Translate the first and last names that appear on documents submitted as proof of social security into first or last name on the SSN application as follows: Generally, the suffixes Sr. Jr. are used to distinguish identical names between fathers and sons. Grandchildren who share the same name as their father and grandfather take charge of cinematic sequels such as the suffixes: “III” and “IV”. Interestingly, if a grandson is not continually named after his grandfather, he should be designated “II”. Women can also use suffixes, but rarely do. NOTE: The middle name and suffix, even if they are not part of the official name as defined by the SSA, should be used to resolve situations where the identity of the applicant or number holder is in question. Generally, the official name of a person born in the United States is the name given on their U.S. birth certificate (including hyphens and apostrophes), unless the person`s name has changed due to certain events, such as a marriage or a valid court order for a name change. The concept of a legal name dates back centuries, but it was not until the Middle Ages in England that the idea was established as part of the common law.
In the English legal system, these names were formal but malleable, as it was common for people of all classes to adopt legal “first names” of their choice. Background: My parents discussed how name suffixes could be used when I had children, how name suffixes occurred. Everything was hypothetical. My father, and let`s call him, Bob, claims that if I have a name other than Bob) I have a child named “Bob,” then I can name my child Bob II (Bob, the second one) or Bob Jr. He believes that regardless of a generational difference between the child and the father, his grandson may have a suffix for his own name, indicating a later suffix for the name Bob. In other countries, the concept of a legal name is part of contemporary law, although many aspects of naming vary from country to country and culture to culture. In China, for example, while the elements of a name are similar to those of Western countries, the order of the names is reversed. The surname is the first name while the first name is the surname. In some African countries, the concept of surname does not exist at all, instead, people only get a name as adults. There may be events outside the United States that are considered by foreign governments or U.S. agencies (e.g., the Department of State) when issuing immigration documents with a person`s legal name.
The official name is the name used to sign legal documents, deeds or contracts. Academic suffixes indicate the degree obtained at a college or university. These include bachelor`s degrees (AB, BA, BA (Hons), BS, BE, BFA, BTech, LLB, BSc, etc.), master`s degrees (MA, MS, MFA, LLM, MLA, MBA, MSc., MEng, etc.), professional doctorates (JD, MD, DO, PharmD, DMin. etc.) and university doctorates (PhD., EdD., DPhil, DBA., LLD, EngD, etc.). In Swedish, den äldre (“the elder”) and yngre (“the young”), abbreviated respectively d.ä. and d.y., are sometimes used to distinguish two people with the same name, often, but not necessarily, father and son.  An example is Gösta Ekman the Elder, actor and grandfather of the actor Gösta Ekman d.y., cf. Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger, who in Swedish are called Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Yngre. A woman using the title woman would also use her husband`s full name, including the suffix. In less formal situations, the suffix may be omitted: Mrs. Lon Chaney Jr. on a wedding invitation, but Mrs.
L. Chaney or simply Shannon Chaney for a friendly touch. Widows have the right to retain the full names and suffixes of their deceased husband, but divorcees cannot continue to stylize themselves with the full name and suffix of an ex-husband, even if they retain the surname.  Usually, a person receives a full legal name at birth and is listed on their birth certificate, although in many cases a person does not have a legally recognized first name until several months or years after birth. While legal names are important for establishing a formal and permanent identity, they are easily changed for reasons of false identity or professional opportunity. For women in Western countries, it is customary to change the surname at the time of marriage. The law allows you to give your child a name as you wish, with a few exceptions: names containing ideograms, pictograms, diacritics, profanity or names that are too long are prohibited. That said, there is no law against calling your child Bob Jr. (or even Bob Sr. or Bob the Great).
In Dutch, “sr.” and “jr.” are used socially rather than legally, but the system is not extended to “III” and beyond.