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Some people are OnlyKnownByTheirNickname, others are on LastNameBasis, while some people are primarily known to the public by their initials or their initials plus their last name. The reasons may vary. Perhaps they have an EmbarrassingFirstName they'd rather not use, and maybe they have an OverlyLongName that needs to be abbreviated. Others may think it sounds classier, and some may prefer the fact that it is more gender neutral.

This was particularly common among RealLife English male writers of the early 20th century, especially academics like A.J. Ayer (philosopher) and A.J.P. Taylor (historian). You do still find some English writers who go by initials today, possibly because of the resulting intellectual associations - like A.N. Wilson or D.J. Taylor.

It's also sometimes found with Real Life ''female'' writers, often to [[MoustacheDePlume hide (or at least make less obvious) the fact that they are female]].

!!Examples include:


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
%%* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' C.C. (its pronounced C-two) and V.V.
* T.K. In the dub version of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', (his full name is Takeru Takaishi, [[DubNameChange in the Japanese, at least]]).
* The dub of ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has J.P., likewise known as Junpei in the Japanese version.
%%* ''Anime/AngelBeats'' has the American TK.
* T.R. (Thomas Riley) Edwards from ''{{Anime/Robotech}}''. Some sources erroneously assume that he has a hyphenated last name (it's true that Riley is usually a last name). However, if this was the case, he would be properly known as T. Riley-Edwards.
* V.T. (Victoria Terpsichore} from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' made money charging people to guess her name, until Spike worked out who she was.
* There're some cases in which the "A.J." name comes to a DubNameChange of some minor character in favor of more Americanized names:
** In the season 1 of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', one of the first Ash/Satoshi's rivals is a kid called Akira, renamed as A.J., who managed a Sandscrew and is based on one of the Youngsters of ''Videogame/PokemonRedAndBlue''. Also, he appears as TheCameo in the opening of the season 2 (''Adventures on the Orange Islands'') and as character in the manga ''Manga/TheElectricTaleOfPikachu''.
** AJ Topper, along with Brad Best, is one of the two [[OriginalGeneration original characters]] made exclusively for the US Dub of ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'', in which both are the bey-battle commentators.

%%* The Gumby Theatre "Cherry Orchard" sketch from ''Another Creator/MontyPython Record'' features L.D. Gumby, M.J. Gumby and R.S. Gumby in starring roles.

%%[[folder:Comic Books]]
%%* BA (Boris Alphonso) Felton from ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''
%%* TC from ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''
%%* M.J. (Mary Jane) Watson from "ComicBook/SpiderMan"

* DC from ''Film/ThatDarnCat'' is only once referred to by a censored version of his full name, not counting the title, and is never referred to by his real full name, on account of it being profane.
* ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'': JB (Creator/JackBlack) and KG (Kyle Gass). Pronounced Jables and Kage.
%%* L. B. "Jeff" Jeffries from ''Film/RearWindow''.
%%* H.W. in ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood''.
%%* J.J. McClure from ''Film/TheCannonballRun'' films.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''DownWithLove''. When Barbara meets the high-ups of the company publishing her book for the first time, they introduce themselves as E.G., C.B., C.W., J.B., J.R. and R.J. When Barbara replies with "Okay!", E.G. says that [[IncrediblyLamePun O.K.]] couldn't make it, he and T.B. are having breakfast.
%%* T. S. Quint from ''Film/{{Mallrats}}''.
%%* J. F. Sebastian from ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* Mary Kate from ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'', frequently only referred to as M.K.
%%* Sheriff J. P. Harrah (Robert Mitchum) in ''Film/ElDorado''.
* ''Film/RaisingArizona'': H.I. [=McDunnough=] is called "Hi" by everyone. We only learn his actual name when he writes a letter saying goodbye to his wife, signing it "[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Herbert]]."
* In ''Film/{{Crossworlds}}'', [[RetiredBadass A.T.]] is only ever referred to by his initials, except at the very end, when the Queen calls him "Alex". We still don't know what the "T" stands for.
* In ''Film/ThankYouForSmoking'', Nick's boss is only known as BR, which he started being called while in Vietnam. As Nick puts it, "everyone who knew what it means are all dead." In the book the film is based on, his full name is mentioned early on but everyone still refers to him as BR.

