OK here is the deal. I wanted to have contact icons on my screen for a handful of folks who I talk with frequently. Just easier for me. However I just wanted the picture that I had stored in theri profile as the icon with no text below it (i.e. teir name). Well I am not sure if there is an easier way to do it but I acchieved the desired result as follows...
1) Go into gmail and in the contacs list change the name for the contacs you want to icon to soft space-hard space. (That is the space bar followed by alt-255.)
2) On yoru phone refresh the contacts.
3) Create the icon and it should show up with no text beneath (technically it is now showing up with a blank space.)
4) Go back to gmail and restore the name. It will not force the change onto your icon.
NOTE: You may need to do the soft space-hard space twice for it to accept.
If you simply delete the name or use a just soft space, the icon will use the phone number of the contact rather than leaving it blank.