Presidential First Names

If American presidents followed the convention of certain monarchs...
Quiz by kalbahamut
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Last updated: January 20, 2021
First submittedApril 18, 2013
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First Name
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George I
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John I
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Thomas I
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James I
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James II
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John II
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Andrew I
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Martin
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William I
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John III
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James III
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Zachary
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First Name
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Millard
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Franklin I
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James IV
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Abraham
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Andrew II
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Ulysses
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Rutherford
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James V
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Chester
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Stephen (Grover)
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Benjamin
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Stephen (Grover)
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First Name
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William II
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Theodore
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William III
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Thomas II (Woodrow)
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Warren
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John IV (Calvin)
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Herbert
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Franklin II
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Harry
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Dwight
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John V
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First Name
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Lyndon
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Richard
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Gerald
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James VI
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Ronald
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George II
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William IV
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George III
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Barack
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Donald
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Joseph
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Level 81
Apr 19, 2013
Some people obviously typed in Bill and got Bill Clinton... but the fact that he is listed as William IV wasn't enough to tip them off that there were other Williams on the list... :) and the same thing happened when they typed in Jimmy and the answer came up James VI. lol
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Level 67
Jun 18, 2019
You are right, i was focused on typing and thinking and didnt want to waste time scrolling up and down the list. Actually you are nót right, obviously seeing william ıv reminded me of others williams but the v actually made me think other were automatically filled in, which usually is the case. Big chance that was the case for most people

edit: actually the georges and johns wére all filled in at once, that was probably why i didnt check if all williams were there, would ve made sense if they showed up too

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Level 81
Mar 28, 2021
I've since changed the quiz to accept these common nicknames as type-ins for all presidents that share the same legal first name. So... typing in "Jimmy" for Jimmy Carter will also get you points for James Buchanan. Not sure if this is better or not, but it should eliminate these mistakes.
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Level 68
Apr 1, 2021
I liked it better the old way.
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Level 72
May 29, 2013
Good quiz - it's a lot harder when you don't have the surname to prompt you but I managed 43/44 so didn't do too bad :)
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Level 72
Nov 29, 2019
That's an understatement ;)
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Level 62
May 29, 2013
That was fun! I only missed three. :)
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Level 81
May 29, 2013
I'm happy you enjoyed it.
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Level 78
Jul 12, 2018
I enjoyed it too, and agree with nettybet that it was more difficult than anticipated.
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Level 25
May 29, 2013
i got all of them but maybe you should accept other spelling for some. like i kept typing in Lynden instead of Lyndon and Rutheford instead of Rutherford.
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Level 81
May 29, 2013
Those spellings didn't occur to me. I can add them.
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Level 27
May 29, 2013
Now you can stop saying no one takes your quizzes!
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Level 57
May 30, 2013
Fun quiz- heading over to middle names...
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Level 52
May 30, 2013
Perfect, woot woot.
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Level 81
Jun 29, 2013
I'm glad everyone enjoyed the quiz. QM tells me that my Presidential Middle Names Quiz is going to be featured soon, as well. If you want to take a crack at it before everyone else does you can click on the above link.

If you enjoyed those two quizzes, you might also like some of these quizzes on related topics:

Most Popular Given Names by Country

Most Common Surnames by Country

Famous People Who are Randy

Stupid Americans

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Enjoy

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Level 81
Jun 29, 2013
This one, too:

Famous Muhammads

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Level 65
May 5, 2015
Really good quizzes!

And how did you space your comment out?