* PK Pinkerton in ''Literature/TheWesternMysteries'', is only known by the initials PK or by the nickname Pinky, as part of the author's attempt to create AmbiguousGender.
* Subverted with Mr. A.E. Pessimal from ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', as this is actually his full name.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}: Literature/LastSonOfKrypton''. One of Lex Luthor's henchwomen is named Barbara Tolley, but insists on being called "B.J." even though her middle name is Arabella.
* Also subverted with BKR, the villain of ''Literature/RodAlbrightAlienAdventures''. This is his whole name, and none of the other aliens seems to think it odd.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast''. One of the characters is named D.T. ("Deety") Burroughs. She goes by her initials because she's embarrassed by her real first and middle names: Dejah Thoris (her father Jacob was a fan of the ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' books).
* Y.T. in ''Literature/SnowCrash'', though the author does explain what it stands for once, when incidental character hears it as "Whitey" and is considering taking offense ("Actually, it stands for Yours Truly, but if he can't figure that out, fuck him").
* TS Garp in ''The World According to Garp.'' He's officially [[DeadGuyJunior named for his father]]--except his mother [[WeHardlyKnewYe never knew his father's first name]], only his army rank. "TS" stands for "Technical Sergeant." Everyone just calls him Garp. (In TheFilmOfTheBook, teen Garp tries to convince his girlfriend that it stands for "Terribly Sexy.")
* Members of the V.F.D. in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' are referred to only by their initials to preserve anonymity. This results in complications, as ''[[Literature/LemonySnicketTheUnauthorizedAutobiography The Unauthorized Autobiography]]'' demonstrates during a transcript of a meeting, and in ''The Penultimate Peril'' when a total of three characters have the legitimate and undisguised initials [[spoiler:J.S.]].
%%* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', R.A.B. [[spoiler:Regulus Arturus Black]]
* In the ''Literature/WizardOfOz'' books, the wizard reveals that "O.Z." is actually part of his initials. His parents named him Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkle Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs, noting that it isn't longer simply because they ran out of names. He abbreviated it to Oz because using all his initials would spell out O.Z.P.I.N.H.E.A.D., and he wouldn't attract the right kind of attention calling himself a pinhead. The movie ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'' names the character Oscar Diggs, but makes no reference to his many middle names or the nickname.
* In ''Literature/LeftBehind'', Tyrola Mark Delanty is referred to as T.
* In the Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Day of the Cheetah'', J. C. Powell is a hotshot test pilot known for pulling off impossible maneuvers. "J. C." are not his initials, but only his mother calls him "Roland". After one incident, an officer is heard to exclaim ''"Jesus Christ!"'', to which J. C. replies with a totally deadpan "Thank you, Sir." Hence...
* In the ''Literature/VenusPrime'' series, one of the major characters is Prof. J.Q.R. Forster. It's not until the last book that anyone bothers to ask him what the initials stand for, at which point he reveals that they don't actually stand for anything; his parents couldn't decide on a name, so they gave him initials as placeholders.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'':
** JT ([[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries James Tiberius]]) Yorke.
** KC Guthrie. Unlike JT, KC's full name has never been revealed, but {{Fanon}} is that it's KirkCameron Guthrie.
%%* DJ (Donna Jo) Margaret Tanner from ''Series/FullHouse''.
%%* DJ (David Jacob) Connor from ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''.
%%* GOB (George Oscar Bluth) from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
%%* JJ (Jennifer Jareau) from ''Series/CriminalMinds''.
* B. J. Hunnicut from ''Series/{{Mash}}''. Lampshaded in an episode where Hawkeye tries to learn what "B. J." stands for, only to find "B. J." on all of his friend's military records. When Hawkeye asks who would name their kid "B. J.", B. J. answers "My mother, Bea and my father, Jay!"
* C.C. Babcock on ''Series/TheNanny'' goes by her alliterative initials, as does much of her family (sister D.D., mother B.B.). Her full name ([[spoiler: Chastity-Claire Babcock]]) isn't revealed until the finale.
%%* JD (John Dorian) from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''
%%* DJ from ''Series/TheLatestBuzz''
%%* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bj_and_the_bear B.J. and the Bear]]''. The title character B.J. (Billy Joe) [=McKay=].
* B.A. Baracus on ''Series/TheATeam'' We know from the pilot ep. that his given first name is "Bosco", and that "B.A" is shorthand for his nickname, "Bad Attitude", but eventually it is revealed that his full name is "Bosco Albert Baracus."
%%* JJ (James Jr.) Evans from ''Series/GoodTimes''
%%* A.J. (Andrew Jackson) Simon from ''Series/SimonAndSimon''.
* In ''Series/TheWestWing'', Claudia Jean Cregg is nearly always referred to as CJ Cregg. The rare exceptions are usually either formal occasions or wry comments.
* JK (pronounced Jake) from ''Series/KamenRiderFourze''. In #36, his real name is turned out to be [[spoiler: Kaizou Jingu]]
* ''Series/PowerRangers'' has two: T.J. Johnson from ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' and ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', and RJ from ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''. Their full names are Theodore Jay Jarvis Johnson (as revealed in the "Forever Red" team-up episode), and Robert James (revealed by a children's book and never used on the show), respectively.
%%* JB Reese in ''Series/VRTroopers''.
%%* Melanie and Lindsay's (and Michael's, since he's the biological dad) daughter, J. R. (Jenny Rebecca) on ''Series/QueerAsFolk''.
* D.B.Russell on ''Series/{{CSI}}''. Probably due to his first name being [[EmbarrassingFirstName Diebenkorn]].
* A.J. (Albert Jethro) Chegwidden on ''Series/{{JAG}}''. Prior to the season four episode "War Stories" his staff didn't know what A.J. was short for.
%%* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' had Cooter's cousins, LB and BB, who appeared from time to time.
* The "Batsman of the Kalahari" sketch from the last series of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sends up the tendency of cricketers to be known by their initials. Some of the players include V.E. Pratt, M.J.K. Pratt, B.B.C.T.V. Pratt, and Y.E.T.A.N.O.T.H.E.R. Pratt.
* [[MeaningfulName B.P. Richfield]] from ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}''. In "Earl's Big Jackpot", it's revealed that his first name is Bradly.
* Played with in the pilot of ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'': Mr. Drysdale gets a call that the gardeners he'd hired to spruce up the mansion he'd procured for his newest, biggest client ("J.D. Clampett") were being held at gunpoint by "outlaws"[[note]]The Clampetts themselves, who thought the mansion was a prison and that the gardeners were part of a jailbreak.[[/note]] When he gets to the jail where the "outlaws" are being held, he grabs one of them by the collar and demands to know what they did with J.D. Clampett.
-->'''Jed''': [Annoyed] I'm Jed Clampett, and I'd appreciate it if you'd let go of my Sunday shirt! [[note]][[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness This is as angry as we see him get in the entire series.]][[note]]
%%* J.L. (Jason [[EmbarrassingMiddleName Lochenbar]]) [=McCabe=], the titular Fatman from ''Series/JakeAndTheFatman''.
%%* JJ (James Junior) from ''Series/GoodTimes''
* ''Series/BJAndTheBear'' has the titular character with this nickname, having the real name of Billie Joe (B.J.) [=McCay=], which also doubles with AwesomeMcCoolname.
* Actress A.J. Cook has the A.J. for Andrea Joy, her two first names. If well she appears in various movies like ''Film/TheVirginSuicides'' and ''Film/FinalDestination2'', she's more known for her roles in TV series like ''Series/TruCalling'' and ''Series/CriminalMinds'', her most known role as the special agent Jennifer "JJ" Jareau.
* ''Series/FullHouse'' has Donna Joy, who has the nickname of "DJ."

