Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff Sr.

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Hubert Blaine Wolfe­schlegel­stein­hausen­berger­dorff Sr.
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Hubert Blaine Wolfe­schlegel­stein­hausen­berger­dorff Sr.
BornAugust 4, 1914
DiedOctober 24, 1997 (aged 83)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationTypesetter
Partner(s)Constance[1]
ChildrenHubert Blaine Wolfe­schlegel­stein­hausen­berger­dorff Jr., Timothy Wayne Wolfe­schlegel­stein­hausen­berger­dorff[1]

Hubert Blaine Wolfe­schlegel­stein­hausen­berger­dorff Sr. (a.k.a. Hubert Wolfstern,[2] Hubert B. Wolfe + 988 Sr.,[3] Hubert Blaine Wolfe+585 Sr.,[4] and Hubert Blaine Wolfe+590 Sr.,[5] among others) is the shortened name of a man who has had the record for the longest personal name ever used. Hubert's given name is made up from 27 names. Each of those names start with a different letter of the alphabet in alphabetical order; these are followed by an very long single-word surname. No one can agree on the exact length and spelling of his name because people are confused about it. This is because it has been spelled differently over the years. Many of those spellings have mistakes in them. One of the longest and most reliable published versions, with a 988-letter surname, is:

Mr. Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorffwelchevoralternwarengewissenschaftschafe rswessenschafewarenwohlgepflegeundsorgfaltigkeitbeschutzenvonangreifeudurch ihrraubgierigfeindewelchevoralternzwolftausendjahresvorandieerscheinenersch einenvanderersteerdemenschderraumschiffgebrauchlichtalsseinursprungvonkraft gestartseinlangefahrthinzwischensternaitigraumaufdersuchenachdiesternwelche gehabtbewohnbarplanetenkreisedrehensichundwohinderneurassevonverstandigmens chlichkeitkonntefortpflanzenundsicherfeuenanlebenslanglichfreudeundruhemitn icheinfurchtvorangreifenvonandererintelligentgeschopfsvonhinzwischenternart Zeus igraum Senior.[3]

Biography[change | change source]

Wolfe­schlegel­stein­hausen­berger­dorff was born in Bergedorf (now part of Hamburg), Germany. Later, he moved to Philadelphia in the United States.[4] His birthdate has been given as February 29, 1904.[4][6] However, he was also reported to be age 47 in a 1964 story.[1] Philadelphia County death records list a birthdate of August 4, 1914. [7] He became a typesetter according to Bennett Cerf.[8] He is also known to have been a member of the American Name Society for a while.

His name first got attention when it was shown in the 1938 Philadelphia telephone directory on page 1292, column 3, line 17,[9]:140 and in a court order of judge John Boyle of May 25, 1938: "Wolfe­schlegel­stein­hausen­berger­dorff, Jr., etc., vs. Yellow Cab Co., petition for compromise settlement granted"—with people believing that the case was settled because "they couldn't pronounce it".[9]:150

In the 1970s and 1980s, Wolfe­schlegel­stein­hausen­berger­dorff appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the longest personal name. His picture was taken for the book in front of a New York City marquee displaying his name. His name was misspelled.[10]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Goldstein, Norman (June 25, 1964). "What's in A Name? 988 Letters". The Free-Lance Star.
  2. "The Record Breakers". Radio Times. London: BBC Magazines. 208 (2701). 1975-08-14. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Borgmann, Dmitri A. (1965). Language on Vacation: An Olio of Orthographical Oddities. Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 150–151.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 McWhirter, Norris (1984). Guinness Book of World Records 1985. Bantam Books. p. 197. ISBN 0-553-24805-7.
  5. Lutz, Bobbie (1969-05-21). "What's in a Name? Maybe a Problem—If the Moniker's Bolivar Shagnasty". The Amarillo Globe-Times. p. 9. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  6. Hook, J.N. (1991). All Those Wonderful Names: A Potpourri of People, Places, and Things. John Wiley & Sons. p. 151. ISBN 9780471530114.
  7. "Hubert Wolfstern Death Record". MooseRoots. Graphiq. Retrieved 30 December 2016.[permanent dead link]
  8. Cerf, Bennett (1959-10-19). "Try and Stop Me". Delta Democrat-Times. Archived from the original on 2019-09-24. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Wiedersheim, William A. (1938). "The Shingle | The Google Books". The Shingle. Philadelphia Bar Association.
  10. McWhirter, Norris (1980-11-01). Guinness Book of World Records 1981. Sterling Publishing. p. 206. ISBN 0-8069-0196-9.

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