Ordering a gravestone and want to make sure the suffix is used correctly. While the last name is on the bottom to be shared by spouse, I need to put Edward H. II up top. The proper name is Edward H. Jones II.

  • If you want to keep the surname at the bottom, rather than simply repeating it, I would at least add a comma before the numeral: “Edward H., II”. And of course also make sure to choose a font and style for the numeral that clearly set it off as a numeral so no one ends up thinking his name was Edward H. Il Jones (that says “IL”, rather than “ii”). Oct 29, 2013 at 12:13

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It does seem odd to have the numeric suffix without the surname.

One way around the problem is to move the surname: "Edward H Jones II and his wife Clarabel", which is a fairly standard headstone inscription.


John Edward Cooper

Or: repeat the surname, which is also common.


English Rose Memorials


Edward H. II and "namehere" Jones is correct.

  • Answers are expected to give more objective reasoning than just stating as fact, with nothing to support it, that something is or is not correct. Oct 29, 2013 at 12:10

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