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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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Alexander Pope

(1688 - 1744), English poet. Alexander Pope is considered to have been one of the greatest English poets. He wrote "Pastorals", "An Essay on Criticism", "The Dunciad" and published translations of Homer.

Joseph Addison

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

John Milton

(1608 - 74), English poet. His most famous prose work is the tract "Aeropagitica". The poem "Paradise Lost" is considered to be his masterpiece.

Angela Lansbury

(1925- ), an English actress. She was the star of the American television series 'Murder, She Wrote'.

William Blake

(1757 - 1827), English poet and artist. He is considered to be one of the greatest of the English Romantic poets.

Fred Hoyle

[Sir], (1915 - 2001), English astronomer and writer. He was the main proponent of the theory of the universe which holds that the universe is basically unchanging (as opposed to the big-bang theory).

Richard Steele

[Sir], (1672 - 1729), Irish essayist and dramatist. Along with Joseph Addison, he wrote many essays for "The Tatler" and "The Spectator". His works include "The Christian Hero" and "The Lying Lover".

Robert Traill Spence Lowell

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

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

(1751 1816), Irish-born dramatist and politician. He wrote the comedy plays "The Rivals", "School for Scandal" and "The Critic".

Oliver Hardy

[born Norvell Hardy], (1892 - 1957), American comedian. In 1929 he teamed up with Stan Laurel to form Laurel and Hardy. They made many movies including "Another Fine Mess", Be Big! and "The Music Box".