Family Followings: What are Some Guidelines for Generational Names?

Q: When there are same names for dads and sons, Sr. Jr., or I, II, III, IV etc. what are the rules on how they are used? When one dies, do you change the other names or does everyone keep their respective title? Is the suffix written on their birth certificate?

A: In some families, names are carried on through three or more generations – John (Sr.) is succeeded by John, Jr., and Johns III, IV, and V.  But this presents something of a problem once John, Sr. has died.  Does each man retain the title by which he has always been known, or does everyone “move up”?  The only “rule” in this regard is to use common sense.  Moving up the suffixes is bound to cause some confusion among acquaintances who used to know the new John, Jr. as John III.  Then there are the changes that must be made on personal accounts and bank checks. Yes, the suffix may be placed on a birth certificate.

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Job Jitters: Do I Reach Out to Interviewers Whom I Haven’t Heard From?

Q: I recently went on an interview and I felt it went really well. I interviewed first with the Human Resource Director then with the person who is the head of the department of the position I am applying for. After the interview I sent a thank you note to each of the interviewers. At the conclusion of the interview they said they would be making their decision by the end of the week. It is now the following Monday and I have not heard either way. Should I send an email to both interviewers or call to express that I am still really interested in the position or just wait for a response?

A: Since it is only a few days since they said they would be in touch, you should wait for them to contact you.  However, if you haven’t heard from either one in a week or two, it would be fine to call to inquire.  Good luck!

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