History by Letter - N

Can you name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter N?
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Last updated: July 27, 2019
First submittedJuly 26, 2014
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Victorious admiral at Trafalgar
Horatio Nelson
Former fascist party of Germany
Nazi
Paris cathedral whose
construction began in 1163
Notre Dame
Massachusetts whaling island
Nantucket
French conqueror defeated
at Waterloo
Napoleon
Viking group that settled in France
and conquered England
Normans
Largest city in the southern U.S.
prior to the Civil War
New Orleans
Family that has dominated
Indian politics since independence
Nehru
Roman emperor and lyre enthusiast
Nero
Chinese city whose name means
"Southern Capital"
Nanjing
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The only U.S. President to resign
Richard Nixon
Tsar overthrown in 1917
Nicholas II
Former name of New York City
New Amsterdam
Country that once dominated
the spice trade
Netherlands
Province that joined Canada in 1949
Newfoundland
Historical region of northern Sudan
Nubia
Most famous Egyptian queen,
besides Cleopatra
Nefertiti
Major Italian city founded
as a Greek colony
Naples
Native American tribe employed as
"code talkers" during WWII
Navajo
Site of "The Troubles"
Northern Ireland
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Level 44
Sep 9, 2014
100% WOOHOO!!!
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Level 26
May 25, 2022
thought it was spelt "Notre Dam" 😒
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Level 59
Sep 14, 2016
It is not "Northern Ireland" It is the north of Ireland. Some angry Irish dude in Belfast gave me a 15 minute lecture while I was waiting for a flight to takeoff because I said Northern Ireland. That was an awkward situation. I couldn't stand up and just walk away. That has to be one of my most unpleasant flight experiences.
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Level 70
Feb 23, 2017
Nope. It's Northern Ireland. I suspect you got an ear bashing from a hardline Republican. The kind who refuse to accept the existence of Northern ireland. I make no judgement on the validy of their beliefs, but the 'country' exists (in the same sense that England, Scotland and Wales are countries) whether they like it or not.

Sadly people have been killing each other over things a lot more trivial than that here in Northern Ireland, for far far too long. Thankfully now, most people have had enough and want to get on with their lives.

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Level 64
May 21, 2017
Erm, no. It's Northern Ireland...
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Level 81
May 21, 2017
Just because someone is louder than you does not make them right. Politically, it's part of the UK - Northern Ireland. If history had gone differently, then maybe he would be right.
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Level 67
May 18, 2022
Ironically, "might makes right" is the same principle that led to the illegitimate separation of the northern part of Ireland in the first place.
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Level 76
Apr 10, 2020
It could have been a 15-hour lecture, and he would still be wrong.
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Level 72
Apr 24, 2020
That guy must have an ulster up his erse.
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Level 52
Jan 8, 2021
The existence of County Donegal says otherwise... the most northerly part of Ireland is not in Northern Ireland.
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Level 92
May 21, 2017
Please change Newfoundland to its actual name, Newfoundland and Labrador
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Level 69
Apr 24, 2020
No, it only became Newfound and Labrador in 2001. It was just Newfoundland when it joined Canada, and the nation of Newfoundland had the territory of Labrador when it joined.
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Level 59
May 21, 2017
And all my life I've been spelling it Nofretete. *facepalm*
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Level 67
May 21, 2017
Goodness.
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Level 76
Apr 10, 2020
It's a variant spelling, according to the Oxford Dictionary of English.
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Level 60
May 21, 2017
@sulps One wonders how many times you've had to spell that in your lifetime? I'm suddenly questioning all my life choices.
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Level 76
Apr 10, 2020
It's a variant spelling of Nefertiti according to the Oxford Dictionary of English.
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Level 65
May 21, 2017
No facepalm needed, it can in fact be spelled this way according to the following source: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/nefertiti?showCookiePolicy=true

And it's actually the common spelling in German.

