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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.

Eric Clapton

(1945 - ) English rock guitarist. He played with the Yardbirds (1963-65) and Cream (1966-68). Since then he has had great success as a solo artist.

James Matthew Barrie

[Sir], (1860 - 1937), Scottish dramatist and novelist. He is better known as J M Barrie. His most famous work is 'Peter Pan'.

Alexander Korda

[Sir], [born Sandor Kellner], (1893 - 1956), Hungarian-born British film director and producer. In 1932 he founded London Films. His films include "The Private Life of Henry VIII", "The Thief of Bagdad" and "The Third Man".

Hugh MacDiarmid

[the pen name of Christopher Murray Grieve], (1892-1978), Scottish poet and critic. He is best known for his poem "A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle".

Robert Burns

(1759 - 96), Scottish poet. He wrote many poems and songs. Some of his most famous are:- the poems, 'To a Mouse' and 'Tam o'Shanter' and the songs, 'Auld Lang Syne', and 'Comin' Thro' the Rye'.

Louis Burt Mayer

[real name Eliezer Mayer], (1885 - 1957), Russian-born American movie producer. In 1924 he joined with Samuel Goldwyn to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and became one of the most powerful of the Hollywood moguls.

Harold Wilson

[Sir], (James Harold Wilson), [Baron of Rievaulx] (1916 - 95), English Labour statesman. He became an MP in 1945 and Labour leader of the Labour Party in 1963. Harold Wilson was prime minister of Britain from 1964 to 1970, and from 1974 to 1976.

Oliver Goldsmith

(1728 - 1774), Irish poet and essayist. He wrote the novel "The Vicar of Wakefield" and the play "She Stoops to Conquer".

Christopher Columbus

(1451 - 1506), Italian explorer. He discovered the New World (America) in 1492, making landfall in the West Indies and made two more voyages in 1493 and 1498, reaching South America on the third.

Robert Alexander Schumann

(1810 - 56), German composer and music critic. He wrote piano, vocal, choral and orchestral works. These include "The Piano Quintet in E flat" and "The Piano Quartet".