Hubert Blaine was born in Bergedorf, Germany back in 1914. He emigrated to the United States settling in Philadelphia. He found work as a typesetter, he also was a member of the American Name Society. It wasn’t until 1938 that he gained attention for something which we will get to shortly.
In 1964, the IBM 7074 computer at the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company could process one million policies but refused to hand Hubert’s last name. So, let’s get to it. According to him the spelling of his last name was (going to copy and paste here, so there is no mistakes) Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorffvoralternwarengewissenhaftschaferswessenschaftswarenwohlgefutternundsorgfaltigkeitbeschutzenvorangreifendurchihrraubgierigfiends.
In a law suit between him and Yellow Cab Company Judge John Bole in 1938 shortened his name to Wolfeschlegeisteinhausenbergerdorff.
To date he is known as the person who has the longest last name in history. He died in 1997 at 83. He is also in the Guinness Book of World Records, and is also noted in The Book of Useless Information.
Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile and be thankful for your last name.