We receive in our editorial office many letters with the question: "What Is Donald Trump’s Middle Name?"
His middle name is John. Donald John Trump.
“I don’t care what the newspapers say about me as long as they spell my name right.”
Donald John Trump
Words to live by for many politicians, businessmen, authors and con artists, even if no one knows whether this bit of insight originally came from P.T. Barnum, Mae West, George M. Cohan or someone else.
But which of the potentially many versions of a person’s name does a newspaper like The Times choose to use when it refers to an individual in a story?
The name of that brash kid from Queens first appeared in The Times on Jan. 28, 1973, in a story about his father, Fred C. Trump. He was simply, “Donald Trump.”
His middle initial premiered in another story 10 months later. Both versions were in play for a couple of months, before The Times settled on: “Donald J. Trump.”