I know this is a perennial question but I'm going to ask again. What is best practice when naming nuns ? Here's my recent problem.
Mary (surname redacted) , became a nun and was given the religious name of Sister Mary Peter.
Using the guide lines for name fields from https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:British_Royals_and_Aristocrats I used the nickname field for her religious title. (though she was probably gentry, and born in the early modern period rather than medieval ) I entered her names as.
First Name at birth Mary, Surname ( both as at baptism) Nickname Sister Mary Peter. .
It gives a satisfactory result for a religious title (see https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/MacKillop-14. for another nun where this format is used). She lived quietly like this for ages without any data error reported. In fact her sister also became a nun and still has this format in the data fields without any error being reported .
Recently, a member changed it to:
Prefix Sister, First name Mary, Preferred name Peter (surname)
This displays as Sister Peter (surname) but she was never called that in her life.
I reverted the change. citing the Euro aristo use of the nickname field in the change box.
The member has now changed it again.This time to
Prefix Sister, First Name Mary. Middle Name Peter. Surname (original)
The name now reads Sister Mary Peter (surname) This is even more anachronistic (since there were almost no middle names in England when this lady was born)
I don't want to get into a further ding dong but I would like her name to read appropriately. Without a definitive answer, it's hard to know what to say to her.
(profile and surname not cited deliberately)
changed link for naming fields