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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.