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Level 81
May 5, 2015
html coding. Put the letter BR inside a pair of pointy brackets...
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Level 59
Jul 20, 2013
Cool quiz - nice job.
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Level 43
Aug 21, 2013
Good quiz. Got 41 out of 44. Maybe another minute more i would've had a perfect score.
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Level 23
Sep 16, 2013
you should accept teddy for theodore
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Level 81
Sep 17, 2013
Reasonable suggestion. I will add it.
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Level 78
Nov 11, 2016
King Teddy?
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Level 76
Sep 19, 2013
Great quiz! That was fun.
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Level 32
Oct 28, 2013
Kalbahamut, you are quickly becoming my favourite quiz author on this site. Brilliant quiz!
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Level 81
Oct 28, 2013
Thanks! :)
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Level 78
Oct 21, 2015
You're one of my favorites, too. I also greatly enjoy your comments and discussions although I don't always agree, but that's okay, too.
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Level 48
Jan 7, 2017
I agree too. I can say that because I am not too dumb to live.
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Level 20
Mar 7, 2017
I think you are the most active quiz maker-i almost see u everywhere,as quiz maker,as a comment putter or whatever,anyways,great quiz...
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Level 81
Mar 7, 2017
I don't even come close to relessness. That guy has got some serious quiz diarrhea. But I probably comment more than he does. He's too busy making quizzes to say more, I think.
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Level 34
Nov 30, 2013
Got them all with 4 minutes to spare!
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Level 53
Jan 25, 2014
Hate to complain, but would Harry be Harold if Bill is William?
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Level 81
Jan 25, 2014
Nope. Bill Clinton's actual given name is William. Bill is a nickname. Harry Truman's actual given name is Harry. He was named after his uncle Harrison "Harry" Young. Nobody ever called him Harold.
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Level 58
Mar 2, 2014
Pedant's corner. You're insistent on Stephen for Grover Cleveland and Thomas for Woodrow Wilson, but apparently didn't know that Dwight David Eisenhower was christened David Dwight! Cool quiz.
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Level 81
Mar 2, 2014
You're right, I didn't know that.

I'm not insisting on anything, I'm just going by what their official names are. Eisenhower's was changed shortly after he was born, according to Wikipedia. Why would I use the name that he had for the first few days of his life?

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Level 81
Oct 23, 2014
Also, Grover and Woodrow are acceptable answers.
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Level 58
Oct 22, 2015
To come back to this a long time later, of course I didn't intend to sound as rude as I did, and I didn't really mean anything bad by saying "insist". I just got 5/5 points with fewer than half the names on the board! Love this quiz.
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Level 48
Mar 31, 2014
LOL'd at Bush as George III.
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Level 81
Apr 1, 2014
it kind of fits if you consider both were brush clearing enthusiasts.
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Level 47
May 13, 2017
and George II (HW)
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Level 44
Aug 1, 2014
Good quiz. I would say there's a minute too much.
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Level 33
Aug 6, 2014
Good quiz , kalbahamut . Challenging . 32 /44
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Level 35
Aug 12, 2014
Excellent quiz;

to be perfectly honest, I actually was not surprised that Warren G Harding, Rutherford B Hayes and Millard Fillmore were on the bottom of the list.

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Level 43
Aug 27, 2014
Now this. This is brilliant.
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Level 75
Dec 20, 2014
Curiously, William only worked in one answer... should have noticed earlier, so I guess that's on me.
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Level 81
Dec 21, 2014
not sure what you mean. If you type William you will get 4 correct answers.
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Level 81
Dec 21, 2014
You probably typed in "Bill" and were awarded with William IV a.k.a. Bill Clinton.
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Level 83
Jan 7, 2017
The same thing happened to me. I lazily assumed that it had filled in all of the Williams when I got Bill, but obviously I didn't check.
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Level 19
Dec 24, 2014
36/44
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Level 20
Jan 6, 2015
44/44 at my 2 time doing this o.o
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Level 20
Jan 13, 2015
Got all of them but Harry and warren last
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Level 48
Jan 13, 2015
Thanks for a fun quiz.
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Level 21
Jan 19, 2015
I'm not the best at this so I'm being honest. I only got 27/44, so I guess I need to practice. kalbahamut, you are becoming one of my favorite quiz makers, with all of the fantastic quizzes. You are the next Quizmaster.
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Level 81
Jan 20, 2015
I'm glad you've enjoyed my quizzes. I'll never be Quizmaster. I don't think some people appreciate how much work he puts in to this site.
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Level 21
Jan 20, 2015
I'm just saying that you are like miniature Quizmaster, with all of the great quizzes.
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Level 22
Jan 11, 2018
You do realize that Quizmaster is just Jetpunk
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Level 67
Jun 18, 2019
What do you mean by that?
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Level 20
Feb 9, 2015
Roger that it was a great quiz
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Level 20
Feb 9, 2015
Im suprized Calvin Coolidge is name is John and did you know that Richard Nixon stole paper from somebody's poticial party that was the end of nixon's presidency and jimmy Carter's real name is James
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Level 65
May 18, 2017
*Makes Home Alone-style shocked face*
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Level 67
Jun 18, 2019
Mock-shock? A new word :D
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Level 54
Apr 4, 2015
Hey Kal,

Long time no talk.

