First Names of Historical Figures

Guess the first names of these famous historical figures.
If multiple answers work, guess the most famous
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Last updated: August 30, 2018
First submittedSeptember 18, 2010
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First Name
Last Name
Winston
Churchill
George
Washington
Abraham
Lincoln
Joseph
Stalin
Vladimir
Lenin
Margaret
Thatcher
Wolfgang
Mozart
Ludwig
van Beethoven
Victor
Hugo
Nelson
Mandela
First Name
Last Name
Mohandas
Gandhi
Indira
Isaac
Newton
Benito
Mussolini
Thomas
Edison
Adolf
Hitler
Albert
Einstein
William
Shakespeare
Christopher
Columbus
Charles
Darwin
First Name
Last Name
Napoleon
Bonaparte
Simón
Bolivar
Alexandre
Dumas
Niccolò
Machiavelli
Leonardo
da Vinci
René
Descartes
Hernando
de Soto
Ulysses
Grant
Anne
Boleyn
Benjamin
Disraeli
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Level 33
Sep 10, 2011
Went blank on Newton.
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Level 28
Aug 22, 2016
I just forgot how to spell Isaac
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Level 48
Sep 20, 2011
Gandhi c'mon! Oh and I just learned it was Isaac not Issac!
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Level 38
Jul 8, 2020
this site was a thing in 2011 XD
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Level 81
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 71
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 51
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 66
Mar 13, 2019
Gandhi*
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Level 50
May 1, 2020
Not really, it's more like Caesar for Julius - yes a title, but one that for all intents and purposes became his name.
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Level 26
Jan 3, 2013
First thing that came to mind for Grant was...Cary!
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Level 49
Sep 6, 2014
Weaving Hugo... that can't be right
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Level 56
Apr 5, 2015
I actually typed in "Hugh" for Grant, before realizing this is not an actor quiz.
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Level 59
Nov 8, 2018
And you tried Denzel for Washington? :)
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Level 46
Dec 10, 2018
Well it's the only Grant I could think of lol
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Level 58
Aug 7, 2019
Hugh was my first choice too
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Level 82
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 67
Nov 8, 2018
Horace Grant for Chicago Bulls fans back in the day.
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Level 70
May 1, 2020
simsy, first thing that came to my mind, as the previous question referred to an explorer, was James Grant who accompanied Speke in his attempt to discover the source of the Nile.
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Level 41
Jan 5, 2013
29. didnt know de soto.
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Level 48
Jan 10, 2015
I put Hernan, then Henry, then figured I was on the wrong track. Aaargh.
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Level 59
Mar 4, 2013
Gandhi's first name was also Mahatma, in fact more common than Mohandas
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Level ∞
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 78
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 74
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 14
Jul 5, 2013
I only got 19 but I'm only 11. I missed some really obvious ones...
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Level 19
Sep 1, 2013
I forgot christopher!
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Level 37
Oct 16, 2018
^ Wish we could!
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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 46
Dec 10, 2018
But Issac is not a name. (plus it would be pronounced "eessak". Super weird)
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Level 40
Jan 18, 2014
Machiavelli is the second lowest? I'm actually quite shocked.
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Level 72
Jun 26, 2015
Don't be. Its a spelling thing.
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Level 79
Aug 31, 2017
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Level 78
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 82
Sep 4, 2014
Why? It is spelled exactly as it sounds, isn't it?
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Level 35
Nov 8, 2018
It's Gandhi and the proper selling is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, nothing more and nothing less.
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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 85
Sep 2, 2014
How about a couple alternate spellings of Nichola/Nicolo/Nicholo?
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Level 44
Jun 1, 2015
Why? How would you feel if we all spelt your name differently?
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Level 48
Sep 15, 2016
Then why is Joseph accepted for Stalin? Or Christopher for Columbus?
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Level 50
May 1, 2020
Don't be such a pretentious arse!
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Level 70
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 37
Nov 27, 2017
Sorry, but your argument is skewed. If names are translated into English because this is an English quiz, then what happened to: Benito, Niccolo, Adolf, Ludwig and Amadeus? None of those are Anglicized!
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Level 70
Apr 21, 2018
That is how they are known in Britain and English speaking nations, I personally don't know what Benito stands for but Benito. This quiz is really for English language answers, otherwise we are going down a slippery slide into several multiple answers to satisfy all languages.
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Level 31
Sep 6, 2014
I got 25
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Level 59
Sep 6, 2014
Why is US Grant even on this?
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Level 80
Nov 8, 2014
.. because he's a historical figure?
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Level 71
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 80
May 16, 2016
he's certainly no less important than de Soto, Disraeli, Boleyn, Dumas, Thatcher, or Indira Gandhi.
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Level 80
Aug 2, 2017
^but they're not American so nobody sees the need to whine about them.
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Level 35
Apr 10, 2018
I would say Disraeli, Indira Gandhi and Thatcher had way more impact on their nations and the world than U S Grant did.

Disraeli practically built the Empire, Gandhi presided over a modernisation of India and Thatcher...was Thatcher...the greatest post-war PM we ever had. Sigh...
