10 most difficult surnames riddlesSurnames quiz
Who is the author of the shortest horror story?
Edgar Allan Poe
He is known for his use of humor and for his mastery of the "short short" form stories of 1 to 3 pages, often with ingenious plotting devices and surprise endings. His short story called "Knock" has only two sentences: "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door..."
What nationality was Martin Van Buren?
Martin Van Buren was the eighth president of the United States. 'Van' suggests Dutch origin of his surname, but the capitalized form indicates anglicised version - like Eddie Van Halen (as opposite to Dutch lower-case Vincent van Gogh).
Who was the first man to leave the spacecraft in space?
Neil Alden Armstrong
Edwin Eugene Buzz Aldrin, Jr.
Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin
Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov was a Soviet astronaut, general major pilot and two-time Hero of the Soviet Union. On 18 March 1965, he became the first human to conduct extra-vehicular activity, exiting the capsule during the Voskhod 2 mission for a 12-minute spacewalk.
Who became the first World Chess Champion?
José Raúl Capablanca
Wilhelm was an Austrian and later American chess master, and the first undisputed World Chess Champion, from 1886 to 1894. He was also a highly influential writer and chess theoretician. He is considered to be the founder of the scientific approach to chess, unveiling in 1873 a new positional style of play.
In which European country does the most common surname come from the word for "priest"?
Such an occupational surname could have been passed to following generations only in areas dominated by the Orthodox church, where priests are allowed to marry and have children. Popescu is the most common surname in Romania.
In which country are the following surnames very common: "unbeatable", "rock", "iron", "falcon", "steel" and "thunderbolt"?
These warrior-like surnames are at positions 2-7. The most common surname in Turkey is Öztürk, meaning "pure Turk".
Where was Leonardo da Vinci born?
Leonardo da Vinci was born on 15 April 1452, in a farmhouse about 3 kilometers from the town of Vinci, near Florence. His full name was "Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci", which means "Leonardo, son of Piero, of Vinci".
Which of the following names indicates nobility?
Vincent van Gogh
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Herbert von Karajan
All of the above
German 'von', when it is used as a part of a family name, it is usually a nobiliary particle, like the French, Galician, Spanish and Portuguese 'de'. In contrast to these, Dutch (or Flemish) 'van' simply means 'of', 'from' and is not an indication of nobility.
What nationality was Ludwig van Beethoven?
Beethoven was born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire. He moved to Vienna in his early 20s. His grandfather was of Flemish origin, thus "van" in his family name (not German "von").