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Political Figures by Last Name #1

Based on the last name, guess the first names of these famous political figures.
If more than one answer fits, choose the more famous one
Quiz by buck1017
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Last updated: December 16, 2019
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First submittedJuly 19, 2013
Times taken52,477
Average score59.3%
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First Name
Last Name
Napoleon
Bonaparte
Adolf
Hitler
Abraham
Lincoln
Idi
Amin
Margaret
Thatcher
Muammar
Gaddafi
Nelson
Mandela
Benjamin
Netanyahu
Slobodan
Milošević
First Name
Last Name
Osama
bin Laden
Golda
Meir
Vladimir
Putin
Jacques
Chirac
Winston
Churchill
Calvin
Coolidge
Nikita
Khrushchev
Dag
Hammarskjöld
James
Polk
First Name
Last Name
Che
Guevara
Karl
Marx
Maximilien
Robespierre
Anwar
Sadat
Yitzhak
Rabin
Benazir
Bhutto
Marcus
Antonius
Zedong
Mao
Benito
Mussolini
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Level 49
Sep 10, 2013
I've always thought it was Mao Zedong. You have it listed as Zedong Mao... who is right?
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Level 77
Sep 10, 2013
In Chinese culture, the family name is written first. So his family name is Mao. Written in Western culture, his name would be written Zedong Mao.
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Level 76
Jun 22, 2014
Maybe should write "family name" and "given name" at the answer headers.
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Level 75
Mar 4, 2015
Thank you for accepting Tse-tung. That is how we learned it in school years ago.
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Level 79
Mar 11, 2020
Maybe accept 'Chairman' for Mao? ;)
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Level 56
Apr 7, 2021
I immediately thought of "chairman"...
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Level 57
Apr 17, 2023
same
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Level 91
Oct 25, 2013
Milosevic's first name should really have some alternate spellings added. Try replacing o's with a's and vice versa. I knew the name, but had to type out 4 variations before I got it right.
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Level 77
Oct 25, 2013
There are already 32 different variable spellings for Milosevic's first name that I accept.
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Level 82
Dec 3, 2016
hm.. still took me a couple tries. Are you using the Regex?
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Level 77
Dec 3, 2016
Yep.
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Level 82
May 30, 2018
Still had to look up the spelling for Slobby and Jock this time, tried multiple things for each...
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Level 75
Nov 20, 2013
Good quiz even though I missed 7.
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Level 51
Nov 20, 2013
Should we be worried that more people got Adolph Hitler's name than Abraham Lincoln?
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Level 44
Nov 20, 2013
Who's more memorable, the one who started a WORLD war and killed millions of innocent people, or some guy who dragged the US kicking and screaming away from slavery?
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Level 42
Nov 29, 2013
I think it might just be because Abraham is harder to spell... maybe
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Level 47
Oct 12, 2016
I think FractalDoom is not American.
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Level 47
Dec 3, 2016
And even if he had a point, it lost credibility when you said that all he did was "drag the USA away from slavery"... No.
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Level 53
Dec 3, 2016
He does have a point. Hitler is much more famous for his wrongdoings than Lincoln for his contributions.
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Level 37
Jan 24, 2018
Adolf!
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Level 62
Feb 1, 2020
Uncle joe would be insanely jealous
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Level 79
Mar 11, 2020
Adolf*
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Level 35
Apr 4, 2020
Simply Adolf is written like this everywhere while Abraham is usually translated, for example in Italy we call him "Abramo" and not Abraham
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Level 75
Nov 20, 2013
I think I was just lucky you picked the names you did and was able to get them all. I was expecting to run into a few that would stump me. I'm American and ironically the one that took me the longest to remember was James Polk. Wouldn't mind seeing another one like this. Good quiz.
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Level 73
Nov 20, 2013
Really appreciated the help with alternate spellings. Some of these names...whew!
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Level 78
Nov 20, 2013
You should also accept Zulfikar Bhutto, since he was a PM of Pakistan just like his daughter was.
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Level 67
Feb 19, 2015
Yes, Zulfikar should be accepted as an answer
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Level 31
Mar 25, 2018
Definitely. I tried it with various spellings before trying to think of the other person.
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Level 69
Nov 20, 2013
Fantastic quiz. Since you accept so many spellings, maybe include Bibi for Benjamin Netanyahu. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Netanyahu. Respect though, again, great quiz
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Level 60
Mar 11, 2021
100 percent agree.
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Level 70
Mar 22, 2021
yes, i tried that after maggie was accepted for Margaret thatcher
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Level 67
Apr 22, 2014
I tried 5 different ways of spelling Yiztak, Yztak, without finding the right one. I'm also peeved that I couldn't remember Robespierre's first name, one of the only two Frenchpeople on the quiz - that is one I should have known.
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Level 84
Jun 24, 2014
I had a similar problem, though mine all lacked the leading 'y'.
