First Names as Last Names Quiz #1

We have a list of 20 famous people whose last names are common first names. Guess who they are.
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Last updated: September 12, 2015
First submittedSeptember 4, 2010
Times taken52,008
Average score60.0%
Rating3.97
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Use These First Names
Aaron
Dean
Joel
Matt
Alexander
Dick
John
Meg
Anne
Dylan
Jordan
Michael
Arnold
Frank
Kelly
Paul
Billy
Gene
Kirk
Ryan
Bob
Hank
Lee
Shelley
Bruce
James
Lewis
Simon
Cameron
Jason
Louis
Steve
Clark
Jerry
Martin
Tom
Damon
Joe
Mary
Wayne
To Make These Full Names
Billy Joel
Anne Frank
John Wayne
Gene Kelly
Hank Aaron
Joe Louis
Jason Alexander
Michael Jordan
Tom Arnold
Paul Simon
Kirk Cameron
Mary Shelley
Dick Clark
Meg Ryan
Matt Damon
Steve Martin
James Dean
Jerry Lewis
Bob Dylan
Bruce Lee
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Level 78
Sep 4, 2010
Really cool and creative...even though some answers would have worked (James Cameron, Dean Martin) you wouldn't have been able to complete the puzzle. Nice Work!
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Level 59
Aug 3, 2016
Bruce Wayne
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Level 91
Oct 17, 2018
Paul Ryan
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Level 87
May 3, 2019
Dylan Tom. Oh wait.
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Level 45
Aug 23, 2019
Aaron Paul, James Kirk.
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Level 75
Dec 31, 2019
James Martin the chef?

You could have done Jamie Oliver too

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Level 67
Jan 10, 2020
Dean Martin
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Level 86
Aug 19, 2020
or Paul Kelly !
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Level 16
Sep 5, 2010
Jerry Lee Lewis?
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Level ∞
Sep 5, 2010
No, Jerry Lewis the comedian.
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Level 52
Jun 20, 2011
Got them all! And guessed for half of them!
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Level 28
Jul 23, 2011
I got them all!
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Level 58
Sep 1, 2011
Yay I got them all- some I knew but the rest was guess work.
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Level 16
Dec 4, 2011
woulda made it, but ran out of time :S
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Level 32
Jan 1, 2012
I tried Bruce Wayne xD
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Level 62
Jan 15, 2012
I think the directions need to be articulated a bit better.
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Level 50
Jan 26, 2012
0:45 left
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Level 48
Feb 23, 2012
Haha, I got so stuck on Bruce Wayne, before I figured it out. I realized you probably meant actual famous people. xD
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Level 15
Oct 13, 2012
It wouldn't take Paul Ryan...
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Level 71
May 22, 2016
Ha! Yep, I tried him too...
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Level 37
Mar 28, 2017
lol it even says "Paul" and "Ryan" on the quiz
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Level 48
Oct 14, 2017
my first guess was Aaron Paul
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Level 56
Nov 7, 2012
Tried to make Jason Lee work and it wouldn't. That slowed me down, but still got it with :32 left
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Level 44
Dec 30, 2013
wouldnt paul ryan work?
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Level 73
Jan 7, 2014
Very Fun. Got them all the second time because I spent several minutes of my first go at it trying to figure out what the quiz was asking for. Good creative quiz!
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Level 52
Feb 17, 2014
Matt Ryan, QB for Falcons could also work...
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Level 83
Apr 13, 2014
Aaron Paul and Paul Ryan jumped out at me right away but those weren't correct answers.
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Level 32
Apr 13, 2014
Looks like there are some combinations which refer to other famous people not included here: James Cameron, Jason Lee, James (T.) Kirk, maybe more
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Level 83
Apr 14, 2014
a lot more, actually.
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Level 73
Apr 13, 2014
nice one!!
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Level 88
Apr 14, 2014
Great fun! Sequel, please?
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Level ∞
Apr 14, 2014
http://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/first-name-last-names-quiz-2.php
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Level 43
May 21, 2014
Let the names be used multiple times to allow for Dean Martin, James Cameron, etc. Then this would be a great setup. It got too easy as time went on due to elimination. I wouldn't have got 100% if not for that.
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Level 50
Mar 22, 2017
That's how you solved the puzzle.
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Level 43
Aug 23, 2014
I'll admit I'm happy that Mary Shelley is on here.
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Level 66
Jan 25, 2015
Maybe a nice idea for a quiz like this would be to include all of the valid combinations.
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Level 69
Nov 17, 2016
The way it's set up currently, it would be very complicated to do because then the other names left wouldn't match up. There can only be one pairing per name that works.
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Level 56
Jun 12, 2015
I don't know why I tried Tom Jerry, even it doesn't make any sense. =S
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Level 45
Nov 29, 2015
I almost tried Lewis Clark! haha
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Level 63
Dec 8, 2015
Aaron Paul?
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Level 63
Jan 15, 2016
Kind of frustrating trying all These names: Aaron Paul, James Cameron, Bruce Wayne, Dean Martin...
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Level 64
Mar 21, 2016
Paul Ryan?
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Level 74
Mar 23, 2016
Fun idea and good execution, thanks!
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Level 92
May 15, 2016
Sorry but this wasn't the best idea for a quiz. As many people have noted in the comments there were many valid combinations that were not accepted, and could not be because it would leave other names without a pair. Basically, to get everything you have to be lucky and happen to guess the combinations that the quiz maker had in mind when he made the quiz.
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Level 72
Jan 30, 2018
Strongly disagree. I enjoy the fact that it's a puzzle as much as it is trivia.
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Level 67
Jul 30, 2019
It doesnt make it a bad idea for a quiz. It is a very good idea. And you can debate wheter or not that other possibilities were there made it a worse quiz or not. But the idea itself is definitely good, and I didnt find the red herrings too offputting.

