Q: What is the proper way to spell and punctuate ‘Junior’ after a name? We are naming our son after his father and I want to be sure I write ‘Junior’ correctly on his birth certificate. Also, when is someone a ‘Junior’ and when would he be the second?
A: A Junior is named after his father when no one else in the family but his father has that exact same name, first, middle and last. If a child has a different middle name than his father, he is not a Junior. A child is II when named after a grandfather or uncle who had that exact same name, and is III when his father and he have the same name which is also the name of the father’s father, uncle or great uncle. Junior is preced by a comma. Roman numerals are not preced by a comma. And the abbreviation for Junior is Jr.