I liked this quiz.

In the spirit of Easter, would you be willing to forgive and forget past squabbles? I apologize for any wrongdoing on my part. I hope we can reconcile.

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Level 81
Apr 4, 2015
mafi mushkila
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Level 54
Apr 5, 2015
Ok thanks for forgiving me bud. Americans have enough things against them. It's time to start sticking together, and I'm glad it could start here.
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Level 59
Sep 8, 2015
Great Quiz, kalbahamut!
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Level 50
Oct 22, 2015
After having played the US Presidents quiz numerous times, this test threw me off because it's listed in reverse order. ha.
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Level 59
Oct 22, 2015
"Let's see here, common English names, common English names, hmm... John, James, Andrew, William, George. Hey, that's 20/44 already!" Apart from some of the most well-known presidents, that was me.
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Level 81
Jan 7, 2016
Throw in Harry, Thomas, and Stephen and you've got more than half. Some of the others are a bit weird, though.
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Level 78
May 17, 2017
Poor President Fillmore got stuck with his mother's maiden name as his given name.
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Level 67
Jun 18, 2019
I tried steven which didnt get me anything. I thought steven was the american way to write it and stephen the british way. (So i didnt try the other version, i would ve tried both if i typed stephen first, because then i would ve been reminded ow yea, need the us spelling.)
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Level 78
Nov 30, 2019
I don't there is a standard "American" spelling for Stephen/Steven. I have several friends by that name and about half spell it one way and half the other.
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Level 73
Jan 20, 2021
Same in the UK
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Level 58
Oct 22, 2015
I typed in all the uncommon names first (Warren, Chester, Franklin, etc) and was trying to remember Wilson's real first name, when the time ran out with fewer than half the names on the board... I still got 5 points out of 5!
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Level 81
Oct 22, 2015
I think you must have taken the quiz before and gotten a higher score. The average is 34/44 so I don't think it's possible that 22/44 would get you 5 points.
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Level 58
Oct 24, 2015
Oh, I didn't know the 5 out of 5 could be based on a different time. In fact I thought it told you what you scored but if you've already done the quiz it doesn't actually add it to your total.
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Level 51
Oct 22, 2015
Love it !
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Level 20
Oct 23, 2015
John wasn't the 49th president, Jimmy was.
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Level 63
Apr 22, 2017
Shame there's only ever been 45 though
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Level 20
Oct 23, 2015
Woodrow Wilson is a nice alliteration, but I have no idea why he is put William same thing with Calvin Coolidge he has a name with James is it? Or is somebody else. Maybe somebody should do president nicknames I would nail that and somebody should do what their parents are named.
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Level 81
Oct 23, 2015
I'm pretty sure there are already a couple quizzes on the subject of presidential nicknames.
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Level 81
Jan 7, 2016
here's one by kiwirage.
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Level 39
Oct 24, 2015
I got 41/44 from a mix of me knowing them and then reading the comments. Damn you Ulysses, Herbert and Gerald!
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Level 39
Mar 5, 2016
Wait how can one James be guessed 92% but the rest only be 88%?
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Level 81
Mar 5, 2016
We accept "Jimmy" for James Carter.
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Level 63
Jun 1, 2016
Well, after the elections we shall see who has to get added, Donald or Hillary.
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Level 47
Jun 15, 2016
I like the quiz
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Level 36
Jul 26, 2016
Fun quiz
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Level 36
Aug 7, 2016
hi kalbahamut I am a fan of your quizzes would u be interested in checking out mine, u don't have to just a suggestions. Thanks.
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Level 72
Apr 8, 2020
But you haven't made any quizzes.
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Level 47
Sep 1, 2016
For some reason instead of typing Martin, I tried to type Ludwig
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Level 81
Nov 10, 2016
Van Buren's "Ode to Muttonchops" was never as well received as van Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."
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Level 48
Dec 12, 2016
I tried Armin for Van Buren.
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Level 81
Dec 12, 2016
oh come on. He might not have been a very good president, but I'm sure president Van Buren had more musical talent than that guy.
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Level 56
Oct 7, 2016
Damn you, Theodore, damn you
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Level 33
Oct 27, 2016
hopefully seeing Donald on here soon
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Level 81
Nov 9, 2016
speak of the devil
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Level 75
Dec 13, 2016
Silly quiz but good fun. Pleased to have omitted only 3.
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Level 43
Jan 7, 2017
Got Donald eventually, though at present he aint
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Level 63
Jan 7, 2017
But he'll be it come the 20th.
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Level 54
Jan 8, 2017
Wow- did ok considering I'm in the UK. Weirdly didn't know Gerald as have always heard him referred to as President Ford- would have known Betty. lol
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Level 65
Jan 8, 2017
Missed 12. I'm not American, though.
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Level 60
Feb 15, 2017
got all 1:10 left
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Level 37
May 1, 2017
Georges H. W. and W. Bush were Republicans. Gerald Ford was a Republican. Dwight Eisenhower was a Republican. Donald Trump is the Tea Party's dream. He is not a Republican.
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Level 81
Feb 23, 2018
I don't think he's even what anyone in the tea party movement wanted. (they might think he is, but he's not. All of his supporters have been duped) Trump is just a self-serving narcissistic moron who was born rich and has conned and swindled his way into the presidency. What was the tea party about? Mostly smaller government, right? But Trump has increased the deficit and his tax cuts for the wealthy is going to explode the debt like it never has been before. He doesn't mean anything he says he only cares somewhat about appearances. He's not serving the party. He's not serving the alt Right. He's not a true conservative. He's not a true Republican. He's not a true American. He's just a disgrace.
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Level 59
Aug 3, 2017
Could you add Leslie as answerable for Gerald Ford? That was his given name.
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Level 50
Jan 11, 2018
I would say no, personally. His name was legally changed to Gerald Rudolff Ford Jr. It's not like a nickname or going by a middle name.
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Level 78
Jul 12, 2018
It is interesting, though, that his name, Leslie Lynch King Jr., wasn't changed until he became an adult and he took his stepfather's name (changing the spelling of the middle name) even though he was never adopted by him. But legally his name was Gerald when he was president, and that's what the quiz is about.
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Level 67
Jul 30, 2019
How would a nickname be MORE acceptable than the name that was given to someone at his birth...

