Consider the name John J Doe Jr. If John is the first name, J is the middle initial, & Doe is the last name, what is Jr.? I checked with Webster years ago and they could not find a specific name.


It is a generational title/suffix:

Generational suffixes are used to distinguish persons who share the same name within a family. A generational suffix can be used informally (for disambiguation purposes, or as nicknames) and is often incorporated in legal documents.

  • These generational designations are much less common in Britain, where it is considerably less usual to give a child exactly the same name(s) as his or her parent.
    – WS2
    Aug 24 '15 at 17:42
  • 2
    @WS2: Do you have any numbers for that? It seems pretty rare in the US.
    – Charles
    Aug 24 '15 at 18:44
  • @Charles No I'm afraid I don't. But I don't know of anyone of my own generation who has named their child directly after themselves.
    – WS2
    Aug 24 '15 at 19:29
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is a good example Aug 24 '15 at 22:21
  • @WS2: I had a schoolmate named for his father, but I don't know whether they had the same middle name and he certainly didn't go by "Jr". Aug 24 '15 at 23:42

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.