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Here's M-W's take in their Manual for Writers and Editors: Personal Names When initials are used with a surname, they are spaced and punctuated. Unspaced initials of a few famous person, which may or may not be punctuated, are sometimes used in place of their full names. E. M. Forster C. P. E. Bach JFK or J.F.K. When used as a first name, I see both in ...


No spaces, no periods, as mentioned on the CMOS website: Chicago style for initials that are used as a name is to take out the periods and close up the letters: BJ. Please see CMOS 8.4.

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