Carsten Becker wrote at 2005-10-19 11:55:53 (+0200) > On Mon, 17 Oct 2005, 20:01 CEST, Tom H. Chappell wrote > > > it is not Harry S. Truman, it is just Harry S Truman, > > because the S does not stand for anything. > > There's an episode of The Simpsons where Homer finds out > that the "J" in his name stands for nothing. > No, he finds out it stands for _Jay_. > > There was a person named Baxter Wilson Grant; upon hearing > > of him, one person said "How many people is that?" > > Forrest Gump, anyone? Americans seem to be more liberal with > first names than other Western countries. Possibly, though it can difficult to tell how unusual a name is from a distance. But certainly some European countries have greater official restrictions on what names are allowed. Iceland is particularly strict, as I recall.