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Level 76
Apr 10, 2020
Indeed.
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Level 76
Apr 10, 2020
It is actually a variant spelling. Could Nofretete be accepted?
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Level 64
Mar 9, 2021
no
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Level 76
May 21, 2017
Newfoundland wasn't a 'province' when it joined Canada. It was a dominion in its own right.
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Level 72
Jan 15, 2022
...and then it became a province when it joined Canada in 1949.
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Level 60
May 21, 2017
For the Chinese city question: Anyone have any insight into why I put "Nanchung" instinctively? Purely on a whim, but it was so close, I wonder if that's an alternate pronunciation/spelling or what??
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Level 77
May 22, 2017
I was taught in school that it was Nanking. I was also taught that Chongqing was Chunking, so maybe you combined Nanking and Chungking together? (Nanking was accepted for me.)
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Level 33
May 24, 2017
Where do you learn about Chinese cities in school other than a Chinese class? Not being sarcastic, actually curious
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Level 33
May 24, 2017
@ander217
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Level 39
May 1, 2018
Well, your school is wrong. In China, we can use traditional characters or use pingying, which is the representation of characters as English spellings. Our pronunciation of these letters differs from the American pronunciations, and since you Americans have the most boring monotonous speech, its hard for Westerners to differentiate the q and k and k and j a so on. The spelling is DEFINITELY Nanjing.
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Level 84
May 28, 2018
And is that harder or easier than differentiating between 'pingying' and the correct spelling/pronunciation, 'pinyin'?
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Level 76
Apr 10, 2020
@Dragonlife. You're wrong. Up until the 1980s the romanised spellings of Chinese place names were used in English and many other languages, including Peking, Nanking, Chungking etc. Note they're still used for Chinese-speaking areas outside of the mainland (Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Kaohsiung etc.). These spellings are still commonly used in various languages.
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Level 41
Apr 24, 2020
@benny7401 well I learned about Chinese cities in history class. Like in the Opium War and how Mao and the Communist party came to power....
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Level 77
Apr 24, 2020
It was the 1960s in a small town in Missouri, and in both world history and geography classes we learned about countries and cities outside of the USA. I don't understand why that seems surprising. There's a brand of canned Chinese food in the US called Chun King (founded by an Italian), and Chinese restaurant menus still have Peking duck, not Beijing duck. There's an American bar named the Bombay Bicycle Club - the old forms of the names are still around. So back then, the spelling was DEFINITELY Nanking in my textbook whether or not it was considered correct in China. Even Wikipedia lists it as "Nanjing, alternatively romanized as Nanking or Nankin."
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Level 52
Jan 8, 2021
Pinyin only became official in the 1980s. The fact that there is an official transliteration doesn't by any means make other transliterations "wrong", unless by "wrong" you mean non-official.
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Level 45
May 18, 2022
@benny7401 the r*pe of nanking
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Level 65
May 21, 2017
I think Hatshepsut is actually more famous than Nefertiti, but I'm not sure if that's true for others as well or if I just happen to know her better.
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Level 58
May 22, 2017
It's just you! At least people can say Nefertiti easily! ;-)
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Level 58
May 22, 2017
Not just you, me too.
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Level 65
Jan 7, 2018
Agree with sulfuratus. she is so much more famous than nefertiti
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Level 65
Feb 10, 2020
Hatshepsut is the female Egyptian leader in SidMeier's Civilization IV, so she's pretty well know in the 4X community :-). Other instances use Cleopatra as a female leader.
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Level 60
Aug 10, 2021
Add people who read Paul Doherty's book series abou judge Amerotke. Great books, I can onoy recommend.
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Level 81
May 19, 2022
I think Hatshepsut is a more interesting figure, but I do think Nefertiti is more famous - more for archeological than historical reasons.
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Level 56
May 21, 2017
I'm sorry, but the fact that Indira Gandhi was Nehru's daughter doesn't alter the fact that the dominating family in Indian politics are the Gandhis, not the Nehrus.
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Level ∞
Jul 27, 2019
It's the same family. (No relation to Mohandas of course).
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Level 73
May 22, 2017
In the Jetpunk tradition of accepting placenames in their native languages, I hereby submit that you should accept 'Norn Iron' for the last answer. :)
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Level 67
Apr 24, 2020
100% agree
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Level 37
Aug 15, 2017
Nieuw Amsterdam was neither conquered by nor sold to the English. It was traded by the Dutch for what eventually became Dutch Guiana and is now Surinam in South America. The Dutch readily got rid of what they thought of as a rather useless piece of land Nieuw Amsterdam), for one which was rich is bauxite and other minerals (present day Surinam). Ha, ha, ha the joke was on them!
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Level 60
May 23, 2018
rather keen of the dutch to get rid of that useless piece of land. they made the right choice.
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Level 39
May 10, 2022
Imagine if they’d stayed and the US had to buy it off of them, then there’d just be an unusually high amount of people in NY with Dutch ancestry
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Level 58
Nov 5, 2017
There are some "oldies" on here near the top of the comments who remember the Four Lads, obviously. Comforting, my brothers/sisters.
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Level 63
Jan 8, 2018
Again you are turning these quizzes into spelling tests. Please be more liberal with spelling acceptance. "Notradame" not accepted because one word.

