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It's common in business to list persons in order of last-name-first. Instead of "John W. Van Dyk", write "Van Dyk, John W.".

But what should be the convention when the name has a title or suffix. How would "Dr. John W. Van Dyk III" be written?

There are other similar questions about how to deal with a suffix, but I can't see any that deal with title. (Mr., Dr., Rev., etc)

  • Consult a style guide. – Xanne May 12 '17 at 19:55
  • This is not really a question about English, but about labeling conventions. There is no single correct answer. – choster May 12 '17 at 22:09
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Van Dyk III, John W., Dr.

The numerals are useful only to differentiate the different generations of Van Dyk's; they need to remain with the last name. Putting the title last is a British convention

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