I am filling a form for living in the campus on a university in Australia. The due date for sending this application is near, and I have asked the very same question to them in e-mail and haven't got an answer. I fear that I will not get the answer before the due date, so hopefully I have come to the right place to ask this question.

Bottom of the contract it says "Resident initials here", now what's initials? I searched a bit and found out that it's the first letter of my name followed by first letter in my last name and surname.

If my name is Muazam Al Ace, are my initial "MAA"? So do I write "MAA"?

So my question is, are they asking for my signature or initials which does not make sense to me.

One more question: "Resident’s Representative for Notices" - is it here I fill in my parents?

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    In this context, your initials are a shortened version of your signature. Generally, you use the first letter of your first and the first letter of your last name as your initials, but you can also include the first letter of your middle name or maiden name, or more than one letter from one of the names (e.g. someone with the last name DiAmico using both D and A). Some people will even combine the letters in a characteristic way, such as writing the initials MR with the R attached to the right leg of the M.
    – Marthaª
    Nov 10, 2011 at 17:25

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An initial is the first letter of a word.

So yes, you're the resident, and your initials are MAA, so write those on the form.


This is an old post, just wanted to complete the details since I stumbled upon here: In the forms initials would be: First character of first name, First character of last name, First character of Middle Name.

  • At least in the US it would be very unusual to have the initials out of order, like you suggest; First-Middle-Last is how it's done. Jan 18, 2013 at 22:02
  • As long as the initials are recognizably connected to you, and you do it the same way each time, you can choose which you please; rather like a signature. Jan 19, 2013 at 10:53
  • This answer describes a monogram, which might be embroidered, engraved, or printed on an item to identify its owner. Initials written on documents to quickly demonstrate approval, acknowledgement, or receipt are usually written in the same order as the name.
    – jejorda2
    Dec 7, 2017 at 15:28

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