* ZP Theart, former lead singer of Music/DragonForce. Rumour has it that "ZP" is legally his first name, though.
* Music/Starflyer59. On ''The Fashion Focus'', ''Leave Here a Stranger''[[note]]''Everybody Makes Mistakes'' was released between these two albums, and it didn't follow this pattern[[/note]], and every album since then, the various band members have just been credited by their first initial and last name.
%%* Music/{{Poison}} guitarist CC Deville.
%%* JC Chasez of Music/{{NSYNC}}.
%%* CJ (Christopher Jospeh) Ramone of Music/TheRamones
* From Music/BackstreetBoys, there's AJ Mclean, the [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Bad Boy]] of this famous BoyBand group from TheNineties. The AJ is for his first names, Alexander James.
%%* DJ Bonebrake, drummer for LA punk band, Music/{{X}}.
%%* kd lang. Although in some lyrics to her songs she refers to her actual first name (ex. "The Mind of Love": ''"Where is your head, Kathryn?"'')
%%* Music/SoulCoughing's M. Doughty, although once the band broke up, he started releasing solo albums as Mike Doughty.
%%* D. Boon of Music/{{Minutemen}} (short for Dennes)
%%* J. Mascis of Music/DinosaurJr
* The rock pop duet Music/AlyAndAJ, a [[BandOfRelatives sister duo]] in which one of them, AJ Michalka, has the AJ for Amanda Joy.
* Creator/MichaelJackson has as [[IHaveManyNames one of his many]] [[RedBaron nicknames]], he's called just as "MJ", which makes a double reference with Creator/MichaelJordan in the videoclip of his single "Jam" in TheNineties.

