Standard approach for titled people

I'm trying to establish a unified approach for entering records of people with titles.


Patrick Stewart is now 'Sir Patrick Stewart'

Sebastian Coe is now 'Lord Coe'

and what about titles like 'General' or 'Senator' which tend to get used long after the person has retired - so that they almost become a part of the person's name.

or... inherited European aristocracy titles...

Gaetan de Thiene, Comte de Thiene

Differences in approach result in duplications and merge problems

The obvious answer is to use the display name, but sometimes a person can have MULTIPLE titles (Generals can be Lords and Knights all at the same time), and it results in stupid looking text displays in Geni.

What have people found works best?

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