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First Names

This page is (mainly) about people who are usually known by just their surnames, or by their surnames and either their initials, a nickname, or a title. Sometimes (as for example with Sepp Blatter) it's simply that the first name by which they're best known is a contraction, and the full name isn't obvious.

Some of these questions may be better asked the other way round. For example: "Which England spin bowler has the real first name Mudhsuden (mud–soo–den)?"

Abbott & Costello Abbott Click to show or hide the answer
Costello Click to show or hide the answer
Red Adair Click to show or hide the answer
Buzz Aldrin Click to show or hide the answer
Ronni Ancona (Scottish impressionist, b. 1968) Click to show or hide the answer
The Andrews Sisters 1911-67 Click to show or hide the answer
1916-95 Click to show or hide the answer
1918-2013 Click to show or hide the answer
Fatty Arbuckle Click to show or hide the answer
Paddy Ashdown Click to show or hide the answer
W. H. Auden Click to show or hide the answer
The Rev. W. Awdry Click to show or hide the answer
Lord Baden–Powell Click to show or hide the answer
Ginger Baker Click to show or hide the answer
R. M. Ballantyne Click to show or hide the answer
J. G. Ballard Click to show or hide the answer
P. T. Barnum Click to show or hide the answer
J. M. Barrie Click to show or hide the answer
Bartok Click to show or hide the answer
Count Basie Click to show or hide the answer
H. E. Bates Click to show or hide the answer
L. Frank Baum Click to show or hide the answer
Mrs. Beeton Click to show or hide the answer
Bix Beiderbecke Click to show or hide the answer
Arnold Bennett Click to show or hide the answer

Berlioz (French composer, 1803–69) Click to show or hide the answer Click for more information

The Beverley Sisters 1924-2015 Click to show or hide the answer
b. 1927 Click to show or hide the answer
b. 1927 Click to show or hide the answer
Acker Bilk (1929–2014) Click to show or hide the answer
'Dickie' Bird (cricket umpire – retired in 1998) Click to show or hide the answer
Mr. Birdseye (frozen food pioneer) Click to show or hide the answer
Biro Click to show or hide the answer
R. D. Blackmore Click to show or hide the answer
Sepp Blatter (President of FIFA, 1998-2015) Click to show or hide the answer
Sonny Bono Click to show or hide the answer
P. W. Botha Click to show or hide the answer
Scobie Breasley Click to show or hide the answer
Capability Brown Click to show or hide the answer
Beau Brummell Click to show or hide the answer
Burke & Hare, murderers Burke Click to show or hide the answer
Hare Click to show or hide the answer
'Rab' Butler Click to show or hide the answer
Max Bygraves Click to show or hide the answer
Lord Byron (sixth Baron Byron) Click to show or hide the answer
Hoagy Carmichael Click to show or hide the answer
Casanova Click to show or hide the answer
Fidel Castro's brother, to whom he handed over power in Cuba in 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
Coco Chanel Click to show or hide the answer
G. K. Chesterton Click to show or hide the answer
US President Cleveland Click to show or hide the answer
Baron Clive of India Click to show or hide the answer
Joe Cocker Click to show or hide the answer
Sean Connery's real first name Click to show or hide the answer
Colin Cowdrey Click to show or hide the answer
Buster Crabbe Click to show or hide the answer

Fanny Cradock (maiden name Pechey) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer

