All Most Famous People In History (MIT’s Pantheon)


Name all 10,000+ of the most famous people in history according to MIT’s Pantheon Project. Rank for this list is based on a number of factors, a major one being popularity of the person on Wikipedia across all languages. ‘*’ denotes females. Time bonuses for this quiz begin at 1000 people, you will receive 5 minutes extra for every 100 people starting with 1000.

Naming Notes: Many people with last names have just those accepted. Popes, Kings, Queens, etc who have a name with a Roman Numeral are accepted in the format “Charles XI” for example – you do NOT need the Roman numeral if it’s a “I” – otherwise type the Roman number NOT use 2, 3, etc. Many alternate or simplified names are accepted – i.e. “Alexander of Europe” would allow just “alexander”.

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  1. It would be nice to get a full update to this quiz, but I don’t think that’s happening when there’s 100 thousand entries and climbing lol. Maybe a update of the top 10-20,000 would be possible someday? I’m sure there’s plenty of people who would slide up and down the list in the five years since the quiz was updated last.

  2. A few more suggestions:

    Edmund Ironsides – Edmund (“Ironsides” is a title)
    Henry John Temple – Palmerston
    Harthacanute – Harthacnut or Hardicanute
    Harold Godwinson – Harold (“Godwinson” is a patronymic, not a surname)

  3. A few more suggested alternatives:

    Gilbert du Motier – Lafayette
    Akhenaten – Amenhotep (IV)
    Tarquinius Superbus – Tarquin
    Tarquinius Priscus – Tarquin
    Ruy Lopez de Segura – Lopez
    Eleuterus – Eleutherius

  4. It’s great to see this quiz back again! Two comments – first, it looks like the “50 missed” is not working right; it only shows a few names, and some of those are ones I got. Second, I think there used to be a way of looking at the clues by category (politician, philosopher, inventor, etc.) – any chance that could be added back?

    And two pretty random suggestions for alternate names – “Merovech” for “Merowig” and “Chlodio” for “Clodio”.

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