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Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names 

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Updated June 14, 2019 83.8k views 108 items

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
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963) from USA, Massachussetts, Brookline
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Age 70 from Washington, D.C., USA
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Age 53 from Yate, United Kingdom
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Age 57 from Edmonton, Canada
Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Age 48 from Washington, D.C., United States of America
William S. Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Dec. at 83 (1914-1997) from St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
Kat Von D is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Age 36 from Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico
Vivica A. Fox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Age 54 from South Bend, Indiana, USA
Hunter S. Thompson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Dec. at 68 (1937-2005) from Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America
Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Dec. at 63 (1882-1945) from Hyde Park, New York, United States of America
T. J. Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Age 37 from USA, Denver, Colorado
Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969) from Denison, Texas, United States of America
Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Dec. at 88 (1884-1972) from Lamar, Missouri, United States of America
L. Ron Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Dec. at 75 (1911-1986) from Tilden, Nebraska
J. D. Salinger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Dec. at 91 (1919-2010) from New York City, New York
A. J. Cook is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Age 40 from Oshawa, Canada
Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Age 48 from New York City, New York, USA
John C. Reilly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Age 53 from USA, Chicago, Illinois
M. Night Shyamalan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Age 48 from Mahé, India, India
R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Age 52 from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Warren G. Harding is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Dec. at 58 (1865-1923) from Ohio, Morrow County, United States, with Territories, Blooming Grove
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Dec. at 65 (1908-1973) from Stonewall, Texas, United States of America
T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Dec. at 77 (1888-1965) from St. Louis, Missouri
T. R. Knight is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Age 45 from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America
W.E.B. Du Bois is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names
Dec. at 95 (1868-1963) from Great Barrington, Massachusetts