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Bard of Avon

William Shakespeare has written plays, poems, and sonnets that have been known to showcase a range of human emotions and conflict. Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet to this day remain some of his best works of literature from the Renaissance era. Shakespeare often used elaborate metaphors and rhetorical phrases in his stories.

The Dopey One

His family gave him the nickname "Der Depperte" in German which translates to "the dopey one". Albert Einstein's explanation for the Photoelectric effect won him the Nobel Prize in 1921. He introduced the world to the Theory of Relativity; both General and Special relativity that explained the concept of space and time being relative.

The Sphinx

After President Roosevelt was secretive about his intentions of running for presidency for a third term, he was nicknamed the Sphinx. He was presented with an 8-foot-tall statue of a sphinx designed to look like him at the Gridiron Dinner for White House correspondents.

Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin or the Queen of Soul became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She also performed at the inaugurations for three presidents and made her acting debut in Blues Brothers. Aretha Franklin did not know how to read music and learned to play the piano by listening!

The People’s Princess

Princess Diana earned the title of the People's Princess for her notable acts of charity worldwide. One such example is the sale of her most iconic dresses to raise money for AIDS and breast cancer charities in 1997. The estimated money raised after selling 79 dresses was around a whopping $5.76 million.

The Master of Suspense

This English producer and director was one of the most influential personalities who helped shape the genre of thriller. Hitchcock is well known for films like Psycho and Vertigo. His movie Blackmail, which was released in 1929, became the most successful British release that year. The film was released in both silent and sound formats.

The King of Pop

Thriller, Billie Jean, and Beat It are just among some of the best hits from Michael Jackson's discography. He started young and dominated music charts with singles and albums that everyone found themselves grooving to. Thriller was one of his longest music videos with a duration of over 13 minutes.

Swedish Nightingale

Jenny Lind was undoubtedly one of the most skilled coloratura singers of her time. She wrote her own cadenzas and was known for singing songs effortlessly. She had an amazing vocal range that extended from B below, middle C to high G that helped her hit some high notes in opera with pristine perfection.

The Lady with The Lamp

Florence Nightingale was born into a wealthy family in the town of Florence, Italy. However, she surprised everyone by choosing a career in nursing and went on to become an inspiration to many. She would roam around with a lamp and help wounded soldiers, thus earning her the nickname.


Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa and the oldest person to hold office. The inauguration also helped unite the largest number of heads of state. The people gave Mandela the nickname Madiba, a term of endearment meaning father.

Honest Abe

Abraham Lincoln was also known as "Honest Abe" primarily because he never told a lie. He had very little formal education but managed to practice law for a good 18 years. Lincoln is also the only president to hold a patent for a method that kept ships afloat in shallow waters.

The Little Corporal

He became one of the prominent rulers at a young age. While the world may consider Napoleon to be a short person at just 5 feet and 2 inches, the yardstick used to measure at that time had French units. This means Napoleon was 5 feet 6 or 7 inches tall, which is above average.

The Father of the Nation

Mahatma Gandhi played a pivotal role in ending British colonial rule in India. He was renowned for practicing Satyagraha, a protest that helped achieve social and political progress without the influence of any form of violence.

The Iron Lady

Margaret Thatcher was first introduced to the world of conservative politics by her father, who was a member of the town's council. She won the Finchley constituency seat in multiple elections between 1958 to 1966. She is also known for certain unusual reforms in the education sector.

Wizard of Menlo Park

Thomas Alva Edison is credited for the invention of the incandescent light bulb, a spark of brilliance. The light bulb paved the way for advanced scientific inventions that applied similar principles. He also holds over 1093 patents for his inventions that include the telegraph, phonograph, kinetoscope, alkaline storage batteries, etc.

Telescope Teddy

Theodore Roosevelt became the youngest ever president to be sworn in at the age of 42 years, 322 days. He would only carry rifles that had been fitted with small telescopes to make hunting easier, thus earning him the nickname Telescope Teddy.

The Führer

The German title "Fuhrer" translates to "Leader". It was used by Adolf Hitler to define absolute authority in Germany from 1933 to 1945. Hitler gave a whole new meaning to dictatorship, forcing people to do a mandatory greeting and salute in a certain manner to give respect to their leader.

The Grandmother of Europe

Queen Victoria earned the nickname, the Grandmother of Europe, in the last decade of her reign. She had many children who married into several royal families in Europe and soon became a grandmother. The cycle of marrying into European royalty continued, giving her nickname a literal justification.

The Great Khan

Born as Temujin in Mongolia in 1162, Genghis Khan also referred to as the Great Khan became one of the greatest rulers of the Mongol empire. It was considered one of the biggest empires before the British Rule. He was known for his outstanding military tactics and brutality.


John Wayne had a dog named Duke and spent a lot of time with his furry friend, earned him that nickname. Everyone referred to them as Little Duke and Big Duke. The actor landed his first big role in the movie The Big Trail.

The Great Bambino

Babe Ruth was one of the greatest baseball players. He broke several records both as a pitcher and outfielder. He was also among the first five players who was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Mr. Mojo Risin

Jim Morrison was the lead vocalist of the Doors. He had many nicknames but Mr. Mojo Risin, which is an anagram for his name, was one of the more notable ones. Another popular nickname that stuck was the Lizard King from one of his famous quotes, "I am the Lizard King. I can do anything."

The Poet’s Poet

Edmund Spenser was known for his unique innovations in advancing English poetry. It influenced many poets of different national identities, earning him the nickname "Poet's Poet" by Charles Lamb. The Faerie Queene became one of his most valuable works in the English language and helped him carry the nickname.

10-cent Jimmy

President James Buchanan got this nickname after he suggested that 10 cents were sufficient wages for manual laborers per day. Buchanan was born into a well-to-do family in the state of Pennsylvania and is the only president who never got married. He was the 15th president of the United States.

The Father of Medicine

Hippocrates, a Greek Physician, was one of the first people to establish a school that was devoted to teaching the practice of medicine, thus earning him the name the Father of Medicine. He convinced people that every form of sickness or illness had a natural cause and was not the result of the wrath of God.

The Saint of the Gutters

Mother Teresa is known for founding the Missionaries of Charity, a Catholic order of nuns who dedicated their lives to helping the poor. Starting in the city of Calcutta, the missionaries expanded to help people in over one hundred countries. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Long Tom

Third US President, Jefferson was 6 feet 2.5 inches, a clear six inches taller than the average height, which earned him the nickname "Long Tom". He was one of the Founding Fathers of America and the principal author of the declaration of independence.

The Enlightened One

Lord Buddha achieved profound enlightenment after intense meditation in order to attain knowledge about the workings of the universe. The religion of Buddhism is based on the principles and teachings of Lord Buddha and he came to be known as the Enlightened One throughout the world.

Dude President

The 21st president of America had a great sense of style that earned him the nickname Dude President. President Arthur was tall and quite handsome, sporting a clean-shaven chin with side whiskers. According to many, Chester Arthur definitely looked like a president.


Giorgio Gomelsky, the Yardbird's manager, gave Eric Clapton the nickname Slowhand in 1964. Whenever the artist broke a guitar string during a live performance, he would replace it in front of his audience, who would give him the slow handclap, taken from a British colloquial "to be given the slow hand".

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22nd July, 2019

You know many world-famous actors, writers, poets, filmmakers, and prominent politicians who are remembered for their legacy. But did you know they also had whimsical nicknames and titles? Can you guess all thirty nicknames? Take this quiz to find out how well you know them.

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