If a name doesnt work, you move on.

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Level 67
Apr 5, 2020
That's part of the puzzle isn't it? You have to guess the names that were already imagined. And if you allowed every possible combination to create any name, the list would be endless. Oh my God I am going to say it, they are almost all American personalities, shock horror. Many of the required pairs create people about whom I know nothing. I had never heard of Hank Aaron, Jason Alexander, any of the Tom Arnolds, Kirk Cameron or Dick Clark, this made the quiz a bit random.
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Level 53
Aug 19, 2016
Great quiz. Puzzling.
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Level 71
Sep 1, 2016
I knew this would be hard when I tried Dean Martin and James Cameron and neither worked
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Level 69
Nov 17, 2016
Loved it, very fun to do! Possibly because I am a foreigner and know only the "big names" from the US, the first pairing I could think of for each name was always the "correct" one. Except for Bruce Wayne, which I had to type twice before I realized why it wasn't working, lol :).
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Level 67
Jul 30, 2019
Yea I got caught up on bruce wayne and james cameron. typed both more than once, first one after retyping for spelling I dismissed, because I figured, it is because it is fictional. But with james cameron, I was scrutinizing the spelling and doubting if he was who I thought he was, is he really james? suddenly I started to doubt myself...
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Level 28
Dec 5, 2016
Bruce Wayne?

Haha

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Level 52
Dec 5, 2016
Nice quiz. Got em all with 1.31 left; maybe less time or some names used more than once for extra degree of difficulty
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Level 64
Feb 16, 2017
Paul Ryan?
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Level 50
Mar 22, 2017
I appreciate that Jerry Lewis is right while Dean Martin is the wrong combo!
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Level 73
Apr 12, 2017
How about world famous Steve Bruce? I'm really hoping there's some Brits out there who sympathise with my disappointment when it didn't work...
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Level 44
Aug 21, 2017
Paul Douglas.
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Level 66
Oct 27, 2017
The problem with this quiz is that there are several names you can make out of the pieces you're given that are "wrong" answers, even though they're perfectly legitimate. Dean Martin is as famous as anyone included in the quiz. Paul Ryan is US Speaker of the House right now, and makes the news on pretty much a weekly basis. These aren't wrong answers, they're just not the names you were thinking of. One possible fix would be to add those names and then put two of whichever name is used twice up in the answer key. As it is now, this quiz is little better than "guess what celebrity I'm thinking of right now."
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Level 83
Oct 27, 2017
it's fine the way it is
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Level 67
Jul 30, 2019
You could see the multiple possibilities as a downside or challenge. But either way not much of a big deal.

(It would be if it was filled with mostly obscure ones and a lot of famous ones left out, but as it is I dont see a problem. john wayne and brucce lee instead of bruce wayne ( which is fictional anyway) is fine imo for example. Same goes for James dean + kirk cameron (though maybe less known, but paired with dean) Is good enough instead of james cameron.

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Level 67
Jul 30, 2019
It might be usefull though (to stop from further whining, atleast from those that actually read the description, either before playing or atleast before complaining) To add in the description. That there are many names possible combinations here but not all are given, So the name they have in mind might not always work
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Level 22
Oct 27, 2017
''cough'' daniel day lewis ''cough''
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Level 72
Jan 30, 2018
What about him?
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Level 48
Oct 28, 2017
Cool idea for a quiz :)

I would like to see another where it's actually their true birth-given name and not something like "Jason Alexander"

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Level 25
Dec 31, 2017
For the next quiz you could put James Mason and Grace Kelly.
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Level 37
Feb 18, 2018
GREAT QUIZ!!!
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Level 65
Feb 18, 2018
Aaron Paul is famous.
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Level 65
Feb 18, 2018
Paul Ryan?
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Level 63
Jun 1, 2018
James Cameron?

Paul Ryan?

James Kirk?

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Level 56
Jun 20, 2018
I was one of the dimwits who could not figure out what was being asked! felt quite daft when the answers were revealed
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Level 59
Sep 24, 2019
No Bruce Wayne?
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Level 45
Feb 4, 2020
I kept trying Bruce Wayne and Dean Martin to no avail
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Level 67
Mar 5, 2020
James Cameron, Aaron Paul.

I know you wouldnt be able to finish the puzzle but 🤷‍♂️

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Level 73
Mar 22, 2020
Thought of a ton that could be combined to make other names, like James Cameron and Bruce Wayne
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Level 33
Jul 9, 2020
This quiz was slightly misleading to me. I thought I would have to make names from each ROW of words. But now that I know, I find it quite creative and overall a good quiz.
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Level 86
Aug 19, 2020
Confused me that Paul Kelly didn't count
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Level 74
Sep 14, 2020
Paul Ryan?
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Level 57
Nov 20, 2021
Who else tried typing James Cameron?