I am helping to find, and tag incorrect LNAB, and I am wondering when does one rule supersede another rule. The rule for Last Name At Birth: This is the name they had (or would have been known by) when they were born. In most cases, it is one word. Exeptions to this are 'de Vere' and families that had 'St' as part of their name (such as St John, St Aubyn, St Hilary, St Liz, St Pol, St Sauverur). See below.
PREFIXES IN LAST NAME AT BIRTH FIELD: 1. Names like St John: "St" is a prefix which stays with the surname; that is, "St John" goes in the LNAB field, and St is not dropped nor separated out into the prefix field. Do not put a period after the St and do not spell out the word Saint. 2. The common ‘de’, ‘du’, ‘le’, ‘la’, ‘de la’, ‘von’, ‘van’ before a surname does not go in the LNAB field; it goes with the surname in the Current Last Name field while the surname, ONE word, goes in the LNAB. Example: Last name at birth: "Villefort", Current Last Name: "de Villefort". The exception to this is de Vere. Members of this family should have both words in the LNAB field. 3. Names that include ‘Fitz’: Fitz- names should be written with mid-caps, that is, a capital letter for the father's name. For example, write FitzAlan, FitzGeoffrey, FitzGerald, etc. This is the same pattern as used in names with Mac-: MacMurray, MacDonald, etc. Do not include a space.
Knowing the general rule for PREFERRED NAME is 'This is the name of the person as they were generally known/called/referred to.' I have found a number of van der Wal, that are writting their name van der Wal. Most of the Vandergriff, and Vandergrift surnames that I am finding are written as one word.
So, my question is, 'do we just leave their name as they preferr, as in
van der Wal, and/or Vandergriff/Vandergrift?
Oh, and a list of the mentioned surnames will be found by typing them in search.