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Famous baby names from the Guinness Book of World Records

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Written by Mary Fetzer   

In 2015, the Guinness Book of World Records will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its first published edition. In its honor, we bring you baby names inspired by some of the most outrageous record holders.

1950s world record holders


  • Elvis Presley: most No.1 hit singles by a solo artist
  • Juan "El Chueco" Fangio: oldest-ever World Formula 1 champion
  • Just Fontaine: most goals scored at a World Cup Final

1960s world record holders


  • Donald Walsh and Jacques Piccard: deepest manned ocean descent
  • Marlon Brando: first actor to break the $1 million barrier for a movie role
  • Yuri Gagarin: first man in space

1970s world record holders


  • Martin Cooper: first mobile phone call
  • Nadia Comaneci: first gymnast to score a perfect 10 at the Olympic games
  • Ray Tomlinson: first-ever email

1980s world record holders


  • Jeanne Calment: oldest living human being of all time
  • Reinhold Messner: first solo summit of Mount Everest
  • Roy Castle: fastest time to perform one million taps

1990s world record holders


  • Bryan Berg: tallest house of cards
  • Carl Lewis: most wins of the 100m at the Olympics
  • Daniel Bent: fastest ever time across the bog-snorkelling triathlon

2000s world record holders


  • Ann Atkin: largest collection of garden gnomes
  • Ellen MacArthur: fastest circumnavigation of the globe by sail
  • Lee Redmond: longest fingernails         

2010s world records holders


Humans are still setting records for being tall or short, and they're also trailblazing new areas of achievement, like these:

  • Annie Leung: highest score on Guitar Hero III by a female gamer
  • Anthony Kelly: most spears caught from a spear gun underwater
  • Chandra Bahadur Dangi: shortest living man
  • Ellen DeGeneres: most retweeted selfie of all time
  • Felix Baumgartner: highest freefall parachute jump in history
  • Marcel Fernandes Filho:  fastest time to type a text message on a touch-screen mobile phone
  • Martin Fornleitner: longest video game marathon on Minecraft
  • Sultan Kosen: tallest living person
  • Thunder Law: farthest basketball shot made backwards

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