Sometimes, people decide that they want to be called by their initials instead of their full names. Here is a list of famous people who go by their initials, including a first initial, middle initial, or sometimes, even both. If one person has two middle names, he might come up with a way to use two or even three initials in his professional name. What kind of person would do this? Writers, actors, athletes, musicians, and all sorts of other people have used initials in lieu of full names for as long as surnames have existed.
Some examples are William H. Macy, E. B. White, and Vivica A. Fox. This list has the full names of people who use their initials, so now you know what Samuel L. Jackson's middle name is. It does not include people who use initials in pseudonyms - for example, W. C. Fields was born William Claude Dukenfield, so he is not on this list. Neither is Louis C.K., whose real last name is Székely.
Historically, calling oneself by initials has been a habit of wealthier classes. Many politicians, especially U.S. Presidents, have included an initial or two in their names. Sometimes, SAG makes you add a little something to distinguish yourself from the other Vivica Fox. Or maybe you are trying to get away with writing a book for boys, but you don't want them to know that you are a lady. What do you think about that, J. K. Rowling and S. E. Hinton? Sometimes, like in the case of Harry S. Truman, the S. is just an S. There is no name behind it.
Mary J. Blige is one of the singers with a middle name abbreviation. The 'J' stands for Jane. Other singers with initials in their names include AJ McLean and K.D. Lang. Two famous authors are people known by their initials - J. R. R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin.
Check out this list of famous people who go by their initials, below. Were you surprised by the real names behind any of these celebrities with initials?
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, USAJohn Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from January ...more
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USASamuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor and film producer. A recipient of critical acclaim and numerous accolades and awards, Jackson is the actor whose films have made the ...more
Birthplace: Yate, United KingdomJoanne Rowling ( "rolling"; born 31 July 1965), better known by her pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British novelist, screenwriter, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for writing the Harry ...more
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USATaraji Penda Henson ( tə-RAH-jee; born September 11, 1970) is an American actress and author. She studied acting at Howard University and began her Hollywood career in guest roles on several ...more
Birthplace: Edmonton, CanadaMichael Andrew Fox (born June 9, 1961), known professionally as Michael J. Fox, is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, author, film producer and activist with a film and television career spanning ...more
Birthplace: Montemorelos, Nuevo León, MexicoKatherine von Drachenberg, known as Kat Von D (born March 8, 1982), is an American tattoo artist, model, musician, author, entrepreneur, and television personality. She is best known for her work as ...more
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States of AmericaVivica Anjanetta Fox (born July 30, 1964) is an American actress, producer and television host. Fox began her career with roles on the daytime television soap operas Days of Our Lives (1988) and ...more
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of AmericaHunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author, and the founder of the gonzo journalism movement. He first rose to prominence with the publication ...more
Birthplace: New York City, Hyde Park, New York, USAFranklin Delano Roosevelt (, ; January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), often referred to by initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd president of the United ...more
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of AmericaTodd Joseph Miller (born June 4, 1981) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, provocateur, producer and writer.In 2008, he made his acting debut in Cloverfield, and from 2010 to 2014, he voiced ...more
Birthplace: Denison, Texas, United States of AmericaDwight David "Ike" Eisenhower ( EYE-zən-how-ər; October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American army general and statesman who served as the 34th president of the United States from 1953 to 1961. ...more
Birthplace: Lamar, Missouri, United States of AmericaHarry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd president of the United States from 1945 to 1953, succeeding upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt after serving as vice president. He ...more
Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of AmericaBenjamin Joseph Manaly Novak (born July 31, 1979) is an American actor, writer, comedian, and director. Novak was one of the writers and executive producers of The Office (2005–2013), in which he ...more
Birthplace: Tilden, NebraskaLafayette Ronald Hubbard ( HUB-ərd; March 13, 1911 – January 24, 1986) was an American author of science fiction and fantasy stories, and the founder of the Church of Scientology. In 1950, Hubbard ...more
Birthplace: New York City, New YorkJerome David Salinger (; January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010) was an American writer known for his novel The Catcher in the Rye. He was raised in Manhattan and began writing short stories while in ...more
Birthplace: Oshawa, CanadaAndrea Joy Cook (born July 22, 1978) is a Canadian actress best known for her role as Supervisory Special Agent Jennifer "JJ" Jareau on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. She has also appeared in ...more
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USAMary Jane Blige (; born January 11, 1971) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and philanthropist. Her career began in 1989 when she signed to Uptown Records, becoming the youngest and first ...more
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of AmericaWilliam Hall Macy Jr. (born March 13, 1950) is an American actor and director. His film career has been built on appearances in small, independent films, though he has also appeared in summer action ...more
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of AmericaJohn Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an American actor, comedian, singer, voice actor, screenwriter, and producer who made his film debut in Brian De Palma's war film Casualties of War ...more
Birthplace: Ashfield, Massachusetts, United States of AmericaCecil Blount DeMille (; August 12, 1881 – January 21, 1959) was an American filmmaker. Between 1914 and 1958, he made a total of 70 features, both silent and sound films. He is acknowledged as a ...more
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of AmericaWilliam Seward Burroughs II (; February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American writer and visual artist. Burroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author ...more
Birthplace: Mahé, India, IndiaManoj Nelliyattu "M. Night" Shyamalan (born August 6, 1970) is an American filmmaker and actor. He is known for making films with contemporary supernatural plots and twist endings. He was born in ...more
Birthplace: Adams, MassachusettsSusan B. Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. Born into a Quaker family ...more
Birthplace: Minneapolis, USA, MinnesotaTheodore Raymond Knight (born March 26, 1973) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Dr. George O'Malley on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. Having acted on stage since the age ...more
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, USAGeorge Raymond Richard Martin (born George Raymond Martin, September 20, 1948), also known as GRRM, is an American novelist and short story writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres, ...more