This is my first post/question, I hope it will be of interest.  It is 
ultimately a silly thing, but something I have considered regardless.

I will probably appear on my first scientific publication some time in 
the next year, and have attended one mini-conference of sorts and will 
probably attend some "real" scientific conference in the next year or 
two.  Thus I have given some thought to the appearance of my name in 
publications and such.

I have been thinking of using my initials (T.R. Stratton), as used 
perhaps most famously by Eliot (perhaps obviously one of my favorite 
poets), but also by many other English authors (T.E. Lawrence, D.H. 
Lawrence, J.K. Rowling, etc.).  My grandfather went by E.L. Stratton, 
although I believe this had more to do with his dislike of his given 
name than anything else (not the case with me).  I was wondering if 
anyone knew the origins of this trend and reasons/purpose.  My guess 
would be that it originally came about to save space and money on 
printing, as some humorous converse of Dickens's receiving pay based on 
the number of words he wrote, but wondered if anyone had a better/more 
interesting explanation.

Tom Stratton

Neglect not to practice / the powers of Good
Versäumt nicht zu üben / Die Kräfte des Guten
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Symbolum

Thomas Stratton
The University of Chicago