Gerald should definitely be the displayed name, as that was his name during his function. But I dont see it as a problem to accept the name he was given and didnt change untill later in life.

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Level 24
Oct 8, 2017
I forgot Abraham oh my god
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Level 70
Feb 22, 2018
If you know your Presidents, try my Governors who became Presidents Quiz............

here it is

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Level 48
Feb 22, 2018
Would you accept "mentally stunted" or is that like a nickname?
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Level 75
Mar 14, 2018
You'd really think there would be more Millards and Rutherfords... I run into so many day to day.
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Level 8
Apr 9, 2018
Great quiz love this type
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Level 8
Apr 30, 2018
Great quiz thanks
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Level 70
Jun 6, 2018
You know your Presidents?...... try US President's Anagrams quiz.......here it is
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Level 65
Jul 25, 2018
Great idea! It's funny how our brain works... I just aced the US presidents quiz to get the badge, but only got 34/45 on the first names. Some of the names I felt like I had never even seen before, though I obviously have seen them plenty of times trying to ace the last names.
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Level 37
Aug 30, 2018
Really nice quiz. Thank you.
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Level 55
Dec 13, 2018
I was willing to deliberately not get 100% just because of a Donald thingy.
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Level 40
Jan 3, 2019
Kalbahamut just asking, how old are you?
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Level 81
Aug 30, 2019
As of May 1st this year I'm 40.
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Level 40
Jan 5, 2019
oh. Nice how you spend your time on educational stuff. Good Job:)
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Level 29
Apr 18, 2019
got all by the end execpt bejamin, gerald, and chester
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Level 79
Apr 30, 2019
Loved this! Great idea, challenging and funny.
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Level 65
Jul 23, 2019
I got lucky...would never have guessed Franklin Pierce if I hadn’t guessed Franklin Roosevelt. Pierce was definitely forgettable though.
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Level 67
Jul 25, 2019
missed Benjamin, Millard, and Warren
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Level 67
Jul 25, 2019
I think I missed Benjamin Harrison because when I do the "name all the us presidents" quiz I type in harrison for William Henry Harrison and don't need to think about Benjamin Harrison because I get him for free
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Level 81
Nov 28, 2019
I didn't know this was going to be on the front page again today. I intend to change the type-ins to be mostly consistent with all presidents that share a common name but have different nicknames to avoid the phenomenon of people getting "Bill" but missing "William," et cetera.

