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This is a list of people famous enough to be known unambiguously by their initials:

  • BB, French Actress Brigitte Bardot
  • FDR, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • H.D., U.S. Imagist poet Hilda Doolittle
  • IDS, British politician Iain Duncan Smith
  • JFK, U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • J2M[?], former CEO of Vivendi-Universal Jean-Marie Messier
  • LBJ, U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson
  • MLK, U.S. civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • OJ, U.S. football player, movie actor, and murder suspect O. J. Simpson
  • PPDA[?], French journalist Patrick Poivre d'Arvor
  • Q, British writer Arthur Quiller-Couch
  • RFK, U.S. politician Robert F. Kennedy
  • RMS, Free Software advocate Richard Stallman
  • TR, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt
  • RAH, U.S. Science fiction author Robert Heinlein
  • UKK, Finnish longtime president and strongman Urho Kaleva Kekkonen

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Borderline Cases

  • ALF, extraterrestrial TV character Alien Life-Form [sic]
  • Eminem ("M 'n' M"), U.S. Rapper Marshall Mathers
  • "Dubya", U.S. President George W. Bush (based on his Texan pronunciation of the letter W, which distinguishes him from his father)
  • J. Lo, U.S. pop musician Jennifer Lopez
  • Herge ("R. G." in French), Belgian comics author Georges Remi
  • ODB, U.S. rapper "Ol' Dirty Bastard"
  • TAFKAP, U.S. soul singer Prince Rogers Nelson, abbreviation for The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, which replaces an unpronounceable symbol as his name

Individuals known always or for the most part by initials and surname

Individuals known by an initial, middle name and surname

Individuals known by first name and an initial as a surname

Individuals whose use of their middle initial carries special significance

Fictional Characters


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