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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.

George Orwell

[real name Eric Arthur Blair], (1903 - 50), Indian-born English novelist and essayist. He wrote "Animal Farm" and "Nineteen Eighty-Four".

Edward Hopper

(1882 - 1967), American artist. He is regarded as the foremost realist American painter. He painted many pictures including "Hotel Lobby", "Morning in a City", "Morning Sun" and Hotel by a Railroad".

Arthur Rubinstein

(1888 - 1982), Polish-born American pianist. He was considered to be an outstanding concert pianist, and was particularly noted for his Chopin recitals.

John Brown

(1800-1859), an opponent of slavery in America. He was hanged for inciting slaves to rebel.

John Ruskin

(1819 - 1900), English writer, artist and art critic. He wrote many books including "Modern Painters", "The Seven Lamps of Architecture" and "The Stones of Venice".

Henry Spencer Moore

(1898 - 1986), English sculptor. His monumental bronze sculptures, often semi-abstract in style but always based on organic form, resulted in him becoming one of the best known modern sculptors.

Joan (Dame) Sutherland

(1926 - ), Australian soprano. She became one of the world's leading bel canto operatic sopranos.

Peter Sellers

(1925 - 80), English actor and comedian. Peter was one of the founders of the Goon Show. He played the bumbling Inspector Clouseau in the "Pink Panther" movies.

Louis Bleriot

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

Kenneth MacMillan

[Sir], (1929 - 92), Scottish ballet dancer and choreographer. In 1977 he became the Royal Ballet's principal choreographer. He was also director of the Royal Ballet from 1970 to 1977.