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Subject: suffix names
Category: Family and Home > Families
Asked by: chuck86-ga
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Posted: 03 Jan 2006 11:27 PST
Expires: 02 Feb 2006 11:27 PST
Question ID: 428530
My father was Jr., I am the III and my son is IV.   I have been told
that once my father dies that I become Jr. and my son becomes III. 
This does not seem correct as birth certificates, driver's license and
other docs reflect suffix at time of birth.  What is correct?
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: suffix names
From: rainbow-ga on 03 Jan 2006 11:47 PST
This may help:

"There is no hard-and-fast rule over what happens to suffixes when the
most senior of the name dies. Do the men retain their titles, or do
they all "move up" one? Neither tradition nor etiquette provides a
definitive answer (columnist Judith Martin, for example, believes they
should all move up, but most agree that this is up to the individual
families). Upon the death of John Smith, Sr., his son, John Smith, Jr.
may decide to style himself John Smith, Sr., (causing confusion if his
widowed mother and his wife both use the formal style Mrs. John Smith,
Sr., and necessitating that his son and grandson change their titles
as well) or he may remain John Smith, Jr. for the rest of his
lifetime. One advantage of moving up one is that it eliminates the
extension of Roman numerals over the generations: i.e., a John Smith
III, IV, and V. A disadvantage is that it may cause confusion with
respect to birth certificates, credit cards, and the like."

Best wishes,

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