But I think I will hold off on that until next year. When, hopefully I'll get to add Michael and then shortly after perhaps an Elizabeth, Bernard, or Joseph.

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Level 32
Nov 28, 2019
Or perhaps a Peter or a different Michael...
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Level 84
Jan 20, 2021
But no Robert. We've never had one of those.
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Level 33
Nov 28, 2019
I loved this quiz! I'm kinda new to Jetpunk, but Kalbahamut - I always see your name! I love your quizzes and funny comments!
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Level 81
Nov 28, 2019
I like this site, too. I've been coming here pretty much every day since 2012 and comment on quizzes when I want to show appreciation to the quiz author or maybe try to start a conversation. That's why you see my comments everywhere.
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Level 27
Nov 30, 2019
Damn! couldn't think of Lyndon!!
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Level 51
Apr 26, 2020
Wow, great quiz...But why haven't you made any quizzes recently?
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Level 81
Apr 26, 2020
I used to author quizzes a lot when I was working at a university in Saudi Arabia and forced to maintain office hours where I often had nothing else to do. I left that job in September 2014. So since then... a combination of having less restrictions on my free time lately, and just getting tired of it I guess. I have a lot of quiz ideas I just never got around to making.
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Level 44
May 23, 2020
Nice quiz! Missed Chester and Millard
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Level 50
Jun 10, 2020
100% didn't expect it.
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Level 56
Aug 23, 2020
Please accept "Ike" for King Dwight.
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Level 53
Oct 21, 2020
this helped so much.. :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc3xTj3g9QQ

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Level 44
Dec 9, 2020
How do I remember Rutherford, Herbert, and Millard but not Theodore (Facepalm).
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Level 68
Apr 5, 2021
same.
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Level 72
Jan 20, 2021
Great quiz, but I think Cleveland should only be counted once.
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Level 50
Jan 20, 2021
Wait how did 30-something comments on this quiz get deleted all of a sudden?
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Level 81
Jan 20, 2021
Might have been something about Trump or Biden. I don't know. Wasn't me.
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Level 72
Jan 20, 2021
Yeah, including my comment about adding 'Joseph' in a few weeks
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Level 50
Jan 21, 2021
And mine about Kal counting down the seconds towards 12:00 January 20th

Congratulations to all Democrats by the way, including Kal and any others on this quiz

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Level 81
Jan 22, 2021
I am not a Democrat. My strong opposition to Donald Trump's presidency was based on my status as a human being. And any policy opinions I have are derived from a commitment to rational skepticism not any particular ideological or political bent. If I had one of those it would probably be best described as classical liberalism with a dash of libertarianism and a sprinkling of neo-liberalism. Some would call me a centrist. I prefer the label realist or rationalist as not all issues are binary and, for those that are binary, typically one side is more correct than the other (not always the same side), and compromise is not the ideal answer. I prefer taking the position that is correct over taking the position that is in the center. I've never belonged to a political party.
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Level 50
Jan 23, 2021
Point being, you probably wanted Biden to win, so congratulations to you.

Hopefully, he turns out to be a good President who we all support and are proud of.

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Level 81
Jan 23, 2021
Congratulations to planet Earth, not just to me. But as an Earthling, thanks all the same.
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Level 50
Mar 28, 2021
...and 67 days into his presidency, he seems to be fulfilling his campaign promises without offending a ton of people like someone I know did...
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Level 80
Jan 20, 2021
Interesting that it took 230+ years to get to our first Joseph. Seems like it's been a pretty common name, historically...
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Level 72
Jan 22, 2021
I memorized the presidents when I was a little kid. So this was fairly easy for me. Got them all in a little over two minutes. Good quiz though! Keep 'em coming
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Level 73
Feb 1, 2021
It's surprising to me that we've had 2 Franklins but only 1 Joseph and it took until 2021 to get it.
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Level 24
Feb 24, 2021
i forgot about Barack how did i do this mistake i jus-
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Level 30
Mar 3, 2021
I just typed John and George, and I already got 8 answers filled in. Wow.
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Level 68
Apr 5, 2021
It would be fun if they were known as (for example) President William IV instead of President Clinton. It would be ridiculous, actually.