Names of people – Yes. As in Daniel Boorstin, Jr. If the phrase junior (Jr) is at the end of a person's name, it is capitalized. Capitalize the names of classes (groups of students) only when they are part of the name of something else. For example, Martin Luther King Jr.-not-Martin Luther King, Jr. ), like the online Merriam-Webster Unabridged , has entries for both “Waldorf salad” and “Caesar salad.” According to Rule 5 in the “Capitalization” section, “Capitalize the titles of high-ranking government officials when used before their names. Joe is a dude’s name, but joe is a cup of coffee. 2. In the main text of your written work, use a suffix that is an essential part of the name—like Jr. or a roman numeral—when you cite a person’s name in full. Ex: McDonalds, Starbucks, Utica College, etc. Rule 7. Departmental and office names are capitalized when written out completely in a formal manner (the Office of … the Department of …). Do not capitalize points of the compass. No matter if it’s a statement, question or exclamation, it should start with a capital letter! When you’re writing your own or someone else’s name, it should be capitalized, including suffixes like “Jr.” The same goes for proper nouns. Any time you use a person’s proper name (Ex: John Smith, Jane Doe) you need to capitalize. Capitalize specific geographical regions. The notation II or 2nd may be used if it is the individual’s preference. Yes, you would capitalize any suffix/prefix and title relating to a name if that's how they're known or distinguished. I just met two guys named Junior and Scooter. Ana is going to be a junior next year. Here are 8 rules of capitalization to lay a fabulous foundation for all your future writings. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second. Do not place a comma before numbered suffixes: John D. Rockefeller IV Place a comma before Jr. and Sr.: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ... Meet my brothers, Junior and Scooter. Words such as school, department, office and other common, generic terms are not capitalized when used alone. If you'd like to include your title after your name, that must be capitalized too. Titles should always be capitalized, even in informal mediums like blog posts. You always capitalize the first word of a sentence. The junior class sponsors the Senior Prom each year. The style guide acknowledges that while it prefers to lowercase proper names “in their nonliteral use,” some such names “are capitalized in Webster’s.” Sure enough, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed. name n. I [C] a word by which a person, place, or thing is known: Her name is Diane Daniel. Names, Proper Nouns, and Titles of People . Brand name places – Yes. Conan the Barbarian. Alexander the Great. Do not precede by a comma. A title should be capitalized only if it is used like a name: I spoke to Junior Counselor Higgins. ... She is a junior from Collegedale. Junior Counselor Higgins was invited to the meeting. We can find absolutely no example in any recognized reference book that specifies or allows the use of all capitalized names, proper or common. Capitalize relatives' family names (kinship names) when they immediately precede a personal name, or when they are used alone in place of a personal name. The AP Stylebook holds that you should abbreviate “junior” and “senior” as “Jr.” and “Sr.” only with full names of persons or animals.