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


  • Abel Shufflebottom (Robert Southey, 1774–1843)

  • Æ, or Æon (George William Russell, 1853–1919)

  • Alice Addertongue (Benjamin Franklin, 1706–1790)

  • Anser Pen-Dragon (Samuel William Henry Ireland, 1775–1835)

  • Anthony Afterwit (Benjamin Franklin, 1706–1790)

  • Anti-Climacus (Søren Kierkegaard, 1813–1855)

  • Arminius, Baron von Thunder-ten-Tronckh (M. Arnold, 1822–1888)

  • Benevolus (Benjamin Franklin, 1706–1790)

  • Benjamin Goosequill (James Makittrick Adair, 1728–1802)

  • Biblicus (Alexander Tilloch, 1759–1825)

  • Boz (Charles Dickens, 1812–1870)

  • Cantell A. Bigly (George W. Peck, 1817–1859)

  • Caustic Barebones (Thomas Bridges, c.1710–c.1775)

  • Christopher Twist-wit, Esq. (Christopher Anstey, 1724–1805)

  • Cobweb (Joseph Tinker Buckingham, 1779–1861)

  • Cornelius Scriblerus Nothus (Thomas Burgess, 1756–1837)

  • Cupid Jones (F. S. Saltus, 1849–1889)

  • Daddy Violet (Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769–1821)

  • Deep Will (William Pitt, 1759–1806)

  • Demetrius Wyseman (Duke Willis, 19th century)

  • Dick Kitcat (Richard Doyle, 1824–1883)

  • Doctor Merry (J. Wyndham, 19th century)

  • Dolly Dawdle (Mary C. Painter Lukens, b.1842)

  • Dr. Humbug (Joseph Reed, 1723–1787)

  • Drew Dogyear (Edward Gorey, 1925–2000)

  • Dud Jermyn (Walter R. Benjamin, 1854–1943)

  • E. G. Deadworry (Edward Gorey, 1925–2000)

  • Ebenezer Pentweazle (Christopher Smart, 1722–1771)

  • Edgar E. Wordy (Edward Gorey, 1925–2000)

  • F. Yrubslips (Francis Spilsbury, 18th century)

  • Fax (Augustine Barnum, 19th century)

  • Forest Warbler (M. R. McCormick, 19th century)

  • Forlorn Hope (Matilda A. Bailey, 19th century)

  • Gabriel Silvertongue (James Montgomery, 1771–1854)

  • Gary Dredwoe (Edward Gorey, 1925–2000)

  • Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. (Washington Irving, 1783–1859)

  • George Washington Makewright (Frank Cahill, 19th century)

  • Harry Wandsworth Shortfellow (Mary Cowden Clarke, 1809–1898)

  • Herman Thwackus (Jonas Clopper, 19th century)

  • Hilarius Bookbinder (Søren Kierkegaard, 1813–1855)

  • Honey Bee (Eliza A. E. Smith, 1819–1905)

  • Johannes de Silentio (Søren Kierkegaard, 1813–1855)

  • Jonathan Oldstyle (Washington Irving, 1783–1859)

  • Lola Salt — collective pseudonym (Sarah Alderson & Becky Wicks)

  • Magnus Merriweather (Charles Remington Talbot, 1851–1891)

  • Massachusettensis (David Leonard, 1740–1829)

  • Maurice O'Quill (Martin Van Buren Denslow, 19th century)

  • Minnie Mayflower (Catharine Stratton Ladd, 1808–1899)

  • Mr. Inkle (Christopher Anstey, 1724–1805)

  • Mr. Sparrowgrass (Frederick Swartwout Cozzens, 1818–1869)

  • Mr. Zigzag, the Elder (John Wykeham Archer, 1808–1864)

  • Mrs. Fairstar (Richard Hengist Horne, 1802–1884, story about dolls)

  • Mrs. Literary (S. Elizabeth Hillyer Ballard Maynard, 19th century)

  • Mrs. Margaret Caudle (Douglas W. Jerrold, 1803–1857)

  • Mrs. Ramsbottom (Theodore Edward Hook, 1788–1841)

  • Mrs. Silence Dogood (Benjamin Franklin, 1706–1790)

  • Nemo Nobody, Esq. (James Fennell, 19th century)

  • Nobody Nothing, of Nowhere (James Alexander Young, 1810–1870)

  • Oliver Oldschool, Esq. (Joseph Dennie, 1768–1812)

  • Parallax (Samuel Rowbotham, 1816–1884)

  • Parenthenopeus Hereticus (Mr Gordon, 18th century)

  • Patience Strong (Winifred Emma May, 1907–1990)

  • Periwinkle (Louisa May Alcott, 1832–1888)

  • Peter Paragraph (James Makittrick Adair, 1728–1802)

  • Peter Query (Martin Farquhar Tupper, 1810–1889)

  • Philocosmos (Hamlet Clark, 19th century)

  • Philo-Veritas (Thomas D'Arcy M'Gee, 1825–1868)

  • Phœnix (Henry Martin, 19th century)

  • Q (Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch, 1863–1944)

  • Queen of Hearts (Mrs. E. M. Patterson Keplinger, 19th century)

  • Queerquill (Mary T. Waggamon, 1846–1931)

  • Ray Adverb — character (Dave Barry, b.1947)

  • Samuel A. Bard (Ephraim George Squier, 1821–1888)

  • Sarah Search (Frederick Nolan, 1784–1864)

  • Scriblerus Maximus (James Love, 1721–1774)

  • Shirley Dare (Susan Dunning Waters, 19th century)

  • Σ (Thomas Sharp, 1771–1841)

  • Sigma (Lucien Manlius Sargent, 1786–1867)

  • Simon Spunkey (Thomas Green Fessenden, 1771–1837)

  • Sir Gregory Nonsense (John Taylor, 1580–1653)

  • Smelfungus (Patrick Proctor Alexander, 1823–1886)

  • Solomon Secondthoughts (John Pendleton Kennedy, 1795–1870)

  • Sophie Sparkle (Jennie E. Hicks, 19th century)

  • Spiral Groove (Wilson MacDonald, 19th century)

  • Sut Lovengood (George Washington Harris, 1814–1869)

  • The Cocoa-tree (Philip Francis, 1708–1773)

  • The Ghost of Harry the Eighth's Fool (A. H. Forrester, 1804–1872)

  • 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)

  • Travis Tea — collective pseudonym (thirty-nine authors, 2004)

  • Tydus-Pooh-Pooh (John Bowring, 1792–1872)

  • U. Donough Utis (Richard Grant White, 1822–1885)

  • Uniche (Mrs. R. A. Heavlin, 19th century)

  • Vagabondia (Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1849–1924)

  • Veni Vidi (Mrs. J. Cunningham Croly, 1829–1901)

  • Vieux Moustache (Clarence Gordon, 1835–1920)

  • Wh†††††††d (George Whitefield, 1714–1770)

  • Who Thinks-I-To-Myself? (Edward Nares, 1762–1841)

  • Winning Hazard (Albert De Vere, 19th century)

  • Xenette (Pamela S. Vining, 19th century)

  • Xo Ho (Horace Walpole, 1717–1797)

 


 


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