A. J. Cronin Click to show or hide the answer
Bing Crosby Click to show or hide the answer
e.e. cummings Click to show or hide the answer
General Custer Click to show or hide the answer
Paul Daniels Click to show or hide the answer
'Dixie' Dean Click to show or hide the answer
Debussy Click to show or hide the answer
F. W. de Klerk Click to show or hide the answer
Jack Dempsey (took the name Jack after another boxer) Click to show or hide the answer
Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Click to show or hide the answer
Gabbana Click to show or hide the answer
Fats Domino Click to show or hide the answer
Lonnie Donegan Click to show or hide the answer
Dvorak Click to show or hide the answer
T. S. Eliot Click to show or hide the answer
Duke Ellington Click to show or hide the answer
Moss Evans (TGWU General Secretary, 1978-85) Click to show or hide the answer
The Everly Brothersb. 1937 Click to show or hide the answer
1939–2017 Click to show or hide the answer
F. Scott Fitzgerald Click to show or hide the answer
Flanagan & Allen Flanagan Click to show or hide the answer
Allen Click to show or hide the answer
Flanders & Swann Flanders Click to show or hide the answer
Swann Click to show or hide the answer
C. S. Forester Click to show or hide the answer
E. M. Forster Click to show or hide the answer
C. B. Fry Click to show or hide the answer
Buckminster Fuller Click to show or hide the answer
Zsa Zsa Gabor Click to show or hide the answer
Mahatma Gandhi Click to show or hide the answer
Garibaldi (Italian patriot) Click to show or hide the answer
Mrs. Gaskell (born Stevenson) Click to show or hide the answer
Mrs. Bill Gates Click to show or hide the answer
King George VI (known to the royal family as Bertie) Click to show or hide the answer
W. S. Gilbert Click to show or hide the answer
Dizzy Gillespie Click to show or hide the answer
W. E. Gladstone Click to show or hide the answer
W. G. Grace Click to show or hide the answer
D. W. Griffith Click to show or hide the answer
The Brothers Grimm 1785–1863 Click to show or hide the answer
1786–1859 Click to show or hide the answer
Apollo astronaut 'Gus' Grissom Click to show or hide the answer
Matt Groening's father Click to show or hide the answer
Bear Grylls Click to show or hide the answer
Che Guevara Click to show or hide the answer
Woody Guthrie Click to show or hide the answer
H. Ryder Haggard Click to show or hide the answer
Lady Hamilton (mistress of Lord Nelson) Click to show or hide the answer
Dashiell Hammett (Dashiell was his middle name) Click to show or hide the answer
W. C. Handy (1873–1958) – 'Father of the Blues' Click to show or hide the answer
Rex Harrison Click to show or hide the answer
L. P. Hartley Click to show or hide the answer
H. J. Heinz Click to show or hide the answer
Patsy Hendren Click to show or hide the answer
Mrs. Tim Henman, Mrs. Greg Rusedski Click to show or hide the answer
G. A. Henty Click to show or hide the answer
Benny Hill Click to show or hide the answer
Jack Hobbs Click to show or hide the answer
Noddy Holder Click to show or hide the answer
Buddy Holly Click to show or hide the answer
J. Edgar Hoover Click to show or hide the answer
Anthony Hopkins's actual first name Click to show or hide the answer
Lightning Hopkins Click to show or hide the answer
E. W. Hornung Click to show or hide the answer
A. E. Housman Click to show or hide the answer
L. Ron Hubbard Click to show or hide the answer
'Stonewall' Jackson Click to show or hide the answer
Jesse James's elder brother and partner in crime Click to show or hide the answer
M. R. James (English ghost story writer, 1862–1936) Click to show or hide the answer
P. D. James Click to show or hide the answer
Captain W. E. Johns Click to show or hide the answer
'Magic' Johnson Click to show or hide the answer
Father of the Kardashian sisters (O. J. Simpson's defence lawyer) Click to show or hide the answer
Buster Keaton Click to show or hide the answer
'Machine Gun' Kelly Click to show or hide the answer
Khachaturian (Soviet composer – born Tbilisi – 1903-78) Click to show or hide the answer
B. B. King Click to show or hide the answer
Jonathan King Click to show or hide the answer
Evel Knievel Click to show or hide the answer
Kodaly Click to show or hide the answer
The Kray twins' mother Click to show or hide the answer
k. d. lang Click to show or hide the answer
Lillie Langtree Click to show or hide the answer
James Last (German bandleader, 1929–2015) Click to show or hide the answer
D. H. Lawrence Click to show or hide the answer
C. S. Lewis Click to show or hide the answer
Lord Lichfield Click to show or hide the answer
Jenny Lind ('the Swedish Nightingale' – 1820–87) Click to show or hide the answer
Dr. Livingstone (Scottish missionary in Africa, 1841–73) Click to show or hide the answer
Longfellow Click to show or hide the answer
H. P. Lovecraft Click to show or hide the answer
L. S. Lowry Click to show or hide the answer
'Lucky' Luciano (born Salvatore Lucania) Click to show or hide the answer
Frank Maloney (boxing promoter and manager) – after gender reassignment Click to show or hide the answer
Captain Marryatt Click to show or hide the answer
The Marx brothers Chico Click to show or hide the answer
Groucho Click to show or hide the answer
Gummo Click to show or hide the answer
Harpo Click to show or hide the answer
Zeppo Click to show or hide the answer
W. Somerset Maugham Click to show or hide the answer
Paul McCartney Click to show or hide the answer
Barry McGuigan Click to show or hide the answer
H. L. Mencken Click to show or hide the answer
Mendelssohn Click to show or hide the answer
Glenn Miller Click to show or hide the answer
Spike Milligan Click to show or hide the answer
Mills & Boon Mills Click to show or hide the answer
Boon Click to show or hide the answer
A. A. Milne Click to show or hide the answer
The Montgolfier brothers Click to show or hide the answer
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Montgomery of Alamein Click to show or hide the answer
L. M. Montgomery Click to show or hide the answer
Morrissey Click to show or hide the answer
Buster Mottram Click to show or hide the answer
Mo Mowlam Click to show or hide the answer
H. H. Munro ('saki') Click to show or hide the answer
Mussorgsky Click to show or hide the answer
Beau Nash (d. 1762) Click to show or hide the answer
Horatio Nelson's only child (a daughter, whose mother was Emma Hamilton) Click to show or hide the answer
Nijinsky Click to show or hide the answer
Captain 'Titus' Oates (of Scott's 1912 Antarctic expedition) Click to show or hide the answer
Offenbach (German–born French composer, 1819–80) Click to show or hide the answer
Ozzy Osbourne Click to show or hide the answer
Mr. Otis (inventor of the safety lift or elevator) Click to show or hide the answer
Monty Panesar Click to show or hide the answer
Kim Philby Click to show or hide the answer
Beatrix Potter Click to show or hide the answer
Jackson Pollock Click to show or hide the answer
J. B. Priestley Click to show or hide the answer
Prokofiev Click to show or hide the answer
Rachmaninov Click to show or hide the answer
J. Arthur Rank Click to show or hide the answer
Rasputin Click to show or hide the answer
Vivian Richards Click to show or hide the answer
Rimsky–Korsakov Click to show or hide the answer
Smokey Robinson Click to show or hide the answer
Sonny Rollins Click to show or hide the answer
Rolls Click to show or hide the answer
Rommel Click to show or hide the answer
J. K. Rowling Click to show or hide the answer
Royce Click to show or hide the answer
'Razor' Ruddock (Canadian boxer) Click to show or hide the answer
'Babe' Ruth Click to show or hide the answer
The Saatchi brothers Click to show or hide the answer
J. D. Salinger Click to show or hide the answer

