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Middle Name as "Single Letter" such as Harry S Truman

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My wife is at the end of the naturalization process.  From K-1 to now.

 

Early on, we used an "initial only" for her middle name.  SSN card, state ID, and on all federal forms.

 

In her last meeting (English proficiency, civics quiz), an officer reviewed her documents and said:

 

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"M" is not a valid middle name.  Let's change it back to your birth middle name. 

 

In Russian society the middle name is a title, literally, "son of" or "daughter of" with Father's name.

 

A bit annoying.  I wasn't in the room during her "quiz" so I couldn't interject.

 

Any thoughts?  Is it legal to have a single letter as your full legal name?  Supposedly, Harry S Truman did this.  Why would an officer throw a "wrench" into a finalized process (literally, there is an 8in stack of paperwork in my wife's file)?

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**Moved from US Immigration News and Discussion to USC General Discussion; question is related to middle name and naturalization**

 

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We just discussed Slavic naming conventions and middle names here in the RUB forum:

 

As far as I understand, you can use the full patronymic name as a middle name, or just drop it out altogether and be "first name (no middle name) last name" - I'm pretty sure there's no way you can use just a single letter as a middle name unless it is listed on the official birth certificate.


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