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Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names  

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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, Vivica A. Fox, J. D. Salinger, O. J. Simpson, George R. R. Martin, KD Lang, e e cummings, and Mr. Alphabet himself, J. R. R. Tolkien. Does anyone really call him that? Guess what? Someone just did. 

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. It is OK. There are lots of people like that. O. Henry is another one. E. L. James and F. Murray Abraham are two more. They are all not on this list.

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. Another reason to use an initial instead of a full name is because the real name is silly. C. S. Lewis's given name was Clive Staples Lewis, and Warren Harding's middle name was Gamaliel. 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? One more thing is that for Harry Truman, the S. is just an S. There is no name behind it. Enjoy this list of famous people who go by their initials.
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Politician, Military Officer, Author
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Television producer, Film Producer, Actor
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Novelist, Film Producer, Author
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Television producer, Film Producer, Author
Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Actor, Singer
William S. Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
William Seward Burroughs Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor
Kat Von D is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Tattoo artist, Television producer, Model
Vivica A. Fox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Television producer, Film Producer, Actor
Hunter S. Thompson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Hunter Stockton Thompson Journalist, Novelist, Author
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Politician, Soldier, Corporate lawyer
T. J. Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Politician, Soldier
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Businessperson, Politician, Haberdasher
L. Ron Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Religious Leader, Novelist, Author
J. D. Salinger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Jerome David Salinger Soldier, Novelist, Writer
A. J. Cook is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Actor, Dancer
Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Record producer, Rapper, Singer-songwriter
John C. Reilly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter
M. Night Shyamalan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Businessperson, Film Producer, Screenwriter
R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter
Warren G. Harding is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Warren Gamaliel Harding Businessperson, Politician, Journalist
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Politician, Teacher
T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Poet, Literary critic, Lyricist
T. R. Knight is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Theodore Raymond Knight Actor
W.E.B. Du Bois is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois Editor, Journalist, Historian