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Famous First Names


This is our A to Z of famous first names. For each name there is a short description about the person with that first name.


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Here is a random selection of famous first names.

Nicholas Hawksmoor

(1661-1736), an English architect who designed many churches in London.

John William Coltrane

(1926 - 67), American jazz saxophonist and composer. Some of his most popular tunes are 'Impressions', 'My Favorite Things' and 'I Want to Talk about You'.

Mary Quant

(1934 - ), English fashion designer. Her most famous design was the miniskirt, which became an important symbol of the 'swinging sixties' in London.

Robert Traill Spence Lowell

(1917 - 77), American poet. He wrote "Lord Weary's Castle", "Life Studies" and "For the Union Dead".

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson

(1850 - 94), Scottish novelist, poet and essayist. He wrote "Treasure Island", "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" and "Kidnapped".

Walter Scott

[Sir], (1771 - 1832), Scottish novelist and poet. His wrote the poem "The Lady of the Lake", and the novels "Waverley" "The Heart of Midlothian" and "Ivanhoe".

Benny Goodman

[Benjamin David Goodman], (1909 - 86), American jazz clarinetist and bandleader. He was known as the 'King of Swing'.

Louis Aragon

(1897 - 1982) French poet, essayist and novelist. He was one of the founders of Dadaism and Surrealism.

Louis Bleriot

(1872-1936), French inventor and aviator. In 1909 he became the first pilot to successfully fly an aeroplane across the English Channel.

Joseph Addison

(1672 - 1719) English essayist and poet. In 1711 with his friend Richard Steele he founded 'The Spectator' magazine.