Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 1 decade ago

If my name is "John Smith" and my grandchild is "John Smith," does that make him "John Smith II?"?

How many generations are skipped before the I, II, III, etc. system has to start all over again?


Kings and queens did it in the old days but is it practiced this way anymore?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Was our grandson named after you? Is the middle name the same?

    Did his parents put "II" on his birth certificate?

    If it isn't on his birth certificate, he wouldn't have the "II' after his name.

    Consider it an honor to have a grandchild after you.

    Kings and Queens did it because it would be difficult to study French history, for example, and try to sort out which Louis was which.

    Or which Henry in England had all the wives.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'm pretty sure it has to remain consecutive. That's the whole point of I, II, III.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes I think so. I don't know if there's a rule for generations, but usually the I would be still alive and/or still influencing the II.

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