I said, "So he's named after his paternal grandfather or paternal uncle." She looked at me with bewilderment and said, "No, he's named after his father." I said, "But it's only correct to name a boy the second if he's named after his paternal grandfather or uncle; if he's named for his father then it's junior." She said, "I've never heard that."
I said, "The best example is with Bobby Kennedy's sons; one son is Robert Francis Kennedy, Jr., and another son is one is Joseph Patrick Kennedy II because he's named for his grandfather and uncle."
I could tell that she didn't appreciate the information. When I told Les about it, he said, "Didn't you learn about foot- in- mouth disease when you corrected someone in Gerald's family?" (see my BLOG article THE SECOND)
I have noticed the practice of naming boys "the second" is quite prevalent in Fayette County.