Suffix in or suffix to (a name)?

Subject: Suffix in or suffix to (a name)?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Jill Mohan <jillemo -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 11:18:46 -0500

Jill Mohan wondered: <<When searching for a person with a suffix in/
to their name, do this. Anybody know which is correct - either
grammatically or human-intelligence-wise?>>

The clearer wording would avoid the issue entirely: "a person whose
name contains a suffix". If you're insistent on retaining a
preposition, go with "a suffix at the end of their name". A bit
redundant, but not all your readers will know what a suffix is, as
the reading level of general audiences is abysmal these days. Thus,
it might be better to err on the side of caution.

-- Geoff Hart
ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
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