Earl/duke of X - British nobility alphabetical order

siares

Senior Member
Slovak
Hi all,
In an alphabetical list of book characters George Digby, Earl of Bristol is listed under B rather than D as if the title is a proper name/surname.
Is this still used nowadays in official documents or even phone books?
Thank you.
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    Yes, the Earl of Bristol is who he is and what he is known as, and he can be informally called Lord Bristol. His friends presumably call him George. I'm not sure about phonebooks, but if I was writing a phonebook I'd put him under Bristol, Earl of. He is not George Digby, Earl of Bristol or any combination like that. The list uses that style only to show that Lord Bristol's forename is George and his family name is Digby. It's useful to combine the information that way in a work of reference, or in a history where you might need to talk about successive Earls of Bristol over time.
     

    siares

    Senior Member
    Slovak
    Thank you entangledbank.

    I didn't know whether this this convention was still alive (in modern times).
     
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