What sets the 'similar names' thing that show up on surname pages

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I've got a family in my tree with the last name Guillou, which frequently shows up as Guillon instead in source documents, so I went to see if anyone had been accidentally put in the wrong last name, but to my surprise, they're not listed as being related, and most of the names listed there are much less similar.  Not to mention that if you look at the two pages, it's pretty obvious there could be overlap between the last names:  

https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Guillon
https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Guillou

But neither page considers the other to be a related name in the upper right corner list.  What's the logic that creates those lists?
in WikiTree Tech by Celia Marsh G2G5 (5.5k points)

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My understanding is that the list of related names comes from WeRelate, although in the past it hasn't been updated very frequently - see https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1122012/something-mechanism-suggests-potential-duplicates-creation?show=1127244#c1127244.

If you want to suggest a name variant to WeRelate, which should eventually make its way through to WikiTree, it looks like the place to start is https://www.werelate.org/wiki/WeRelate:Variant_names_project.

by Paul Masini G2G6 Pilot (186k points)
selected by Celia Marsh
Thank you!  Alas, if I had just noticed this last month it might already be fixed for this name, but I guess I'll just have to wait until the next database update.

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