Qualifiers that follow a person’s name (for example, Sr., Jr., III, 3rd).
Best Practice: The <suffix> element should be used for parts of people’s names, not for degrees, such as Ph.D. or DDS. The academic degrees are part of the information that is known about a contributor, not part of the name of the contributor, and should take the <degrees> element. Degree and certification information should be placed directly following the person’s name within the contributor information:
<contrib contrib-type="..." corresp="yes"> <name> <surname>Smyth-Jones</surname> <given-names>George</given-names> <suffix>Sr.</suffix> </name> <degrees>PhD</degrees> </contrib>
<!ELEMENT suffix (#PCDATA %suffix-elements;)* >
Expanded Content Model
Text, numbers, or special characters, zero or more
... <string-name> <surname>Moellering</surname> <given-names>R. C.</given-names> <suffix>Jr.</suffix> </string-name> ...