep breath before resorting to such pedantry.
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level 35
Sep 20, 2011
Gandhi c'mon! Oh and I just learned it was Isaac not Issac!
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level 17
Mar 9, 2012
Mahatma is an honorific TITLE. That is not his name. Mohandas was his actual name.
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level 74
Apr 14, 2012
'Uncle' Joe is actually Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvilli so Joseph, Josef, Josif, Iosif, ------- oh, put Joe you pedantic lot!
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level 66
Feb 24, 2013
No, let's go completely overboard for othographic correctness and require Иосиф or, even better, the original Georgian: იოსებ. Thanks to Wikipedia; I couldn't spell these or read them to save my life. They are interesting to look at, however.
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level 34
Jul 23, 2012
As usual, the Quizmaster is correct. Mahatma is roughly equal to the word saint and not a name.
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level 46
Aug 15, 2012
The Ghandi thing would be like making "Sir" acceptable for Newton or Presidnet acceptable for Lincoln, Washington or Grant..
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level 26
Jan 3, 2013
First thing that came to mind for Grant was...Cary!
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level 51
Sep 6, 2014
Weaving Hugo... that can't be right
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level 49
Apr 5, 2015
I actually typed in "Hugh" for Grant, before realizing this is not an actor quiz.
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level 76
Apr 30, 2016
Took me a while to think of a Grant that could be considered historical as well. Plenty of other Grants around to cause confusion.
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level 33
Jan 5, 2013
29. didnt know de soto.
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level 38
Jan 10, 2015
I put Hernan, then Henry, then figured I was on the wrong track. Aaargh.
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level 38
Jan 24, 2013
Niccolo kills me everytime! I never can spell it.
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level 72
Oct 19, 2014
I typed the basic Nicolo and it worked ;).
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level 54
Mar 4, 2013
Gandhi's first name was also Mahatma, in fact more common than Mohandas
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Mar 5, 2013
As has been said many times in this thread before, that would be as if Winston Churchill's first name were "Sir".
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level 65
Aug 27, 2015
I must disagree here, in any common quiz shows or games such as jeopardy or Trivial Pursuit Mahatma Ghandi would be the correct answer. "Sir" is usually added to a name e.g. Sir Alex Ferguson or Sir Ian McKellen and does not replace the name, a better comparison in this case would be Lord Nelson or Mother Theresa that also are titles but still names that these historical figures go under.
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level 71
Mar 1, 2016
Lord Nelson's a good comparison, and you wouldn't expect 'Lord' to accepted as his first name in this quiz. Mother Teresa's a bad example because 'Mother' is a job title and 'Teresa' was an assumed name, not her birth name.
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level 12
Jul 5, 2013
I only got 19 but I'm only 11. I missed some really obvious ones...
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level 20
Sep 1, 2013
I forgot christopher!
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level 15
Nov 15, 2013
I couldn't spell Isaac surely you could accept Issac for Newton
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level 14
Feb 12, 2014
Yeah, why not accept "John" for "Louis".
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level 43
Jan 3, 2014
If Mahatma doesn't count since it wasn't Gandhi's given name, why does Nelson count for Mandela?
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Jan 4, 2014
The same reason that "Sir" doesn't count for Winston Churchill.
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level 72
Oct 19, 2014
Mahatma is a title, while Nelson was, say, a colonial first name.
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level 36
Jan 18, 2014
Machiavelli is the second lowest? I'm actually quite shocked.
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level 66
Jun 26, 2015
Don't be. Its a spelling thing.
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level 71
Aug 31, 2017
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level 72
Apr 3, 2017
Nope, it was ignorance on my part. I don't think I ever heard his first name before.
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level 17
Apr 16, 2014
There needs to be a lot of spellings accepted for Mohandas ghandi
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level 72
Sep 4, 2014
Why? It is spelled exactly as it sounds, isn't it?
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level 28
Jul 7, 2014
im ashamed i didnt get ulysses grant. that being said im impressed this quiz had people like machiavelli, descartes and da vinci. they are some of my favourite historical figures!! :)))
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level 28
Aug 16, 2014
pr easy, not hard
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level 66
Aug 29, 2014
Took me a bit to get de Soto. Kept thinking Vasca as in de Gama. Finally got it, though, for 100%. Another gem, QM! Thanks!
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level 66
Aug 29, 2014
Also had to think for a minute with Indira Gandhi. Got Mohandes right away, then tried Mahatma since there was two lines. Then I was, like, "DUH!" and got Indira. :D
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level 43
Aug 30, 2014
Surprised myself by getting them all. Didn't think I would get over half in this quiz.
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level 77
Sep 2, 2014
How about a couple alternate spellings of Nichola/Nicolo/Nicholo?
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level 46
Jun 1, 2015
Why? How would you feel if we all spelt your name differently?
