Initials as First Names


Some people go by their given names. Some people go by nicknames. Some people go by their Initial.

When researching genealogy, at times it is hard to figure out who people really are, because of all the different changes in names. During the 1700’s, 1800’s especially, and 1900’s many men went by their initials.

Many times, your ancestors are named after their ancestors. However, sometimes ancestors are named after well-known people of their day.

Below are some examples of initial combinations:

A.J. – Andrew Jackson, Commanding General for the American side during the War of 1812, President of the United States of America

B.F. – Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States of America

J.B. – James Buchanan, President of the United States of America

E.E. – Edward Everett, Popular orator, who was the featured speaker, when Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.

G.W. – George Washington, Commanding General of the American side during the American Revolution, and President of the United States of America.

G.C. – George Clinton, Second Vice President under Thomas Jefferson

J.C. – John Calhoun, Political Leader in the South and the U.S. Congress

J.C. – Julius Ceasar, Roman Emperor

J.C. – John Calvin, Church Leader, during the Protestant Reformation.

J.G. – James Garfield, The President of the United States of America

J.J. – John Jay, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

J.K. – John Knox, Church Leader, founded the Presbyterian Church in Scotland, during the Protestant Reformation.

J.R. – James Riley, wrote a book about his life and death adventure in Africa. Abraham Lincoln said everyone should read this book in their lifetime. Many people named their sons after this man. They also, named their sons after two other men, talked about in the book. The two men were William Willshire and Citi. The book was published in 1817. The name of the book was, The Loss of the American Brig ‘Commerce’. Later it was published as “Sufferings in Africa.”

J.T. – John Tyler, The President of the United States of America

J.W. – John Wesley, Church Leader of the Methodist Church

M.L. – Martin Luther, Church leader during the Protestant Reformation.

R.L. or R.E. – Robert E. Lee, General who led the Confederate troops during the Civil War.

T.J. – Thomas Jefferson, The President of the United States of America

T.R. – Theodore Roosevelt, The President of the United States of America

Z.T. – Zachary Taylor, The President of the United States of America

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