3rd Marquess of Salisbury Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer

Emily Sandé Click to show or hide the answer
Colonel Sanders Click to show or hide the answer
Sir Malcolm Sargent Click to show or hide the answer
Captain Scott Click to show or hide the answer
Barry Sheene Click to show or hide the answer
E. H. Shepard Click to show or hide the answer
Shostakovich Click to show or hide the answer
O. J. Simpson Click to show or hide the answer
Smetana Click to show or hide the answer

Stevie Smith Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer

W. H. Smith Click to show or hide the answer
Will Smith Click to show or hide the answer
C. P. Snow Click to show or hide the answer
Sissy Spacek Click to show or hide the answer
Dr. Spock Click to show or hide the answer
H. M. Stanley ("discoverer" of Dr. Livingstone) Click to show or hide the answer
Bram Stoker Click to show or hide the answer
Stravinsky Click to show or hide the answer
E. W. Swanton Click to show or hide the answer
J. M. Synge Click to show or hide the answer
A. J. P. Taylor Click to show or hide the answer
W. M. Thackeray Click to show or hide the answer
Daley Thompson Click to show or hide the answer
J. R. R. Tolkien Click to show or hide the answer
Topol Click to show or hide the answer
P. L. Travers Click to show or hide the answer
J. M. W. Turner Click to show or hide the answer
Madame Tussaud Click to show or hide the answer
Rudy Vallee Click to show or hide the answer
Queen Victoria Click to show or hide the answer
A. Wainwright (author of the popular series of guide books to the English Lake District) Click to show or hide the answer
Fats Waller Click to show or hide the answer
Ruby Walsh (jockey – Grand National winner 2000 and 2005) Click to show or hide the answer
H. G. Wells Click to show or hide the answer
Mae West Click to show or hide the answer
T. H. White Click to show or hide the answer
Billy Wilder Click to show or hide the answer
Hank Williams; also the inventor of the first portable, fully automatic machine gun (Maxim) and the discoverer of Machu Picchu (Bingham) Click to show or hide the answer
J. P. R. Williams Click to show or hide the answer
Tennessee Williams Click to show or hide the answer
P. G. Wodehouse Click to show or hide the answer
Tiger Woods Click to show or hide the answer
F. W. Woolworth Click to show or hide the answer
The Wright Brothers 1867–1912 Click to show or hide the answer
1871–1948 Click to show or hide the answer
Mr. Yale (US inventor and manufacturer of the pin tumbler lock) – his son and business partner had the same forename Click to show or hide the answer
W. B. Yeats Click to show or hide the answer
Lud Zamenhof Click to show or hide the answer

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