The longest name for a person in the world is Wolfe+585, Senior, which is short for Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff, Sr., which itself is short for 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 Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorffvoralternwarengewissenhaftschaferswessenschafewarenwohlgepflegeundsorgfaltigkeitbeschutzenvonangreifendurchihrraubgierigfeindewelchevoralternzwolftausendjahresvorandieerscheinenwanderersteerdemenschderraumschiffgebrauchlichtalsseinursprungvonkraftgestartseinlangefahrthinzwischensternartigraumaufdersuchenachdiesternwelchegehabtbewohnbarplanetenkreisedrehensichundwohinderneurassevonverstandigmenschlichkeitkonntefortplanzenundsicherfreuenanlebenslanglichfreudeundruhemitnichteinfurchtvorangreifenvonandererintelligentgeschopfsvonhinzwischensternartigraumen, Senior. In addition to having first/middle names for every letter in the English alphabet, this German-born Philadelphian typesetter (appropriately enough profession) full surname entails 590 letters (thus the shortened "Wolfe+585"). Born in 1904, he unfortunately enough passed his whole name onto his son, who couldn't pronounce it until age three, which roughly translated, means "who before ages were conscientious shepherds 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 whither 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". Be sure to listen to the spoken article recording.
At least his name actually is pronounceable, unlike Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116, whose name was filed in protest of Swedish naming laws. Fined 5,000 kroner (equivalent to $600 in 1996, now closer to $780) because they failed to file his name by age five, his parents responded with the name they claimed was pronounced "albin", which the courts rejected. They then tried to name him "A", which was similarly rejected.
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