Hubert Blaine

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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.



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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I imagine his headstone at his grave site was a long horizontal structure!!! that's a long name that's buried there....

Nov 14, 2018 03:51 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I think the last book mentioned is adequate and will not be read here.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 14, 2018 04:09 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. He needed a whole page just to print his last name! Enjoy your day!

Nov 14, 2018 05:00 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Incredible. How does that name happen? Take a piece of every name you know of?

Nov 14, 2018 06:25 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... now that is a truly interesting piece of trivia! 

Nov 14, 2018 06:43 AM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - that is really some long last name.  Learning German I know how their compound nouns grow but that certainly was extra ordinary.

Nov 14, 2018 07:51 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - LOL on the Useless Information book!  If I were him, I would have shortened the last name to Wolfe!!! I certainly would like to see the signature on a document....then again...

Nov 14, 2018 07:55 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


That is definitely every long, long name, even longer that the one of our ancestors on the Russian side of the equation.  A

Nov 14, 2018 08:37 AM #8
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  Thanks for the information about Hubert Blaine.


Nov 14, 2018 09:31 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Now that is a name and a half, no more then a half.  I can see people spelling it wrong.


Nov 14, 2018 09:49 AM #10
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Now THAT is a long name. Imagine having to write that out.


Nov 14, 2018 02:07 PM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

James, every once in awhile you have to post something frivolous but amusing.

Nov 14, 2018 03:20 PM #12
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Learning to write his full name, must have taken years!

Nov 15, 2018 05:14 AM #13
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Oh My!  I wonder if his nickname was Wolfie? 

Dec 14, 2018 04:32 PM #14
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