In The Godfather II, before gunmen try and kill him, when Michael enters his bedroom and Kay wakes up, we can see that bed linen has a monogram "mCf" on it.

bed linen showing MCF monogram

My search shows that it could be standing for:

  1. Michael Corleone Francis (for the middle name).
  2. Michael Corleone Family.

But I can't find any source providing reliable and undeniable evidence for a definitive answer.

What does the MCF monogram stand for?

  • 2
    It's the first one. Monograms such as these will emphasise the family name as the large letter. I'd have to check to see if Michaels middle name is ever stated as being Francis.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented May 14, 2023 at 18:04
  • Connie and Carlo son is named Michael Francis Rizzi (his Godfather's names?) IIRC
    – OldPadawan
    Commented May 14, 2023 at 18:45

1 Answer 1


This is how monograms work. The center initial is the surname, and the first initial is the first name, and the last initial is the middle name.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monogram, see Individual Monograms:

A basic 3-letter monogram has the initial of the individual's last name (surname) set larger, or with some special treatment in the center, while the first name initial appears to the left of it and the middle name initial appears to the right of it. There is a difference in how this is written for men and women. For example, if the individual's name is Mary Ann Jones, and Jones is the surname, then the arrangement of letters would be thus: MJA, with the surname initial set larger in the center, the M for Mary to the left and the A for Ann to the right.

  • 5
    So his middle name is Francis? I couldn't find any confirmation.
    – OrangeDog
    Commented May 14, 2023 at 23:48
  • 8
    You provided an explanation on monograms, but no confirmation that Michael Corleone's middle name is Francis... Commented May 15, 2023 at 1:49
  • 2
    @OldPadawan Yes, it's allowed; however, it doesn't make it a good answer. If OP would add source and explanation to the answer explaining what the monogram stands for, then it would be a good answer :) Commented May 15, 2023 at 10:53
  • 5
    Since this is how monograms work, we can conclude that his middle name begins with F. It doesn't have to be specifically Francis.
    – Barmar
    Commented May 15, 2023 at 14:20
  • 2
    Did Francis Ford Coppola just insert his own name in there as an Easter Egg or something? Commented May 15, 2023 at 18:44

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