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Last Names in U.S. History #1

Guess the last name shared by each pair of people from American History.
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Last updated: December 4, 2019
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First submittedJune 21, 2014
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First Names
Last Name
Theodore, Eleanor
Roosevelt
Martin Luther, Billie Jean
King
George, Booker T.
Washington
Thurgood, George
Marshall
Louis, Neil
Armstrong
Brigham, Cy
Young
Noah, Daniel
Webster
Meriwether, Jerry
Lewis
Lyndon B., Andrew
Johnson
Orville, Wilbur
Wright
Andrew, Dale
Carnegie
First Names
Last Name
Henry, Gerald
Ford
Andrew, Stonewall
Jackson
Cary, Ulysses S.
Grant
Nelson, John D.
Rockefeller
Cotton, Increase
Mather
James, Dolley
Madison
Sandra Day, Flannery
O'Connor
Edwin, Elizabeth Cady
Stanton
Jefferson, Miles
Davis
Cornelius, Gloria
Vanderbilt
41 Comments
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Level 49
Jul 7, 2014
yay! first!
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Level 50
Aug 2, 2014
Yay, second? Almost a month later?
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Level 86
Aug 2, 2014
better to be third and 100% with 2:41 left! :)
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Level 44
Aug 3, 2014
Oooohhh....you just beat me. I got 'em all with 2:33 left!
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Level 75
Aug 3, 2014
3:15.
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Level 71
Jul 23, 2018
3:22 left

Fun! Would like to see more names added to this list.

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Level 37
Aug 2, 2014
I had to read about Elizabeth Cady Stanton to find out who she was - and was a bit embarrassed that I didn't already know. She was a HUGE factor in both abolitionist and suffrage movements.
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Level 59
Sep 20, 2022
I already knew, but I can’t remember where I first heard her name
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Level 65
Aug 2, 2014
11/21 for a Dutch person. I say that's pretty nice :) Good quiz! Some of these first names are rather interesting!
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Level 85
Jul 11, 2016
...especially the Mathers!
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Level 59
Sep 20, 2022
Who calls their child “Cotton”
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Level 65
Jul 13, 2023
As though "Increase" is better haha
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Level 85
Aug 2, 2014
Love the juxtaposition of Miles and Jefferson Davis.
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Level 24
Aug 2, 2014
Cotton and Increase are names?
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Level 44
Aug 3, 2014
They must have been big at one time. Kind of like the "Aidan" and "Sophia" of the 17th century......
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Level 85
Aug 4, 2015
They were unusual, even for their time. Increase (the father) is biblical and is derived from the original Hebrew for Joseph, meaning "(may God grant) increase." Cotton (son) was named after his mother's father, John Cotton. They were all Puritan ministers.
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Level 60
Feb 27, 2020
They were both members of the clergy during the Salem Witch Trials.
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Level 83
Aug 2, 2014
Am I the only one who thought "Cornelius Fudge"?
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Level 37
Aug 3, 2014
All I could think was that monkey in the Planet of the Apes (the original, not that Tim Burton abomination)
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Level 59
Aug 4, 2014
I tried that, too! :)
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Level 84
May 17, 2017
I actually typed Bennett. (linebacker for the Buffalo Bills) D'OH!
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Level 73
Feb 27, 2020
That definitely came to mind
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Level 60
Aug 4, 2014
Surely there was a Cornelius Estefan.
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Level 83
Jul 29, 2022
or Gaynor
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Level 66
Dec 19, 2016
Has nobody pointed out that there is a clue where BOTH people - Cotton and Increase - have ridiculous names? I laughed when I saw both of those beside one another. Didn't get it, though.
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Level 42
Apr 26, 2017
Who names their child "increase?"
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Level 84
May 17, 2017
I see a whole lot worse nowadays, where people seem to be reaching into a bag of Scrabble tiles to name their kids, then throwing in a random hyphen or apostrophe. I think I'm gonna name my next kid B@rf-shmi'qwiyu$.
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Level 72
Mar 26, 2018
Unusual names, though sometimes regrettable, are nothing new: Moon Unit, Apple, Blue Ivy, Velveeta to mention a few. i do agree with Don that there seems to be an evolution from unusual to" what the heck does that spell?" My niece is in school with a little girl named Laquandenisha Happysong.
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Level 66
Oct 30, 2018
Walking by the bulletin board outside a kindergarten classroom is genuinely depressing, all the ludicrous names on it.
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Level 68
Jun 30, 2019
Or can give you a good laugh (but yea.. then when you thimk about it you get sad again, even if someone is named happy song)

Then again, does it matter that they are weird? "Normal" names can suck atleast as hard. Wouldnt want to be called harriet or something (this generation, not for the people that are 80 now)

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Level 74
Nov 3, 2021
I think there's nothing wrong with Laquandenisha, it sounds nice, it's unique, it's not hard to pronounce. It's much better than the old days where people were named stuff like States Rights.
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Level 93
Jul 10, 2019
His father Richard, a Puritan clergyman. He was father to Increase and grandfather to Cotton.
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Level 72
Oct 8, 2017
Interesting quiz, as a Brit I was happy with 14, bang average. A few I recognised when I saw the answers and a few that were new to me. Good quiz though.
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Level 90
Jul 23, 2018
Might want to use someone other than Cary for that clue. Since most people would consider him British first even though he never went back for any substantial time after making it big. It can be someone fairly obscure just because the other one is so well know. Maybe Albert the admiral? That's the best that I can come up with.
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Level 86
Jul 23, 2018
I think it's fine. The quiz title is "U.S. History," not "Famous Americans." If you start getting too technical, you'd have to get rid of Andrew Carnegie (Scottish) and the Mathers (dead decades before the U.S. even existed) as well. George Washington, Noah Webster, Meriwether Lewis, Andrew Jackson, James and Dolley Madison were also all technically born in the British Empire. Being born in the U.S. has never been a requirement for being a significant figure in U.S. history.
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Level 37
Jul 23, 2018
^Thank you! - Cary Grant is associated with the U. S. No one gives a turkish bath where he was born.
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Level 68
Jun 30, 2019
A turkish bath haha never heard of that expression :D
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Level 79
Jan 15, 2020
Cary Grant of course ended up with a very strange Atlantic accent. To quote Jack Lemmon in Some Like it Hot - "Nobody talks like that..."
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Level 59
Feb 27, 2020
Too US-Centric, please fix. Thanks.
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Level 59
Sep 20, 2022
lol, this should be higher
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Level 77
Dec 25, 2022
Nice names, Mather family (typed in sarcastic font).