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Top 5 People With the Longest Names

1.Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff

Full name: “Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvim John Kenneth Loyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor Willian Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorffvoralternwarengewissenhaftschafers wesenchafewarenwholgepflegeundsorgfaltigkeitbeschutzenvonangereifen duchihrraubgiriigfeindewelchevorralternzwolftausendjahresvorandieer scheinenbanderersteerdeemmeshedrraumschiffgebrauchlichtalsseinu rsprungvonkraftgestartseinlangefahrthinzwischensternartigraumaufde rsuchenachdiesternwelshegehabtbewohnbarplanetenkreisedrehensichund wohinderneurassevanverstandigmenshlichkeittkonntevortpflanzenundsiche rfreunanlebenslamdlichfreudeundruhemitnichteinfurchtvorangreifenvon andererintlligentgeschopfsvonhinzwischensternartigraum”


Wolfe+585 holding his namecard

Also known as Wolfe+585, this German-born Philadelphian typesetter(1904 – 1985) has held the record for the longest personal name in history, from year 1975 until his in death 1985, with whopping 746 letters. His first name was composed of 26 words, each beginning wih one letter of the English alphabet. English translation of his surname is as follows:

A descendant of one who prepared wool for manufacture on a stone, living in a house in the mountain village, who before ages was a conscientious shepherd whose sheep were well tended and diligently protected against attackers who by their rapacity were enemies who 12,000 years ago appeared from the stars to the humans by spaceships with light as an origin of power, started a long voyage within starlike space in search for the star which has habitable planets orbiting and on which the new race of reasonable humanity could thrive and enjoy lifelong happiness and tranquility without fear of attack from other intelligent creatures from within starlike space

2.Dawn McManus

Full name: “Red Wacky League Antlez Broke the Stereo Neon Tide Bring Back Honesty Coalition Feedback Hand of Aces Keep Going Captain Let’s Pretend Lost State of Dance Paper Taxis Lunar Road Up! Down! Strange! All and I Neon Sheep Eve Hornby Faye Bradley AJ Wilde Michael Rice Dion Watts Matthew Appleyard John Ashurst Lauren Swales Zoe Angus Jaspreet Singh Emma Matthews Nicola Brown Leanne Pickering Victoria Davies Rachel Burnside Gil Parker Freya Watson Alisha Watts James Pearson Jacob Sotheran-Darley Beth Lowery Jasmine Hewitt Chloe Gibson Molly Farquhar Lewis Murphy Abbie Coulson Nick Davies Harvey Parker Kyran Williamson Michael Anderson Bethany Murray Sophie Hamilton Amy Wilkins Emma Simpson Liam Wales Jacob Bartram Alex Hooks Rebecca Miller Caitlin Miller Sean McCloskey Dominic Parker Abbey Sharpe Elena Larkin Rebecca Simpson Nick Dixon Abbie Farrelly Liam Grieves Casey Smith Liam Downing Ben Wignall Elizabeth Hann Danielle Walker Lauren Glen James Johnson Ben Ervine Kate Burton James Hudson Daniel Mayes Matthew Kitching Josh Bennett Evolution Dreams”


Dawn McManus

Dawn McManus, a 41-year-old English woman from Hartlepool, has changed her name in April 2012, to encourage fundraising for her charity, Red Dreams. With more than 161 words and 898 letters, this is currently the longest name of a living person in the world, surpassing the previous record estabilished in 2012 by David Fearn, below.

3.David Fearn

Full name: “James Dr No From Russia with Love Goldfinger Thunderball You Only Live Twice On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Diamonds Are Forever Live and Let Die The Man with the Golden Gun The Spy Who Loved Me Moonraker For Your Eyes Only Octopussy A View to a Kill The Living Daylights Licence to Kill Golden Eye Tomorrow Never Dies The World Is Not Enough Die Another Day Casino Royale Bond”

In 2006, this council worker from Stafford, U.K, has changed his name to James Bond, and included all Bond movie titles as his middle names. The 69 word name was the longest name ever recorded on a UK Deed Poll until 2012.

4.Barnaby Usansky

Full name: “Barnaby Marmaduke Aloysius Benjy Cobweb Dartagnan Egbert Felix Gaspar Humbert Ignatius Jayden Kasper Leroy Maximilian Neddy Obiajulu Pepin Quilliam Rosencrantz Sexton Teddy Upwood Vivatma Wayland Xylon Yardley Zachary Usansky”


Barnaby Usansky holding his deed of name change

Previously known as Barnaby Usansky, this man from Edinburgh held the record for the second longest name of a living person in years 2011-2012, with his 197-letters-long name.  He once said: ”I don’t see a point in having a ridiculously long name, if it is not the longest name in the world”. We can definitely see some logic in that, however, Barnaby Usansky’s name was never even close to being world’s longest.

5.Pablo Picasso

Full name: ”Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso”


Pablo Picasso

Little known fact; Pablo Picasso, famous Spanish painter and sculptor, was also one of the people with incredibly long names. His full baptismal name was composed of a series of names honouring various saints and relatives. Added to these were then surnames Ruiz and Picasso, for his father and mother, as stated in Spanish law.


Top 5 Places With the Longest Names



With 44 letters, this small farm in South Africa holds the record for the longest official one-word place name in entire Africa. Official maps published by the Chief Directorate of Geospatial Information refer to the place as ”Tweebuffelsfontein”.


Farm of Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein

The name is Afrikaans for ”The fountain(spring) where two buffaloes were cleanly killed after a single gunshot”.

#4.Webster Lake


Original name of this lake in Massachusettscomes from an Nipmuc Indian language, and allegedly means ”I will fish on my side of the lake, you will fish on your side, and nobody fish in the middle.”, or, in a more pragmatic translation:”Fishing place at the boundaries, neutral meeting grounds.”.


Sign near lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg

Webster lake is around 3.25 miles(5.23 km) long and 1.12 miles(1.811) wide, covering a surface area of 1442 acres.



With 58 letters, this village on the Welsh island of Anglesey holds the longest recognized place name in the Europe. It was originally known as Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. Its long name was given to it in the 19th century by local tailor, as an attempt to develop the village to a regional tourist center.



In English, it means: ”St Mary’s church in the hollow of the white hazel, near to the rapid whirlpool of llantysilio of the red cave”

Since, 2004, there have been several attempts to steal the village’s record for the longest name, with the village of Llanfynyff unofficially renaming itself to Llanhyfryddawelllehynafolybarcudprindanfygythiadtrienusyrhafna uole(quiet beautiful village; a place of rich history with rare birds under the threat from wind blades), during the protests against the planned wind farm.

#2.Taumata Mountain

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateahaumaitawhitiure haeaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu

This 105-letter insane tongue-twister is the Māori name for a 1,001 feet(305 m) high hill in New Zealand. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is the longest official one-word place name in the world.


Sign near Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu

It is sometimes shortened to “Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu” (57 letters) in the New Zealand Geographic Database, and often shortened just to “Taumata Mountain” by the locals.

Translated, it means following: ”The hill of the flute plaed by Tamatea Tokenua who was blown there from afar, had a split penis, scratched his knees while climbing high mountains, fell on the earth, and encircled the land to his beloved.”


Krung Thep Maha Nakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit

Thai capital Bangkok, known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, officially holds the Guinness World Record for the longest place name.


Sign with the full name of Bangkok in Thai script

The name, composed of words from Pali and Sanskrit languages, translates asThe magnificent city of angels, supreme unconquerable city of the great immortal gods, the grand regal capital of nine noble gems, the pleasant metropolis with plenty of royal palaces, divine home of the godly incarnations, built by the god Viśwákarman as commanded by Indra.