Imagine if quiz shows on TV asked contestants to spell everything they gave as a verbal answer.

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Level 83
Apr 16, 2018
Imagine if the quiz show host was forced to anticipate before the show every odd mispronunciation, vocal inflection, or speech tic a contestant might have while giving an answer and if he couldn't anticipate those then the answer would be counted as false. The site is already very liberal with spelling but we can't anticipate every mistake you're going to make. What the heck is "notradame?"
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Level 77
Apr 24, 2020
The wife of Nostredame?
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Level 84
May 28, 2018
All Jetpunk quizzes ignore spaces, so whether you wrote it as one word or two makes no difference.
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Level 55
Oct 21, 2019
The Normans were not Vikings. They were Normans because they came from Normandy in France.

The Vikings did not come from France.

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Level 77
Apr 24, 2020
It literally is a French derivation of 'Northman'. They're Viking that settled the region that is now Normandy, named AFTER the Normans. The first (unofficial) Duke of Normandy was called Rollo, and was born in Scandinavia.
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Level 52
Jan 8, 2021
As any Asterix reader kno...
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Level 73
May 19, 2022
And since they had long settled by the time of the norman invasion of England, they were no longer vikings.
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Level 60
Apr 24, 2020
100 % first time , hey moderators ? have some courage and let me comment the list tests are full of people who take the tests 30 times and brag how smart they are after the 30th try when they've rotely memorized them , then they come on the comment section and act like jags who know everything even more than authors and professors it is sill and almost indecent , im just pointing it out it is laughable and you should let me calll them out
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Level 31
Apr 24, 2020
suprised how low socred nubia is, i thought that was fairly common knowledge
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Level 59
Jan 11, 2022
I usually remember it from a Notorious B.I.G. song
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Level 55
Apr 24, 2020
Please accept Neapolis for Naples!
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Level 59
Aug 29, 2021
Thought New Orleans would be higher
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Level 71
Oct 10, 2021
Couldn't get Nosferatu out of my head for the Egyptian queen smh
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Level 54
May 18, 2022
Now that you say it... :DDD
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Level 54
May 18, 2022
The "Former fascist party of Germany" was named NSDAP

"Nazi" is just a slang-word for someone of fascist attitude, which derived from the full name of the NSDAP. Using this as the right answer is like using "Hillbillies" as name for the republican party in the USA.

Just to make this clear - I do not sympathize with that kind of people or ideology, but "nazi" is not the right answer to the question.

I think, it might be accepted as type in, but the right answer is NSDAP

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Level 23
May 19, 2022
Bonus question - What was the common word used to refer to a black person in the 18th-20th centuries, now only used by black people?
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Level 85
May 19, 2022
These quizzes can sometimes make good Rorschach tests, can't they?
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Level 73
May 19, 2022
Yet another quiz that implies Napoleon's greatest claim to fame was losing at Waterloo. >__>
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Level 49
May 25, 2022
Nazi is not the party name, its a pejorative. Besides, every chud knows that word, but how may know NSDAP.