Putting place name in suffix field?

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Is it OK to put the place of a person's residency or other identifying information in the suffix field to distinguish between 2 people with the same name?
WikiTree profile: Thomas Hale
in Policy and Style by Chase Ashley G2G6 Pilot (217k points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway

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Suffix Fields guidelines say "Preferably, this should only be used for the Suffix at Birth."

I understand the desire and need to put things in the suffix field like Sr, (3), of somewhere, but this is not what the field was designed for. I delete them from profiles when I find them.

by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Maggie N.
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No, unfortunately not.

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Name_Fields#Proper_First_Name

We use the dates and places of birth, marriage, death, as well as other family members to distinguish between people.
by Rosemary Jones G2G6 Pilot (234k points)
Rosemary - I realized that, in this case, the "of Newbury" was put in the suffix field and have changed the question accordingly. I'm still not sure that this is consistent with wikitree policy, but doesn't mess things up (eg the search function) like putting it in a name field would.
OK, I can't see that a suffix would hurt but perhaps other people have different ideas.
I admit : I have intentionally broken this rule on the rare occasion when there have been two or more people of the same name and same generation in the same geographical vicinity. Especially on PGM profiles of individuals who have often been conflated or confused in the past.

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