At times when infant mortality was high, families might give a child the same name as a deceased brother or sister.
For example Aurelius and Ann MEDWELL had two daughters named Cornelia. They were born April 1850 and June 1851 and died May 1850 and October 1925. It is easy to mistakenly conflate them into a single individual 1850-1925.
What naming system will allow me to distinguish the individuals in such cases? My current hack of calling one Cornelia d (for dead) is not only inelegant but also incorrect since they are now both deceased.
The following list has been extracted from the responses provided below. You should read the complete answer to understand the full intent of each.
- Make appropriate use of existing distinguishing data, such as vital record dates.
- Roman numerals can be used to indicate birth order and visually distinguish individuals.
- Don't add additional (non-name) information to a principal name field.
- Exploit additional name-linked fields (Title or Suffix) where available for this purpose.
- Be alert for identically named non-siblings (such as cousins) alive at same time.