Friday, October 21, 2016

Some old pen names

Here are some of the interesting pseudonyms I've come across in my readings over the years. After each nom de plume is the real author name.


  • Alice Addertongue (Benjamin Franklin, 1706–1790)
  • Ray Adverb [character] (Dave Barry, b.1947 — anagrammatic)
  • Æ (George William Russell, 1853–1919 — a.k.a. Æon)
  • Anthony Afterwit (Benjamin Franklin, 1706–1790)
  • Aristides (William Lloyd Garrison, 1805–1879)
  • Samuel A. Bard (Ephraim George Squier, 1821–1888)
  • Caustic Barebones (Thomas Bridges, 18th century)
  • Honey Bee (Eliza A. E. Smith, 1819–1905)
  • Benevolus (Benjamin Franklin, 1706–1790)
  • Cantell A. Bigly (George W. Peck, 1817–1859)
  • Hilarius Bookbinder (Søren Kierkegaard, 1813–1855)
  • Boz (Charles Dickens, 1812–1870)
  • Mrs. Margaret Caudle (Douglas W. Jerrold, 1803–1857)
  • Cobweb (Joseph Tinker Buckingham, 1779–1861)
  • The Cocoa-tree (Philip Francis, 1708–1773)
  • Shirley Dare (Susan Dunning, 19th century)
  • Silence Dogood (Benjamin Franklin, 1706–1790)
  • Dolly Dawdle (Mary C. Painter Lukens, b. circa 1841)
  • ΕΛΑΧΙΣΤΟΣ (Thomas Foster Barham, 1766–1844)
  • Fax (Augustine Barnum, 19th century)
  • The Ghost of Harry the Eighth's Fool (A. H. Forrester, 1804–1872)
  • Benjamin Goosequill (James Makittrick Adair, 1728–1802)
  • Spiral Groove (Wilson MacDonald, 19th century)
  • Winning Hazard (Albert De Vere, 19th century)
  • Parenthenopeus Hereticus (Mr Gordon, 18th century)
  • Forlorn Hope (Matilda A. Bailey, 19th century)
  • Dr. Humbug (Joseph Reed, 1723–1787)
  • Mr. Inkle (Christopher Anstey, 1724–1805)
  • Dud Jermyn (Walter R. Benjamin, 1854–1943)
  • Cupid Jones (F. S. Saltus, 1849–1889)
  • Dick Kitcat (Richard Doyle, 1824–1883)
  • Lady who prefers to be anonymous (Emily Jolly, 19th century)
  • Mrs. Literary (S. Elizabeth Hillyer Ballard Maynard, 19th century)
  • George Washington Makewright (Frank Cahill, 19th century)
  • Massachusettensis (David Leonard, 1740–1829)
  • Scriblerus Maximus (James Love, 1721–1774)
  • Minnie Mayflower (Catharine Stratton Ladd, 1808–1899)
  • Magnus Merriweather (Charles Remington Talbot, 1851–1891)
  • Doctor Merry (J. Wyndham, 19th century)
  • Vieux Moustache (Clarence Gordon, 1835–1920)
  • Nemo Nobody, Esq. (James Fennell, 19th century)
  • Nobody Nothing, of Nowhere (James Alexander Young, 1810–1870)
  • Sir Gregory Nonsense (John Taylor, 1580–1653)
  • Cornelius Scriblerus Nothus (Thomas Burgess, 1756–1837)
  • Oliver Oldschool, Esq. (Joseph Dennie, 1768–1812)
  • Jonathan Oldstyle (Washington Irving, 1783–1859)
  • Maurice O'Quill (Martin Van Buren Denslow, 19th century)
  • Peter Paragraph (James Makittrick Adair, 1728–1802)
  • Parallax (Samuel Rowbotham, 1816–1884)
  • Anser Pen-Dragon (Samuel William Henry Ireland, 1775–1835)
  • Ebenezer Pentweazle (Christopher Smart, 1722–1771)
  • Periwinkle (Louisa May Alcott, 1832–1888)
  • Philo-Veritas (Thomas D'Arcy M'Gee, 1825–1868)
  • Phœnix (Henry Martin, 19th century)
  • Q (Edmund Hodgson Yates, 1831–1894)
  • Queen of Hearts (Mrs. E. M. Patterson Keplinger, 19th century)
  • Queerquill (Mary T. Waggamon, 1846–1931)
  • Peter Query (Martin Farquhar Tupper, 1810–1889)
  • Mrs. Ramsbottom (Theodore Edward Hook, 1788–1841)
  • Sarah Search (Frederick Nolan, 1784–1864)
  • Σ (Thomas Sharp, 1771–1841)
  • Sigma (Lucien Manlius Sargent, 1786–1867)
  • Solomon Secondthoughts (John Pendleton Kennedy, 1795–1870)
  • Harry Wandsworth Shortfellow (Mary Cowden Clarke, 1809–1898)
  • Abel Shufflebottom (Robert Southey, 1774–1843)
  • Johannes de silentio (Søren Kierkegaard, 1813–1855)
  • Gabriel Silvertongue (James Montgomery, 1771–1854)
  • Smelfungus (Patrick Proctor Alexander, 1823–1886)
  • Sophie Sparkle (Jennie E. Hicks, 19th century)
  • Mr. Sparrowgrass (Frederick Swartwout Cozzens, 1818–1869)
  • Simon Spunkey (Thomas Green Fessenden, 1771–1837)
  • Patience Strong (Winifred Emma May, 1907–1990)
  • The Greatest Hypocrite in England (John Wesley, 1703–1791)
  • The Most Impudent Man Living (William Warburton, 1698–1779)
  • The Most Unpatriotic Man Alive (Charles James Fox, 1749–1806)
  • Theodore Thinker (Francis Channing Woodworth, 1812–1859)
  • Arminius, Baron von Thunder-ten-Tronckh (M. Arnold, 1822–1888)
  • Herman Thwackus (Jonas Clopper, 19th century)
  • Christopher Twist-wit, Esq. (Christopher Anstey, 1724–1805)
  • Tydus-Pooh-Pooh (John Bowring, 1792–1872)
  • Uniche (Mrs. R. A. Heavlin, 19th century)
  • U. Donough Utis (Richard Grant White, 1822–1885)
  • Vagabondia (Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1849–1924)
  • Veni Vidi (Mrs. J. Cunningham Croly, 1829–1901)
  • Daddy Violet (Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769–1821)
  • Forest Warbler (M. R. McCormick, 19th century)
  • Wh†††††††d (George Whitefield, 1714–1770)
  • Who Thinks-I-To-Myself? (Edward Nares, 1762–1841)
  • Deep Will (William Pitt, 1759–1806)
  • Edgar E. Wordy (Edward Gorey, 1925–2000) Gorey also used several other names — many anagrammatic — including: E. G. Deadworry, Drew Dogyear, Gary Dredwoe, Addée Gorrwy, Om, and Ydora Wredge.
  • Demetrius Wyseman (Duke Willis, 19th century)
  • Xenette (Pamela S. Vining, 19th century)
  • Xo Ho (Horace Walpole, 1717–1797)
  • F. Yrubslips (Francis Spilsbury, 18th century — anagrammatic)
  • Mr. Zigzag, the Elder (John Wykeham Archer, 1808–1864)

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