Post-nominal letters, also known as post-nominal initials, post-nominal titles, designatory letters, or simply post-nominals, are letters that are placed after a person's name to indicate that the individual holds a position, academic degree, accreditation, office, military decoration, or honor, or that the individual is a member of a religious...
The College Football Data Warehouse lists these post-nominal letters for the 2012 season. Some letters are used more often than others so they are shown with their average annual usage value. The table shows the number of times each letter was used in 2012.
What do all those numbers mean? It's easy! They're the total number of times the corresponding initial appears on all college football teams in 2012. There are two ways to look at it: by school or by category. Here's the same data presented that way.
Now let's look at it by school:
School Total Alabama 10 Arkansas 8 Arizona State 3 Army 2 Auburn 1 California 9 Colorado 4 Connecticut 2 Duke 1 Florida 32 Georgia 31 Hawaii 5 Illinois 7 Indiana 2 Iowa 3 Louisiana 30 Kentucky 8 Maryland 6 Michigan 8 Mississippi State 3 Nebraska 3 New Mexico State 1 North Carolina 15 Ohio State 12 Oklahoma 4 Oregon 3 Penn State 8 South Carolina 5 Tennessee 7 Virginia Tech 3 Wisconsin 4 Wyoming 2
Post-nominal initials or titles are letters added after a person's name to signify that the person holds a certain job, qualification, accreditation, office, or honor. Post-nominal letters should be arranged as follows: Civil distinctions "Military citations." Nominals (last names) are used except for commanders in the armed forces who are given grades instead.
For example, if your name is Michael John Smith and you are awarded the Medal of Honor, the letter MOH would be placed after your name. If you are given two medals, then MOH and MBE would be placed after your name.
The order in which post-nominal letters are placed after a person's name depends on two factors: the position they represent and the method by which they were acquired.
If the post-nominal letters are civil distinctions, then they should be listed in order of award, with the most recent first. So, if you are awarded five new flags before being presented with your fifth star, then OSS and OS2 would be placed after your name. If there is more than one person with the same distinction, then the letters are separated by commas.
If the post-nominal letters are military decorations, then they should be listed in order of date of action. Decorations that are dated later will be placed after those that are dated earlier.
In the Western English-language naming tradition, a name suffix comes after a person's full name and offers further information about the individual. Post-nominal letters signify that the person has a position, a degree, accreditation, an office, or an honor (e.g., "PhD," "CCNA," "OBE"). Other suffixes indicate religion ("MIA"), ethnicity ("AMERICAN"), profession ("SONNETTE"), state of residence ("ILLINOIS") or other affiliation ("UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY"). Names may also be suffixed with years ("YEARS-SERVICE"), places ("OF NORTH CAROLINA"), events ("THE BATTLE OF BLENHEIM"), or other elements ("-IAN").
Surname suffixes are used to provide more information about the person. Sometimes these suffixes are used as an alternative way to describe the person. For example, "the Professor" or "Mrs. Smith." Other times they are simply used to identify groups of people who share the same ancestor but may not have shared last names. This is most common with families where there are multiple siblings born over several years. They often use a surname suffix to distinguish between them.
Many surnames have multiple different suffixes used by different people for various reasons.
In the United States, post-nominal letters are typically listed in the following order:
When a professional has obtained more than one set of post-nominal letters, each set of letters should be displayed after his or her name. This is done in decreasing sequence, starting with the most prestigious letters (those closest to the name), then a comma, the next group of letters, and so on. For example, if a physician has been awarded two sets of fellowships from American College of Physicians, these should be displayed after his or her name as John Q. Doctor, M.D.
If there is only one set of post-nominal letters, they should be displayed after the person's name. For example, if a physician has been awarded a single fellowship from American College of Physicians, this should be displayed after his or her name as John Q. Doctor.
Post-nominal letters are often referred to by doctors themselves. So, it is useful for others to know how these letters are displayed.
While all members are granted the opportunity to use the post-nominal letters OM and wear the Order of Merit emblem, the precedence of the Order of Merit, among other awards, varies by country.... The highest-ranking member of the Order of Merit is called the OMM or OM for short.