%%[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
%%* PJ from ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus''
%%* R.J in ''ComicStrip/OverTheHedge''
%%* B.D. and J.J. from ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}''.
%%* Title character from ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}''.

* In Joy Wilt Berry's "Human Race Club" series of LP's (also known as the "No More..." series), Abraham Lincoln Jones (the second-in-command) is known as "A.J.".[[note]]It's listed as his "nickname", which all the other members have (including [[AuthorAvatar Ms. Joy Berry (AKA: "Ms. Berry")]]).[[/note]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
%%* Wrestling companies are/were generally referred to by their initials. WWF/WWE, WCW, ECW, AWA, UWF, TNA, ROH, PWG, ...
* Wrestling/CMPunk says it stands for "Chick Magnet")
%%* WWF jobber [[Wrestling/JustinCredible PJ Walker]], (Peter Joseph, his real first and middle names)
%%* Wrestling/AJStyles (Allen Jones, his real name)
%%* Wrestling/JimRoss, who became "Good Ol' JR" when he came to the Wrestling/{{WWF}}
%%* Wrestling/{{ECW}} wrestler CW Anderson.
%%* 80's wrestler DJ Peterson.
%%* JT Southern, who wrestled in WCW, Memphis and other territories.
%%* WCW wrestler JW Storm (Jeff Warner, his real name)
%%* Rapping WCW wrestler PN News (Paul Neu, his real name)
* TL Hopper, the wrestling plumber (the initials stood for "Toilet Lid")
* Wrestling/AJStyles is a famous wrestler who has a succesfull career, first on indies, Ring of Honor and Wrestling/{{TNA}}, to star actually in Wrestling/{{WWE}}. If well it's his nickname, the AJ is for his real name, Allen Jones.
* Wrestling/AJLee (not related with Styles, by the way) was a female wrestler famous for being in WWE between 2009 and 2015 and she's the actual wife of Wrestling/CMPunk. Just as Styles, the AJ is her real name, but in this case her 2 first names: April Jeanette.

* Archibald [=MacLeish=]'s modern take on [[Literature/TheBible the story of Job]]: Job (and the play) is called J.B.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' has J.C. Denton, which is actually a code name. This is a hold over from the development when it was an ambiguous name to support the option for a female PC (it was latter dropped to lack of space for the voice acting for her and the he/she brother/sister lines) and as a SignificantMonogram.
* ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' has [[PlayerCharacter the Rookie]]; the only traces of any kind of name he has are the initials J.D.
%%* C.J. (Carl Johnson), from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''.
%%* B.J. Blazkowicz of the Videogame/{{Wolfenstein}} series. His first name is William, often shorted into Bill.
%%* ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline'' has the Slayer trainer, G.S.D.
%%* M. Bison, E. (Edmond) Honda and T. (Thunder) Hawk in "Franchise/StreetFighter"
%%* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'' has D.I.J., a [[NiceMice mouse]] who is intelligent enough to keep a {{diary}}.
* Your character from the arcade ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' series only has a descriptor of "Challenger", and you enter three initials to name him when starting play.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/TopCat is often (but not always) known as TC.
* TJ (Theodore Jasper) Detweiler from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. A movie stated that he got his name because apparently, a young kindergarten kid named Gus Griswald said he'd call him TJ because those were his favorite letters in the alphabet.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', the protagonist's little sister D.W. (short for Dora Winifred). Lampshaded in an episode where she gets lost in the White House and her parents are describing her to security
-->''David'': Her name is D.W.
-->''Security'': That's it? Initials? You didn't give the kid a whole name?"
-->''David'': Um, well...*sweats nervously*
%%* One of the cartoons from The Disney Afternoon had the initials of D.W. (which goes by the official superhero name of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', who is really Drake Mallard, his alter ego in disguise). LET'S GET DANGEROUS!
%%* J.T. Marsh from ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''.
%%* A.J. from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''.
%%** Head Pixie is often referred to as H.P.
* PJ Pete ([[RepetitiveName Pete Pete Jr.]]) on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', because [[OneSteveLimit he shares his father's name]] and they are both very prominent (and [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan very different]]) characters. His father calls him "Junior" instead on a very small number of occasions, but even when he's yelling at him (which is ''[[CatchPhrase a lot]]'') he chooses the initials route and reserves the other for those rare occurrences where he's being or pretending to be affectionate with him.
%%* DJ (Devon Joseph) from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''.
* JB ([=McBride=], the Judge) from ''WesternAnimation/BraveStarr''. ''Nobody'' knows what her initials mean!
* I.M. Weasel and I.R. Baboon from ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel''. Also count as {{Punny Name}}s.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Applejack is often called AJ by her friends.
* ''WesternAnimation/BlazeAndTheMonsterMachines'': The other human protagonist of the series and companion of Blaze is called AJ, who's OnlyKnownByHisNickname.
* T.J. Detweiller from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' has the T.J. as his nickname and ''only'' name to hide his EmbarrassingFirstName: ''Theodore'' Jasper.
* A meta-example: Creator/BJWard, a famous voice actress known for her papers on [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo Velma Dinkley]], [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Betty Rubble]] and WesternAnimation/JanaOfTheJungle, uses the "BJ" for her two first names: Betty Jean.