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Level 75
Mar 4, 2015
I tried many, many spellings including Y and I but I still couldn't get one accepted. I finally cheated and looked it up, and I hate to cheat but I was frustrated and you made me do it. ;)
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Level 31
Mar 25, 2018
Thats because its not Yitztak - its not even pronounced like that. Its Yitzhak. Although Itzhak is acceptable.
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Level 76
Jun 22, 2014
Zulifiqur Ali Bhutto was just as famous a political figure as his daughter, and Natanyahu's first name is actually Binyamin.
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Level 59
Nov 7, 2019
Is it? Not according to Google search. Surely if it was his name that is how it would be spelled in all newspapers, news subtitles, etc etc.when he travelled for his work. Diplomats are careful not to insult leaders by spelling their name wrong in the press. He may SAY it as you spell it but it is WRITTEN Benjamin.
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Level 55
Nov 18, 2014
Groucho?
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Level 71
May 30, 2018
And Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, and Gummo. Yes, my mind went there first, too.
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Level 75
May 11, 2016
As already pointed out - Che was not his name and Mao is the first name
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Level 84
Dec 3, 2016
Technically yes, his first name is Mao. But Mao is his family name and Zedong his given name.
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Level 75
Jun 5, 2018
The columns are titled 'first name' and 'last name'
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Level 77
Sep 3, 2018
@roleybob: come on, we all know that "last name" = family name. Use some common sense!
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Level 75
Sep 17, 2018
No, last name means last name. Surname or family name means family name
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Level 34
Jan 3, 2023
I noticed that too. Also in China, the surname is written first and the given name 2nd
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Level 55
Jul 3, 2016
It would be nice if you accepted Yitzchak (how the name is pronounced in Hebrew) for Rabin
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Level 59
Nov 7, 2019
I tried several spellings but didn't try Y. Sigh.
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Level 69
Dec 3, 2016
Also binyamin netanyahu since he's technically israeli and not American. I mean, why do benjamin netanyahu but not isaac rabin?
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Level 59
Nov 7, 2019
Because he spells his name Benjamin. He may say it as you spelled it but Benjamin is how it is written. Google it.
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Level 56
Dec 3, 2016
I was randomly guessing Arabic names for Meir, but accidentally got Anwar Sadat by typing "Muhammad". P.S. I had never heard of Golda Meir until now.
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Level 65
Dec 3, 2016
Hello. Good quizz. Why don't you accept "Usama" Bin Laden which is a correct transcription, only "Osama" ?
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Level 65
Dec 3, 2016
nice one, thanks
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Level 57
Dec 3, 2016
I typed Doug instead of Dag for Hammarskjold :(
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Level 82
Dec 3, 2016
should accept Usama, and maybe some alt spellings of Slabodon
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Level 82
Dec 3, 2016
maybe Jacques, as well. S seems unnecessary. I think I may have commented this before.
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Level 70
Mar 22, 2021
that's the literal spelling of the name in French though. It's not up to you to determine what is necessary and what is not with regard to their spelling convention.
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Level 84
Dec 3, 2016
Good quiz. Good grief on all the alternative spellings. I typed Chairman for Mao, but it wasn't accepted... .
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Level 72
Apr 13, 2022
I tried Colonel for Gaddafi
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Level 65
Dec 3, 2016
Should accept "Maggie" for Mrs Thatcher...
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Level 82
Dec 3, 2016
agreed. First Abe works and then Maggie doesn't
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Level 77
Dec 3, 2016
Abe is a very common way to refer to President Lincoln in the USA. Do Brits commonly refer to Thatcher as Maggie in the same way?
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Level 82
Dec 3, 2016
buck: yes.
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Level 77
Dec 3, 2016
Updated to include Maggie, as soon as QM approves. It's interesting though. Maggie sounds like an endearing nickname. From what I've read about Mrs. Thatcher, endearing isn't exactly a word I would use to describe her.
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Level 76
Feb 14, 2024
'Margaret, Margaret, Margaret, Out, Out, Out!' is a bit clumsy.
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Level 82
Dec 3, 2016
Sometimes endearing nicknames are used for leaders by their opponents as sort of an insult, to minimize their stature. Think of all the Republicans out there who love to call Obama "Barry." Or the Democrats who enjoy referring to Bush as "Dubya" with an exaggerated southern drawl.
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Level 32
Aug 23, 2017
I love your response to this, Buck. I used to say "nucular" every time Bush was on TV, not really the same thing but the same kind of idea.
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Level 31
Mar 25, 2018
@Buck. Maggie Thatcher was actually probably our best post-war PM. An incredible woman.
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Level 76
Feb 14, 2024
@Conservatopia: utterly untrue, but certainly, evil as she was, she was better than the recent crop of Tories.
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Level 75
May 31, 2018
True. If you have disdain for the working class.
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Level 67
Dec 3, 2016
I tried CHAIRMAN Mao. It didn't work. :-D
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Level 86
Dec 3, 2016
Yeah, that should work since Che is the answer for Guevara...
