If one has two prefixes is it OK to list one as a suffix?

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Judge Col. Samuel McDowell is currently listed as Col. Samuel McDowell, Judge, since he is both Colonel and a Judge.  I don't know if both titles will fit in the prefix box.  Col. Samuel McDowell, Judge sounded better to me than Judge Samuel McDowell, Colonel.  The military rank should come first.

There are many other examples of persons with two prefixes.  Sir Admiral?
WikiTree profile: Samuel McDowell
asked in Policy and Style by David Hughey G2G6 Pilot (282k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
No. It is Admiral Sir (Thomas Fellowes) and General Sir (John Gough).

1 Answer

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Short answer, David, is no.

Longer answer:

The suffix field should only be used for a suffix that was given or existed at birth.

When 2 or more prefixes exist, you should use the highest, last, or preferred one.

The Preferred Name or Other Nicknames fields can also be used to achieve the proper name display. See note 2 near the bottom of the page.

answered by Lindy Jones G2G6 Pilot (153k points)
I have never understood why prefix and suffix follow different rules. Suffix must be what was given at birth but not prefix? Why?

Very odd rule that I have a difficult time following.
My interpretation of the various name-field guidelines is that we want to avoid clutter (and keep down expenses)!!

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