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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.