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Level 37
Apr 19, 2017
But "Che" was a nickname while "Chairman" is a title, not a name at all. See the difference?
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Level 77
Dec 3, 2016
I tried Rita for Coolidge. That didn't work either.
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Level 72
Dec 4, 2016
Could Yitzchak be accepted for Yitzhak Rabin's name.
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Level 65
Dec 4, 2016
I have a couple problems with this quiz, but I'll just mention those which haven't been pointed out already. First, Marcus Antonius's more famous, modernized name is Mark Antony, which would make more sense in this quiz, considering the fact that you said Calvin was Coolidge's first name and Che was Guevara's first name. Also, while he had more of an influence on world politics than maybe anybody else in history, Karl Marx was not a politician.
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Level 60
Dec 5, 2016
Well the quiz is "political figures". Guevera, bin Laden also never held political office (although Guevera was a diplomat.)
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Level 77
Dec 5, 2016
Absolutely right. You don't have to have held office to be a political figure. I don't think anyone would argue that Martin Luther King was a political figure, and yet he never held office.
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Level 72
Dec 6, 2016
Good quiz, I like it.
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Level 57
Jan 16, 2017
100 % with 1 min left
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Level 32
Aug 23, 2017
Great quiz, nearly didn't get Lincoln (I kept thinking Albert for some reason) because of a mind blank. Maybe accept Marc for Marcus Antonius as well though, it's more accurate than Mark which derived from the old Latin Mart-kos.
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Level 33
Sep 19, 2017
Mao was his first name his surname was Zedong, or Tse-Tsong.
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Level 77
Sep 19, 2017
Nope. His dad's name was Mao Yichang. Same family name. I'll probably end up changing this clue since there is such a discrepancy between "last name" in China and "last name" everywhere else.
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Level 37
Nov 18, 2017
Please do not change the clue. Make people remember/memorize the

correct spelling/order of things. These quizzes are often used by students as a study tool. Accepting incorrect answers is not only

giving in to laziness, but is also confusing to those students.

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Level 72
Mar 7, 2018
Buck, I have to agree with divantilya. If the answer is correct, and it is, stick to your guns.
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Level 31
Mar 25, 2018
Unbelievable that so many people miss Dag Hammarskjold (a bad sec-gen just by the way - totally overrated) and yet they get James Polk who rarely gets a mention today.
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Level 37
May 6, 2018
I think that people purposely avoid that Nazi's name. He was a curse on the UN.
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Level 72
Jun 28, 2018
I thought Kurt Waldheim was the Nazi among UN Secretaries General, not Dag Hammarskjöld, What evidence is that Dag was a Nazi?
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Level 82
May 30, 2018
Dag is the only person on this quiz I've never heard of before. Polk routinely makes lists of greatest US presidents, usually in the top 15.
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Level 79
Feb 12, 2021
Known to his friends and family as Jim.
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Level 72
Jun 28, 2018
Benazir Bhutto is more recent, but Zulfikar Ali Bhutto may be more well-known to people in the world.
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Level 37
Sep 3, 2018
To AdamH: I do apologize. I got confused between Hammarskjold and Waldheim. Yes, Waldheim was the Nazi.
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Level 82
Sep 3, 2018
The only Dag I'm familiar with is Nabbit.
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Level 62
Dec 9, 2018
I knew Muammar but couldn't spell it. I tried so many phonetic spellings (though I'm not even confident about how to say it).
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Level 77
Aug 27, 2019
And I thought Mao's first name was "Chairman" . . .
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Level 65
Aug 19, 2020
There is no proper way to write Yitzchak in English, because there is no English letter to properly describe the way that it is pronounced. Most of the time, the letter "chet" transliterates into into ch. Anyone who speaks Hebrew would've tried YITZCHAK first.
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Level 60
Mar 11, 2021
Yeah i agree
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Level 60
Mar 11, 2021
Please take Bibi for Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Level 58
Jun 3, 2021
Bad time to bring up Benjamin Netanyahu :|
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Level 62
Aug 13, 2021
Why so many israelis
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Level 77
Aug 16, 2021
Because despite being a young nation, Israel has had a very politically charged existence resulting in well-known political figures.
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Level 68
Sep 26, 2022
Kinda sad that Hitler is the most guessed. And it's 100%!
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Level 75
Dec 4, 2023
Why is that sad? He's arguably the most famous figure of the 20th century, at least in the West
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Level 65
Feb 3, 2023
Can you accept Itzhak for Yitzhak Rabin? Perhaps the same way you accept Maximilian for Maximilien Robespierre.
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Level 75
Dec 4, 2023
only one i missed was Polk... It didn't even occur to me that it was referring to our 11th president. Not sure if that says more about him or me!
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Level 50
Mar 21, 2024
couldn't think of anyone other than Jennifer Coolidge ;-)