Specifically, I'm writing about the poet Ben Jonson, who had a son Ben Jonson, and later a second son, also named Ben Jonson.
Some options I thought of:
- Ben Jonson, Sr.; Ben Jonson, Jr.; Ben Jonson, III
- Ben Jonson (the father); Ben Jonson (the first son); Ben Jonson (the second son)
The first one feels wrong, granting them titles which they didn't actually have. The second one feels awkward, though maybe that's a punctuation issue; should dashes or commas be used instead of parentheses?
Is there a specific accepted way to differentiate between them, whether from the above list or another option, or is it up to the author's style?