[[folder:WebComics and WebOriginal]]
* [=PeeJee=] from ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive''. Well, she's Penelope-Jennifer, but no one calls her so.
%%* T.C. "[[CasanovaWannabe The Playah]]" from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''.
* Dielle from ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'' ''(Fortunately for her "D.L." [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/?p=2089 sounds]] [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/?p=2979 French.]])''
* AJ Downs of ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonCrystal''. No-one's exactly sure what the AJ stands for.
* OJ from ''WebAnimation/InanimateInsanity'', [[CaptainObvious which obviously stands for]] [[AnthropomorphicFood Orange Juice]].
* ''ComicStrip/AJAndMagnus'' is about a young boy and his dog, a modern revision of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' but with [[HasTwoMommies two fathers]]. It is unknown [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname what AJ means]], but is implied that is for his two first names.

[[folder:Real Life - Writers]]
%comment% Note: When adding new examples, please list the person's full name after their initials, in order to preserve consistency.
* Male
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.A.R._Barker M. A. R. (Muhammad Abd-al-Rahman) Barker]], creator of the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tekumel Empire of the Petal Throne/Tekumel]]'' TabletopRPG setting.
** J. F. (Jesse Franklin) Bone
** [[Creator/GKChesterton G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton]]
** [[Creator/EECummings E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings]]
** [[Creator/TSEliot T. S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot]]
** J. B. S. (John Burdon Sanderson) Haldane
** [[Creator/CSLewis C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis]]
** [[Creator/HPLovecraft H. P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft]]
** [[Creator/JRRTolkien J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien]]
** A. E. (Alfred Elton) van Vogt
** [[Creator/PGWodehouse P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse]]
** [[Creator/AAMilne A. A. (Alan Alexander) Milne]]
** D. J. (Donald James) [=MacHale=], director and author of ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'' Series and the ''Literature/MorpheusRoad'' trilogy.
** [[Creator/HGWells H. G. (Herbert George) Wells]]
** E. E. (Edward Elmer) "Doc" Smith of ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' fame.
** S. P. (Sterner St. Paul) Meek
** S. W. Erdnase, author of ''The Expert at the Card Table''. Bonus points for Erndase's true identity remaining a mystery to this day.
** E. B. (Elwyn Brooks) White, author of ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'' and ''Literature/StuartLittle''.
** Creator/SPSomtow, Thai-American sci-fi writer and composer, is a subversion: Somtow is actually his given name, and his full name is Somtow Papinian Sucharitkul.
** GRRM (George R[aymond]. R[ichard]. Martin) - creator of Series/GameOfThrones
** J. D. (Jerome David) Salinger
* Female writers (who may be [[{{MoustacheDePlume}} using initials to hide their sex]])
** [[Literature/TheHouseOfNight P.C. (Phyllis Christine) Cast]]
** J. M. Dillard - really Jeanne Dillard Kalogridis
** D. C. (Dorothy Catherine) Fontana - television writer
** "K. C. Hunter" from the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode where Sisko hallucinates that he's a sci-fi writer in TheFifties is an homage.
** S. E. (Susan Eloise) Hinton of ''Literature/TheOutsiders'' fame.
** P. C. (Patricia Christine) Hodgell, author of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath''
** [[Creator/CLMoore C. L. (Catherine Lucille) Moore]]
** [[Creator/JKRowling J.K. (Joanne) Rowling]] - she indeed used initials to hide her sex, she doesn't actually have a middle name.
** P. L. Travers (''Literature/MaryPoppins'' series) - really Helen Lyndon Goff
** C. V. (Cicely Veronica) Wedgwood - historian
** [[Creator/CJCherryh C. J. (Carolyn Janice) Cherryh]], who also added a gratuitous 'h' to her last name to make it seem less feminine.
** [[Creator/KAApplegate K. A. (Katherine Ann) Applegate]], author of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' and ''Literature/{{Remnants}}''. More specifically, K. A. is used when Katherine and her husband Creator/MichaelGrant write together. For her other books, she is credited as Katherine Applegate.