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Level 37
Jun 15, 2018
Without Grant, the north loses the civil war. If that happens, the US likely never becomes a world superpower and the world would look a lot different today. (For better or for worse)
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Level 80
Nov 8, 2018
^ yeah but of course if the United States didn't exist past 1865 that would have had far less of an impact on the world than Maggie Thatcher. ::eyeroll::
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Level 50
May 1, 2020
Bold to claim that without Grant the north loses the civil war.
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Level 80
Jun 5, 2020
not that bold, really. Compare him to his predecessor.
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Level 47
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 65
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 82
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 80
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 67
Nov 9, 2014
I had never heard of Indira Gandhi. Learn something new every day!
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Level 50
Jan 8, 2015
Got 28, missed Dumas and Disraeli.
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Level 56
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 64
May 2, 2015
i have never heard of indira gandhi … who is he/she
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Level 44
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 76
Aug 21, 2015
Incidentally, Mozart's first name wasn't Wolfgang, it was Johannes.
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Level 56
Aug 26, 2015
Anyone else try "Hugh" for Grant?
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Level 52
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 69
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 78
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 64
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 63
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 80
Apr 3, 2018
I tried Cristobal and it was accepted
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Level 52
Oct 10, 2018
Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonis.His name in Ligurian is Cristòffa Cómbo, in Italian Cristoforo Colombo and in Spanish Cristóbal Colón. (Wikipedia)
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Level 28
Jun 18, 2016
I remembered Disraeli thanks to Assassin's Creed Syndicate!
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Level 20
Dec 10, 2016
I was typing in remy and reny instead of rene
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Level 44
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
Dec 18, 2017
When a quiz has a list of people on it, it does not mean that those not on the quiz are somehow unknown, deficient in any way, or not worthy. There's only so many people's names that go into these quizzes, getting all upset and indignant about it is ridiculously childist and petty.
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Level 82
Feb 14, 2017
Got de Soto because i played Colonization many many years ago... thanks mr. Meier!
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Level 57
Jul 19, 2017
Any chance of accepting "Wulfgang" in place of "Wolfgang" for Mozart?
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Level 58
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 70
Nov 8, 2018
Really? She was a major historical figure -- among the first female heads of a modern state, presiding over 15 key years of Indian history. Rajiv was...her son.
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Level 41
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 37
Aug 23, 2017
Why is it that virtually everyone got the meaning except you?
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Level 67
Jun 10, 2019
Everyone?? 67% of the people clearly did not. I too thought 2 names were asked for gandhi, his birthname and the name he was commonly know under, his nickname.
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Level 58
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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Level 37
Oct 16, 2017
Even non-Americans. I went to both grammar and high school overseas and we received extensive lessons in American History.
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Level 56
Nov 15, 2017
I spaced on Lenin and Hitler, and yet forgetting their first names kind of pleases me.
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Level 72
Dec 27, 2017
LOL
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Level 54
Dec 18, 2017
Grant is far too open-ended.
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Level 72
Dec 27, 2017
This was a fun quiz. We need a second......and a third......and a fourth......maybe more.
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Level 72
Mar 31, 2018
Don't think I've ever heard of Hernando de Soto. Going to google him now.
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Level 70
Apr 21, 2018
He might enjoy that!
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Level 68
Jul 25, 2018
2:41, I am a bit surprised I remembered De Soto. Weird the things from fifth grade that stick in one's mind. Do they still teach children about all the explorers like they used to?
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Level 58
Oct 22, 2018
I thought I was looking for two names for Gandhi, not the names of two different people. Quite confusing.
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Level 62
Nov 8, 2018
You need to accept Maggie for Thatcher if you are accepting Joe for Stalin...
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Level 56
Nov 8, 2018
did anyone type Leopold for the Mozart question or was it just me?
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Level 71
Nov 8, 2018
I mean, if we're gonna get pedantic, then Johannes is Wolfie's actual first name
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Level 74
Nov 8, 2018
Winnie Mandela is an historical figure too. Granted, not as much as Nelson. But she is an historical figure too
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Level 60
Nov 8, 2018
Read the description.
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Level 60
Nov 8, 2018
I feel like a Dumas for not getting Alexandre. :-D
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Level 46
Dec 10, 2018
Huh ?
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Level 68
Nov 9, 2018
Could you accept "Hernan" for de Soto?
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Level 37
Apr 13, 2019
^ That is the name I was taught "Hernan", not "Hernando" DeSoto.
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Level 39
Nov 10, 2018
Too easy
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Level 46
Dec 10, 2018
Well this is very male.
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Level 80
May 16, 2019
Which alternate reality where most historically significant figures were not male would you have liked the quiz to have been based on?
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Level 37
Aug 24, 2019
^ Great comeback! Kudos to you on this.
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Level 53
Mar 7, 2020
Maybe the one where Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, and Mother Theresa have more recognizable surnames?
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Level 54
Jul 2, 2019
I tried a lot of variations on Nicholas for Machiavelli. And why is de Soto on the list?
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Level 58
Sep 11, 2019
what about Eddy Grant
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Level 61
Feb 17, 2020
Why not Hugh Grant?
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Level 34
May 1, 2020
That's a lot of Ghandis
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Level 80
Jun 5, 2020
2?
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Level 44
Jul 14, 2020
Anne Frank could be more famous Anne than Boleyn
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Level 36
Aug 23, 2020
I thought Gandhi's firstname was Mahatma...