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level 49
Sep 15, 2016
Then why is Joseph accepted for Stalin? Or Christopher for Columbus?
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level 63
Aug 1, 2017
Because this is a quiz in the English Language, if you want to use Russian spelling do the quizzes that are in the Russian Language (then you can comment that the English names should be used)
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level 22
Sep 6, 2014
I got 25
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level 42
Sep 6, 2014
Why is US Grant even on this?
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level 70
Nov 8, 2014
.. because he's a historical figure?
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level 62
Jun 12, 2015
Of very reduced importance, compared to most of the other figures in this quiz. At least I guess that's why joshxgarrett meant.
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level 70
May 16, 2016
he's certainly no less important than de Soto, Disraeli, Boleyn, Dumas, Thatcher, or Indira Gandhi.
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level 70
Aug 2, 2017
^but they're not American so nobody sees the need to whine about them.
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level 40
Sep 13, 2014
ULYSSES Grant...urgh...I tried Hugh then my mind went blank. Like I care about foreign heads of state lol
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level 56
Sep 27, 2014
Could not for the life of me remember Mozart's name. Every time I tried to think about it, "Rock me Amadeus" kept popping into my mind.
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level 76
Oct 27, 2014
Got stuck on de Soto. Got it after having read all the comments in the hope of someone spoiling it. No such luck, but I GOT IT BY MYSELF!
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level 70
Nov 8, 2014
I wasn't sure about Machiavelli's name... I even tried Nicholas... but didn't get Niccolo
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level 61
Nov 9, 2014
I had never heard of Indira Gandhi. Learn something new every day!
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level 34
Jan 8, 2015
Got 28, missed Dumas and Disraeli.
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level 55
Jan 23, 2015
Needs more non-Americans
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level 58
Feb 22, 2015
Why? Only 4 of 22 were American and they were pretty obvious. Well 3 of them were. I guess Grant gave some trouble.
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level 60
May 2, 2015
i have never heard of indira gandhi … who is he/she
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level 46
Jun 1, 2015
She was Prime Minister of India, as was her son after her. Both were assassinated. Indira was also the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister.
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level 70
Aug 21, 2015
Incidentally, Mozart's first name wasn't Wolfgang, it was Johannes.
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level 32
Aug 26, 2015
Anyone else try "Hugh" for Grant?
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level 47
Jul 17, 2016
I tried everybody I could think of called Grant. After Cary Grant, William Grant, Richard Grant and a bunch of other people surnamed Grant didn't work, I even resorted to Hugh. There are hundreds of famous people called Grant according to Wikipedia.
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level 59
Oct 13, 2015
Everything was perfect until I reached de Soto. I've never heard of him. Off to Google now.
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level 72
Apr 3, 2017
He probably isn't that well known outside of the US. He was a Spanish explorer believed to be the first European to cross the Mississippi River.
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level 57
Feb 8, 2016
If we're going to be picky, surely the answer for Columbus should be "Cristobal", not "Christopher"?
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level 57
May 26, 2016
If you want to be really picky shouldn't it be "Cristoforo" since he was Born in Genua, Italy?
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level 28
Jun 18, 2016
I remembered Disraeli thanks to Assassin's Creed Syndicate!
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level 33
Aug 15, 2016
My first thought when I saw Grant was 'Hugh'
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level 22
Oct 23, 2016
"Hugh Grant" LOL... I had to think for 5 seconds before Ulysses Grant crossed my mind. Why is he even here, anyway? I don't think he's even part of the Top 20 most memorable presidents, just my opinion.
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level 67
Oct 27, 2016
But his first name is in top 20 most memorable
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level 72
Apr 3, 2017
He may not have been the greatest president, but he is very well known as a Civil War general.
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level 20
Dec 10, 2016
I was typing in remy and reny instead of rene
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level 45
Jan 9, 2017
Dang it! I missed only Indira
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level 24
Jan 21, 2017
Thomas Edison ?? Come On, You Never Heard Of Nikola Tesla
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level 58
Feb 14, 2017
Got de Soto because i played Colonization many many years ago... thanks mr. Meier!
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level 39
Jul 19, 2017
Any chance of accepting "Wulfgang" in place of "Wolfgang" for Mozart?
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level 50
Aug 2, 2017
I did try Rajiv for Gandhi - he was PM of India after all and so on a par with his mother Indira (who is on this quiz).
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level 45
Aug 2, 2017
I'm not all that impressed about the duel format of Gandhi: made it seem like it was two different names for the spiritual leader, not two different individuals. Maybe separate them, or have one or the other?
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level 40
Aug 23, 2017
Why is it that virtually everyone got the meaning except you?
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level 7
Aug 31, 2017
Any American who can't score a minimum of 27-28 on this quiz should sue their elementary and high school.
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