Why are some middle names given in full in "Public view" and others reduced to an initial?

+9 votes
in WikiTree Help by Geoffrey Allen G2G1 (1.1k points)
Privacy level.

3 Answers

+9 votes
It depends on how the profile creator configures the names. Sometimes only an initial is known and sometimes the full name is known. That can be changed when more information is found.
by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (598k points)

In Public View the name display depends on the level of privacy set.

A green-locked privacy will display the full names as entered.

A yellow-lock privacy will truncate any names in the middle-name field to simply an initial.

An example is my father's names being fully displayed ( Public), but my ex-husband and his parents only displaying the initial of their middle names ( Private with Public Family Tree).

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A lot of nations don't no the term middle name; they only use first names or forenames. In Germany, for example, this can be an unlimited number.

That is the reason that people put all first names into the first name field and then you will see all forenames in the public view.

In this context, one more curiosity:
In Thuringia and some other areas in Germany it was possible to baptize two or more children of the same family, sometimes all living at the same time, with the same first name. One distinguished then between "GroƟ-Hans" and "Klein-Hans". Sometimes the homonymity is only secondary or apparent, if with a double name like "Johann Christoph" a part of the name in practical use dropped out or was forgotten and not seldom with the marriage or with the death of this person a new double name was "invented".
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G6 Pilot (683k points)
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If you go to any profile and click on the Profile ID at the top right of the page (to the right of the "My WikiTree" menu), you'll open a menu of features and tools for that profile.  If you then select the "Name Displays" sub-item, it'll show you the different possible name displays for that person, and also point you to a Help file that explains when each display is used.  You can experiment with different entries in the name fields on the profile to see what the effect would be.

Edited to add:  I should also mention that members are still reporting problems with the display in cases where the middle name is used as the preferred name.  If that's the issue, you can find several discussions of that problem in G2G.
by Dennis Barton G2G6 Pilot (394k points)
edited by Dennis Barton
That won't affect the Public View displaying of names (asked in the question), as that is determined by the level of privacy.

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