[[folder:Real Life - Other Famous Individuals]]
* P. T. (Phineas Taylor) Barnum
* JM J Bullock, who is only JM J because Jim J Bullock was already registered with the [[UsefulNotes/UnionsInHollywood Screen Actors Guild]]
* T. K. (Thomas Kent) Carter
* J. P. (John Pierpont) Morgan
* C. C. H. (Carol Christine Hilaria) Pounder
* C. C. (Carsten Charles) Sabathia - pitcher for the New York Yankees
* Creator/MNightShyamalan - real name Manoj Shyamalan; the "Night" was just added to sound cool.
* J. E. B. (James Ewell Brown) Stuart
* O. J. (Orenthal James) Simpson
* S. E. (Sarah Elizabeth) Cupp
* W. C. Fields - real name William Claude Dukenfield
* P. Z. (Paul Zachary) Myers
* British film director J. Blakeson
* Back when Lord Baden-Powell formed the Boy Scouts, a bunch of girls wanted in on the fun too. But they couldn't sign up using their real names because they were, you know, [[CaptainObvious girls.]] So they signed up using their initials (and [[SweetPollyOliver dressed like boys]] when they were accepted in.) Eventually, the girls got their own group, the Girl Scouts.
* J. E. (Josh Eric) Sawyer, game designer behind VideoGame/IcewindDale and VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas. However, he does go by Josh Sawyer as well.
* J. T. (James Thomas Patrick) Walsh, character actor.
* UsefulNotes/{{Indycar}} racing has had a few such as A.J. Foyt, A.J. Allmendinger, and J.R. Hildebrand.
* D. B. (Daniel Bernard) Sweeney
* J. J. (Jeffrey Jacob) Abrams, current director of the ''Film/StarTrek'' and ''StarWars'' movie franchises.
* [[Creator/DWGriffith D. W. (David Wark) Griffith]]
* Subverted with former professional basketball player and coach K. C. Jones. "K.C." ''is'' his real name.
* Inverted with actress Maggie Q. "Q" stands for "Quigley".
* Filipino actors K. C. (Kristina Cassandra) Concepcion and J. C. (John Carlo) de Vera
* Creator/BrigitteBardot: If you said ''B.B.'' in the Fifties and Sixties everyone knew you were referring to her.
* J. K. (Jonathan Kimble) Simmons, famous for his portrayal of J. Jonah Jameson Jr.
* D. L. (Darryl Lynn) Hughley, actor, comedian and political commentator
* L. (Lafayette) Ron Hubbard, creator of Scientology
* J. J. (Justin James) Watt, superstar NFL defensive lineman
* J. C. (James Cash) Penney (Jr.), founder of the American department store chain now doing business as [=JCPenney=]
* W.E.B. (William Edward Burghart) [=DuBois=], sociologist and co-founder of the NAACP.
* Madame C.J. Walker (took her husband's name: Charles James Walker; real name Sarah Breedlove), fashion designer, social activist.
* W.C. (William Christopher) Handy, Father of the Blues.
* There're many sportsmen that this as nickname, various of them from baseball (A. J. Burnett and A. J. Pierzynski), American football (A. J. Haglund and A. J. Hawk), race drivers (A. J. Allmendinger and A. J. Foyt) and basketball (A. J. Price, and Creator/MichaelJordan is usually known as MJ).
* Famous US President UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson was also known as A.J. Also, there're other politicians with this nickname like Andrew Johnson.
* Jill Price, the first diagnosed hyperthymestic, was originally identified as "AJ."